There are many books on the topics of yoga and mindful living, but we wanted to share a few that we find ourselves coming back to time and time again.
One of our favorite things about yoga is that it encourages us to remain a student.
The practice deepens our awareness so that we begin to notice things we did not previously see. It gets us asking questions and digging deeper into what it means to live a meaningful life.
Whether you are a yoga teacher, an avid practitioner, or just starting out on your yoga journey, there is no end to what can be explored within this practice if you are willing to keep a beginner’s mind.
Books can guide us to places we would not go on our own, are easy to take with us anywhere, and are accessible ways always to keep learning.
Need we say more?
Without further ado, here are 4 Books that should be on every yogi’s shelf.
Meditations From the Mat is the perfect book to keep nearby during your daily yoga practice.
We recommend reading a section before or after your yoga or meditation to breathe more intention into your practice.
If you are looking for a reminder that yoga is more than just the physical postures, this book will do that by taking you through the eight limbs of yoga and what it means to live a yoga-inspired life.
It is an easy read that has sections of small devotional-like reflections which can be read in a few minute’s time.
Your Body, Your Yoga is a breath of fresh air for those of us who love yoga anatomy.
It is specifically a gift to those of us who have bodies that differ from the stereotypical yoga models often seen online and in books.
Bernie Clark asks difficult questions of traditional yoga anatomy and invites in personal observation. In other words, he teaches us how to understand our own body…not some yoga model’s body that is most likely completely different from ours.
While many books on this topic are written to tell the student what they should look like and what they should be experiencing during specific yoga postures, Clark does just the opposite. He encourages a new way of seeing where each body is treated as unique and requiring of different alignment.
One of our favorite things about this book is the way it is laid out.
It is easy to read but also has sidebars which dive deeper into the technicalities of the body if you so desire, allowing you to choose how you wish to read it.
In Yoga Therapy For Stress and Anxiety, Robert Butera, introduces us to our “inner landscape,” as he calls it, and shows us how to use mindfulness to live healthier lives and find emotional healing.
Butera provides exercises throughout the book which help us to apply his holistic and practical teachings.
In similar ways that Bernie Clark does in Your Body, Your Yoga, Robert Butera is teaching us to analyze our wellbeing and understand how we can develop healthier habits that will decrease stress and anxiety.
Wherever You Go, There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn, a pioneer in mindfulness teachings, is an inspiring and illuminating work which teaches us what it means to “wake up” to present-moment living.
A regular practice of mindfulness meditation is both calming, and awakening and Kabat-Zinn shows us how to use this practice to live richer lives.
Unlike many mindfulness teachers who are monks, or individuals set apart in some way, Kabat-Zinn writes as a father and a husband who strives to incorporate mindfulness into a normal American life.
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