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Fierce Kindness & Kitchen Yoga// Book Reviews

fierce kindness, kitchen yoga Melanie Salvatore-August
I’ve already talked briefly about Fierce Kindness in an article for Yogi Approved and another article for Bad Yogi Magazine however this is my personal, in depth look into both Melanie August’s books. You can also check out an interview with her here on the blog too, links are provided below.

Fierce Kindness
Fierce Kindness is one of those rare jewels that brought me peace of mind, made me feel joyful and heightened my passion for creativity. Here Melanie helps the reader navigate through numerous pages of positive affirmations, stories and tasks. This book is a fusion between personal thoughts, a diary for readers to scribble in and advice that gently guides us to reevaluate how we see the world and how we can be a positive force for change by ultimately being kind to ourselves and others and even the planet. Melanie taught me to value myself and my creativity, for it is my art that is my strength. My creativity is my yoga, my dancing, my poetry and my art, it is in my bones and in my blood to utilize my talent for creativity to further empower others and unite as part of a massive global yearning for change. For a while I was feeling a bit glum and maybe a little lost as to what my purpose was but Melanie’s book Fierce Kindness reminded me of my worth, that every small act of random kindness I gave on a daily basis did have a ripple effect and that with my creativity I had the power to do good. From Melanie’s guidance I relearned how to feel grateful and counted my blessings, how to see the magic in the mundane again and how to do that little bit extra to be uplifting and inspiring to others.
Fierce Kindness is such a beautiful little book, it’s a very cute size and the design is adorable, I also believe it should be on every Yoga Teacher Training’s reading list as it’s very accessible and brings ideas of the Yamas and Niyamas into a more modern perspective.
you can buy it here: Fierce Kindness: Be a positive force for change

Kitchen Yoga
Kitchen Yoga is a very sweet little book that acts as a simple guide to help the reader develop a home yoga practice. Everybody knows the kitchen is the heart of the home where cooking food nourishes the physical body; Melanie believes a yoga practice at home is nourishment for the the highest intentions of the subtle & emotional body (as well as the physical body), yoga is food to fuel the vital energy of her daily life. If people practiced a ten minute yoga stretch or short meditation every morning (or evening before bed), they’d wake up slightly more calm, a little less worried or stressed, feeling a little fitter and rejuvenated and a little less agitated about things beyond their control. Yoga gives us the opportunity to slow down and be in the moment rather than holding on to the past or overthinking the future. Kitchen yoga cooks up poses and practices to do wherever you are and wherever you call home.
From down dog whilst watching your favourite soap, to handstand prep whilst waiting for your morning coffee to steep, to breathing techniques whilst lounging in the bath and camel pose on the bed plus many more.
Melanie shows us we don’t need to turn up to a yoga studio to develop a yoga practice and this book is especially useful to those who can’t afford to pay for classes or gym memberships. This is a wonderful guide for those who struggle, single mum’s who need a five minute break, the homeless in a shelter, for community centres and even social workers who wish to guide their clients through poses in their homes. Its a must have book for anyone working in a care-giving setting, charity or organization that helps others in a holistic way or its a lovely guide book to take with you on your travels if your home is in a hammock, on a mountain or a cabin in the woods. This little book is a delightful feast for the mind and body. Kitchen Yoga has recently begun to help me keep a consistent yoga practice at home because my local yoga studio (the only yoga studio in Plymouth) has closed down, so needless to say, this book has been extremely valuable to me!
you can buy the book here: Kitchen Yoga

View book reviews on other sites:
Yogi Approved: Six Soulful Books for Summer
Bad Yogi: Four Books by Inspiring Yoga Teachers
Interview with Melanie Salvatore-August on Sunflowerteeth Blog

Other reviews on the blog you might like:
Quotes I like from The Book of Dharma by Simon Haas
Book review of Alchemy of the Heart by Elizabeth Prophet
Book Review of Shamanic way of the Bee by Simon Buxton
Book Review of Love poems from God by Daniel Ladinsky
Book Review of Yoga for Travelers by Jennifer Ellinghaes
Book review on yoga books (miscellaneous)
Book review on the Book of Symbols by Taschen
Book Haul on Art Therapy Books
Book Haul on more Art Therapy Books

