I’m a lot of things. I’m a yogi, an artist, a baker, and a crazy avid reader. I love to read a wide variety of genres – fiction, young adult, fantasy, and so much more. But today I want to share with you some of my favorite books that involve yoga, are geared towards yogis, or are an ancient yogic text.
1. First up, is the Bhagavad Gita. There are many translations; this one is by Stephen Mitchel. This pick is a Hindu scripture and major yogic text. The basic premises of this story is a conversation between two men on a battlefield, one of whom is suppose to lead an army into battle. However, doubt begins to overcome him and he asks his charioteer and guide for advice. I read and discussed this as part of my teacher training, and it is in almost every training curriculum. It’s a very deep, enlightening story that I think is a must read.
2. Next is The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown. I recently finished reading this after another yoga teacher friend recommended it. I’m in love! Brené Brown is absolutely amazing! She does research on fear and shame, and this entire book is about how we have to work through them, instead of ignoring, to find true happiness and live a healthy life. Definitely a must read!
3. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali translated by Alistair Shearer. This is another ancient yogic text, and another teacher training read. There are a ton of translations, but they all say roughly the same thing, just in different ways. This book really breaks down all the different parts of yoga and delves into how yoga is not just about movement, but a practice of life.
4. The Book of Awakening by Mark Nepo. The same friend that recommended Book #2 is madly in love with this book as well. After surviving cancer, Mark Nepo worked on this book as a result of his own spiritual journey. He has an entry for each day of the year that is full of knowledge to carry with you. Each day has its own meditation practice that relates to the insight of the text. I haven’t read the entire book yet, as I am reading it in alignment to the calendar year, but what I have read so far has been golden.
5. And finally, Breakfast with Buddha by Roland Merullo. This is the only fictional book on this list. It follows a man traveling America with a monk after the death of his parents. It’s hilarious, very deep, and emotional all at the same time. I really loved this story and found it fascinating to watch a man’s entry into the spiritual path unfold.