By Susanne Rieker

Here is a list of my favorite books to read on a yoga retreat that I have been inspired by, learned something essential from or simply been entertained. Of course, you don’t have to wait for your next yoga retreat before reading any of those, they are great for reading on your coach as well.

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Bookspiration: 10 Books to Read on a Yoga Retreat

1. Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives by Gretchen Rubin

In this book the author of the bestseller The Happiness Project tackles the critical question: How do we change? A perfect read on a yoga retreat, because it will give you the tools and tips you need to actually implement healthy changes after you’re back home.

2. Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone by Brené Brown

Have you watched the amazing show with Brené Brown on Netflix yet? If not, do this immediately, it’s mind-blowing! The book’s subject is how to build and maintain connections and a sense of belonging while also staying true to ourselves and our beliefs and it really helped me in a difficult time of my life.

3. Eastern Body, Western Mind: Psychology and the Chakra System As a Path to the Self by Anodea Judith

This book might take you a bit longer to read like the average yoga retreat, but I promise it’s worth it. If you’re interested in chakras and yoga and how we actually think, this book has it all. You’ll finally understand how/why we are such amalgams of body, mind and spirit, and how they interact with each other. This book is the ultimate psychology/self-help book out there and I love it.

4. Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

I love Rachel’s wry wit and her observations are spot on! Her goals is to help you break free from the lies keeping you from the joy-filled and exuberant life they are meant to have. You’ll cry, and laugh, and won’t be able to put it away.

5. Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle

Glennon tells the story of her journey of self-discovery after the implosion of her marriage. And while this may sound quite gloomy, the way she shares her story is super inspiring. This might be the story of one marriage, but it’s also the story of the healing that is possible for any of us when we refuse to settle for good enough and begin to face pain and love head-on.

6. Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life by Byron Katie

I was really hesitant before diving into Byron Katie and “The Work.”, but it was required reading for one of my yoga teacher trainings and I actually loved it! The Work is simply four questions that, when applied to a specific problem, enable you to see what is troubling you in an entirely different light. As Katie says, “It’s not the problem that causes our suffering; it’s our thinking about the problem.”

7. Mindfulness in Plain English by Henepola Gunaratana

This is another book was recommended to by Sarah Powers, my Yin Yoga teacher, and it’s such a treasure! The author takes you step by step through the myths, realities, and benefits of meditation and the practice of mindfulness and it’s the best, most concise book on the subject I’ve read to date.

8. The Universe Has Your Back by Gabrielle Bernstein

In her 5th book, Gabrielle Bernstein asks you to say “yes” to the love of the Universe, stop living a life of fear, and open yourself to love, miracles, and abundance. There’s lots to take in here and plenty of ways to think about losing the fear that guides our lives

9. To Love and Let Go: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Gratitude by Rachel Brathen

While this book hasn’t come out yet (it’s scheduled for September 2019), I can’t wait for it! Expect a moving and inspirational memoir on how to cope with tragedy, adversity, and change through yoga.

10. Women Code by Alisa Vitti

On a yoga retreat you’ll probably gain more awareness for your body and this book will help you take this one step further and listen to your hormones and how they affect your life. This book was really eye-opening for me and so helpful, too! Highly recommended.