Picture books for ESL Young Learners & little Yogis

I am a fully qualified TEFL teacher and I have just completed a specialist module to certify me to teach young learners. I am also a children’s yoga teacher and I feel like both qualifications go hand in hand and compliment each other well and one day in the future I will be looking to work in a school teaching English and perhaps cute yoga classroom sessions too? For those of you who read my blog you also know I am an avid reader and I adore picture books as well. Children’s picture books are inspiring since in my free time I enjoy creating art and illustrations and I hold a BA Honours degree in Fine Art. Sometimes I do treat myself to a picture book simply because they bring me joy, to revel in the beautiful illustrations and it may inspire me to create my own one day?

I could spend a life time researching and reviewing millions of gorgeous picture books but I’ve kept it to my absolute favourite ten books I think are well suited for an ESL young learners class and if you are a kids yoga teacher looking for new and inspiring stories to create a yoga session from.

Franklin’s flying bookshop By Jen Campbell

Franklin’s Flying Bookshop tells of a dragon (Franklin) who loves books and reading to people but sadly people don’t often love him. That is until he meets a young girl called Luna and the best bookish friendship begins. This is a very adorable story with themes on friendship, being kind, sharing and the importance of reading books.

The illustrations are beautiful and children will instantly be intrigued and engaged in the story.

Lesson plan ideas: Help the children make dragon masks or have a pre-made Franklin painted on the wall and encourage the children to draw and paint their own book which they can stick around Franklin.
You can purchase it here: Franklin’s flying Bookshop

 

Whose Moon is that? By Kim Krans

This book is about a cat who wonders to whom the moon belongs, and various animals and natural resources respond — the trees, bird, ocean, wolves… and the moon responds. The cat sleeps, and when it wakes up, it wonders, to whom the sun belongs. Lovely use of line and color in these illustrations which will capture your pupils  attention.

A brilliant book to incorporate into a themed lesson about nature and the environment. Encourages children ponder life and how things work.

Lesson plan ideas: Turn the story into a mime dance. Have the children move about and make noises like the many animals in the book as you read the story out to them.
Purchase the book here: Whose Moon is that?

 

There is a tribe of Kids by Lane Smith

A boy sets off on a journey alone and encounters all kinds of creatures along the way. There is a tribe of young goats (kids). There is a colony of penguins, a pod of whales, a flight of butterflies, and much more. He also sees different groups of objects like a formation of rocks, a family of stars, and a growth of plants.

This book is filled with collective nouns. There is one after another that manage not only to show children the beauty of the language of collective nouns but also move the story ahead. They form into a cohesive journey for our young hero to embark upon.

A lovely book that teaches children about collective nouns, finding your tribe (family), the concept of home and loved ones and understanding that animals on our planet also have families and homes too.

Lesson plan ideas: Split the kids up into small teams and each team gets an animal. It’s a race to stick back together pre-made animal parts. Each child picks up a body part and runs to the other side of the classroom to stick it on the wall decorated in a forest-like theme.
Purchase the book here: There is a Tribe of Kids

 

A cat learns to listen at Moonlight School by Simon Puttock

This is such a delightful story about a serious subject – listen to what you’re told and don’t wander off!

“Miss Moon is taking her class on a magical moonlit nature walk to see what interesting things they can find. Mouse finds a special starry leaf, Bat finds a swirly snail and Owl finds a swirly stone that LOOKS like a snail. But then Cat follows a flittery firefly and suddenly . . . she’s lost! Luckily, she has left behind lots of clues for her friends to follow, and they soon find a very relieved little Cat, who wished she had listened properly in the first place.” Perfect story for a Halloween themed lesson or a lesson outdoors! Lesson plan ideas: Fancy dress! Have the children make their own witches hats and wizard wands!
Purchase the book here: A cat learns to listen at Moonlight school

 

Tell me a Dragon by Jackie Morris

Tell Me a Dragon is a supremely imaginative list of dragons that in some ways is simply an excuse for Morris’ gorgeous art, but the art is worth it. Translucent watercolors fill the pages with dragons both oversized and tiny, both beautiful and fearful. The last page is what sold me on it for my storytime though as it ends with the phrase, “Tell me about your dragon.” Here you can go around the room and ask each kid what kind of dragon they want. This book could inspire a great a writing or art prompt, but also as a browsing treat for the fantasy obsessed kids.

