Deepen Your Yoga Practice and Enrich Your Mind: Ten Books

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When the weather is nice, I stop reading and I end up spending nearly all of my free time riding around Boulder on my bike.




Now that fall is approaching, I’m considering which books I’d like to have on hand for rainy day reading.


This year, I’ve developed a particular interest in exploring the intersection between yoga, psychology, and the chakras.



I love using the cooler weather as a time to explore any curiosities I’ve developed and to deepen my knowledge in these areas of interest.


Here are the ten books on my list to explore this fall. I hope at least a few will pique your interest, and maybe even deepen your yoga practice and enrich your mind.


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  • Eastern Body Western Mind, by Anodea Judith

Eastern Body Western Mind is a key resource for exploring the links between the chakra system, our health and wellness, and our established practices of mindfulness.









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  • Fierce Medicine, by Ana T. Forrest

Fierce Medicine explores Ana Forrest’s journey to becoming the renowned teacher and leader she is today.








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  • Daring Greatly, by Brené Brown

Brown explores the power of making friends with our vulnerability in a manner that supports how we relate to the world in a braver, more open and curious way.









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  • The Way of Zen, by Alan Watts

Watts’ philosophy on how the practices of Zen Buddhism can be unlocked and made accessible to the Western world is uncovered.










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  • The Mindful Brain, by Daniel Siegel

Learn more about how the concept of mindfulness is becoming an area of increasing interest and important research in modern-day psychology.










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  • The Mindfulness Revolution, by Barry Boyce

Mindfulness has become a buzz-word. What does it mean and how can we incorporate it into the everyday?









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  • The Subtle Body, by Cyndi Dale

This is a relevant and accessible guide that introduces the energetic body as a lens for learning more about how energies affect our physical and emotional experiences.










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  • The Four Agreements, by Don Miguel Ruiz

Ruiz explores these four pillars to self-improvement: Be impeccable with your word; Don’t take anything personally; Don’t make assumptions; Always do your best.










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  • The Artist’s Way, by Julia Cameron

The Artist’s Way offers a field guide to getting in touch with your creative side in a meaningful way that supports your journey in this lifetime.









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  • Staying Sharp, by Henry Emmons, M.D.

Learn about how your yoga practice is keeping your brain healthy and young!










Happy reading!





About the Author:

Caitlin Oriel is a Boulder native. She started doing yoga in college to de-stress from the pressures of college athletics. Caitlin has recently fallen in love with Forrest yoga. She is a columnist at Elephant Journal and enjoys writing about real life experiences and issues she is passionate about. In her spare time, she loves to spend time watching sunrises and sunsets outside. Her current creative endeavor is learning to play the acoustic guitar.
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