We hope that summer will provide you with some time of relaxation and pause. Whether you are at the beach, on the porch, or simply stealing a few minutes in your car during lunch break, here are our summer reading suggestions. We are working on creating a lending library at the studio, so be on the lookout!
For Your Body
Ayurveda is an ancient health system that is still relevant today. Focusing on health and wellbeing through lifestyle and diet changes. This book helps you identify your 'dosha' or your personal mind-body type. With this knowledge, you can make choices about your diet, exercise, supplements and other lifestyle choices that will help you achieve optimal health.
Although we experience our bodies as solid, they are in fact more like fires that are constantly being consumed and renewed. We grow new stomach linings every five days, for instance. Our skin is new every five weeks. Each year, fully 98 percent of the total number of atoms in our bodies is replaced. Ayurveda gives us the tools to intervene at this quantum level, where we are being created anew each day. Ayurveda tells us that freedom from sickness depends on contacting our own awareness, bringing it into balance, and then extending that balance to the body. Perfect Health provides a complete step-by-step program of mind body medicine tailored to individual needs.
Did you know that most health issues stem from an unhealthy gut? While it may be trendy right now to drink kombucha, the fact is, fermented foods play a pivotal role in the health of your digestive system! When you preserve food in this way, it creates beneficial enzymes for your gut, b-vitamins, Omega-3 fatty acids, and various strains of probiotics- all things your body will thank you for! Increasing the amount of fermented foods you consume may be the health boost your body needs. Instead of reaching for that sugary yogurt at the grocery store, try fermenting your own foods with this guide!
Simplifying the art and science of fermentation, Cox offers a primer on the body’s microbial ecosystem, complemented by scrumptious recipes, and easy-to-follow pickling and canning techniques. Basics such as bread and yogurt help readers progress to wine, cheese, and a host of international delicacies, including kim chi and chow chow. Inspiring and innovative, The Essential Book of Fermentation serves up great taste along with great health on every page.
For Your Mind/Spirit
When Women Were Birds is a beautifully written book about self discovery, finding your voice, and unpacking what it means to be a woman. Have you forgotten what it is to sing with joy at sunrise? This book will remind you.
"I am leaving you all my journals, but you must promise me you won't look at them until after I'm gone." This is what Terry Tempest Williams's mother, the matriarch of a large Mormon clan in northern Utah, told her a week before she died. It was a shock to Williams to discover that her mother had kept journals. But not as much of a shock as it was to discover that the three shelves of journals were all blank. In fifty-four short chapters, Williams recounts memories of her mother, ponders her own faith, and contemplates the notion of absence and presence art and in our world. When Women Were Birds is a carefully crafted kaleidoscope that keeps turning around the question: What does it mean to have a voice?
This short and easy read was a requirement for one of my classes, and I fell in love with it. I found myself relating, tearing up, and gaining a wider perspective on the world around me.
My Grandfather’s Blessings is a book of wisdom, the wisdom of Rachel’s grandfather, an orthodox rabbi and student of Kaballah and Rachel’s own wisdom as a compassionate physician and a survivor of lifelong chronic illness. The stories in this book heal our deepest fears: that we do not belong, that we are not enough, that we are powerless, that we are alone. In My Grandfather’s Blessings, we discover that we all matter and that we are all healers. These stories will make you laugh and cry and ultimately show you who you really are and how large a difference you have already made to the people around you.
What is on your must read list for summer? We would love to hear!
Gorham Yoga Company Team