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7 Must-Reads for Holiday Travel & Yoga Retreats

December 2, 2015

Traveling opens your mind to new ideas and ways of being, while yoga and reading both do the same.

Before you fly, drive or saunter to your next destination, grab a good book, and open your imagination a little wider.

7 Must-Reads for Holiday Travel & Yoga Retreats

1. Siddhartha by Herman Hesse

Siddhartha is made up of two words in the Sanskrit language, siddha (achieved) + artha (meaning), which together means “he who has found meaning of existence.”

Hesse’s book is about a young man seeking the truth and meaning of our human existence, like many of us who travel or step onto our mats. This book is a must-read for anyone who is striving to reevaluate his life and live with deeper meaning.

2. Yoga Bitch: One Woman’s Quest to Conquer Skepticism, Cynicism, and Cigarettes on the Path to Enlightenment by Suzanne Morrison

If you’re looking for something light, funny and honest, take a look at Yoga Bitch. In addition, if you’re all about the yoga scene, you may recognize a few familiar faces.

Great quote: “How do you not start to congratulate yourself on being so expertly yogic, especially when you look around and see so many others flailing, cigarette in one hand, mudra in the other, chanting their petty desires and attachments to anyone who’ll listen?”

3. Be Here Now by Ram Dass

Don’t mind getting a bit weird while expanding your mind at the same time? Look no further than Ram Dass’s classic Be Here Now, which is broken into his transformation, his journey (complete with tons of psychedelic drawings) and his “Cookbook for a Sacred Life.” Get present and enjoy.

4. Eastern Body, Western Mind by Anodea Judith

If you’re interested in expanding your knowledge of the chakra systems, combined with a framework of Jungian psychology, somatic therapy, childhood developmental theory, and metaphysics, you’ll love this book.

Flipping through the pages that are arranged by chakras, you’ll be able to discover how chakra imbalances relate to Western psychology.

Warning: This one isn’t a light-read, by it’ll help you on your path to self-discovery.

5. Light on Yoga by B.K.S. Iyengar

Most yoga teacher trainings include this one on their lists, but if it hasn’t made it to yours, read this definitive guide to the philosophy and practice of yoga by one of the greats.

This book includes complete descriptions and illustrations of all the poses and breathing exercises.

6. On the Road by Jack Kerouac 

Wanderlusts, you’ll love this classic American tale of hitch-hiking 20-somethings searching for what really is during counter post-war 1950s America. This tale captures the mindset of a young vagabond and no one does it quite like Kerouac.

7. Healthy Happy Sexy: Ayurveda Wisdom for Modern Women by Katie Silcox

Look no further than YOGASCAPES yoga instructor and leading expert on Ayurveda, Katie Silcox, to learn what is up with yoga’s sister science. This hip, sensual Ayurveda bible for women distils ancient teaches into spiritual and practical tips on physical, mental, and spiritual health.

It’s time to live your best life possible through your new bible, which includes questions, journal exercises and more.

What’s number one in your reading list at the moment?

 

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