Yoga Book Club
Looking for something to read that will truly touch your mind and soul? These life-changing books are excellent on their own and even more empowering when complimented by reflections and application ideas from Kimberlyn. Additionally, each study includes guided practices to integrate and digest major themes from the texts. If you want to deepen your practice and grow as a person, LWY Learning Library book study is a great support for your swadyaya (study).
Atlas of the Heart
Mapping Meaningful Connection and the Language of Human Experience by Brene Brown. -- -- -- In Atlas of the Heart, Brene guides us to explore eighty-seven of the emotions and experiences that define what it means to be human and walk through a new framework for cultivating meaningful connection. This book is for the mapmakers and travelers in all of us. This study is for those ready expand our understanding of emotions, language, and the imperfect practice of being human. Kimberlyn dives into the text and correlates these findings with the teachings and practice of Yoga, from ancient texts to modern applications. If you feel, you want to read this book!
Translated by Jack Hawley, this modern rendition of one of India’s greatest texts, brings the ancient secrets to the modern world and offers a readable story with clear and exciting applications for application to our busy lives. Kimberlyn expands on these themes and shares ten rich conversations and three text-inspired practices for practical, relatable integration of yoga principles.
There is nothing more essential to health and well-being than breathing. As a species, humans have lost the ability to breathe correctly and as a result, experience grave consequences. This science-rich reporting from James Nestor offers modern science and personal experience with ancient breathing practices to deepen our understanding of life and breath. Kimberlyn dives into the text and correlates these findings with the teachings and practice of Yoga, from ancient texts to modern applications. If you breathe, you want to read this book! Kimberlyn offers FIVE reflection conversations and twelve yoga practices to integrate and apply the lessons offered in Breath.
The Gifts of Imperfection
Brene Brown’s CLASSIC work, The Gifts of Imperfection, is a beautiful study all on its own. Kimberlyn seamlessly weaves Yoga philosophy and real life application into Brown’s work to bring a whole new level of authenticity and integration to the practice of courage, compassion and connection and the ritual we call Yoga.
In Love with the World: A monk’s journey through the bardos of living & dying by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche
In this powerful and unusually candid account of the inner life of a Buddhist master, Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche offers the invaluable lessons he learned from his near-death experience by sharing the meditation practices that sustain him and transform fear into joyful living. Kimberlyn reflects on the reading of this memoir and offers her own journey toward joyful living through six mini-sharings and twelve inspired practices.
The Inner Tradition of Yoga
A studio favorite, Michael Stone provides an in-depth explanation of ancient Indian yogic philosophy along with the teachings of how to bring our understanding of yoga theory to deeper levels through the practice on the mat and in relationship with others. Kimberlyn shares how this text inspired the development of her own philosophy Transparent Alignment and weaves these themes into eight min lessons and three text-inspired practices.
Living Your Yoga
Using time honored wisdom of the Yoga Sutra and the Bhagavad Gita to steer the course, Judith Hanson Lasater serves up off-the-mat practices to guide you in deepening your relationship with yourself, others and the world. A founding female voice in the modern yoga world, Lasater blends heartfelt knowledge of an ancient tradition with her life experience as a daughter, sister, partner, mother, friend and yoga practitioner and teacher. Building from Lasater’s foundation Kimberlyn offers direct application for integration and shift for the modern practitioner four lessons and three practices.
No Mud, No Lotus
Thich Nhat Hanh offers practices and inspiration to transform suffering without hiding from it or giving into it and offers the keys to finding true joy. Kimberlyn shares yoga application and reflections in 10 mini lessons and seamlessly weaves four key topics into yoga & meditation practice.
On Being Human
Jen Pastiloff’s memoir shares relatable anecdotes and powerful stories to bring the practice of living yoga into daily life. Kimberlyn shares four key lessons via Coach’s Chat and three text inspired practices.
Sitting on the Toolbox
Buddha’s Wisdom for a Joyful Life by Bhante Sujatha. -- -- -- Each of us sits upon our own toolbox– our own treasure trove of inner resources. The trick is learning how to open your toolbox and skillfully use the tools inside. Bhante uses humor, personal anecdotes, and a mix of ancient and modern stories to show you how to access your own deep truths and live a fuller, more joyful life. Kimberlyn seamlessly weaves Bhante’s teachings and Buddhist principles into the teachings of Yoga tradition and modern day living to translates these tools into a strategy for inspired living.
Warrior Goddess Training
With Kimberlyn as your guide for reflection, practice and introspection, Goddess Training provides the antidote to the flawed idea that you are not enough. Direct, honest and unapologetic. Author, HeatherAsh Amara will invite you to release the layers of expectations to finally see yourself for the authentic, perceptive, perfectly imperfect person you really are!
"Warrior Goddess Training is about finding out who you really are and what you really want, and, armed with that knowledge, creating an external reality that authentically matches who you are on the inside." -HeatherAsh Amara (author).
Yoga provides a structure & strategy for the adventure of becoming a Warrior Goddess, aka your best, true self.
After all, it’s a practice. 🙂
The Yamas & Niyamas
A foundational philosophy to Yoga & Life’sWork, the Yoga Sutras are a worthy topic for deep and candid study. Deborah Adele offers a personable, relatable, and accessible interpretation. With gratitude and respect, Kimberlyn challenges Adele’s personal bias and even interpretation while highlighting universal nuggets of wisdom in Adele’s stories and explanations. Kimberlyn discusses the ten ethical principles in four mini lessons and three practices.
Yoga Beyond Belief
For those interested in diving deeper into the personal practice of yoga, beyond the challenge of asana (shapes) and cultivate a powerful relationship with NOW, Ganga White explains the history and philosophy of h his own original and innovative approach to this ancient discipline. Kimberlyn shares her interpretation and even challenges some of White’s conclusions in ten discussions and three practices.
Yoga & The Path of the Urban Mystic
The mystics from ancient India did not create yoga with our busy modern lives in mind. Yoga and the Path of the Urban Mystic by Darren Main, invites us to look at Yoga in a new way, a way that is both accessible and challenging, inspiring and encouraging.
This title is a studio favorite, so much so we took multiple live Book Club Circles to share and reflect on its content. Join Kimberlyn for a guided tour through the philosophy and teachings from Darren Main with adaptable and accessible strategies for immediate application into practice and direct correlation to life in the modern world.
Yoga & the Quest for the True Self
Stephen Cope, Western-trained psychotherapist and yoga teacher at the Kripalu Yoga Center, demystifies the philosophy, psychology and practice of yoga, and shows how it applies to our most human dilemmas. Kimberlyn shares her insight and reflection in eight mini lessons and six text inspired practices.