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6 Profound Books to Inspire Your Yoga Practice

Once in a while, a book comes along that embodies the same themes you try to manifest on your yoga mat. From spiritual enlightenment to feeling comfortable in your own skin, every yogi’s intention is unique. Here are six yoga books to pick up when you want to enliven your practice and energize your soul.

  1. Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

Raw and passionate, Rupi Kaur’s book of poetry is about pain, love, and loss. But healing is the most important theme. The journey to wholeness starts with knowing your own worth and finding a beautiful connection between your mind, body, and soul.

  1. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse

This is the classic enlightenment trek about self-discovery. To understand reality, one must look at all aspects of life, because life as a whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Read this short novel to gain greater insight into the spirituality of Buddhism.

  1. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

If you are inspired to live life to the fullest, this one’s for you. Life isn’t about being happy all the time; it’s about finding happiness in spite of suffering and pain. Life and health are gifts and this novel reminds you to cherish them as much as possible.

  1. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

This is the quintessential story of mindfulness and making the most of life on earth. Immortality may seem appealing, but it also has its burdens. With a female character who has her autonomy to choose her fate, this story reminds us that an unlived life is to be feared more than death.

  1. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

The philosophy this story embodies is to find your destiny and place in the universe. Trusting that the universe is on your side is a great intention to practice. Your journey is purposeful and unique and The Alchemist reminds readers of that fact.

  1. The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

If you’re feeling like you’re spending too much time in the past or future, this will remind you that the present is all we have. The idea of living in the moment is a great mantra to bring to the mat. It helps to clear your mind and focus on the body and the present moment.

The themes and messages in these books have inspired me to dive deeper into my practice.

What other books have inspired you on your yoga journey?

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  1. Amanda Sides

    Amanda Sides

    October 15, 2016 at 11:28 am

    Patanjali’s yoga sutras (specifically How to Know God by Christopher Isherwood) was the first book I read that really informed my practice and view of the world via yoga. Looking back, The Giver was a book I read for the first time in elementary school, but it struck me so much even then….it’s better to feel and to know, even when the feelings hurt. I still consider it one of my favorite books. I haven’t read it in a while…this reminds me to read it again!

  2. Pála Margrét

    Pála Margrét

    November 1, 2016 at 5:23 pm

    My three favourites that I´ve recently read are The year of Yes by Shonda Rhymes and Eat, pray, love (I´m always reading or listening to this one – and needless to say, so much better than the movie!) and Big Magic (Especially relevant to my yoga practice, and simply way of living, as I find my vinyasa practice to be a very creative progress) by Elizabeth Gilbert.

    To other books that have maybe nothing to do with yoga – but to me are just great life lessons, are the books by the Swedish author Fredrick Backman, but those books have simply made me a better person 🙂 The first one – A man called Ove – is a life story of a grumpy old man, my all time favourite book, and his next ones are amazing as well.

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