sweet summer reads from your {be} guides


स्वाध्याय || svadhyaya || self-study

At {be}, we re always seeking. Blessed enough to have a community insistent on growing and doing their own work in their lives, we also come with bookshelves filled with books underlined, highlights, dog eared (and sometimes falling apart.)

 Self-study is such a key component of our collective yoga practice- it's a niyama (a limb of yoga that deals with observances). This is one of the first things that happens when we arrive on our mat. We are asked to look within, to dive deeper, to notice the Self... and then it begins to shift our life off the mat and in the world.

We ask- how are you studying your self this summer? How can you illuminate? How can you dive into the Self further and practice svadhyaya?

Our favorite way is by actually studying (or by diving into the world on fiction and feeding the wondrous child spirit within!)

Here's our favorites, mostly non-fiction (but also a few fiction!) for you to dive in with this summer. Get your highlighter ready. These books with humble, invigorate, and add richness to your life.


from jackie

The Radiance Sutras translated by Lorin Roche
(bonus- we sell this at the studio!)

from ji:

7,000 Ways to Listen by Mark Nepo

Women Who Run With The Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes

State of Wonder by Ann Patchett (fiction!)

from becca:

Siddhartha by Hilda Rosner

from kim:

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng (fiction!)

Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow (non-fiction-ish!)

from bob:

Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach

from marie:

The Heart of Awareness (Ashtavakra Gita) translated by Thomas Byron

from ryan:

Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

from tasha:

Delirium by Lauren Oliver (fiction!!)

from michelle:

The House by the River by Lena Manta

happy reading!