What Books Have Inspired You and Your Yoga Practice?

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In the last few weeks one of the most common questions at the studio,has been a request for titles of books that have been inspirational to my yoga practice.

I’m a voracious reader, so for me this is a more than one sentence answer, then again most of my answers to any given question tend to be lengthy.

I am always a bit taken aback when anyone is seeking inspiration from me on any level. Always self deprecating and seldom serious, I have to remind myself that at 50 years of age and with a somewhat serious 15 year old practice under the waistband of my yoga pants, I guess I could be seen as having some wisdom.

With some thought I have compiled a list of books in no particular order, that over the years have shared some wisdom, useful information, inspiration, tips, guidance and even humor in regards to my personal yoga practice, both on and off my mat. I’m happy to share them with you.

Charlie, this is for you.

The Soul of Rumi – Coleman Berks

Siddhartha – Hermann Hesse

Yoga Anatomy – Leslie Kaminoff

Hatha Yoga Pradippika – Swami Swatmarama

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

Light on Yoga and Light on Pranayama – BKS Iyengar

Downward Dogs and Warriors: Wisdom Tales for the Modern Yogi – Zo Newell

Eastern Body, Western Mind – Anodes Judith

Hell-Bent: Obsession, Pain and the Search for Something Like Transcendence in Competitive Yoga – Benjamin Lord

21st Century Yoga: Culture, Politics and Practice – Carol Horton and Roseanne Harvey

Stretch: The Unlikely Making of a Yoga Dude – Neal Pollack

The Science of Yoga: The Risks and Rewards – William J Broad

Of Human Bondage – W. Somerset Maugham

Fierce Medicine: Breakthrough Practices to Heal the Body and Ignite the Spirit – Ana T. Forrest

The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice – TKV Desikacher




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