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The 10 Best Yoga Books to Give This Holiday Season

Because knowledge is the best gift of all.

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Whether you’re seeking to expand your own self-care practices or wanting to nurture them in someone you love, it all starts with awareness. In the latest yoga books, expert teachers explain how self-reflection, quiet rest, accessible yoga practices, and mantra and movement can inspire profound—and lasting—change in life.

Yoke | $16

By Jessamyn Stanley

In a series of autobiographical essays, yoga teacher, entrepreneur, and advocate Stanley explores “the yoga of the everyday.” Perfect for anyone who wants to take their practice off the mat.

Read an excerpt from Jessamyn’s book: Looking in the Mirror of Social Media—And Finding Myself

Radiant Rest | $19

By Tracee Stanley

Explore the history of yoga nidra and the need for rest through self-reflection questions, guided meditations, and tools for incorporating aspects of the practice into your daily life.

More from Tracee: 7 Rituals to Transform Your Day Into a Sacred Practice

Threads of Yoga | $18

By Pamela Seelig

This book of meditations and reflections on yogic wisdom is an excellent starting point for anyone new to the spiritual side of yoga—and for teachers wanting to share thought-provoking insights.

Black Women’s Yoga History | $28

By Stephanie Y. Evans

This collection of memoirs illustrates how mindful movement and chanting have long been relied upon by Black women struggling to heal from violence.

More about this book: This Yoga History Book Chronicles Black Women’s Journey to Inner Peace

The Outdoor Adventurer’s Guide to Yoga | $30

By Jana Kilgore

The sport-specific poses in this tome help avid climbers, backpackers, cyclists, and outdoor enthusiasts improve strength, balance, and recovery time.

Yoga Where You Are | $25

By Dianne Bondy & Kat Heagberg

This handbook ensures that all bodies feel welcome in yoga. It’ll help you create a customized practice that’s modified to your exact needs.

See also: Fat Shaming and Toxic Diet Culture Are Rampant in Yoga. It’s Time to Push Back

Yoga Revolution | $20

By Jivana Heyman

Uplifting the excluded and oppressed is a central force within yoga, and this book offers a blueprint for building practices that incorporate seva to accomplish that mission. Preorder now; this book is released December 7.

The Little Book of Zen | $10

By David Schiller

This book is a collection of sayings, parables, and poetry that inspire the reader to view the world through lenses of clarity and mindfulness.

How Dreams Speak | $12

By Nicole Chilton

Your dreams are trying to tell you something. This guide presents the history of dream interpretation alongside the biological processes of a dream to guide you through remembering and understanding your brain’s subconscious signals.

See also: I Tried Dreamwork to Explore the Untapped Wisdom of Dreams

Being Myself | $14

By Rupert Spira

As part of his Essence of Meditation series, Spira reflects on how to tap into your true self and identify what peace and happiness really mean to you so you can effortlessly live in that state.

Bonus: Outside+ Membership | $54.45, on sale

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See also: The Wellness Publishing Industry Needs a Change. This Woman Is Leading the Charge

Still shopping? Find more ideas in our 2021 Holiday Gift Guide

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