A briliant story that teaches children about individuality, how everyone comes in all different shapes, sizes and colours. Lesson plan ideas: Ask the children to draw what their dragon looks like and teach them a song about dragons!
Purchase the book here: Tell me a Dragon

 

The Book of Dreams by Shirin Adl

A colorful and imaginative journey through the night, with lots of different kinds of dreams, funny, fantastic, wish-fulfilling, exciting.Dreams come in many different shapes and forms. Some dreams are nice and simple, some dreams are confusing – and some are scary. But even these can be exciting!

The book includes bad dreams as well as pleasant dreams, but ends on a positive note, looking forward to bedtime and the next night’s dreams. The pictures have a dream-like quality, with lots to discover and explore. This is a beautiful and unusual picture book for sharing.

Lesson plan ideas: Teach the children about collage making to create their own wacky and textured dreamscapes.
Purchase the book here: The Book of Dreams

 

The Thingamabob by Il Sung Na

A wonderful quirky story about an elephant and an umbrella. There is much pondering and speculation about the capabilities of an umbrella … and equally its limitations.

The illustrations are childlike, with lovely embellishments in unexpected places. At first glance the umbrella is simply bright red, however if you take a moment to look you’ll see that there’s a design of swirls, raindrops, and clouds on it. It’s the little touches like this that make the illustrations so fascinating.

Lesson plan Ideas: This is actually a great story to read young learners in a vocabulary lesson, just like the elephant they get to learn what the word ‘Umbrella’ is and what it can and can not do. Bring an umbrella into the class as Realia and you can create a mime/drama lesson asking the children to act out what it is or they can pretend it is something else entirely!
Purchase the book here: The Thingamabob

 

Grandmother’s Dreamcatcher by Becky McCain

This beautifully written story highlights an important element of Native American culture, and exhibits the special relationship a young girl has with her grandmother. After the girl in the story continually has bad dreams, her grandmther shows her a way to avert them by making a dreamcatcher. Her grandmother explains to her the Chippewa story behind the dreamcatcher, and helps her granddaughter construct it after they go out to collect the items they need from nature. I was touched by this book because of the striking illustrations and vivid language, and I am reminded of my relationship with my own grandmother. It showcases how a grandmother’s love and know-how can make everything better, and I love the way it incorporates Native American heritage.

Wonderful story that touches on importance of family, love and home.

Lesson plan ideas: With the help of the book, teach children to make their own dream catcher to take home with them. This would be a wonderful thing for them to show their parents as they tell them what it’s used for and what culture it is from. A great way of teaching kids about other people’s way of life.
Purchase the book here: Grandmother’s Dreamcatcher

 

The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson

The Snail and the Whale is a heart-warming story about how friendship can come about in the most remarkable way.

A snail stuck on his rock yearns for adventure and to see more of the World. The whale who is passing by offers the snail a chance of adventure and together they set sail seeing: towering icebergs; far off land; huge waves; the enormous sky and so on. The snail is awestruck by all the things he sees and feels his place in the World is very small. That is until the whale gets beached after becoming too curious about some jet-skis and getting to close to land. The snail has to use his ingenuity to rescue the whale and in doing so realises that it doesn’t matter what size you are, you can still help your friends and be recognised in the World. Together the snail and the whale return to the rock they started their journey from and collect all the other snails to go on another adventure. This is a story that teaches about friendship and kindness.

Lesson plan ideas: Have a pre-made whale on a board and pre-made little snail that is sticky and for the children to hold. Blindfold the children and have the take turns in trying to stick the snail on the whale- an adapted version of pin the tail on the donkey!
Purchase the book here: The Snail and the Whale

 

I don’t want Curly Hair by Laura Anderson

This book is about a little girl with the craziest of curls and her quest to straighten them flat. She doesn’t like what she has and tries many different ways to tame her mane, including hanging upside down, flattening them with a pile of books and even tying balloons to the ends and hoping they pull her air straight. She comes across some obstacles as she tests all her theories which children will find this highly entertaining.

