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Travel Books: Two Sizzling Summer Must-Reads

August 7, 2015

Summer: late nights, warm breezes, barbecues, pools, camping, frequent travel, and lounging in the heat with a good book.

When I say “good book,” I mean a mind-numbing easy-to-read page turner full of sexual tension, suspense, and quasi-lame dialogue. A book akin to candy: unable to resist, unable to put down, sad when it is over, but soon a faded memory. Summer reading has its place, and we all love such books.

Although summer is half over (sad, I know), it is not too late to get some page-turner books in before Labor Day…especially since a really good summer read takes about two days of extreme book fetish intensity.

Yogis, I have two book recommendations that not only fulfill the summer book qualifications of easy to read plot-grabbing second and fourth chakra engaging word pleasure, but these books also have something to do with yoga.

Oh yeah, your summer just got even better…

Corpse Pose by Diana Killian/ Berkley Prime Crime

Hey, murder-mystery junkies, this one is for you. Actually, this one is so inviting even non-murder mystery junkies will find it appealing.

A yoga studio owner is found dead and it is up to the hunky detective, and the defensive yet vulnerable niece to figure out who is the murderer in this yogic whodunit. In Corpse Pose, you get the suspense of murder, arson, and attempted break-ins, sidelined by a burgeoning romance, vegetarian diets (the author also adds in two recipes), hostile yoga teachers, and odd yoga classes like Doga, yoga for dogs. To add a massage to your Savasana, Corpse Pose is the first in a series. This series by Diana Killian also includes Dial Om for Murder, and Murder on the Eightfold Path. Om yeah, peaceful heart-centered yoga will never be the same.

Downward Dog by Edward Vilga/ Diversion Books

Want to indulge in late night hook-ups, lots of liquor, and still feel inspired to get to yoga class? If so, Downward Dog is the book for you.

Set in fast-paced New York City club scenes where money and beautiful people are synonymous (oh, Lakshmi!), we learn to mix our Trikonasana (triangle pose) with our bourbon.  In Downward Dog we are led on a journey into the life of a bad boy who struggles with his penchant for one-night stands, desires for big-city living, all while he finds the four-corners of his feet evenly grounded as a yoga instructor among elite society. Yet, as all yogis know, karma always comes around…

Enjoy, Yogis!

Photo Cred: Stephan Hochhaus

Kimi Marin is a Portland-based yoga teacher who helps people find clarity in their mind, body and spirit. She guides students through their practice by riding the waves of breath, energetically aligning breath and body. Kimi has a master’s degree in literature, and loves to combine the power of stories with yoga. She often weaves the myths and stories about various poses into the class. Her transformative Yogic Lore Flow workshops are a fun combination of stories, asana, meditation, and mantra. Kimi was featured in Origin Magazine’s Inspire Series, was the featured ambassador for Ahnu Footwear June 2013, and her writing is published on several blog sites.