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?