The best books to revolutionize yoga by how you practice and teach

The Books I Picked & Why

Yoga Revolution: Building a Practice of Courage and Compassion

By Jivana Heyman

Book cover of Yoga Revolution: Building a Practice of Courage and Compassion

Why this book?

I love this book so much I wish I wrote it. It speaks to creating equity not only in yoga spaces but out in the world. This book features quite a few yoga rebels that are changing the game and are my friends and colleagues. Yoga Revolution teaches the world how to apply yoga philosophy to help the world be a better place for all of us. It is about healing our communities. Rebels are about the revolution; knowing the rules so you can break them. Breaking the rules that need to be broken.


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Meditation with Intention: Quick & Easy Ways to Create Lasting Peace

By Anusha Wijeyakumar

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Why this book?

Meditation is an amazing tool for stress relief, mental clarity, focus and balance. Meditation has been shown to help with depression, mental health, and reduction of blood pressure. This book helped me to establish a consistent and meaningful meditation practice. The author Anusha is an incredible teacher and advocate for increased mental health awareness. She provides a practical and sustainable approach to meditation.


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Yoga Where You Are: Customize Your Practice for Your Body and Your Life

By Dianne Bondy, Kat Heagberg

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Why this book?

In my humble opinion one of the best and only books that address yoga, diet culture, pose adaptation, yoga history, body image, and progressive accessibility. Helping readers and practitioners to find their level of practice exactly where they are. You can start as a true beginner and progress to challenging arm balances and poses with this book.


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Body Mindful Yoga: Create a Powerful and Affirming Relationship with Your Body

By Robert Butera, Jennifer Kreatsoulas

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Why this book?

I love this book because it addresses the issues we have with body image and how to heal ourselves from our negative words, thoughts, and beliefs. We get to dig deeper into our relationships with our bodies through the yoga practice. This book shows us mindful steps on how to listen, learn, love, and live with specific practical practices that can change our lives. If you live in the world today you have been faced with lots of body blaming and shaming. This read will help you find body peace and contentment.


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Science of Yoga: Understand the Anatomy and Physiology to Perfect Your Practice

By Ann Swanson

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Why this book?

While I don't believe in perfection but I do believe in permanence.  Practice makes permanent. This book is a great illustration of how the muscles work in the yoga practice and how it benefits the body. The illustrations are beautiful. It is easy to follow. It is great for science nerds who love to see the body in motion. I really love this book for beginners and advanced physical practitioners as well.


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