Do you notice too that books that you read when traveling impact you more than those you read at home? On the road I give myself more time for self-reflection as well as space for reading and self-development. These are my 5 books to help make every journey count, because, as writer Lillian Smith so astutely noticed, “…no journey carries one far unless, as it extends into the world around us, it goes an equal distance into the world within.”


Top 5 Favorite Spiritual Books:

1. The Bhagavad Gita

Drop into the fantastical world of Arjuna, Pandava and Krishna as they debate theology and philosophy in this Hindu epic. It’s a must read for every aspiring yogi.

Get it on The Bhagavad Gita (Classics of Indian Spirituality)


2. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse

A true classic. I recently read it again after many years and still love it. It’s the perfect travel book: light to carry yet heavily thought-provoking. This book blends Hinduism, Buddhism and Christianity into a poignant, comforting embrace for the soul.

Get it on Siddhartha


3. Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda

A true account of the mystical powers of Indian yogis in the early 20th century. The book describes the riveting life story of Yogananda, the first person to bring yoga to America.

Get it on Autobiography of a Yogi (Reprint of the Philosophical library 1946 First Edition)


4. Yoga and the Quest for the True Self by Stephen Cope

Cope takes his readers along on his own journey from depressed psychotherapist to joyful yogi. This is an ideal read for anyone who is thinking about doing their yoga teacher training, or looking to learn more about exactly what yoga is and why it’s good for you.

Get it on Yoga and the Quest for the True Self


5. The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran

A classic that makes you find new meanings every time you reread it. Packed with spiritual poetics and thoughtful observations.

Get it on The Prophet (A Borzoi Book)


Do you like my favorites? What are yours? What would you read on a yoga retreat?