Reading has been a lifelong source of inspiration and growth for me since I was a child. Many a day of my childhood was spent in another world, reading the day away. Walter Farley’s book, The Runaway Stallion moved me so as a child that I decided to become a horse racing jockey (true story). I wrote my first book about horse racing when I was 6, cut it into small squares and bound it with yarn, proving my dedication to both horses and literature.
My time and interest for writing has come and gone through the years, but reading remains central to my growth personally and as a teacher of Yoga. One of the challenges to teaching yoga and running a studio is that my attention is divided into so many roles leaving little time for reading fiction, so yoga philosophy and spiritual texts are what fill my bedside table. When I find myself feeling stagnant and in need of inspiration in my practice or teaching, I reach for these books to distill down the central teachings of yoga or the spiritual traditions.
On My Reading Table:
Daily Inspiration—The Book of Awakening by Mark Nepo is my daily companion. More often than not his writings apply deeply to some edge of exploration or growth that is taking place in my life. This is my current daily meditation and reflection read that I dive into each morning.
Yoga Philosophy in Verse–The Radiant Sutras by Loren Roche brings the teachings of the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra alive into a modern interpretation of verse, song and bliss. If poetry, yoga and Collective Consciousness are of interest, this interpretation along with meditation prompts in Sanskrit will fascinate and entice you to read more.
Spiritual Growth—The Untethered Soul by Michael A.Singer was given to me by a student, Elaine Lawless. Highly reviewed and praised by many, this is my current study on untending the mind and connecting to life in the moment.
Poetry and Yoga—Prayers to the Infinite by Danna Faulds is a fabulous work of poetry that beautifully illustrates how the practices of yoga interact with our humanness, ultimately leading to illusive inner stillness.
Always Nearby—A Thousand Mornings by Mary Oliver is one of her many brilliant works of art.
Next Read—Things that Join the Sea and Sky by Mark Nepo is calling to me for my next daily read. His vulnerable writing mixed with deep authenticity continues to awaken new awareness and self-reflection. I’m looking forward to this read and feel confident recommending it to you in advance of my exploration.
Many of the books that I have read, including books on yoga and philosophy are available to checkout from the alleyCat Lending Library. Please take a look before or after your next yoga class.
With Love and Light, Susan