7 Self-Development Books Definitely Worth Your Time

I am a self-proclaimed self development book junkie. Thanks to the wonderful world of audiobooks, I fill my commute to work or the 40 minute drive to yoga with a mix of audiobooks and podcasts. I just finished my 24th book for the year and while they haven’t all fallen into the self development or self improvement genre, a lot have. I have also gone back and re-read, or rather, re-listened to some for a second time so that way I could catch some new nuggets of knowledge I may have missed the first time and remind myself of points I may have forgotten.

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The perfect time, place, space, and way to mediate

I started out the year with the intention to have a really dedicated meditation practice and I’m happy to say that I have definitely achieved that. I begin each morning with a 10 minute meditation and I often add a mid-day 10-minute practice while I’m at work, as an opportunity to reset and reconnect before moving on with my day.

But when I think about meditation, I can’t help but think about the space in which we meditate and how we can set that up to best serve our practice, whether new or seasoned to the practice. Before I dive into that though, here’s all the places and ways in which I have meditated recently:

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108 Sun Salutations

Apparently it’s customary in yogic tradition to complete 108 sun salutations on the summer solstice. You learn something new every day, right? Well one of my favorite yoga teachers at my studio posted about it the day before and said we would have a sun salutation packed class the next morning; I was excited. I knew we wouldn’t do 108 in a 45 minute class, but I was excited none the less.

I nearly jumped out of bed Wednesday morning bright and early. I got in a short arm and ab circuit in my apartment gym before driving to Grand Rapids for the 6am class. As promised, class was full of a variety of sun salutations. It was sweaty, beautiful, but as the girl who loves a good challenge, it didn’t totally fill my need.

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Hot Yoga Essentials

Do you ever wake up with a hit of inspiration? Whether it be something to write about or an idea that more closely fits into your creativity realm?

I can say with certainty that this is something that happens to me quite frequently, but the one that hit early Sunday morning is latest and man, it’s annoying. It was maybe 4 or 4:30, and right in line with my usual wake up time during the week but a bit early for Sunday as I had set my alarm for 5:30 and was planning to enjoy that extra little hour of sleep.

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