We hope that you're reading this poolside, and that the host of your BBQ is saving you a veggie burger. With the warmer temps of summertime upon us, calling us out of our homes and onto the beach, we wanted to share our juicy, must-have picks we think every yogi should carry in their beach bag this season (Hint: 50 Shades of Grey did not make the cut).
Here are a few books we think you yogis might dig:
Though his not-so-wholesome hobbies (sex, drugs, drinking) highlighted in On the Road are what put this Beat poet on the map, Kerouac’s interest in Buddhism and spiritual enlightenment inspired his next autobiographically based text,The Dharma Bums. Committing to page all the truths the writer sought out in real time, Kerouac brought the lessons he learned to life through the adventures of Ray Smith, who sets out on a cross-country trip after the suicide of a close friend, an enlightening journey that makes Ray more aware of humanity’s capacity for compassion.
Traveling brings up life’s most existential questions it would seem, as this story follows the 17-day father-and-son motorcycle journey from Minnesota to California. As the characters weave through the American Northwest, we are simultaneously taken on a spiritual quest with the father, the nameless narrator of the book, who finds himself talking about topics such as philosophy of science, epistemology, and ethical emotivism along the way--as well as reconciling with his past self.
Convicted bank robber and heroine addict Lin escapes an Australian maximum security prison for India sets the stage for this dense tome, as he hopes to disappear within the busy streets of Bombay. From slumming it to playing savior and afioso, Lin’s ten-year stint in India softens his heart and opens him up spiritually as his exile teaches him about the universe, as well as the fundamentals of being a decent human being. “It took me a long time and most of the world to learn what I know about love and fate and the choices we make, but the heart of it came to me in an instant, while I was chained to a wall being tortured,” is how this epic begins. Gripping from cover to cover.