With the popularity of downloading books on Kindle continuing to grow, I continue to stay ever loyal to the old paperbacks and hardcovers I grew up on. Don’t get me wrong, I do both have and use a Kindle, but it doesn’t even compare to an actual, physical book in my opinion. I love the feel & smell (is that weird?) of them as well as the benefit of being able to more easily flip back and forth through chapters.
And while I generally love to lose myself in books that focus on more fictional stories, I also love to educate myself on life topics that interest me – mainly health, beauty, fitness, music, art, and cooking.
Ever since I developed back issues several years ago, I became completely obsessed with anything and everything that has to do with both Yoga and Ayurveda and today, I want to share two books I’ve been reading that I think you guys will be interested in! 🙂
Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom by Acharya Shunya – Anyone who is at all curious about what Ayurveda is and how to incorporate it into their daily lives will find this book extremely invaluable. Acharya provides a comprehensive look at this ancient Indian health care system and covers everything from nutrition and fitness to self-care, hygiene, beauty and even sex! There’s honestly so much covered in this book that it would take several reviews to go through everything – so to keep from writing a book myself, I’ll list a few of my personal highlights. 🙂
- Ayurveda is the original “green” medicine – There is one fundamental truth that Ayurveda recognizes, and that is “the closer we are to Nature and her ways, the healthier we will be. The farther we wander away from Nature, the more we will suffer”. This book reintroduces us to natural laws via Ayurvedic practices to align both our inner and outer nature for total wellness.
- The 3 pillars of health are sleep, sex, and food! And when all 3 are in balance we are rightly nourished, adequately rested and sexually active. Lacking a balance in any of these can cause health issues to arise. I guess the hubs and I have some “activity” to engage in a bit more.. you know, for balance…;-)
- The 3 fundamental forces in the universe are the doshas – Pitta, Kapha, and Vata. Essentially, the doshas drive our “life engine” to keep us functional and healthy. Unbalanced, and health issues can arise.
- Everything we eat possesses a specific taste (called rasa in Sanskrit) and impacts the body, mind, and spirit in a specific way. Ayurveda mentions 6 tastes, which are composed of an eclectic combination of the 5 elements. These are: sweet (water +earth), sour (fire + earth), salty (fire + water), pungent (fire +air), bitter (air + space), and astringent (air +earth). Each taste also has corresponding therapeutic benefits – sweet promotes growth, sour increases agni (digestion), salty enhances the taste of the food, pungent helps open the bio-channels, bitter improves digestion and astringent stops the flow of fluids by constriction.
There are also many beauty, health and nutritional recipes listed in the book such as a Turmeric face pack for acne, tooth powders, and chutney’s, curries and more!
I highly recommend anyone wanting to learn about Ayurveda (or learn more) to read this book!
Learn to Be Lean: A Yoga-Based Approach to Healthy Weight Loss by Shannon Leavitt – First of all, this isn’t your typical weight loss book. It doesn’t offer a “quick fix” and it’s not based on “conventional fads”. This book acknowledges that every person is on their own unique path to wellness and needs to be treated as such. Each chapter of this book is divided into six main segments:
- Learn – introduces body-mind-spirit material
- Practices – teachings for you to learn and do repeatedly
- Coaching Moments – shares learnings from both personal & professional experience
- My Action Plan – a list of “actions” to help your progress
- Chapter Reflections – questions to help you integrate your learning
- Body-Mind-Spirit (BMS) Journal – where you can track your progress
Following this book will not only help you to navigate a more holistic approach to wellness, but you’ll be able to set and attain sensible fitness goals, as well as balance your diet, exercise and manage stress! If there is one thing that I have learned on my own personal wellness journey is that the body has its own speed at which it heals and to not try and rush your progress (which for someone as impatient as me, it’s been a challenge!). This book has certainly helped me to learn to slow down and allow my body to do what it needs to be healthy and more fit!
What’s on your reading list? Let me know below!
Peace & love,
*Books were kindly sent to me for review consideration. All opinions are my own.