A good book, tea and a comfortable place to relax and you have your very own mini wellness retreat.
If the weather has you feeling like you’re ready to make some big changes in your life, I’ve got a list of inspiring books that might just be the catalyst for awesome transformations.
Nourishing your brain with books that concentrate of health and wellbeing is an essential gift to yourself. Becoming mindful and establishing daily rituals can help you identify what is the most important to you and what is the most deserved of your time, while providing you the resources for managing your feelings and emotions. Mindful living can positively impact your relationships by encouraging self-awareness from your actions, words and habits.
These books fuse life-changing advice and guidelines for actionable tips to improve your mind, body and soul.
Spark your imagination and inspire your dreams and the possibilities of your potential with these amazing health and wellness books:
The most accessible explanation of yoga philosophy and yoga practice that I’ve encountered. The secrets of how yoga works to make us truly whole are revealed here in a delightful story based on how these precious teachings reached Tibet form their home in India, over a thousand years ago.
If we do something just to help ourselves, it will never work. You can never really put effort into a thing if it’s only for yourself. It has to be for something bigger. – Geshe Michael Roach
It’s one of the paradoxes of yoga. To really do a pose right you have to do it a little wrong, a thousand times. – Geshe Michael Roach
Have you ever gotten a little “judgy” because someone was walking or driving too slow in front of you? Or criticized your partner for not doing something exactly the right way? Or maybe you judge yourself for making an embarrassing mistake or not measuring up to your own standards. Judgment is as natural as breathing, with our (often harsh) opinions popping up instantaneously. Once you start paying closer attention, you’ll notice “judgment triggers” everywhere.
Gabrielle Bernstein believes that these constant judgments, of ourselves and others, are more toxic than we realize and they hold us back from a more connected, loving and fulfilled life.
In Judgment Detox, Gabrielle Bernstein shares a clear, proactive, step-by-step process to release the beliefs that hold you back from living a better life.
The root cause of all judgment is the fear of not being good enough, not being worthy of love, and not being safe. – Gabrielle Bernstein
Remember: If we were happy and complete, we wouldn’t judge. – Gabrielle Bernstein
The practice of mindfulness holds the possibility of not just a fleeting sense of contentment, but a true embracing of a deeper unity that envelops and permeates our lives. With Mindfulness for Beginners you are invited to learn how to transform your relationship to the way you think, feel, love, work, and play—and thereby awaken to and embody more completely who you really are.
The challenge for each of us is to find out who we are and to live our way into our own calling. We do this by paying close attention to all aspects of life as they unfold in the present moment. – Jon Kabat-Zinn
Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally. – Jon Kabat-Zinn
From finding your breath to feeling grounded, these practice-based exercises make integrating mindfulness into your routine easy. With over 75 essential meditations―that take between 5-20 minutes from start to finish―Practicing Mindfulness is an approachable way to apply mindfulness in your day-to-day life.
We regularly are asked how to meditate effectively or “right,” and the truth is that there are a ton of different ways to meditate. We can’t sit here and pretend that we can tell you exactly how to meditative effectively even with a single practice. You will have to find what works for you, and allow yourself space to investigate. – Matthew Sockolov
Deepak Chopra offers a life-altering perspective on the attainment of success: Once we understand our true nature and learn to live in harmony with natural law, a sense of well-being, good health, fulfilling relationships, energy and enthusiasm for life, and material abundance will spring forth easily and effortlessly. Filled with timeless wisdom and practical steps you can apply right away, this is a book you will want to read and refer to again and again.
At the moment you consciously make a choice, pay attention to your body and ask your body, “If I make this choice, what happens?” If your body sends a message of comfort, that’s the right choice. If your body sends a message of discomfort, then it’s not the appropriate choice. – Deepak Chopra
But first, become aware of the choices that you are making in every moment. The more you become aware of your choices, the more you will make choices that are spontaneously correct — both for you and for those around you. – Deepak Chopra
Thich Nhat Hanh, the renowned Zen monk, offers timeless insight into the nature of real love. With simplicity, warmth, and directness, he explores the four key aspects of love as described in the Buddhist tradition: lovingkindness, compassion, joy, and freedom—explaining how to experience them in our day-to-day lives.
The object of your practice should first of all be yourself. Your love for the other, your ability to love another person, depends on your ability to love yourself. – Thich Nhat Hanh
The ancient science of Ayurveda teaches that food is divine medicine with the power to heal, but the best foods for one person may not be beneficial to another. Unlike many diets with rigid, one-size-fits-all guidelines, Ayurveda is a lifestyle that recognizes the ever-changing needs of each individual. Join author Sahara Rose on a journey to wellness and discover how to eat according to your body’s specific needs. More than 100 plant-based, gluten- and dairy-free recipes for every meal of the day.
The body never lies and when you’re connected with our own innate wisdom, you don’t need food-trackers, calorie counters or even meal-plans. I provide these for people to give them an idea of how to frame their days but ultimately, what I’m teaching is self-awareness and empowerment so you can connect with your body’s own healing wisdom. – Sahara Rose Kebati
Brandi Doming’s recipes rely on refreshingly short ingredient lists that are ideal for anyone new to plant-based cooking or seeking simplified, wholesome, family-friendly options for weeknight dinners. Each of the 100 recipes uses just 8 or fewer ingredients (not including salt, pepper, or water) to create satisfying, comforting meals from breakfast to dessert that your family—even the non-vegans—will love.
We all have busy lives, especially families with children, and when it’s time for a meal it doesn’t need to be complicated. – Brandi Doming
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