Props and Booksessentials + nice-to-haves
Crucial to home practitioners and teachers. Contains an amazing introduction to yoga philosophy, as well as pictures and step-by-step instructions of asana and sequences to work with specific ailments. Dig into this one. You’ll be using it for decades.
This is a fun one if you like stories. Mythology behind dozens of yoga postures that help the asana practice come alive…to me, at least!
A beautiful book created by one of the founders of the Wanderlust festivals, which I’m a big fan of. This book provides a really nice background on basic yogic philosophy, the eight limbs of yoga, meditations techniques, sequencing, journaling, and more. It’s gorgeous. Made in a workbook style for writing in, you’ll want to have your own copy of this one.
Take a tour through the Bhavagad Gita as Stephen Cope beautifully dissects the idea of “dharma,” your calling in life. Cope uses stories of famous people in modern history, such as Jane Goodall, Susan B. Anthony, Walt Whitman, and more to explore how these figures embraced their dharma to life fully in the world with purpose. A fabulous book to help you explore your meaning and how to work in the world.
Based on the research of psychologist, Dr. Kristin Neff, this book explores practices and meditations to stop beating yourself up through self-compassion, instead of trying to build up self-esteem through perfectionistic tendencies. Good stuff.
Digs into the idea that the two wings of clear seeing and compassion can help us to radically accept ourselves and our situations, and explores the Buddhist concepts behind this worldview. Excellent book for recovering perfectionists!
Instead of setting goals, decide how you want to FEEL. This book provides a whole new way of designing your life around your true values and desires. Check out the daily and weekly planners that accompany this book.
By: Cate Stillman
Discover an innovative new curriculum for smarter, naturally rejuvenating daily habits through Ayurveda and yoga. This book was written by one of my first amazing teachers of yoga and Ayurveda (the sister science of yoga that focuses on food, daily rhythms and more through understanding your body composition).