We asked all the presenters at the Bhakti Women's online Yoga and Ayurveda summit in 2021 to recommend one or two books which have been life changing for them in the last year. Here is that offering ... you can click on the titles to order each book.
1) Burnout by Emily and Amelia Nagoski
Sarah says: "I am loving the way the sisters who co-authored the book bring such diverse perspectives to the issue at hand that is affecting so many of our lives in and around COVID19 and modern living. It's written in a really refreshing and curious tone which makes it much more enjoyable than you might expect a book on burnout to be."
2) The Overstory by Richard Powers
Sarah says: "I could say so much about this book, but mostly I'll just say that you'll never see trees in the same way again after reading this beautiful, richly researched, devastating, and poetic tale."
Wild Mercy by Mirabai Starr
Katie says: "This is one of the best books I have read in years. I feel like buying 20 copies and gifting one to each of my girlfriends! Highlighter to hand I savoured every page and soaked up quote after enlightening quote like a dry sponge in a rainstorm. I know this book will stay in my mind and heart for many years and become a teaching resource I will turn to again and again. I bought it spontaneously after listening to the author Mirabai Starr on a podcast and I highly recommend you do the same! The author brings each of her heroines to life with such compassion, power, and relatability I felt instantly empowered and uplifted by every paragraph.'"
Books by Katie Rose
1) Fourth Uncle in the Mountain by Marjorie Pivar
2) The Wisdom of Insecurity by Alan Watts
Myra says: "Both of these books remind me of the beauty of simplicity in life and that many different experiences are necessary to see the truth within."
Books by Myra Lewin
It Didn't Start With You by Mark Wolynn
Sandeep says: "This is my book recommendation - profound insights on how family experiences can help us heal and understand our family attitudes. Mark writes very knowledgeably and skillfully how grandparents and ancestors are genetically connected - where we may feel heavy, burdened, or tied to a particular belief or perception! This book helps you not only deeply connect to the 'why', but also the family and builds us strong, and more realised in our role and responsibility of our families. Highly recommend this book which also has epic exercises that allow us to understand, "it didn't start with you" ... amazing!"
Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo
Jasmine says: "This book, melted my mind, heart, and soul. It brought me back to what matters through a series of stories of women: family, friends, roots, lovers, art, challenges, and joys through the years and across continents bringing us home."
Books by Jasmine Tarkeshi
Untamed by Glendon Doyle
Idit says: "I love everything about it....
Reminding us of our wild nature, and encouraging us to look deeply at how we sacrifice our own spirit, to fit into what culture has decided is appropriate
that wholeness can come in many different forms and not in a rigid agenda that has been decided for us long ago. I find it triggers me at times, but in a good way, that allows me to have a closer look at the areas I have been turning a blind eye, and that everything she says is Yoga in its deepest essence."
1) Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art by James Nestor
Giselle says: "An absolute must-read for anyone who is interested in digging deeper into the history and science of the breath. Written by a journalist, the book is an easy and engaging read."
2) Anxious People by Fredrik Backman
Giselle says: "An entertaining novel about a hostage drama in Sweden. The author opens the dialogue about mental health in a light-hearted, accessible way."
3) Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle by Emily Nagoski and Amelia Nagoski
Giselle says: "An interesting stress-reducing book by two sisters. Written specifically for women, it offers lots of practical ideas and thought-provoking suggestions backed by science."
Bridget says: "A book that shares Nevo's own story as well as explores the histories of gender around the world, in languages and across time."
Beyond the Gender Binary by Alok Vaid-Menon
Bridget says: "Alok share their own story as a gender non-conforming artist. They express that gender can be a creative form of expression and can be limitless."