This week, we're tackling yoga + mindfulness books, or, 6 books that I think every yogi should read at some point. This list is slightly different than past lists because it is composed of books that I have read and highly recommend, instead of books that I want to read in the future.
Also, this is the perfect place to tell you that my *very first* eBook, How to Earn a Living Teaching Yoga, is now available for pre-order + is included in this roundup (!). The book will be available starting Monday, August 3rd, and all who pre-order will receive a link to download their copy that day.
Why pre-order before August 3rd? Because if you do, you will also receive a bonus chapter entitled "10 Action Steps You Can Take Right Now to Start Building a Profitable Yoga Business." Visit my How to Earn a Living Teaching Yoga eBook page to learn lots more.
Now lets get to the reading list! Here we go--yoga + meditation books that I recommend to YOU:
- Living Your Yoga: Finding the Spiritual in Everyday Life by Judith Lasater: Written by the First Lady of Yoga in the US, this book is a very basic, very accessible guide for how to take your yoga off of the mat and into your life. With just one read, you'll learn all of the basics of yoga philosophy and how to apply it to your everyday.
- Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life by Jon Kabat-Zinn: If you want to learn more about mindfulness meditation, this is your guy and this is your book. Not only is it my favorite book title ever (the best!), it's also my favorite concept and one I talk about/think about all the time.
- Happy Yoga: 7 Reasons Why There's Nothing to Worry About by Steve Ross: Although it presents as a book that's as fun and lighthearted as your favorite beach read, Happy Yoga is not fluff. Written for the modern-day yogi struggling with modern-day pressures, it's full of wisdom that is very relatable to your [my] life. Also, it's all about infusing your life + practice with joy, which is right up my alley.
- Comfortable with Uncertainty: 108 Teachings on Cultivating Fearlessness and Compassion by Pema Chodron: PEMA!!!! I cannot say enough about Pema Chodron. All of her books are amazing and all of her words are so beautiful + spot on that it's almost scary. Every sentence that she writes is worth mulling over for days and her writing will change your life. Srrrrsly.
- How to Earn a Living Teaching Yoga by Yours Truly: I know it's weird to put my own book in this mix, but I'm proud of it and if you're a yoga teacher or are thinking about wanting to teach yoga, I think it's a must-read. Honestly, it's the book that I wanted to read when I first decided to teach yoga, but since it didn't exist, I decided to write it 5 years later. I'm so excited to share it with you!
- The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice by T. K. V. Desikachar: I have to mention this book because it's basically required reading for yogis. It outlines a step-by-step sequence for developing a complete practice according to the age-old principles of yoga. It is not a beach read (this book is dense and takes a while to get through!), but it provides important background and history for understanding the practice of yoga at a much deeper level.
Oh, and my very favorite reference book for yoga teachers? Teaching Yoga: Essential Foundations and Techniques by Mark Stephens. It's basically the first ever full yoga textbook and it's a MUST OWN for every teacher.
Happy summer reading, everyone! I hope the 18 books mentioned in these 3 roundups will provide you with more than enough reading material for the next 6 weeks or so... ;)