Reading List

What do I read?

Over the years, there have a been a vast number of books that have interested me across multiple genres. Everything from Sci-Fi to Adventure novels, and from Fantasy to Biographies, books have always fascinated me and piqued my imagination. Over the past 4 years of this journey with Yoga I have found an increasing number of books that have allowed me to pursue knowledge and peace in my life. These books have, and are still creating, a profound impact on the way that I think and in my beliefs of this Universe that we reside in. I wanted to share just a few with you and if you want to add them to your reading list, you won’t be disappointed. I am usually reading at least 5 books at a time and the following books are currently in my Kindle Library. 

  • Sapiens – Yuval Noah Harari (I am still working on this one, Home Deus and 21 Lessons for the 21st Century are also in the list)
  • When Breath Becomes Air – Paul Kalanthi (This book is heartfelt and eye opening, Dr. Kalanthi wrote this book after he was diagnosed with cancer)
  • Becoming Supernatural: How Common People are doing the Uncommon – Dr. Joe Dispenza (The power of the mind to heal the body is phenomenal)
  • How to Own Your Own Mind – Napoleon Hill
  • The Unwinding of the Miracle – Julie Yip-Williams
  • UNFU*K Yourself: Get Out of your Head and Into your Life – Gary John Bishop
  • Deep Nutrition: Why Your Genes Need Traditional Food – Catherine Shannon, M.D.
  • The Encyclopedia of Yoga and Tantra – Georg Fuerstein
  • Do They Think You’re Stupid – Julian Baggini
  • A Human Algorithm: How Artificial Intelligence is Redefining Who We Are – Flynn Coleman (This book is on the current path of A.I. and it’s role in our lives. “AI is likely to be the best or worst thing to happen to humanity.” ~ Stephen Hawking)
  • Mindfulness for Borderline Personality Disorder – Blaise Aguirre
  • Declutter Your Mind: How to Stop Worrying, Relieve Anxiety, and Eliminate Negative Thinking – S.J. Scott, Barrie Davenport (Yoga, as a path of healing, has the ability to accomplish everything stated in this title!)
  • Handbook of Ayurvedic Medicinal Plants – L.D. Kapoor
  • Walk Like a Buddha – Lodro Rinzler
  • Soma in Yoga and Ayurveda: The Power of Rejuvenation and Immortality – David Frawley
  • You Are the Placebo – Dr. Joe Dispenza (This is another book I am currently reading. Again, the power of the mind is truly amazing!)
  • Brief Answers to the Big Questions – Stephen Hawking
  • Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future – Ashlee Vance
  • Emotional Intelligence 2.0 – Travis Bradberry, Jean Greaves, Patrick M. Lencioni
  • 10-Minute Mindfulness: 71 Habits for Living in the Present Moment – S.J. Scott, Barrie Davenport
  • Welcome to the Universe – Neil Degrasse Tyson
  • What Gandhi Says – Norman G. Finklestein
  • Emotional First Aid – Guy Winch
  • Siddharta – Hermann Hesse
  • Mindfulness for All – Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • The Zen of Listening – Rebecca Z. Shafir (To truly listen to another person, to be present and aware of the person in front of you and be completely mindful of their thoughts, feelings, and emotions in those moments, that is true human interaction. Know also that they do not have to be speaking in order for you to listen!)
  • Atomic Habits: Tiny Changes, Remarkable Results – James Clear
  • 50 Philosophy Ideas You Really Need to Know – Ben Durpé
  • What’s it All About? Philosophy and the Meaning of Life – Julian Baggini
  • A Brief History of Time – Stephen Hawking
  • Egyptian Mythology0 A Fascinating Guide to Understanding the Gods, Goddesses, Monsters, and Mortals – Matt Clayton
  • Norse Mythology – Donna Jo Napoli (It turns out that my lineage has strong Norwegian blood and I am delving deeper into a history that has forever fascinated me)
  • The Neuroscience of Mindfulness – Dr. Stan Rodski
  • The Reactionary Mind – Corey Robin
  • You Can Fix Your Brain – Dr. Tom O’Bryan
  • The Grand Design – Stephen Hawking
  • Energetic Chinese Medicine – Daniel Pfeiffer
  • The Tibetan Book of Everyday Wisdom: A Thousand Years of Sage Advice – Beth Newman, Jinpa Thupten
  • Adiyogi: The Source of Yoga – Arundhathi Subramaniam Sadhguru
  • The Ayurveda Way – Ananta Ripa Ajmera
  • The Unofficial Guide to the Cosmos – Neil DeGrasse Tyson
  • Hatha Yoga Pradipika – Yogi Swatmarama
  • A Brief History of the Philosophy of Time – Adrian Bardon (The Concept of time, why we as a humans species created it, and what it means)
  • Hatha Yoga Asanas – Daniel Dituro
  • How to Sleep Well – Neil Stanley
  • Astrophysics for People in a Hurry – Neil Degrasse Tyson
  • Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less – Greg Mckeown 
  • Yoga for Pain Relief – Lee Albert, MNT
  • Healing Yoga for Neck and Shoulder Pain – Tracey Gaudet
  • YOGA: Essential Yoga Poses for Taking Control Over Your Mind – Jen Solis (I have yet to dive into this book. I know that yoga, when done properly and partnered with breath work and meditation, will lead to a healing of the mind, body, and spirit. I can attest to that 100% from my own path)
  • Calming the Rush of Panic – Bob Stahl

I know that is a very long list of books, however, it is only a small portion of the books in my library. I just went down my Kindle library page starting at the top. I did leave out some books on Psychology, Adventure Novels, Sci-Fi books, etc. Just to give you an idea, I have over 400 books currently in my library and I add more when I am traveling. I try to find the time to read at least a chapter in each book that is currently in my reading list at least once a week, and although it takes a while to finish a book, it is worth the time to slow down and learn.  I hope that you find these books beneficial to you in some way. If you want to discuss any of them, or find out about more of the books that I read, please feel free to reach out via the contact page. I look forward to hearing from you!