Reading is an exploratory learning tool that can teach, heal, and enlighten. Novels can send a person on an adventure and travel back in time, whereas scientific books, essays, or journals relay factual information in particular areas of study. Spiritual or religious works touch at the depths of the soul delivering instructive ways to find peace in times of need. Reading materials of any kind offer the possibility to escape and most importantly broaden one’s scope of knowledge.
I recently met with my teacher for continuing education and when I asked him what he wanted me to focus on in my practice, he lead me right back to the Eight Limbs (Raja Yoga). We didn't discuss advanced Asana, the Bhagavad Gita or practice my Sanskrit. We talked about life and how focused I am on the Eight Limbs, applied to my life.