Summer Readings: Relax and Enjoy Your Free Time

Summer is the season of relaxation and the perfect time to unwind with a good book. Although summer season is almost over, there’s still some time to sneak a few books in. As the spirit of summer comes to a close, why not carry it into the next season with some light, inspirational reading? 

Our summer reading list is aligned with many of the philosophies that AIRE Ancient Baths believes in. From relaxation techniques to mindfulness, our summer reading list will keep you informed on how to maintain a more beneficial lifestyle.

1) How to Relax by Thich Nhat Hahn

It wouldn’t be a summer reading list without a book on relaxation. We know that relaxation is key for mental health, but sometimes it's hard to relax. So we take our cue from Thich Nhat Hanh, a Zen master whose primary teaching is that we can live better, happier lives in the present moment through the practice of mindfulness. In this how-to book, which is part of a series known as The Mindful Essentials, he covers topics on healing, relaxation, and meditation practices, and more. This book is perfect for beginners or regular practitioners of mindfulness, and the perfect addition to a summer reading list. 

2) The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo

With Marie Kondo on everyone’s radar this year, it makes perfect sense to include her best-selling book on our summer reading list! Transitioning between seasons is the perfect time to try out some of the KonMari techniques, whether it’s to clear out clutter or pack things away to maximize space. A clean and organized home leads to a “happy home” aka a clearer mind, and less stress will leave you feeling refreshed.

There’s also an illustrated companion piece, Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up, for those who are visual learners.

3) Light on Yoga: The Definitive Guide to Yoga Practice by B.K.S. Inyengar

First printed in 1966, this easy-to-understand guide to yoga is perfect for summer reading. The book is extensive, diving into the philosophy and practice of Hathi Yoga, while also including illustrations and break-downs of poses. Yoga is a lifestyle that extends beyond exercise – it’s about healing, self-reflection and inner peace, and this guide aims to impart those lessons. It’s a great read for any level of yogi practitioner.

4) Just Sit: A Meditation Guidebook for People Who Know They Should But Don’t by Sukey and Elizabeth Novogratz

Filled with humor and warmth, this book from the co-founders of The Well Daily is perfect to snuggle up to. Geared towards those looking to start meditating, but don’t know what to do, the authors make the case that getting started is just a matter of taking that first step. They draw upon their own experiences of meditation, as well as having traveled the world to study meditation under a variety of spiritual teachers.

5) The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living by Meik Wiking

Summer reading might not be associated with ‘hygge,’ but trust us, it’s totally in line. The Danish word ‘hygge’ can be roughly translated as a sense of comfort – what’s more comfortable than cozying up with a book? The author explains that hygge is about atmosphere and experience, two components that AIRE likes to stress at our locations, and this book dives into the small ideas of Danish living—like turning off your phone—that really allows a person to live a happier, in-the-moment lifestyle.

6) The Ayurvedic Self-Care Handbook: Holistic Rituals for Every Day and Season by Sarah Kucera

It’s self-care summer with this next book on our summer reading list. Establishing a self-care routine is one of the best ways to treat yourself as well as your body and mind. This book draws on Ayurvedic philosophy of aligning with nature to help readers create rituals that will treat sicknesses, nurture self-love, and provide guidance on overcoming obstacles for a happier life.

7) You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero

The last book on our summer reading list is the embodiment of tough love. Part personal experience and part-self help, Sincero's book is aimed at getting readers to believe in themselves, and then put in the work to achieve what they want. Sincero advocates for hustling, but also to listening to the universe and one’s body – physically and mentally – to figure out how to reach your goals. There are even some visualization and mindfulness exercises in the book.