What I loved most about this book was the lesson it taught. As subtle as it was, it beautifully teaches boys and girls how to really appreciate what they have been born with. Straight hair or curly, just love the skin you’re in.

Lesson plan ideas: Take the time to reinforce the message this book gives in the end. I think it’s so important in this day and age, no matter how small, to tell the next generation of kids that beauty comes in all colours, shapes and sizes. Follow up this story with a quick and simple vocabulary activity of going around the room and encourage your pupils to tell their friends the colour of their hair and eyes, showing each other how different, yet unique everyone is.
Purchase the book here: I don’t want Curly Hair

If you are an ESL English teacher or kids yoga teacher reading this and have book recommendations too, please do share. I also hope one day to be able to share my lesson plans using these books in both blog post and PDF format so you may download them for free or pin the blog post to a pinterest board. If you would like me to review a children’s book please do contact me via my contact page.

Here are some more book reviews of a similar theme:
Children’s fictional novel: The Girl of Ink & Stars
Review of three Beautiful Children’s Books
Book Review on the children’s picture book ABC Dream by Kim Krans
Book Haul on Art Therapy Books
Book Haul on more Art Therapy Books

Here is my READ Blog Category where you can read all my book reviews if you wish.

Plum by Hollie McNish// Poetry book review


My initial thought upon reading the poetry book ‘Plum’ by Hollie McNish was that I didn’t like it at all. Upon first impressions I felt that the poetry was mediocre and just didn’t hit me with a profound light bulb moment, but then it is not the usual style I enjoy so I gave it a chance to steep. My favourite genre is Magical Realism where writers mix the mundane with the magical however Hollie McNish’s poetry is very simple, piercingly candid and at times rude. The reason why I bought this collection of poems was because I wanted to try a different style of poetry and throughout Plum, McNish allows her childish poems to be interrupted by her adult self in the form of commentaries talking about how bad these early poems are which I thought was rather sweet and humble. The collection of poems acts like a timeline as we follow Mcnish grow up from girlhood, to the teen years, to womanhood and finally motherhood and I did find that very beautiful.

I think because her poems are so raw and gritty- you can almost hear her ‘working class’ voice seep through the pages; it broke down this construct within my own mind of how a poet should behave. There is a perception that poets are to be poised, well educated, soft spoken upper middle class beings who write elegant prose and after reading McNish’s poetry, that perception came tumbling down and I began to relate to her and read the messages she is trying to convey hidden deep within her words.

On the surface McNish talks about her daily life as she rhymes in conversation with you as though you are a close friend meeting up with her for a brew at the local market. However there is an eerie political undertone that almost screams in your face in regards to the treatment of women, sexual abuse, the ironies of how society treats the female body, social constructs in regards to success and materialism and global issues.

She writes with honesty, humour and curiosity as she reflects on the absurdities we’ve all grown accustomed to such as asking why there are so few words for Penis yet numerous for Vagina? Why do we talk about living healthier lives yet our children are begging for us to play with them in the park and we ignore them and thus ignore our body’s needs to be healthier? And why rich people are considered brave for making working class builders build them huge houses when we’re all going to die anyway?

Upon finishing Plum I did fall in love with Hollie’s poetry. Her words are alchemic in which she fuses innocence with the wisdom of a sage as she peeks out at the world with huge inquisitive eyes, a free spirited mouth and an urgent, questioning voice.

I can now say, I absolutely loved Plum and it’s been a favourite read of this year, so much so that I wanted to research more as to who Hollie is and I just loved her even more. I did not realize she was the spoken word poet in the video “Embarrassed” which is a conversation about Breastfeeding in public. When that video came out I thought it was incredible! I have further gone on to watch more of her spoken word poetry, and actually I did reread Plum having now heard what Hollie sounds like which now gives her poetry more life, a voice and her personality shines through. I am so in love with her work, I want to watch her perform, I want to meet her so she can sign my copy of Plum and just chat with her about life and I want to purchase more of her poetry collections. Needless to say I am now a huge fan.
If you want to purchase Plum, visit the link here: Plum by Hollie McNish
To watch her spoken word poetry visit her channel here: Hollie McNish
Visit her website here: Hollie Poetry

