First Friday Book List

Happy First Friday loves! 

This month's book list includes two of my favorite yoga books and another book that has changed my perspective on life, habits, and routines. 

I hope you'll enjoy curling up in the sunshine with with one of these jewels in hand.

Sacred Traditions of Yoga by Dr. Shankaranayana Jois

There are two things I love about this book. One, it is so well written, and applies yoga philosophy towards western contemporary life as we know it. It is a great resource for those interested in philosophy, ethics and the sacred traditions of yoga. 

The section on Yamas and Niyamas are very dense and I recommend that you read it slowly and take your time absorbing each section.  If you are also wondering about the various branches of Jnana Yoga, Raja Yoga and Bhakti Yoga, this book clarifies and distinguishes these branches of the practice. 

This book is a resource that I revisit time and time again as there is so much yoga wisdom in these pages. 

 

Strength & Grace
A Collection of Essays by Women Ashtanga Teachers

I was so excited when this book came out, of course because my teacher is a contributor! This book is incredibly relevant to the rise in leadership and voice of women across many industries, yoga included. It addresses questions about practice that relates to the divine feminine including moon cycles, pregnancy, motherhood and everything in between. Truly lovely body of work, I am secretly hoping that another rendition will come out soon.

 

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

This book has made a huge impact on the way I see my personal habits in my daily routine. After reading this book, I find myself asking the question - why am I making this decision? Is it rooted in an old habit or am I making a conscious choice? There are tons of case studies included in this book that provide data on how habits affect us not only on the individual level but in business and community as well. 

This is a personal interest of mine as I broke out of a really harmful habit that I used to struggle with. I speak a little bit about it in my bio. I wish I had a book like this to guide me out of my harmful behavior, however the yoga practice including meditation paved the way towards healing. If you're looking for a way to make a change, whether it is to stop a harmful habit or start a healthy one, this book will provide great tools to effect change.