Books are some of my favourite objects. The sight of them, the smell, the touch of the pages… all of these are that of beauty to me. I have much more to say on the love I have for books, which I am sure will come out again and again in future posts. For now, suffice it to say that along with plants and crystals, books are my favourite things to have around. They make a house a home to me. Over the years I have collected quite a few (much to the chagrin of my boyfriend who has to put up with stacks of partially read books strewn across the apartment in various piles), though I often donate them or give them away to people I think would enjoy them. My library is less of a collection and more of a rotating door of information, stories, and insight.
A common question that is asked of me by my students and friends is whether I have any suggestions of books they could read that would help them on their path. Below are some the gems that have been pivotal to who I have become as a practitioner as well as a teacher.
★ The Deeper Dimensions of Yoga by Georg Feuerstein
★ Light on the Yoga Sutras by BKS Iyengar
The Juicy Stuff:
★ Shadows on the Path by Abdi Assadi
★ Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche
★ The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer
★ Open Heart, Open Mind by Swami Chetanananda
Biographies of great saints/yogis/gurus:
★ Miracle of Love by Ram Das
★ Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramhansa Yogananda
★ Only God by Regina Sara Ryan
★ Ramakrishna and His Disciples by Christopher Isherwood
★ Light Emerging: The Journey of Personal Healing by Barbara Ann Brennan
★ The Body of Light by John Mann and Lar Short
★ Esoteric Anatomy: The Body as Consciousness by Bruce Burger
Deep Esoteric Stuff:
★ Behind the Cosmic Curtain by Swami Rudrananda
★ The Yoga of Discipline by Gurumayi Chidvilasananda
★ A tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury by Lee Lozowick
This is not an all-encompassing list, just a few that have been super important to me. I would love to hear your recommendations or books that have been pivotal to you!