Yoga, the ancient practice known for its serene poses and promises of inner peace, isn’t typically a subject that springs to mind when you think of comedy. Yet, there’s an undeniable charm in the juxtaposition of solemn stretches with a dose of humor.
For every yogi who’s ever toppled over in Tree Pose or accidentally let out a little more than a deep breath in Downward Dog, there’s a funny story to be told. And for those who think that yoga is only about maintaining a zen-like composure, these humorous books about yoga will have you chuckling into your chakras—as will these books about meditation.
In the world of funny yoga books, authors bend over backward to bring laughter to the mat. They contort the expectations of the practice with witty observations, irreverent tips, and tales of yoga fails that are as human as they are hilarious.
Whether you’re a seasoned practitioner or someone who can’t tell a Warrior Two from a Shavasana, these books offer a lighthearted take on the art that encourages us all to find balance—both on the mat and in our ability to laugh at ourselves. So, unroll your yoga mat, take a deep breath, and prepare to indulge in some spiritual hilarity that proves enlightenment doesn’t always have to be so serious.
“Yoga While You Wait: Finding Purpose in Each Pointless Pause” is a witty guide to incorporating yoga into the most mundane and unexpected moments of your day. Whether you’re in line at the grocery store or stuck in traffic, this book offers humorous and practical advice for sneaking in some zen. It’s a perfect gift for the busy bee who could use a moment of levity and relaxation in their hectic schedule.
“Very Modern Mantras” is a satirical take on the quest for peace in the chaos of the 21st century. This book is a hilarious guide to navigating the small yet stressful moments in life with a mantra for every modern inconvenience. Whether it’s the battle for tranquility in the coffee line or the search for calm in the open-plan office, these mantras offer a dose of reality with a side of humor. It’s an ideal read for anyone looking to inject a bit of levity into their mindfulness practices, making it a great gift for the overworked and over-caffeinated soul.
“The F*cking Yoga Book: Yoga . . . for The Rest of Us” takes a no-nonsense, irreverent approach to the often sanctimonious world of yoga. This book is perfect for those who love yoga but could do without the pretentiousness that sometimes accompanies it. With a blend of humor and practicality, it breaks down poses and practices in a way that’s accessible and entertaining, making it a great gift for the friend who appreciates a good laugh along with their sun salutations.
“Yoga for People Who Can’t Be Bothered to Do It” isn’t your typical yoga book; it’s a collection of essays that wander through the realms of travel and personal reflection, with yoga as a backdrop. Author Geoff Dyer’s dry wit and honest musings make for a read that’s as thought-provoking as it is funny. This book is an ideal gift for the introspective traveler or anyone who enjoys a good story and might consider stretching both their body and their mind.
“Kilted Yoga: Yoga Laid Bare” is a cheeky take on the traditional yoga book, featuring the viral sensation of Scottish yogis practicing in kilts. Finlay Wilson guides readers through poses with a sense of fun and freedom, encouraging them to embrace yoga without taking it too seriously. This book is a fantastic gift for anyone with Scottish heritage, a love of yoga, or a good sense of humor about both.
“Sloth Yoga” is a lighthearted and adorable look at the slower side of yoga. With charming illustrations of sloths in various yoga poses, this book is a gentle reminder not to rush through life or yoga practice. It’s a sweet and humorous gift for the animal lover or yoga enthusiast who enjoys a slower-paced life and the occasional chuckle.
“Why Men Are Suspicious of Yoga And Other Very, Very Funny Stories” is a collection that tackles the lighter side of yoga and its sometimes perplexing aspects, especially from a male perspective. With stories that explore the skepticism and hilarity that can come with stepping onto the mat, this book is a great gift for the man in your life who’s both curious and cautious about yoga, or for anyone who enjoys a good laugh about the cultural clashes that come with trying something new.
Lindsay Istace’s book introduces a unique and irreverent take on yoga that might appeal to those who are looking for an unconventional approach to fitness and stress relief. It could be a great gift for someone who appreciates a more edgy and humorous perspective on yoga.
“The Little Book of Goat Yoga” by Lainey Morse is a delightful blend of the serenity of yoga and the playful antics of goats. This charming book offers readers a glimpse into the world of goat yoga, a unique practice that has gained popularity for its combination of exercise, animal therapy, and outright fun. Filled with adorable photographs of goats and yoga practitioners, the book provides inspiration through uplifting quotes and practical pose advice. It’s a perfect gift for yoga enthusiasts looking for a touch of whimsy in their practice or animal lovers who enjoy a good stretch amidst some friendly farm animals.
Laurie Gelman’s “Yoga Pant Nation” is a witty novel that takes a humorous look at the life of a modern-day mom entrenched in the world of school politics, parenting, and of course, yoga pants. As part of the Class Mom series, this book continues the story of Jen Dixon, whose sharp tongue and relatable struggles with the demands of being a class mom make for a hilarious and engaging read. It’s a book that resonates with anyone who has ever navigated the treacherous waters of school fundraisers and PTA meetings, all while trying to maintain a sense of self—often in the most comfortable attire available. This novel is an excellent gift for the reader who loves to laugh at the absurdities of everyday life and the universal quest for the perfect pair of yoga pants.
“Yoga With Your Cat” by Sam Hart offers a playful twist on traditional yoga by inviting your feline friends to join in on the fun. This book is a humorous guide that illustrates how your cat can participate in your yoga routine, whether they’re stretching alongside you or simply using you as a human climbing frame. It’s filled with charming illustrations and practical tips for incorporating your pet into your practice, making it a delightful read for cat owners and yoga enthusiasts alike. The book is an ideal gift for someone who loves their cat almost as much as they love yoga, providing a unique way to bond with their pet while engaging in a healthy activity.