In nearly every yoga class I’ve attended, the teacher carries a theme throughout the practice, usually inspired by a book, a poem, a blog post or a thought. This has always helped me to go deeper into my practice, thinking outside of the physical pain and instead focusing on the message I’m receiving, so here’s my list of recommended readings from these classes. I’ll continue to update this list as I go, but here are a couple to start with:

  • “The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom” by Don Miguel RuizIf you’re looking to gain some perspective in your life, read this book! Shamanic teacher and healer don Miguel Ruiz simply yet eloquently sets aside four rules for living a more authentic and truly free life. Every rule is so simple, yet powerful when put into practice. This is a quick read that will challenge you beyond your own perceived mental barriers.

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  • “Journey to the Heart: Daily Meditations on the Path to Freeing Your Soul” by Melody BeattieMelody Beattie’s “Journey to the Heart” is a popular choice for yoga instructors, I’ve learned. Some might classify this book as a “self help” guide, but I really see it as a series of daily food for thought. Melody goes through each day of the year reflecting on her own spiritual and physical travels, always concluding with a profound nugget to start your day off right.

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