Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy

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Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy
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First edition featuring Patanjali
AuthorJaggi Vasudev
SubjectSpirituality, yoga

Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy is a spiritual and self-help book by Jaggi Vasudev. The book is intended to be a spiritual guide with practices for personal growth, and also a look at the author's own spiritual journey.


The fundamental premise suggested in the book is that "the way out is in."[1] The author suggests that our experience of life is determined by us, either consciously or unconsciously. The process of inner engineering is about "creating a climate within yourself "[2] to consciously choose how we experience life. Once we consciously choose, whether it is "health, peace, joy, ecstasy," an individual becomes the "source of it."[3]

Various practices are given in the book, to help the reader handle every aspect of life, "from food, the drinking habit, sex and love in human relationships."[1] The book combines elements of Sadhguru's Inner Engineering class[4] with aspects of his life story, "including his journey from a young boy"[5] to his mystic experience as a young man "of being one with everything."[1]


The book is divided into two sections. Part One contains five chapters: When I Lost My Sense; The Way Out Is In; Design Your Destiny; No Boundary, No Burden; ...And Now, Yoga. Part Two has four chapters: Body; Mind; Energy; Joy.[6]


Published on September 20, 2016 by Spiegel & Grau, the book was launched in the United States in New York's Times Square.[7] The author's subsequent book and lecture tour covered 17 cities in North America, with a total audience of 26,000 people.[8] Outside the United States, the book was launched on November 13 in London. In India, the book was launched in Mumbai on December 15 by filmmaker Subhash Ghai[9] and also at the Jaipur Literature Festival[10] and at the Kerala Literature Festival by actress Manju Warrier.[11] In Dubai, the book was launched on March 17, at a talk by Sadhguru.


Sadhguru, the author of the book

After its United States launch, the book entered The New York Times Best Seller list in the health, religion, and self-help categories,[12][13][14] and The Washington Post bestseller list in the non-fiction hardcover category.[15] After its launch in India, the book became a bestseller on's India page,[16] and was included in their Memorable Books of 2016 list.[17] The book won the 2017 Crossword Book awards (15th edition) under the non-fiction category (popular choice awards).[18]

A review in Deccan Chronicle said the book recast Patanjali's Yoga Sutra in layman's terms.[1] The review further stated that the author neither takes a "moral high ground nor seeks to be prescriptive" but offers a "pragmatic approach". A review in The Star of Malaysia noted that the book "is filled with little gems – provocative statements and ideas", and stated that the book is not something that can be finished in a day or two because "though Sadhguru's writing style makes it very readable and engaging, there are so many points to ponder".[19]

On Twitter, actress Jacqueline Fernandez picked the book as part of her "holiday reading challenge",[20] while singer Smita called the book a "must read" "that helps u find answers".[21] Suhel Seth referred to Inner Engineering as "something so well told with such insight!"[22]


  1. ^ a b c d "Book review: Demystifying yoga, redefining 'Ghar Vaapsi'". Deccan Chronicle. 2017-01-16. Retrieved 2017-04-09.
  2. ^ Chaudhary, Suchitra (2017-03-17). "Sadhguru enthralls Dubai crowd, gives crash course on achieving true happiness". Gulf News. Retrieved 2017-04-09.
  3. ^ Chaudhary, Suchitra (2017-03-18). "Sadhguru's message for Dubai residents". Gulf News. Retrieved 2017-04-09.
  4. ^ "Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy – The Isha Blog". The Isha Blog. 2016-09-22. Retrieved 2017-04-09.
  5. ^ "Isha founder pens new book on meditative yoga". 2016-11-22. Retrieved 2017-04-09.
  6. ^ Sadhguru (2016-12-12). Inner Engineering: A Yogi’s Guide to Joy. Penguin Books Limited. ISBN 9789386057587.
  7. ^ "Sadhguru Preaches Spirituality, Writes Philosophy, Reads 'Dennis the Menace'". Huffington Post India. Retrieved 2017-04-09.
  8. ^ "Sadhguru's newly launched book is about exploring inner self". Mathrubhumi. Retrieved 2017-04-09.
  9. ^ "Mumbai Diary: Friday Dossier". Mid Day. Retrieved 2017-04-09.
  10. ^ "Zee Jaipur Literature Festival 2017: We are living in best time of human history, says Sadhguru". Zee News. 2017-01-20. Retrieved 2017-04-09.
  11. ^ "Kerala Literature Fest begins in Kozhikode today". Deccan Chronicle. 2017-02-03. Retrieved 2017-04-09.
  12. ^ "Health Books – Best Sellers". The New York Times. November 13, 2016. Retrieved 2017-04-09.
  13. ^ "Religion, Spirituality and Faith Books – Best Sellers – October 9, 2016 – The New York Times". Retrieved 2017-04-09.
  14. ^ "Advice, How-To & Miscellaneous Books – Best Sellers – October 9, 2016 – The New York Times". Retrieved 2017-04-09.
  15. ^ "Washington Post bestsellers: Sept. 25, 2016". The Washington Post. 2016-09-21. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2017-04-09.
  16. ^ "Archive of Amazon India Bestseller Page on 15 November 2016". Archived from the original on 2016-11-15.
  17. ^ " Memorable books: Books". Retrieved 2017-04-09.
  18. ^ "Josy Joseph, Sujit Saraf and Karan Johar among the winners of this year's Crossword Book Awards".
  19. ^ "Review: Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide To Joy -". The Star. 2016-12-29. Retrieved 2017-04-09.
  20. ^ "Jacqueline Fernandez on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2017-04-09.
  21. ^ "Smita on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2017-04-09.
  22. ^ "SUHEL SETH on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2017-04-09.

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