Jamie's Bookshelf

When I'm in relaxation mode, chances are that you'll find me with a book or my Kindle. I love escaping to new worlds and exploring new ideas via reading. Below you'll find a list of books that are currently influencing my practice / teaching as well as some non-yoga books that I am enjoying. You can also connect with me on Goodreads to see my complete bookshelf.

Iyengar writes on the philosophy and practice of yoga, dedicating most of the book to descriptions of asanas and their effects. It's a great reference for trying new poses and has several useful illustrations. It's more of a reference book than something you'll want to read straight through.

I chose this version because of my interest in languages.  Here the translator, Sri Swami Satchidananda, provides a translation for each Sanskrit word as well as the entire passage. He also provides commentary. I try to reach one or two Sutras in the morning before my daily meditation.

I love this book because it has several example class transcripts that I can use when practicing leading Yoga Nidra. I also love the science section that discusses how and why Nidra works.

I just started digging into this book to learn more about the chakras. I'm hoping that it will influence a chakra yoga series that I'm putting together!

The Soul of an Octopus

Are humans the only animal with a conscious mind? Can mammals feel emotions? This beautifully written book argues yes. I loved meeting the different octopuses highlighted in this book and learning more about them. A little long, but I'd definitely recommend it!

I've just started this Hindu scripture and am interested to see what I learn!

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