Summer Yoga Reading Plus Giveaway!

by Melissa West on May 31, 2017

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Summer Yoga Reading


If you are looking for some great summer yoga and meditation reading, then this video is for you 🙂

Hi I´m Dr. Melissa West, host of Yoga with Melissa, real yoga for real people, yoga so you can move better, feel better and connect with your true nature.

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Today I am going to share with you 6 yoga and meditation related books that I want to read this summer.

Make sure you watch all the way to the end because I am going to tell you how you can win one of them 🙂

Like a Snow Lion in its Prime: The Path of Basic Goodness by Marcia Schmidt

Now this book is not going to be released until July 21, 2017, but a book that speaks about the goodness in our bones and our heart that is inherent to us all is definitely on my must read list. I, have high hopes for this book and the way it promises to experientially open us to our goodness through landmarks of our journey, our trials and tribulations and the resulting insights. I look forward to exploring this book that talks about how we grow from the inside out.

Another book that has not come out yet has something that contains two of my greatest loves, poetry and Buddhism. It is due to be released on June 6, 2017. The Poetry of Impermanence, Mindfulness and Joy

The description of the book states The poems expertly gathered here offer all that one might hope for in spiritual companionship: wisdom, compassion, peacefulness, good humor, and the ability to both absorb and express the deepest human emotions of grief and joy. The book includes a short essay on “Mindful Reading” and a meditation on sound from editor John Brehm—helping readers approach the poems from an experiential, non-analytical perspective and enter into the mindful reading of poetry as a kind of meditation.

The Shambhala Principle: Discovering Humanity´s Hidden Treasure — This is a book that I bought three years ago and I have dabbled in, but I have never read all the way through. It continues with the theme of basic goodness that I started with at the beginning and talks about how our basic goodness can instigate our own personal and social change. So juicy.

This next one falls under, huh! I actually own that book? Kripaulu Yoga. The lineage of yoga from which I gained my yoga teacher training had its roots in Kripaulu Yoga and so I look forward to going back into this book and exploring what it has to offer.

The following are some books that have been on my shelf for some time now:

Finding Freedom in Illness A Guide to Cultivating Deep Well-Being through Mindfulness and Self-Compassion. As somebody who lives with chronic migraines, this book just had me from the first chapter: you are not wrong for being ill, then from self blame to self kindness, meeting the dark emotions, allowing for deep rest, relating to pain and at the heart of the relationships are some of the chapters. The author Peter Fernando clearly knows what it is to live with chronic pain and illness.

The Meditator’s Dilemma by Bill Morgan speaks to the powerful outcomes that are possible through meditation that are being missed in our hyper, instant gratification culture. I appreciate the way he is addressing meditation for a Western student body.

And then one more book to connect with my indestructible goodness and enlightened nature. You are Not What You Think by David Richo. One of the greatest awakenings on the meditating path has been the awakening to my ego self and all the ways it plays out in my life. In this book David teaches that we are not what we think, but so much more. I appreciate how he goes through relationships, childhood, fear, defining and befriending ego.

The final book I want to read this summer is Brightening Our Inner Skies: Yin and Yoga by Norman Blair. I´ve had this book for quite awhile thanks to Anita Goa who teaches at the same studio as Norman Blair. She sent me a signed copy from Norman. I also received a copy from Norman´s publishers and plan to do an interview with Norman when I get back from my silent retreat in June.

Brightening Our Inner Skies explores yoga, self-transformation and social responsibility. It has suggested yin sequences and includes lots of photos, stories and also Norman´s own personal journey.

I actually have an extra copy of this book that I would like to giveaway today.

To win this book you must do three things:

1. Like this video in YouTube
2. Subscribe to my Yoga Lifestyle with Melissa YouTube Channel (or already be subscribed) https://www.youtube.com/yogalifestylewithmelissa

3. Let me know in the comments on my Yoga Lifestyle with Melissa channel what book or books you want to read this summer. It doesn´t have to be a yoga or meditation related book.

Contest Closes Wednesday June 21, 2017.

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  • Jennifer DeMars

    What books do you get most of your information regarding the Deities? I love all your stories and would like to dive deeper. Thank you!

    • Dear Jennifer, Well all over and mostly my own experience with them as well. Sally Kempton´s Awakening Shakti is excellent though 🙂 Namaste, Melissa Thanks for your interest Jennifer. 🙂 Namaste, Melissa

      • Jennifer DeMars

        Thank you! Also, can’t wait to try your other recommended reads. XO. Namaste

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