We caught up with some of the community’s rising stars and asked them to reflect on the books that had an impact on their lives. We’ve shared their responses below.

Jennifer JayBee Beasley

I know a lot of people will say it but The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz; literally life-changing. It was gifted to me by my life coach and I read it, then listened to it on soundcloud, then watched a YouTube adaptation. It really helps you get YOU together in 4 steps, with a how and why. I was happy to read something that wasn’t a cliche. Give me practical, tangible any day. 1. Be Impeccable with your word. 2. Always do your best. 3. Don’t assume. 4. Don’t take anything personal. Not in that order but order doesn’t matter. These 4 seemingly simple practices changed how I viewed myself and how I was actively attempting to change a lot of things I didn’t like about myself. One I find extremely difficult is not taking anything personally. Everything is not about me. Read more>>

Erica Morton Magill & Spiros Antonopoulos | Studio Owners, Space Holders & Yoga Teachers

In the creation of our yoga shala, books played a vastly important role. And literature and words continue to shape us, our ways of thinking, and our imagining: our community. Our work. We named our umbrella organisation, Ardor Yoga Lab, after a favorite book—Ardor, a dense tome by Roberto Calasso—that explores the sparse remains of Vedic culture—its alchemy, intonations and magic as gestures of mind, rhythm and sacrifice, various forms of heat. Soma. Marco Vassi’s Lying Down: The Horizontal Worldview was also instrumental for us, as we shaped a yoga school based on breath, energy and focus rather than on idealized end shapes, or aspirational yoga bodies. Vassi writes, “More than anything else we need, as a species, to heal ourselves, and to let the Earth heal from our predations. We need to dismantle all our unnecessary and excessive vertical structures or let them decay from disuse — our hierarchies, competitions, skyscrapers, thrones, missiles. Read more>>

Dez’Mon Omega Fair | Painter & Poet

Tomi Adeyemi’s Children of Blood and Bone. I originally got it for my niece. Who I assumed would devour it immediately. I quickly re-realized that she was in her final year of high school: already having an intensive reading list, duh. She communicates this with a gracious smile. I decided to read it myself. Early quarantine: As the world seemed to distort more and more. It’s felt quite medicinal to read. To be immersed between these people: two sets of siblings making Orisha magic again, bringing fullness and wisdom into the world, expanding human experiences, bringing maji out of fear and into love, into super natural abilities. Reapers. Connecters. Tiders. Burners. Winders. Grounders. Welders. Healers. Cancers. Seers. Tamers. Conjuring fire. Conjuring up dreamscapes. Conjuring up the dead and becoming one with water. Connected and fluid communication with animals. Read more>>