Pelvic Liberation: Using Yoga, Self-Inquiry, and Breath Awareness for Pelvic Health by Leslie Howard

I was lucky enough to study Pelvic Yoga under the author of this book in San Francisco!  In yoga they often say “mula bandha” but has anyone every fully explained what that means?  This book was so eye opening both from a self exploration standpoint & teaching.  The pelvis seems to be taboo, even though we all have one and all come from one.  This book explores far more than just kegels and explains how to strengthen, stretch, engage, relax and more all through the practice of yoga!  It’s like pelvic physical therapy meets yoga and I can’t say enough about how life changing this book and Leslie’s teachings are!

Comfortable with Uncertainty by Pema Chodron

Currently reading this one!  The subtitle is “108 teachings on cultivating fearlessness and compassion” – two things I struggle with personally.  I find compassion for others isn’t that hard, but compassion for self doesn’t come easy. This book explores the healing power of Bodhichitta, enlightenment through compassion, vulnerability and connection.  I like how quick the sections are, great for a daily read/practice.

Warrior Goddess Training by HeatherAsh Amara

One of the first books I read on my yoga journey.  This book does a great job of explaining yang (warrior) and yin (goddess).  It talks about the different balance in each woman and begins to tap into female intuition, sisterhood, mind/body connection and more.  I attended the author’s fire walk at the Southwest Institute of the Healing Arts a few years ago and it was amazing!!!  If you ever have a chance to attend one of her firewalks, I highly recommend.  You feel like you can accomplish anything after walking on fire.

If Women Rose Rooted: A Journey to Authenticity and Belonging by Sharon Blackie

I read this book during my time in Costa Rica.  It couldn’t have come at a better time for me.  I was in an unhappy relationship and this book helped me find the power to leave.   It uses different aspects of the land to tell stories of societal expectations for women, relationship dynamics, sisterhood and more.  This is not some feminist book that puts down men, this book talks about the pain caused by both parties trying to be all or nothing when it comes to femininity & masculinity.  I wish every young girl could read this book.

Eastern Body Western Mind by Anodea Judith

I love this book for skeptics on either side.  This book helps connect the dots between eastern and western philosophy, exploring the chakra system while relating it back to western medical & psychology understandings.  I describe my yoga teacher training as clinical meets spiritual, and that’s exactly how I would describe this book.  I have used more as a reference guide but look forward to reading through one day!