I’m an avid reader. Truthfully, there is nothing I love more than curling up with a good book on a rainy day (or any other kind of day, for that matter).
I’m often asked about some of my favorite yoga, meditation and/or spirituality books, so I figured it was about time I shared! These books have gotten me through some incredibly happy times, some difficult times, and have expanded my knowledge of this rich practice so much. Check them out (literally…go to your library and check them out!) and let me know what some of your favorites are in return!
- The Wisdom of Sundays by Oprah (and some other truly amazing humans) – This book is just pure magic. It’s short, sweet & to the point, and it’s one of those special books that you can return to again and again by just flipping open a page a reading. Love it. Can’t get enough of it.
- When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chodron – I highly recommend this read for anyone that is experiencing loss of some kind. This book has helped me comprehend my own losses in the last year and beautifully ties in buddhist philosophy with real world examples.
- A Return to Love by Marianne Williamson – I’ve already raved about the magic of this book in a separate blog post, so I’ll save you the details and just say this: go read this book. Now. Just do it. Do it and thank me later.
- The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer – This is one of those books that I always find myself returning to, even if it’s just for a few moments on a quiet afternoon during times of self-exploration. It is beautifully written and explores our idea of identity and belonging in such a remarkable way.
- The Book of Joy by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu – I mean, can you think of a better duo than these two?! This read is wonderful for times when you just need to feel a little lighter. When you need life to feel a little lighter. When you need to laugh and find some joy.
- The Path of the Yoga Sutras by Nicolai Bachman – Whether you’ve been teaching yoga for decades or are just stepping onto your mat for the first time, this book is a wonderfully relatable approach to the philosophy behind this thing we call yoga. It is so easy to read and even provides mini thoughts to meditate on for each sutra!
- Emotions and Essential Oils by Enlighten Publishing – We all know that essential oils can have remarkable healing properties for physical ailments like headaches and stress, but did you know that they can also help heal us emotionally? Short & well-organized (almost like a quick-reference guide), you can learn more about the ways essential oils and aromatherapy can support your emotional health with just the flip of a few pages!
- Curvy Yoga by Anna Guest-Jelley – Y’all know that I am super passionate about sharing the love of yoga with everyBODY regardless of whatever dumb number might be on the tag in your yoga pants. That’s why I love this book by the ever-incredible body activist and founder of Curvy Yoga, Anna Guest-Jelley. Not only does it break conventional poses down into a way that is more accessible for all body types, it also provides a general framework of “you’re totally awesome”-ness that I freakin’ love. #bodypositivity
- Zen Penguins by Jonathan Chester and Patrick Regan – Okay, so real talk…I bought this book mostly on a whim at the New England Aquarium one night when I was attending a member’s only event where there were a lot of themed ocean cocktails served. I was a yoga teacher, and I thought it was cute. But it’s actually a super-charming book and one that I’ve ironically enough returned to whenever I need a quick smile. Sometimes this practice doesn’t have to be so serious…sometimes it’s as simple as some cute penguins.
- Yoga Nidra by Swami Satyananda Saraswati – Written by none other than the man credited with bringing modern Yoga Nidra to the world, this book is a must-have for anyone that wants to 1) learn more about the foundations of Yoga Nidra or 2) start their own Yoga Nidra practice. There are even scripts for Yoga Nidra meditations packed right in the book!
- The Bhagavad Gita – If you love yoga, then you have to read The Bhagavad Gita at some point in your journey. This scripture is rich with knowledge that applies to so much more than just your mat, trust me. PS: if the original translations are a bit too much to handle at first, there are a bunch of books on Amazon that break it down in more relatable language. Try it out!
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