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“Self-Compassion: Stop Beating Yourself Up and Leave Insecurity Behind” by Kristin Neff
This book is simple and to the point. It explores the concept of self-compassion and how it can improve our quality of life.
The book includes some simple exercises as well, which I found really lovely as it helps you put all you’ve learned into practice.
“The Four Agreements: Practical Guide to Personal Freedom” by Don Miguel Ruiz Jr.
Wisdom is universal. This book makes use of ancient Toltec wisdom to craft a personal philosophy for well-being.
Full disclosure: the book does make use of new-age/esoteric language, which is definitely not for everyone, and the author tends to praise himself quite a bit, however the basic concepts are very interesting and explained easy plain words. I do recommend it overall, but do take this with a pinch of salt.
“Myths of the Asanas: The Stories at the Heart of the Yoga” by Alanna Kaivalya and Arjuna van der Kooij
Behind each asana and its corresponding movements is an ancient story about a god, sage, or sacred animal, much like Aesop’s fables or European folktales. This book collects and retells these ancient stories.
“Upanisads” Translation by Patrick Olivelle
This is just a great translation. It’s simple, accurate, straight forward, yet not boring. A must-have.
“The Bhagavad Gita” with Translation and Commentary by Sri Swami Sivananda
This book provides the original Sanskrit text, transliteration, word by word meaning, and a lovely translation, followed by insightful and easy to understand commentary. Too good to pass.
“Roots of Yoga” By James Mallinson and Mark Singleton
This book is the product of many years of research on the origins of yoga, complete with translations from a vast array of sources. This book contributes enormously to our understanding of the development of yoga. It is extremely detailed and definitely not a leisurely read: best to be read in chunks!
Traditional Thai Foldable Yoga Meditation Cushion (Kapok Filling)
This meditation pillow has a great consistency, soft enough to be comfortable, but not so much that it will lose its shape. I love that it’s foldable so I can modify its height. Works great as a soft yoga block as well.
Base Yoga Acupressure Mat
I use this so much. It’s affordable and works really well. When you first lay down on it it can be a little painful, but it doesn’t take long to get used to it and soon you will have to make sure you will not fall asleep on it. I mainly use it for back pain, but you can also stand on it to massage your feet!
Himalayan Crystal Rock Salt Lamp
Okay, listen, this is for aesthetic purposes only. This lamp is made of actual pink Himalayan salt, and it gives off a lovely warm glow. Yes, you can lick it. Yes, it will be salty. Yes, it’s fun.
I just couldn’t leave it out of this list.
Lavender, Chamomile & Ylang Ylang Balm
If you’ve been to one of my in-person classes you know I love to use this. Lavender and Ylang Ylang are proven to have relaxing properties, so they’re a great addition to your practice. Just a dab on the sides of your neck and you’re good to go!