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