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10 Yogi Reads Submitted By You

Your Ultimate Yoga Reading List

We asked and you shared! Here are just a few of the highlights from the many wonderful book suggestions you offered to us on Facebook. Together they comprise the ultimate yoga reading list. Feeling extra studious with fall approaching? Download a PDF of the full list of submitted titles here

The Soul Searcher's Handbook - Emma Mildon

The Soul Searcher's Handbook: The Modern Girl's Guide to the New Age World
Emma Mildon

"If there were some sort of super-badass underground Soul Searchers organization (move over, Fight Club) the first rule would be to challenge yourself. The second rule would be to do it again. The third rule would be -- especially if it's your first time soul searching -- that you have to ask the big question: What is it that you seek?"

For anyone who has ever been curious about crystals, numerology and aura reading but too afraid to ask anyone besides Google -- Emma's got you covered. Her book includes everything you need to know about living a more spiritual life in a very fun and approachable way.

The Four Agreements - Don Miguel Ruiz

The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom
Don Miguel Ruiz

"Each of us is born with a certain amount of personal power that we rebuild every day after we rest."

Simple, tried and true – this book is a bestseller for good reason. Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, the four rules presented here can only invite goodness to your life.

Big Magic - Elizabeth Gilbert

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear
Elizabeth Gilbert

"I believe this is one of the oldest and most generous tricks the universe plays on us human beings, both for its own amusement and for ours: The universe buries strange jewels deep within us all, and then stands back to see if we can find them."

A fountain of inspiration for aspiring creatives and (more importantly) therapy for the creatively challenged -- this is Elizabeth Gilbert's finest. Read, love, and get ready to make beautiful things in your life.

New and Selected Poems - Mary Oliver

Mary Oliver's Poetry

"When it's over, I want to say: all my life
I was a bride married to amazement."

It's no use trying to pick just one Mary Oliver collection. There's a little something for everyone in each one. Her lyrical and observant musings are sure to add a mindful pause to your day.

Get Some Headspace - Andy Puddicombe

Get Some Headspace: How Mindfulness Can Change Your Life in Ten Minutes a Day
Andy Puddicombe

"Imagine what it would be like to be unconcerned with the volume or intensity of thoughts in your mind. Most of all, imagine what it would be like to have a place within your own mind which is always calm, always still and always clear; a place that you can always return to..."

Before there was an app, there was a book! Former Buddhist monk and founder of the Headspace app, Andy Puddicombe gives hands on advice on why and how to start an accessible meditation practice of your very own.

The Razor's Edge - W. Somerset Maugham

The Razor's Edge
W. Somerset Maugham

"I wish I could make you see how exciting the life of the spirit is and how rich in experience. It's illimitable. It's such a happy life. There's only one thing like it, when you're up in a plane by yourself, high, high, and only infinity surrounds you."

A disillusioned pilot returns from World War I unimpressed with his peers' social climbing and capital building. Instead he opts for a life of modest means, travel, and truth-seeking. Published in 1944, you might call this the original Eat, Pray, Love.

The Bhagavad Gita - Eknath Easwaran

The Bhagavad Gita
Translated by Eknath Easwaran

"The Self cannot be pierced or burned, made wet or dry. It is everlasting and infinite, standing on the motionless foundations of eternity. The Self is unmanifested, beyond all thought, beyond all change. Knowing this, you should not grieve."

As ancient and sacred as the practice of yoga itself, the heroic narrative of the Bhagavad Gita is full of wisdom you can emulate on and off the mat.

Wanderlust - Jeff Krasno

Wanderlust: A Modern Yogi's Guide to Discovering Your Best Self
Jeff Krasno

"When you get into the spirit, adventure becomes more important than any set answer. And, often, as soon as you let go of the utter need to know your destination and begin to enjoy the ride, poof! There, you've found it, your center, your unpuzzling, what you were hoping and loving toward all along."

A big beautiful book to keep you on track with living your best life for the 361 days of the year that you aren't at a Wanderlust festival. There are plenty of flows here and lots of drool worthy travel inspiration – but the real aim of this title is to connect you with your deepest desires and dreams.

Yoga Girl - Rachel Brathen

Yoga Girl
Rachel Brathen

"The yoga pose is not the goal. Becoming flexible is not the goal. Standing on your hands is not the goal. The goal is serenity. Balance. Truly finding peace in your own skin."

Rachel Brathen's book is a blend of touching personal narrative, yummy recipes and asana breakdowns -- all beautifully photographed from her home base of Aruba. This book will make you want to get up, move, then give yourself a great big hug.

I Am Yoga - Susan Verde

I Am Yoga
Susan Verde

"When I feel small in a world so big, I calm my mind, my body, my breath. I create and imagine. I am Yoga."

This picture book is perfect for little yogis – or for that matter, big yogis needing a sweet little break from their busy lives. Beautiful illustrations by Peter H. Reynolds show yoga's ability to connect us with a great, big, colorful world.

Did we miss any of your favorite reads in our list? Comment below! Or, follow us on Facebook to join in on the next yogi favorites round-up. 

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