5 Life Inspiring Books to Read in your New Year

Embrace creativity and inspiration

The start of a New Year often brings with it new intentions and decisions for change.  What better than some life inspiring books to help you as you embark upon your 2019 journey.  Here are 5 inspiring books well worth a peek.

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

Big Magic - creative living beyond fear
Explore the possibilities of your own creativity

Well, who hasn’t heard of Elizabeth Gilbert?  Launched to success with her classic ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ (I bet you’ve read it.  If you haven’t, then get to it)  Big Magic is her uplifting exploration of the role of creativity in life and why we should just go for it.  

Creativity is within each and every one of us.   We just need to face and overcome our fears and embrace the creativity that is buried within each one of us (regardless of whether we feel we are creative )

Whether you are making art, writing books, crafting dreams or living each day with more creativity, inspiration is there for the taking.  We just need to be curious and willing to embrace our hidden creativity.  

 ‘forget about perfect.  We don’t have time for perfect’

Elizabeth Gilbert

In a world caught up in the perfect Instagram photo,  Big Magic explores all of the possibilities that are open to us.   There is no better time to start your creative journey than right now.  It is time to quit waiting for everything to be just right.   As Elizabeth says in the book,  ‘forget about perfect.  We don’t have time for perfect’

Thrive by Arianna Huffington

Thrive by Arianna Huffington
How to Thrive in life…and its not just money & success

Arianna Huffington wrote Thrive following a personal experience when her own health scare forced her to put her life in balance.  

Thrive came about following her collapse brought on by exhaustion and the subsequent questions she began to ask herself.  She was successful and wealthy but her health was paying the price.

Her conclusion was that money and power alone as evidence of success are out of balance with life.  Life needs a third facet, or ‘third leg to the stool’.  That ‘third leg’ she describes as well being and the need to reconnect with ourselves and those around us.  When this balance is in place we then have the opportunity to truly thrive.

Bringing Yoga to Life by Donna Farhi

Bringing yoga to life
Donna Farhi’s classic yoga book

Donna is a globally recognized yoga teacher and author, well respected and loved in the yoga community. Bringing Yoga to Life is a must have for anyone interested in the practice of yoga in all its forms – not just the physical.  If you’re  looking to study and understand yogic philosophy in daily life, this is an inspiring read.

a yoga practice is a life practice and not just a physical workout at the gym

Donna Farhi

In the book she discusses the teachings of the Yoga Sutras, Patanjali’s classic yoga text.  She describes how a yoga practice is a life practice and not just a physical workout at the gym.  With several decades of teaching experience, she shares her wisdom and spiritual practice.

This is a book well worthy of shelf space for any yoga student or yoga teacher wishing to understand yoga philosophy in as much depth and detail as physical yoga poses.

May I Be Happy by Cyndi Lee

Cyndi Lee's personal memoir, May I Be Happy
May I Be Happy – the personal memoir of Cyndi Lee

Cyndi Lee is another well respected teacher of the yoga world who incorporates the teachings of Buddhism into her practice.  May I Be Happy  is Cyndi’s personal memoir exploring her lifelong cycle of self judgement and her journey to self acceptance.

As with any journey, it is the experiences and people she spends time with  that shape her way.  It is a memoir well worth reading for its honesty and humor.

Living Your Yoga by Judith Hanson Lasater

Judith Hanson Lasater's classic yoga book
Living your Yoga

This is one of the most dipped into books I’ve ever owned. My copy has more notes, highlights and underlining scribbles than a kids coloring book.

If you want to explore ‘living your yoga’,  then this one’s a keeper.  It is a very useful and easy to understand read that discusses the concept of ‘living’ your yoga.  The book is broken up into three parts discussing yoga within yourself, yoga & relationships and yoga in the world.  

Judith writes about everything from discipline and faith to compassion and suffering through to service and love.  She discusses topics with lots of reference to Patanjali’s wisdom.   This is a perfect addition to any yoga teacher’s box of learning tools as well as for those interested in the spiritual life.  

Invest some time and pennies in some inspiring books for your 2019.  Which book will you choose?

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