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Hey, yoga nerds!

How do y'all feel about a little Book Club action?

Last night at our OMpower gathering with Off The Mat, I got to chatting with my old philosopher friend Gary about how much fun it'd be to launch a wee yoga book club. I've been flirting with this concept for awhile now, and you know, it's past time to make that happen.

Many of us — teachers, students, asana practitioners, and just folks with a particular curiosity for philosophy or religion — have participated in extensive teacher trainings, highly-structured academic programs, and whatnot over the years, but there's something to be said for building a monthly supported, informal practice of ongoing study into our lives, for creating the kind of intellectual sangha that reminds us to stay curious, to stay interested, to come at this yoga thing always and ever as beginners.

So let's do it, eh?

We can read flimsy, pop culture-style fiction that has ostensibly little to do with yoga; we can dig into thick philosophy texts; we can drool over beautiful illustrated works like Sanjay Patel's hip cartoon version of the Ramayana, pictured above; we can plumb the Sutras or the Upanishads themselves; we can dive into rabid anti-yoga treatises to better understand the practice we love with sharp, critical eyes. We can hit the vino hard or we can make it a chai/dessert kind of gig. It's pretty wide-open, kids.

I've got a few good ideas already taking root, but we'll really build it together, so if you've got favorite books, dishy topics or just general rad suggestions, please leave them in the comments below. And if you'd be interested in participating in a monthly salon-style gathering (whether in person or online), either leave your name, email address and any book titles you'd like to share in the comments below, or shoot me a private email with that same info at rachelmeyeryoga@gmail.com.

Let's do this already.

Comments

Jill Marchakitus said…
I'm in Pennsylvania so I'd have to be involved online (if thats even possible) but love the idea!
I thoroughly enjoy any Tom Robbins books & I'll have to think abouts other I might suggest. I can be reached @ jmarchakitus@hotmail.com
Catherine Davis said…
I'm interested in joining your book club. I love the Stephen Cope books--especially "Yoga and the Quest for the True Self" and "The Wisdom of Yoga: A Seeker's Guide to Extraordinary Living." And then there's some books I've been meaning to read The Hero by Hugo Cory,
The Actor by Hugo Cory,
Awakening the Spine by Vanda Scaravelli, and Poised for Grace by Douglas Brooks. I can be reached at cdavis2me@yahoo.com.

Thanks!
Never read any yoga book, but I am IN! :-)
Matt said…
Great idea! I don't have a ton of suggestions, but I have been meaning to read The Four Desires and Fierce Medicine. And maybe Stretch by Neal Pollack, just for fun.
matthewbsumner@gmail.com
Adam Lapierre said…
Brill! (I learned that word from your blog and LOVE it!) I would like to participate too! adaml@me.com
Anna-Christina said…
I am so IN! I live in North Carolina so can participate online. I'm interested in Rumi, Rilke, and Goethe right now. Love to all!
LisaSays said…
What about Anam Cara, by John O'Donahue? Lovely place to begin.
Andrea said…
Oh my inner geek just did a handstand! Yes please.

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