28 Nov Our Favourite Yoga Reads
The art of study is a big part of the yoga tradition. Both study of the self – how we behave, think, act, but also study of the scriptures. While back in the day the scriptures often meant more tradition texts, we can expand on that idea these days and explore a range of books to help us continue to learn and develop. We find that when we read books that make us ask questions we can both study the texts themselves but also use them to study ourselves. If you’re looking for a new book or two, here are some of our favourites, for a range of reasons.
The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer
This book is one all yogis must read at least once in their life. It really gets you to look at yourself, your habits, your thoughts, and your emotions. It uses mindfulness and meditation teachings to help you to tap into the present moment in a way that helps to let go of pain, let go of the past, and embrace the present moment as well as embrace happiness.
Happy Yoga by Steve Ross
Steve Ross is known for his lighthearted yet deep understanding of the yogi path. A musician turned monk turned yoga teacher, Steve doesn’t dictate in his teachings, but rather shares knowledge he’s gained through direct experience. His book talks about typical thoughts and situations that hold us back and why we don’t need them anymore.
Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
The Yoga Sutras are an essential read for all yogis looking to learn more about the practice and ancient teachings themselves. And while the book itself is big and can be somewhat overwhelming at times, each sutra is only one line. This line is then spoken about in detail. But it makes the content digestible for any one.
The Creative Habit: Learn it and use it for life by Twyla Tharp
This is a very interesting, helpful, and thought provoking book for anyone who wants to use or understand their own creativity. While creativity is often thought of as a gift that is dropped in at different points of our life, Twyla Tharp suggests that it is instead a habit that needs to be practiced, daily. She comes from a 35-year career in dance and choreography and discusses how she used this process to create what she has created. It’s a brilliant tool for those looking to teach yoga as well.
The Prophet by Kahil Gibran
Sometimes wonderful and thought provoking prose is all we need to start the thinking and discovering process. And that’s exactly what you’ll find in The Prophet. With phrases like “You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give” and “much of your pain is self-chosen. It is the bitter poison by which the physician within you heals your sick self”, you’ll find it hard to not start to study your own behaviours and beliefs.