Ahem, have I mentioned my incessant reading habit?
In alphabetical order, here's a list of books that have lit my fire lately, perfect for your lazy August days and late summer travel adventures.
Eat Dirt, by Josh Axe.
The microbiome is where it's at! Not only are we coated inside and out with (mostly!) beneficial bacteria, but the makeup of our flora is one of the most important predictors of health. Read this book to find out why bentonite clay, shilajit, and just plain skipping a shower here or there may shift your state. (I know, I know...I really might be a dirty hippie.)
Move Your DNA, by Katy Bowman
If "microbiome" was a new word for you, get ready for "mechanobiome." This book has completely rocked my world from the moment I picked it up and now has me climbing trees and typing this newsletter while sitting on the floor. Ms. Bowman had me with this sentence: "In the same way supplements should not be the bulk of your diet, exercise should not be the bulk of your movement profile." Such a critically important message in these pages.
Rising Strong, by Brené Brown
My fourth time through this one. I've written before about Brené's work here (...Brené's...like we're best friends...she gets me...). And yes, I realize I should just buy this book for goodness sake.
Fresh and Fermented, Firefly Kitchens
Also a resource I've written about before, no joke when I say we use it almost daily in our home. The Caesar kale salad? It's that good.
Chakra Yoga, Anodea Judith
Oh, Dr. Judith, you make it all clear to me and your sequences are lovely. This is the inspiration for my summer teaching. Mondays 6:30-7:30pm, you'll find me in the back office on my mat. Join me, no experience necessary. Don't let the term "chakra" scare you off, think of it as a little bit of movement, a little bit of meditation, and a whole lot of calm and much needed rest. (Sign up here.)
Prayers for Honoring, Pixie Lighthorse
Oh, Pixie. 1) I want your name and 2) thank you. Pixie reminds me to honor the healer within. This is a book I flip open, read a sentence, savor, and move on with my day. We all need books like that.
Love Your Lady Landscape, Lisa Lister
I may have saved the best for last. I. Love. This. Book. If you were to turn me into a voluptuous extrovert (oh, that image makes me almost cry funny tears), I would want to be Lisa Lister. She is funny, irreverent, and geez Louise, the women of the world need this information. Their partners too. Plus, the title. I try to recommend it with a straight face.
There you go! The current state of PranaVis Medicine in a literary nutshell.
Enjoy your August, quiet or full of travels as it may be. Remember I'm here for back to school physicals, as well as seasonal allergies support and preventive care for Seasonal Affective Disorder. The days are shortening, but the living is full.
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