Below, you will find a selection of books that I may refer to in blogs, or quite simply, books that I love! Click on the book if you're interested in buying it.
As Dr. Seuss wrote, "The more that you read the more things you will know. The more you learn the more places you'll go."
The Good Hustle
by Dr. Polly McGee
This author should be applauded for her ability to intertwine the principles of Yoga with good business practice. As I am learning to run my own business, this book gave me the courage to keep doing what I'm doing, even if it's going against the expectations of what it means to be an entrepreneur.
We Flow Hard: The Y7 Guide to Crafting Your Yoga Practice
by Sarah Levey, Mason Levey and Emily DiDonato
The Y7 brand blends the mindfulness of Yoga with street culture. The book shows a variety of sequences, but my favourite part is the advice on creating hip-hop playlists to liven up a Yoga class.
The Yoga Bible
by Christina Brown
This is my go-to book anytime I want the quick and dirty version of a specific pose. It's handy because it explains in simple terms how to get in out of a particular pose, and the warm-ups to be physically ready for the pose. Also, each page is a different pose, so you aren't spending time flipping through wordy pages, trying to find something new.
Yoga Mind, Body & Spirit
by Donna Farhi
Donna Farhi knows her stuff when it comes to proper alignment and safely moving in and out of yoga postures. I think this book is great for students and teachers of yoga because the detailed descriptions and illustrations make for a precise practice. The chapter on the Seven Moving Principles of Yoga is a must-read.
Yoga for Depression: A Compassionate Guide to Relieve Suffering Through Yoga
by Amy Weintraub
Yogis who practise for good mental health should be well aware of the author Amy Weintraub. She's been assisting people for decades with their battles against depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety. This book explains how certain postures alleviate stresses on the mind as well as breathing techniques that will truly change you.
Hormone Balance Through Yoga
by Claudia Turske
This is a tiny little book that packs a punch of poses for hormone health. Hormones start to change during a person's 30s. Mood swings, cravings and irritability may be soothed by practising some of these targeted sequences that coordinate postures with bhastrika breathing.
Yoga Therapy: Strong and Healthy The Ryoho Way
by Lisa Foster
This little gem of a book is for women looking for short yoga sequences to target certain body parts and organs such as the tummy, the bladder or the buttocks. I find Ryoho Yoga fascinating as the sequences are linked to the five elements in traditional Chinese medicine.
Tranquil Sitting: A Taoist Journal on Meditation and Chinese Medical Qigong
by Yin Shi Zi
This comforting book was written in 1954 by a Taoist Master who used meditation as medicine to cure his own childhood illness. My favourite analogy is how he suggests to mentally lasso the eyes to the nose and then to the heart to keep focus while meditating.