One of the things over the last 1-2 years during the pandemic has allowed me to do, was read more. Not only was I able to read and re-read books I already had, or listen to audio books, I was also able to catch-up on articles and many other things. It also offered me an opportunity to dive back into building websites, starting this blog, and much much more.
As part of this blog, in addition to yoga, health & wellness and many other things, I also thought it would be fun to write a few book reviews on books I've been reading and provide you a few recommendations too. So, here's my first 3 books I'm recommending right now. Stay tuned, there should be plenty more!
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1. Journey Into Power by Baron Baptiste
Journey Into Power by Baron Baptiste was one of the first books I read prior to starting my yoga teacher training. At the time, my wife and I were practicing Power Yoga, and I wanted to get a better understanding about Baron and his style of yoga.
Now, at this point, I've probably picked up this book and read excerpts from it a 100 times but I always get something out of it. Since becoming a registered yoga teacher I've studied under Baron and we actually have this book on the reading list of books in my Yoga Teacher Training program that I lead. In fact, this book and many others, I keep on Audible so I can listen to them whenever I'm driving or traveling somewhere.
So, what's it all about?
Whether you are looking to lose weight, trying to increase your strength and stamina, hoping to sharpen your mental edge, or seeking to go deeper within, Baron will help guide you there through this book. Baptiste Power Yoga isn't just the ultimate workout, it's the ultimate life transformation program.
In this unique and inspiring book, one of the world's most dynamic and sought-after master yoga teachers brings us the same revolutionary program for body, mind, and spirit that has changed the bodies and lives of Hollywood celebrities, all-star athletes, and millions of people just like you and "me". In his refreshing and iconoclastic style, Baron Baptiste shows us that the key to true power is not to chase an ideal version of ourselves but to reveal the perfect self already within.
2. The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz is another book, both in paper and on Audible, that I reach for regularly. Though there are multiple books he and his son have written, this is the one I reach for and recommend the most. No matter where I start, and no matter where I end, I always seem to take away something from it.
Yet another book as part of our teacher training program, The Four Agreements contains teachings based on the Toltec civilization that lived thousands of years ago, telling you how you can live a more understanding and happier life. Published originally in 1997, it remained a best seller in the New York Times for eight years and has sold over 7.2 million copies.
This is an easy read, most people could finish it in a few hours. It is straight forward without having to search for the message. Using real life examples, it makes the book relatable for just about anyone and in the end, you'll find four simple ways that can help you make positive changes in your life.
3. The Tipping Point by Malcom Gladwell
The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell was the first book I read of his. I was on a business trip to New Orleans and wanted a book for the plane ride home. While looking at the small selection available at the airport, I came across this book and decided to give it try. Needless to say, I have been a fan of most of his books since.
The book analyzes social trends from their beginnings and then explores why some takeoff while others just disappear. He uses data and science to explore the patterns and facts surrounding trends. Noting throughout how small actions by a person at the right time can create a "tipping point" that can create a domino effect spreading like a wildfire.
Well, there you have it, 3 books I'm recommending right now. Though I've read all of these multiple times, and probably will again, they're all good reads and definitely are not from the same genera.
Stay tuned, as I have plenty more to recommend and review in the future.