Here are some more book reviews of a similar subject:
Book review on The Girl of Ink and Stars
Review of The Rialto Poetry Magazine
Review of Candlestick Press Poetry Pamphlets
Book Review of Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops By Jen Campbell
Book Review onKinfolk Magazine issues 11 & 12
Book Review of Love poems from God by Daniel Ladinsky
Beautiful children’s books part one
Book Review on the children’s picture book ABC Dream by Kim Krans

Empowering Books for Wild Women

I love to read and I read numerous books of many topics, I don’t have a particular genre I stick to. Right now I am reading a couple of poetry books, a magical realist novel, a book on the chakras, another on Thai Yoga and another about the teenage brain (for my teen yoga teacher training.) Sometimes I want to read a book that has a beautiful fusion of female empowerment, fairytale symbolism and Jungian psychology. These types of books help me reflect on myself, learn more about who I am and I discover a lot of my strengths and weaknesses have been dripped into my psyche via family and societal environments. Reading books about becoming the sacred feminine who sees her beauty and accepts her darkness is extremely medicinal stuff because it unleashes archetypes in me that may have been dormant and encourages me to be proud of traits already being wild and free. Here are five of my favourite Empowering books for women who delight in being wild and for those who feel constrained and wish to be set free and roar with fervor.

Burning Woman

Fiery. Passionate. Honest. Complex. I feel like it made a space to honor and acknowledge women’s anger in a way that is so often overlooked, ignored, minimized, suppressed, or denied (just like women’s voices around the world today and in history). This book is alive with language piercing right through the heart into the womb and is a must read for any woman at any age on any pathway. This is a call to the true Feminine and unconditional love. This is also a great source book if you run a sacred feminine circle or Red Tent because it honours the lost voice of the goddess from within. Lucy’s writing style is very personal, from her heart to the readers: embodied. It feels very different to read from traditional non-fiction and even contemporary narrative non-fiction authors, it is uncultivated, raw and wild and it reads very much like a personal journey.

Burning Women is the Feminine as an archetype (not a prescribed gender) are rising in the form of intersectional feminists, queer activists and angry people of colour. We are the rule breakers and we demand that our voices be heard. And as we get stronger, so the forces which suppressed us wage an ever more fierce war. But they cannot stop us. The tools which have been used to oppress us are being revealed within concepts like rape culture and patriarchy. Burning Woman screams through the flames “enough is enough”! This is  truly powerful book that gets under the skin of what it is to be a strong, powerful female in a man’s world. Brilliant insight and fascinating unique ideas. Exciting writing for a generation of women who want to blaze through life.

Purchase the book here: Burning Woman

Women who Run with the Wolves

I have read this book twice now and it never gets old. It’s dog eared,full of scribbles and I’ve underlined parts I found most important, most relevant to how I feel. Clarissa Pinkola mixes Jungian psychology with folkloric tales and feminist ideas. This is a collection of short stories from around the world interspersed with commentary by the author who discusses how the symbolism is important for women needing to cultivate their wild hearts once again and to be unafraid of her flaws and her darkness and i don’t mean darkness in an evil sense, I mean darkness like the roots of the earth, that primal energy, the dark pelt of a wolf’s coat as she howls at the moon in the dark sky- this book is like Joseph Campbell’s ‘The Hero’s Journey’ for women desiring to venture back to her primordial self in the cimmerian woods. Any woman who is interested in empowering herself, thus setting herself free from the corsets of social expectations will be inspired. It is a Jungian read on the darkest version of popular folk tales and fairy tales. for me, that made it very accessible.

Some chapters resonated deeply, others not so much – I think it would be different for each individual reader, my favourite chapter was ‘Seal Skin, Soul Skin’ which was about a Selkie woman trapped in a 7 year marriage because her husband hid her seal skin. Relating to this to real life- many women feel trapped in relationships, specifically abusive ones and they feel that their soul or their identity has been stolen, Clarissa interprets this story beautifully. Juicy and satisfying, this book is for any woman who feels an urge to connect with wild and ancient concepts of what it means to be female: messy, raw, and full of luminously passionate creative energy. If this book doesn’t make you want to howl out loud, I’m not sure what will!

