Reading List: May 2014


Each month I’m sharing my favorite books, blogs, podcasts, playlists and more of what’s inspiring me at the moment in this “Reading List” series…

{Currently} on my nightstand:
1. Women’s Power to Heal Through Inner Medicine by Maya Tiwari
Every woman goddess needs a copy of this book. It contains powerful Ayurvedic remedies for women’s health and knowledge on ways to tap into your divine shakti.

2. Planetary Herbology by Michael Tierra
I’ve been eyeing Michael Tierra’s East-West School of Herbology for the past few years, but until then I study a page or two each night to deepen my herbal knowledge. 

3. Moon Time: The Art of Harmony with Nature and Lunar Cycles by Johanna Paungger
This book dives deeper into ways we can to tune into the rhythmic cycles of the earth, to live our lives with purposeful intention.

4. Vegetable Literacy by Deborah Madison
Confession. I read cookbooks like bedtime stories.

5. Tantra Yoga Secrets: 18 Transformational Lessons to Serenity, Radiance & Bliss by Mukunda Stiles
This book was gifted to me by my mother for Easter, who has been a student of Mukunda and Chinnamasta Stiles for the past year. I am eternally grateful for her wisdom and guidance, and for this lineage of ancient knowledge I’m tapping into.

{Currently} on my internetz:
1. Food52’s interview with Molly Yeh…completely charming.

2. I’m still drooling over this spring veg pizza recipe from the First Mess. Every Sunday my friends and I gather to cook a feast together, catch up around the table over an amazing meal, then guilty-pleasure watch the new season of Game of Thrones while nibbling on raw chocolate or homemade banana bread. Yeah, total guilty pleasure night. Last week, I made Laura’s quinoa-millet pizza crust and it is absolute perfection. Go try it!

3. Three years ago this month I hopped on a 17-hour non-stop flight from JFK to New Delhi. Before heading to Rishikesh, I spent 10 days kicking it with this talented team in Shadipur Depot, Delhi’s last artist colony turned tinsel slum, as they wrapped up the filming of the breathtaking documentary, Tomorrow We Disappear. The film debuted last week at the Tribeca Film Festival, the footage in this sneak peek clip gives me chills. I miss India dearly.

4. Tune into Ayurvedic physician (read guru), Lasant Lad, as he gives a lecture on sacred mantras for radical transformation this weekend. You can watch the introductory lecture live online for free this Friday, 7pmGMT.

5. ‘Travel not to find yourself but to remember who you’ve been all along.” This quote has been echoing in my wanderlust heart all week. I’m craving adventure and can hardly wait for my trip at the end of the month to Spirit Weaver’s Gathering in Joshua Tree. If you’re planning a trip, be sure to check to out Mike & Megan’s helpful travel tips + tools over on The Fresh Exchange blog this week.

What are you reading this month? Share with me your favorite books, blogs, videos, playlists, and anything else that has you über-excited in the comments below! 


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4 responses to “Reading List: May 2014”

  1. Madison Hedlund says:

    I love that you posted about Molly Yeh. I love reading her blog. Such a genuine soul.

    Xo Madison at

    • vidyacleanse says:

      Genuine is a good word to describe her writing style + sharing, such a lovely blog she has!

  2. Rachel says:

    I second the Molly Yeh interview, which I would have somehow missed without your post. As someone who just jumped on the blogging train, her musings of where the platform will be in five years sparked inspired excitement. And hats off to your beautiful babe of a blog!

    • vidyacleanse says:

      So many inspiring food bloggers out there making the world a better place, congrats on your new blog! Send over a link, I’d love to check it out. And many thanks for the sweet words :)

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