A favorite morning self-care practice of mine is rolling out of bed, making a warm cup of lemon water (still in my pajamas) and sitting with a book. It's the quietest time of day and I'm refreshed, reading spiritual yogic text to set the tone for my day and often this is what inspires my personal practice and teachings. When it comes to yoga books there are so many to choose from - from philosophy to meditation to asana. If you've been curious and looking for new insights, inspiration and ways to deepen your practice, here are a few of my absolute favorites. I hope this list will spark joy in your heart and give you tools to expand your practice on and off the mat. Enjoy- Happy reading!
A PATH WITH HEART
By Jack Kornfield
A path with heart is exactly what the title says. A guide on how to walk this life with heart, with compassion and with an openness to self discovery. It's a book that's always in hands reach in my home. Its bent pages covered in notes and many sentences covered in highlighter. I highly recommend this text for the student that is ready to go beyond the physical "asana" layers of yoga and wanting to dive deeper into understanding meditation and self study.
By Mary Oliver
Moving, heartwarming and inspiring words by Mary Oliver. A must in every ones collection.
RESTORE AND REBALANCE:
Yoga for Deep Relaxation
By Judith Lasater
Judith Hanson Lasater, Ph.d. in East-West Psychology and physical therapist has taught yoga around the world since 1971. She is a founder of the Iyengar Yoga Institute in San Francisco, CA, as well as of Yoga Journal magazine. Her Restore and Rebalance book is a wonderful guide to restorative yoga. Grab this book, buy a bolster and indulge. Many of the poses are easy and accessible for all.
The Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, In, On, or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You Do.
By Wallace J. Nichols
A blue Mind is a must read by all water lovers and anyone for that matter. He explains the remarkable healing effects of water on our health and over all well-being. This is a read everyone can appreciate.