I am forever a bookworm, and Goodreads is my favorite app. Let's be friends on there, by the way! I continuously update my profile with the books I read. Anyways, I thought I would share with you some of my best resources on feminine wisdom, women's health and hormones, yoga for women, and the nervous system. I realize that my list differs a bit from those of my peers', but I honestly don't love the classics such as Women who Run with the Wolves and If Women Rose Rooted. I also can't stand doctors that write books on important topics that get lost in information about who funded the study, who participated, where the study was published... there's something called a reference list, dude! (Not mentioning names.)
Apparently I'm in a very rambly mode. Let's just get to it. Here is my 2019 book list that, in my opinion, every woman needs to read:
This book was a liberation to read, and was a catalyst for my work with women and feminine energy. It was the first place I ever read about feminine power. Regena Thomashauer writes about the importance of sensuality and not just sexuality, female pleasure and how our pussies open up for us to live our most radiant lives. As soon as I finished reading, I gifted it to one of my besties, Trine, who also loved it. You can read her thoughts on it here.
Women's Wellness Wisdom by Dr. Libby Weaver
I love this gorgeous, inspiring coffee table book on women's health! When I buy a house, this will always be on display for my guests (who am I kidding. I never have guests. But still). It is super easy and straight forward. Dr. Libby provides amazing information on different "diffuse" hormone related conditions, and explains how you can support your body holistically with foods, lifestyle changes and natural supplements. Big love for this one!
Wild Power by Sjanie Hugo Wurlitzer and Alexandra Pope
This book was also one of the first ones I read on menstruation and the more spiritual and energetic aspects. It is all about the magic of our monthly cycle, and how to harness our feminine power. Wild Power made me fall in love with my cycle (which was unbearably painful at the time), and the deep mysteries of being a woman.
Vagina by Naomi Wolf
This book is both painful and important. From both a cultural and personal perspective, Naomi Wolf raises awareness on the connection between the vagina and the woman. What stood out for me about this book was the part about the harm we cause ourselves when we haven't learned how to say "no". As a notorious overachiever and people pleaser, this has been a big challenge for me, and I know it is for many women as well. Watts writes about the importance of sensitivity, gentleness, and feeling safe when a woman opens up her deepest (physical) parts to herself, or a partner. I had my husband read this book as well, and it was deeply eye opening for him. Can be recommended for both men and women, and everyone in between.
When the Body Says No by Gabor Maté
I fell in love with this book on page one. Gabor Maté writes about the modern day epidemic; chronic, hidden stress. As I mentioned, I have been terrible at saying "no", and this book is all about what can happen when we constantly say yes to others, and no to ourselves, and the body eventually says no for us. It also reminds me why practicing Feminine Flow is so important both for our physical, emotional and spiritual health. Again, thanks for the tip Trine.
Yoni Shakti by Uma Dinsmore-Tuli
This book is epic, and a must read for yoginis desiring a more feminine, female oriented approach to their practice. It contains sacred feminine practices and movements that you can incorporate into your practice right away, and that guides us right back home to ourselves. It also has the most comprehensive section on women in the history of yoga, which is beyond fascinating.
Tao Tantric Arts for Women by Minke de Vos
If you are curious to learn more about sacred feminine practices from both Tantric and Taoist traditions, this is the book! Yoni eggs, breast massage, ovarian breathing and all.the.things. This book is also very practical, and provides you with practices that you can incorporate into your daily/weekly rituals and routines.