The Must-Read Book Club

Judi Checo: This was recommended reading for my mentorship with Livia Cohen-Shapiro of Applied Psychology for Yogi’s, but it has become one of my favorite reads separately from any requirement, because I feel it has beautiful universal themes and you don’t have to be a teacher to embrace it’s message of human connection through learning. I theme from it in my yoga classes and return to it for inspiration and encouragement.

YCNYC: Favorite quote?​

JC: “Fear is so fundamental to the human condition that all the great spiritual traditions originate in an effort to overcome its effects on our lives. With different words, they all proclaim the same message: “Be not afraid.” Though the traditions vary widely in the ways they propose to take us beyond fear, all hold out the same hope: we can escape fear’s paralysis and enter a state of grace where encounter with otherness will not threaten us but will enrich our work and our lives.”

YCNYC: What one person would you recommend this book to?

JC: New teachers. But it really can also be for the person on a path of self discovery.

YCNC: What moment or part resonates with you the most?