books + props that have educated and inspired me
throughout my travels around the world
BOOKS ON YOGA, MEDITATION & SPIRITUALITY
Light on Yoga by B.K.S. Iyengar explains the classic yoga postures in detail, from limitations, both physical and energetic benefits, and alignment with photos. He also gives a clear, easy to understand description of yoga as a holistic system.
Light on the Yoga Sutras by B.K.S. Iyengar is a clear translation of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras of Raja Yoga.
Hatha Yoga Pradipika by Swami Muktibodhananda is a clear, Hatha manual, and one of the oldest known texts of Hatha Yoga.
Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha by Swami Satayananda Saraswati is a clear, systematic yoga manual, covering everything yoga.
Moola Banda: The Master Key by Swami Buddhananda explains the bandhas in detail, discusses the importance of prana and offers an amazing practice for awakening our mooladhara chakra.
Mindfulness In Plain English by Bhante Henepola Gunaratana is a very clear, easy to understand, quick-to-read guide to meditation.
I love Anatomy of the Spirit by Caroline Myss because it discusses the seven chakras in detail. The author makes the importance of balance clear and does an excellent job of explaining the connection between our physical and energetic bodies. Not only does this book explain the chakras but it educates us on how to lose and reinforce energy in our chakras, providing balance and wellness.
BOOKS ON AYURVEDA
Perfect Health by Deepak Chopra is a very easy-to-read book that provides a general understanding of Ayurveda.
Prakruti by Dr. Robert E. Svoboda is great for the yoga student who wants to learn about Ayurveda. The author dives into Prakruti (your innate constitution) as well as yoga, meditation, and lifestyle.
Ayurveda The Science of Self-Healing by Dr. Vasant Lad clearly explains the principles and practical applications of Ayurveda.
Yoga For Your Type: An Ayurvedic Approach To Your Asana Practice by Dr. David Frawley is an excellent book designed to help readers choose a yoga practice that aligns with their unique Ayurvedic constitution.
MY FAVORITE YOGA PROPS
Manduka ProLite is my all-time favorite yoga mat. It is durable, has an excellent grip yet allows for smooth asana transitions, and is the perfect thickness. My only complaint is it is heavy, thus annoying to travel with, but definitely worth it for the serious practitioner. If you plan to keep your mat in one place, this one is amazing.
Lotuscrafts Yoga Brick offers a non-slip surface and made from sustainable cork in Portugal. Yoga blocks are helpful for those who are not yet flexible enough to reach the floor in many yoga poses. They are also amazing for restorative and passive yoga poses
Lotuscrafts Yoga Belt is made out of 100% organic cotton in Portugal. I like this brand because it offers high-quality, eco-friendly products.
Lotuscrafts Meditation Cushion supports the alignment of your spine in seated positions, allowing you to elevate your hips above your knees so that you feel less pain in your back and hips, providing you with less distraction in your meditation and pranayama practice.
Manduka Enlight Round Bolster is a light-weight, firm cushion designed to support and revitalize your spine in restorative yoga poses. If this one is a bit out of your budget, try Lotuscrafts' Yoga Bolster Cylindrical.
I just LOVE my yoga wheel. Not only do I use it in my yin yoga practice, but it is amazing in relieving upper back pain. When I roll across it, I feel like I've been to the chiropractor.
*Note that I have not been trained in teaching yoga with this wheel, however, I have played around with it a lot and I really do love it.