You can purchase the book here: Women who Run with the Wolves

If Women rose Rooted

If Women Rose Rooted is very similar to Women who Run with the Wolves, so if you enjoyed that then you will love this. This book is all about connecting with the Earth and with the Celtic heritage. It weaves personal stories, Celtic myths, and meetings with other like-minded people together like roots of an ancient wise tree. This is an incredibly deep and thought provoking book for women as it maps out an intensely passionate journey following a woman’s search for her place to be and belong, both physically and mentally. Sharon digs deeply into her Celtic heritage and it’s mythology, finding women’s roles as leaders and protectors, feeling the deep rooted emotions of belonging to land and community. I thoroughly enjoyed this book because of my proud Celtic heritage, my Grandmother on my mother’s side is Irish and my Grandfather on my Father’s side is Scottish and our name ‘Ness’ is an ancient Pictish/Norwegian name meaning “Cliff” or “Headland”. I am very in tune with my Celtic blood so reading this book was like coming home to my ancient self.

I found the parts of the book relating to Celtic history and the actual stories compelling, the women introduced by the author fascinating and the prose and poetry just beautiful. I found this book to be both mesmerizing and thought provoking. The combination of genres explores the world we live in and takes us along on the Heroine’s journey to re-explore our own lives and ourselves. Every woman needs to read this book. It will speak to your soul, it will stir up your long forgotten ancestral wisdom. It will have you connecting with instincts you didn’t realize were divine, or it cements the notion that you are on the right path to know the goddess.

You can purchase the book here: If Women Rose Rooted

Woman most Wild

This is a brilliantly wonderful, empowering book. Danielle has a wonderful, poetic writing style that feels rich and velvety while still infused with empowerment and energy. Now more than ever, we all need to embrace our inner feminine power (no matter where you find yourself gender-wise) and this book goes in depth on how to do just that. From start to finish of this book my eyes were glued to the magically empowering words Danielle Dulsky surged through my eyes. It’s pages shared with my soul, a witch I had forgotten was within me. I cried tears of release, had deep belly laughs throughout while finding the key to unlock my inner witchy woman. From reading “Woman most wild,” I realized I had really become isolated from nature’s magick, and I’ve already started wandering back out to the forest to find my Mother tree.  Here is a celebration of the sacred feminine – The definitive word on what it means to embody, become, move, and breathe the goddess within. The author acts as a guide for teaching others how to live with the rhythms of the seasons of Mother Earth. She offers ritual, chants and practices to honor the seasons that serve our beautiful and bountiful bodies, throughout our life span.

This book actually howls as you eat of its delicious powerful medicinal words. It is an enchanting journey into the realm of the sacred divine feminine, It is incredibly diverse and serves as a great tool for awakening and healing the collective wound by channeling your inner power and remembering what we were taught to forget A real Gem from an author who delivers like wild thunder and water.This book is life transforming and has awakened a fire inside me that will now never quiet.

You can purchase the book here: Woman most Wild

Goddesses in every Woman

According to Bolen, the stories behind these goddesses (which she recaps in the book) have seeped into the collective unconscious and mold women’s personalities from birth. She’s separated them into three groups- ‘virgin goddesses’ (representing the independent, self-sufficient quality in women), vulnerable goddesses (representing relationship-oriented women), and Alchemical, or transformative. Interestingly, only Aphrodite’s in the last category as she is both virginal (indpendant from men) and vulnerable (loves being in love). It is believed that most women are a blend of the goddesses, or ‘adopt’ different goddesses at different stages of their lives. I discovered I am a blend of Artemis (a free spirit with ambition), Aphrodite (I love all the sensual delights of life) and a little bit of Persephone (connected to mystical things). Bolen describes what typical childhood, adolescence, and adult years are like for each goddess, and lists the strengths and weakness for each archetype, so one can become more self-aware and take steps to remedy what’s not working and strengthen what is.

