Expand Your Practice Beyond the Mat With These Yoga Books
After you finish your YouTube class, expand your practice even more by diving into these yoga books. The following reads pinpoint a wide range of yoga topics — from breathwork to food to recovery — all intended to influence physical, mental, and spiritual prosperity. Each author's unique, contemporary perspective on yoga could help enhance your practice on and off the mat.
One Degree Revolution
Coby Kozlowski, certified yoga instructor and author of One Degree Revolution: How the Wisdom of Yoga Inspires Small Shifts That Lead to Big Changes ($18), believes in living yoga, not just practicing it. Through her book, Kozlowski inspires her readers to reflect on how the teachings of yoga can influence meaningful life choices.
Restorative Yoga for Beginners
Whether you're recovering from an injury, illness, or stress, Restorative Yoga for Beginners: Gentle Poses for Relaxation and Healing ($11) can support your journey through yoga teachings. Learn to target your pain, breathe easier, and improve your energy through the physical and spiritual benefits of yoga — all with the help of illustrated instructions.
Yin Yoga: Essential Poses and Sequences for Balanced Energy ($12) offers user-friendly references, digestible bits of philosophy, and detailed artwork to educate beginner and experienced yogis on Yin yoga. The method, which derived from Hatha yoga informed by Chinese Daoist practices, focuses on strengthening joints, ligaments, and fascial tissues, all through passively held poses.
The Yoga Plate
Not sure what to eat after your afternoon flow? The Yoga Plate: Bring Your Practice into the Kitchen with 108 Simple & Nourishing Vegan Recipes ($20) is advertised as the first modern cookbook to marry yoga's principles of ahimsa (which means nonharming or nonviolence in Sanskrit) with nutrition. With 108 vegan recipes to choose from, you'll never run out of compassionate, delicious meals.
Filled with breathing exercises that'll boost your energy and physical health, Breathwork: A 3-Week Breathing Program to Gain Clarity, Calm, and Better Health ($10) will help you master this restorative yoga staple. Author Valerie Moselle even addresses coping with allergies and anxiety for a more effective breath.