• Christina Raskin

Books to Read. Movies to Watch!

I did my first Facebook LIVE today (it was fun!), one hour of talking about yoga philosophy and how it can help us during these unsettling and uncertain times. It was amazing seeing everyone online and to hear the ideas and input from others. One question that came up a few times was what to read while we are all quarantined in our houses and off work!

There are so many wonderful spiritual books that speak to Yoga and the spirit of the soul. I find that often, when you are ready for the message for one of these books it will naturally find you. One of my favorite pastimes is to go sit in a spiritual bookstore (Banyan Books is my favorite in Kitsilano) and just see what jumps out at me. I’ve discovery some of my best lessons and books that way.

But since we can’t go to the bookstore right now L here is a list of my favs to get you started.

Books I Recommend

The Art of Possibility- Rosamund Stone Zander & Benjamin Zander

Beautiful book with a lot of practical advice to help us chance our perspective and see possibility instead of scarcity and division.

The Universe Has Your Back- Gabrielle Bernstein

Helpful guide to release fear. There are practical exercises and meditations to help guide you through the process.

The Tibetan Book of Living & Dying- Sogyal Rinpoche

Great book that really helped me to see death in a new light, which then helped me to live more fully.

Yoga for a World out of Balance- Michael Stone

This is a very wordy and intelligent dissection of how the Yamas & the Niyamas can help society in a time of turmoil and change. This can be a difficult read because it is so academic. However I think it is worth it as his interpretation is through, helpful, and unique.

Movies I Recommend

Awake: The Life of Yogananda

Movie of Yogananda, one of the first Gurus to come to North America, during the last several years of his life as he was writing his famous book, Autobiography of a Yogi. In this movie you can see him go into Samadhi (pure connection to Spirit) and learn a lot about the yoga history in the U.S.

Yoga Is: A Transformational Journey

Documentary of a women’s search to find out what ‘Yoga Is.’

Yoga Unveiled

Detailed documentary on the history of Yoga and how it came to the West with videos and interview from many top yoga teachers. It also discusses some of the deeper aspects of yoga, past the physical practice on the mat.

What the Bleep Do We Know!?

Movie on quantum physics. It does an amazing job of breaking down the basics on energy and how it affects us and our environment.

Yoga Woman

Interesting commentary on women in yoga and how we are changing the landscape of the industry. Also, how can yoga help women to navigate modern society and our role in it.


Creative movie about the life of the Buddha and how he became the Buddha, how he reaching enlightenment.

Note, these books are fairly general and I think suitable for most people. I will post on Wednesday with some books that are a little more in-depth and that I would consider must reads for any yoga teacher :)

Happy reading!

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