Yoga teacher Maya Breuer has been an avid reader ever since she was 10 years old, when
she discovered a magical box of abandoned children’s books on a neighborhood street.
“In that box were all those special little girl books, like Jane Eyre and Nancy Drew,”
These days Breuer likes to read at dawn, just before settling into her yoga practice.
Her recent early morning favorites include Stephen Cope’s Yoga and the Quest for the True Self,
Swami Muktananda’s Play of Consciousness, and Lama Surya Das’s Awakening to the Sacred.
This last book is “all about the ways that you can know yourself better and have a practice,”
she says. “What I’m getting from it is that life is the practice.”Breuer, who has taught yoga
for 13 years and lives in Providence, Rhode Island, also recommends Soul Food, Eric Copage’s
collection of stories for African Americans on issues like family, love, faith, and
creativity, and Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison, an all-time favorite by a writer who
“gives nonminorities a look at what it is to be one.”