This remains my very favorite basic yoga book for my home practice. It has the best step-by-step directions for each pose, as well as modifications. It has photos of people in the poses, which I find much more useful than the drawings found in other books. The book also gives a good overview of the whole yoga lifestyle, and includes sections on creating your own practice using proper sequencing. I especially appreciate their emphasis on being gentle with your body, and not pushing it beyond comfort.