Bhakti Rose Book Club

Recommended Reading from Katie Rose

Here are a selection of our favourite books to get you inspired on your ayurveda and yoga wellness journey. We will be updating this page with fresh suggestions regularly.  The books are chosen by Katie Rose and the reviews are personally written by her.  If there is a book you’d like us to include let us know and please also let us know if you enjoy the recommendations! 

The Forest of Enchantments

 

by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni.

discovered this book in a bookshop in Delhi airport and then devoured it on the long flight from Delhi to Sydney.  It is based on the ancient yogic scripture 'The Ramayana', one of the world's greatest epics. It is also tragic love story, a feminist text and a beautiful and powerful reinterpretation of a classic story (told from a woman's point of view). Themes of duty, betrayal, infidelity and honour prevail and there is a strong focus on women's struggle to retain autonomy in a world that privileges men.  I loved every page and highlighted many beautiful quotes.  

Don’t Just Sit There

by Biet Simkin

I adore this book.  It is one of my favourite spiritual books of all time.  This is not a book about meditation techniques it is a book about your attitude towards life.  Biet (who also makes beautiful music by the way - check it out on iTunes - is there no end to this woman's talent?) speaks with a voice that is clear and direct yet also soft and kind.  Her insights are profound but uncomplicated.  I especially loved her ideas around vertical planes (our connection to the Divine) and horizontal planes (our connection to each other).  As well as her teachings on 'paying in advance' by showing up in the world even when we find things difficult.  Don't Just Sit There - buy this book and read it!

The Everyday Ayurveda Cookbook

by Kate O’Donnell 

I have an enormous collection of cookbooks but if I had to choose only one to keep forever this would be it.  This book is practical, it lays out the foundations of Ayurvedic eating in a way that is clear and easy to understand without being too superficial (we get some proper education in these pages).  
Her recipes work... they are delicious and it's not all Indian food (I love Indian food, probably more than any other cuisine, but it's also good to know how to eat ayurvedically in other cultures).  Kate O'Donnell meets you where you are at, there is no judgement and her suggestions on diet are doable and feel relevant. 

Make it Happen

by Jordanna Levin 

I adore Jordanna Levin and am proud to call her a friend. If you don't follow her on social media you should because she is funny, deeply spiritual and offers great insight (sometimes with a dash of irreverence!) in all her work.  But that is not why I'm recommending this book ... I'm recommending it because it's brilliant. Through applying the techniques outlined in the book I bought by house, I held space for healing during a difficult time in my relationship with one of my sons and I improved my love life. I mean really, what more do I need to say?  This book contains techniques that will help you fix broken things in your life.  

The Homemade Vegan Pantry

by Miyoko Schinner 

There are a few things I’ve searched a long time for in my life, the perfect handbag (finally found it thanks to an auspicious garage sale a couple of years ago!), the perfect cup of chai and the perfect cooking book. Of course different cooking books offer different things, and I know because I’ve bought a lot of them over the years. Like, a lot! This

is one of my all time favourites. It delivers exactly what it says in the title, simple yummy recipes for pantry staples ... the things we all use, like stock and tomato ketchup, that are vegan, healthy and delicious. The is a favourite of mine. This book will save you money and improve your health. Perfect for anyone transitioning to a

more conscious way of eating.

The Fragrant Mind

by Valerie Ann Worwood 

Years ago as a teenager when I first got interested in essential oils ‘The Fragrant Pharmacy’ was the only resource I could find to guide my path (this was pre-Internet people!). It was and is a wonderful book which I have dog eared and annotated abundantly. This is the follow up book which teaches us more about the emotional and

spiritual realm of the oils and the plants they come from. If you’re interested in shamanism, indigenous healing wisdom, flower remedies and alternatives to pharmaceutical medicines this book is for you.

Absolute Beauty

by Pratima Raichur

It’s no secret that I love pottering around with natural ingredients and making my own lotions and potions. My love for making beauty products is one reason I affiliated with DoTerra plant oils recently. This book is one of my favourites because it’s practical, original and grounded in the authors deep study and application of the subject.

There are a ton of ayurveda books out there these days but this one is unique and special.

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