This month, we want to recommend books that will give you something to contemplate about. Not just for the sense of wonder, but also in the sense to cultivate awareness. As a brand of yoga clothes, we understand that yoga is not only about the physical asana and how good you look in your yoga class or in photos for your Instagram. For us, it is just as important to bring awareness to your life off the mat as well as on the mat. Here are three books that we think can help your mind understand some universal concepts that we are all searching for.
Biography of Silence: An Essay on Meditation by Pablo D’Ors
A reflection of a catholic priest whose life changed when he began Zen meditation. He explores the world of meditation and silence, promoting that meditation is for everyone not only Buddhist Monks or religious or yogic people. He talks about the benefits that we receive as human beings from a consistent practice of meditation. He writes from his own experiences and invites his readers to meditate for at least 30 minutes a day and through time, you will see some noticeable results by drawing your attention inward. He explains how important it is to give time for yourself and what a gift it is, to just be you. Incredible read for anyone looking to start a daily practice of meditation.
You are Here: Discovering the Magic of the Present Moment by Thich Nhat Hanh
This book is kindly written by the virtuous and renowned Zen monk, Thich Nhat Hanh. He gives his insight as to how to be present and totally alive, by cultivating awareness into everything that we do. He takes Buddhist teachings and applies them to our everyday hectic lives. Sometimes we look everywhere, reliving the past or daydreaming about the future, for the times when we were or will be happy. Living this way is a sure way to get stuck in unhappiness. By being mindful in all aspects of your life, you can find freedom, just by being here in the now. Thich Nhat Hanh speaks in a warm and simple manner, and helps us to reconnect with the joy and wonder of being alive.
The Path of the Yoga Sutras by Nicolai Bachman
Ever wanted to fully understand the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, but found them a little too difficult to completely wrap your head around them? Than this book is perfect for you! Bachman breaks down the sutras into 51 concepts instead of commenting on the 195 individual sutras. The concepts are divided into 5 parts: Key Principles, Understanding Suffering, Outer Behavior, Personal Practices and Inner Development. He presents these key philosophical concepts of classical yoga in a very easy-to-understand and practical way. Also highlighting yoga, as a method for transformation, by drawing our attention inwards to cultivate contentment. It’s a great self-help guidebook that can provide the means to live a happy and successful life, in the here and now.