Book recommendations! I'm always being asked what I'm reading or what I'd recommend on particular topics, so I plucked three well-loved books off my shelves on Ayurveda, Yoga and Anatomy and tell you what's great about them, including some of my favourite passages and information.
[The Everyday Ayurveda Cookbook by Kate O'Donnell]
While it may seem unusual to recommend a cookbook for reading, Kate's book is a *cookbook*not a recipe book. She fronts the recipes with a wonderful and thorough section on some of the theories and concepts behind Ayurveda cooking and digestion.
[21st Century Yoga: Culture, Politics and Practice, edited by Carol Horton & Roseanne Harvey]
This collection of essays is essential reading to the socially minded yogi. I always recommend it to yoga teacher training grads who are looking for some of the cultural issues pertinent to the evolution of yoga. Published in 2012, it's still a relevant read even if some things have happily evolved with the conversation, and many things have not. A great way to get into the minds of some smart yogis you may not have heard of yet, and original writing from those you have.
[The Story of the Human Body: Evolution, Health and Disease, by Daniel E. Lieberman]
A history of how humans arrived at being human from being apes, which we learn was not a foregone conclusion! A fascinating journey through how and why we evolved into what we are, what we lost as we gained a long the way, and the impact that culture (not just modern culture!) has had on us. This book has been *so useful* in my teaching and understanding of anatomy.