Archetypes are a powerful tool for self-knowledge because they tap into the universal collective language we all share. Learning to become more aware of your own archetypes can help you see yourself, the bigger picture and is a good place to start creating solutions for yourself and others. Finding out which Goddess sits at the head of your table is also a very good way to balance your own personality so you are able to find a voice for lesser known parts (Goddesses) of your inner self. I high recommend this book in every woman’s collection for insight into strengths and weaknesses and personal empowerment.

You can purchase the book here: Goddesses in every Woman

These books are deliciously jam-packed with empowering goodness that will enrich your soul and fill your heart with fervor. Happy Reading!

If you fancy reading other book reviews by yours truly, click on the links below:

Yogi Approved Book reviews:
Six Soulful books for the summer

Five books for the Winter reading list

Five books for your Fall reading list

Bad Yogi Magazine Book reviews:
8 Poetry books for Yogis

4 Books by Inspiring Yoga Teachers

Book reviews of a similar topic on the blog:
Quotes I like from The Book of Dharma by Simon Haas
Book review of Alchemy of the Heart by Elizabeth Prophet
Book Review of Shamanic way of the Bee by Simon Buxton
Book Review of Love poems from God by Daniel Ladinsky
Book Review of Yoga for Travelers by Jennifer Ellinghaes
Book review on yoga books (miscellaneous)
Book Haul on Art Therapy Books
Book Haul on more Art Therapy Books

Want me to review your book? Contact me via my contact page to discuss sending me a review copy.
Please note that I do not accept self-published books or e-books for review.

Poetry Books for Yogis//Bad Yogi Blog

poetry book recommendations
I love poetry, especially whimsical and the lyrical prose poetry. Whilst I am reading quite a lot of poetry at the moment for inspiration and research as to how I’d like my poetry book to be designed I realized I enjoy bringing it into my yoga practice (so to speak). Obviously I do not bring a book to my mat and attempt to read poems whilst moving from one asana to another but I do like to read a poem upon waking every morning before I do some home yoga practice and breakfast in bed. I then journal how I feel and create short prose poems that have been born during my yoga practice. I believe poetry really helps the mind expand in imagination and most poetry is quite short, short enough to take in and savour. This is how I start my day and I wanted to write an article about poetry books I like that other yogis might like. Click on the link below to view the full article.

“Many sacred texts throughout history were written in a poetic language or hymn. Even the Quran and the Bible read like prose poems as do numerous Hindu, Buddhist and Yogic scriptures such as the Vedas, Bhagavad Gita and the Mahabharata which are all renowned epic poems containing philosophical ideas about life, love, spirituality and human nature. You might say poetry is the foundation of yoga since it is these ancient poetic verses that sages, holy men and yogis used to chant in order to aid meditation in a seated asana to achieve a higher state of consciousness or learn about the divine cosmos via poetic passages.

Fast-forward to the 21st century and things haven’t really changed. Poetry, story telling and creative expression are inspiring to all of us; they open a gate way in the mind that encourages expansion and a feeling of freedom in a world so consumed by a veil of superficial realities.”
To read more click here: 8 Poetry books for Yogis

Want to read more book reviews? Click on the links below?

Yogi Approved Book reviews:
Six Soulful books for the summer

Five books for the Winter reading list

Five books for your Fall reading list

Book reviews on the blog:
Review of The Girl of Ink & Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
Review of The Rialto Poetry Magazine
Review of Candlestick Press Poetry Pamphlets
Book Review of Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops By Jen Campbell
Quotes I like from The Book of Dharma by Simon Haas
Book review of Alchemy of the Heart by Elizabeth Prophet
Book Review of Shamanic way of the Bee by Simon Buxton
Book Review of Love poems from God by Daniel Ladinsky
Book Review of Yoga for Travelers by Jennifer Ellinghaes
Book review on yoga books (miscellaneous)
Book Review on Kinfolk Magazine issues 11 & 12
Beautiful children’s books part one
Book review on the Book of Symbols by Taschen
Book Review on the children’s picture book ABC Dream by Kim Krans
Book Haul on Art Therapy Books
Book Haul on more Art Therapy Books

Want me to review your book? Contact me via my contact page to discuss sending me a review copy.
Please note that I do not accept self-published books or e-books for review.