Holpura is all about living a holistic lifestyle where we are connected to the source of all things. A holistic lifestyle encompasses the mental, physical and spiritual aspects of our entire being. It is about harmonising these three components to give you the best life experience on this planet. 

A holistic lifestyle starts with a choice, a choice to do better, to live in a more balanced way. If you don’t know where to start, choose to open your mind to learning and that will lead you to where you need to be. 

One great way of learning is through the published works of experts that have delved into this topic and left a trail of clues and ideas to guide us. Remember that this is a journey that only you know how to walk best, so don’t rush, if you make mistakes, dust yourself off and keep going. Only by making mistakes do we truly concrete our knowledge of what we don’t want in our lives. 

I have listed 7 books that will help you on your holistic journey, they range from creating a more peaceful living space to eating a plant-based diet. Take what resonates and leave the rest for another time. Although I personally love the books by Llaila O Afrika, these works are in no particular order. 

1. The Textbook of African Holistic Health

by Llaila O Afrika

Book review: ‘This textbook is a gem and well endowed with information. It passed my random page test on the first take; that’s how I usually Intuitively decipher wether or not a book is resourceful to me. The moment I flipped open the book to a random page, I could not stop reading. I highly recommend it.’

2. Alkaline Plant Based Diet: Reversing Disease and Saving the Planet with an Alkaline Plant Based Diet

by Aqiyl Aniys

Book review: ‘Fantastic book, all the methods I have adopted into my lifestyle. I have lost all the bloatedness in my stomach and my waist is the smallest it’s ever been and that’s in just two months, even my pecs are resurfacing after 25 years. This book has saved my life, restored my bp and now I don’t ever have to take tablets for the rest of my life, following a clean bill of health from the doctor. It’s the worthiest book in my entire collection. You have not lived until you’ve read this cure all. And I should know I’m an Author by trade. Well done and keep up the good work!’

3. The How Not to Die Cookbook: Over 100 Recipes to Help Prevent and Reverse Disease

by Michael Greger and Gene Stone 

Book review: ‘Fabulous book full of information and recipes I wish I had known about 50 years ago. This book has helped me convert to wholefood, plant-based eating, and ,like many of the other people who have reviewed it , I can honestly say that my physical and mental health have improved dramatically. I feel re-energised, re-invigorated, re-juvenated, and the chronic pain I have been suffering for years has gone – Oh – and a stone dropped off in a matter of 4 or 5 weeks. Can’t rate this book too highly’

4. Living Beyond Pain: A Holistic Approach to Manage Pain and Get Your Life Back

by Linda S. Mintle PhD, James W. Kribs, et al.

Book review: ‘I am a licensed professional counselor. Anxiety and depression are the two main issues that bring individuals to counseling. Some of them are also dealing with various forms of pain that affect their emotional well being. This book blows me away with the guidance it provides to help me be more useful to those feeling hopeless and out of control due to their pain. This is a reference/resource book both for those of us in the medical/mental health field as well as for individuals looking for options for managing their pain. This is a comprehensive, encouraging presentation that provides hope through information.’

5. Holistic Spaces: 108 Ways To Create A Mindful And Peaceful Home

by Anjie Cho

Book review: ‘I have been a designer for over 10 years. I recently started my Holistic Journey. This book was such a good read with wonderful tips and ideas. My home is so more inviting, cozy, and calm. And I am beginning to pass my Holistic Designs onto my clients.’

6. Holistic Dental Care: The Complete Guide to Healthy Teeth and Gums

by Nadine Artemis and Victor Zeines

Book review: ‘By all accounts the best book I’ve read on dental care.The information runs along the same lines as “Cure Tooth Decay” but is much more concise and easy to read. It’s also a small book which is easy to get through. I would definitely recommend this book above all others as it contains all the up-to-date information you need.

7. B,K,S, Iyengar Yoga: The Path To Holistic Health: The Definitive Step-by-Step Guide

by B.K.S Iyengar

Book review: ‘This book is attractive enough to grace the coffee table of any serious yoga practitioner, and provides a through introduction to the subject in a format that is both accessible and beautifully displayed. The information given is comprehensive without being overly complex, making the book as suitable for beginners as it is for more advanced yogis. While the asanas (poses) covered are necessarily limited, those included give a solid introduction to the subject and are explained in depth, with clear illustrations for each. This book is one of the most beautiful on the subject that I have seen and would be a welcome addition to any yoga student’s or teacher’s library.’

This list was created from books I own and also include books I came across that had great reviews. All reviews posted here were taken from verified purchasers on Amazon.co.uk.

Have you read any of these books? If you do invest in one or a few, let us know your thoughts in the comments. Also, if you have any other books or works you highly recommend, share with us, it may just be what someone needs. 

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Be great x

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