Transformative. Life-changing. Big adjectives to live up to.
Having personally read all the books on the list, and recommended them to countless others who have all come back to say, “that book changed my life,” I feel confident in making the claim.
You won’t find YOGA in the title of any of the books, but so many of the various concepts and practices of yoga can be found within the pages of all eight books. If any of you still wander through actual books stores, you’ll probably find these in the self-help section.
My favorite Non-yoga yoga books
1. Open Your Mind to Prosperity by Catherine Ponder
This book was written in 1971, long before the movement of manifesting and the law of attraction, and by a woman who was a female minister in the Unity faith. Both the author and the book were ahead of their time, IMO.
The entire book teaches techniques to help individuals free their minds from the limiting beliefs and that keep them stuck.
My favorite YOGA part of this non-yoga book is found on the first page of the second chapter, “Cleanse Your Mind for Prosperity” where she explains a three-point formula: Purification, Illumination and Union.
Her three-point formula is the last three niyamas in the Yoga Sutras: Burning Impurities, Self-Study and Surrender to the Divine.
Don’t let the title scare. This book is for ALL creatives, and as Julia Cameron says in the book, we’re all creatives.
The twelve-week journey takes you through chapters like Recovering a Sense of Identity, Recovering a Sense of Connection, and Recovering a Sense of Faith.
The subtitle shines the light on the yoga of this non-yoga book: “A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity.” Her prompts and exercises are designed to eliminate distractions, cleanse your mental clutter, and find your way back to the naturally creative (and spiritual) individual you are.
One of her daily exercises is called Morning Pages where upon waking, and before getting out of bed, you brain dump for three pages. You can adapt this activity and do a brain dump prior to meditation. It really helps calm the monkey mind.
Cheryl Richardson was introduced to the world on Oprah, and this was my first exposure to life coaching. The author is the original self-care guru, giving us modern women (even in 1999 when she first published the book) permission to put the “airplane air mask on ourselves first, then assist others.”
You’ll find some yoga philosophy in:
- Step 3–Identify the things that drain you and eliminate them–people, places, and things.
- Step 5–Kick the adrenaline habit and find healthy ways to fuel you.
- Step 7–Connect to your inner wisdom.
This book is a great reminder we can’t work non-stop. We have to take care of ourselves beyond surviving.
This book is about the seven main energy centers of the subtle body, also known as chakras. Through client stories, Myss demonstrates how issues (either excesses or deficiencies) in an energy center can manifest as emotional and/or physical problems.
And thankfully she provides solutions for bringing more balance into your chakras.
We’re all energy, and depending on what’s going on in our lives (and how we’re handling or not handling it) our energy is affected. What affects our energy impacts our physical and emotional well-being too.
I loved this book so much it became a part of my yoga teacher training classes. Every teacher is blown away by Myss’ teachings.
This is another book on energy, and how our physical surroundings impact our internal energy. Feng Shui is so important in many cultures that it influences home buying decisions. Many a house has been passed over because a builder put the sink and stove across from each other in the kitchen.
In Feng Shui, there are nine main energy centers in any given environment (your home, a particular room, your desk) and each center corresponds to a different area of your life such as career, love and marriage, or children and creativity.
I like to call Feng Shui the YOGA of space because it’s all about allowing the energy of your home (and you by extension) to circulate without obstacles. Much like we balance our chakras, we can bring our environments into better alignment.
Finding this book was like striking yoga gold. With its trifecta of wisdom gleaned from The Secret, Feng Shui and yoga, I fell instantly in love with it. (And not too long after reading it and implementing its suggestions, I met and fell in love with my forever hubby.)
The author, Arielle Ford, incorporates vision boards and wish-want lists for your ideal mate; making room for your new partner and enhancing parts of your house that would draw in the energy for love, romance and relationships.
With her book, I learned how to start thinking in terms of what I WANT instead of what I DON’T WANT.
After reading through her book in two days, I was stoked to have found a book on the yoga of money, baby. Plus I pretty much go gaga for any book that begins with telling people to get rid of their s**t.
If you have money blocks, or limiting money beliefs, this is the one for you.
Not only does she talk about cleansing & purifying (maybe not those exact terms), she warns you it’s a rinse and repeat formula.
Simple, simple, simple concepts. Four of them to be exact. Adopt them into your life and watch how it changes.
- Be impeccable with your word.
- Don’t take anything personally (my favorite)
- Don’t assume.
- Do your best.