Going Om: Real-Life Stories on and Off the Yoga Mat by Melissa CarrollGoing Om: Real-Life Stories on and Off the Yoga Mat by Melissa Carroll

Going Om: Real-Life Stories on and Off the Yoga Mat

EditorMelissa CarrollForeword byCheryl Strayed

Paperback | September 9, 2014

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With candid, witty, and compelling experiences of yoga from renowned memoirists, including Cheryl Strayed (author of the number-one New York Times bestseller Wild), Claire Dederer (author of national bestseller Poser: My Life in 23 Yoga Poses), Dinty W. Moore (author of The Accidental Buddhist), Neal Pollack (author of Stretch: The Making of a Yoga Dude) and many others, Going Om shares a range of observations about this popular practice. Unlike books on yoga that provide instruction on technique, Going Om is a unique collection of personal narratives from celebrated authors. This anthology of original material values the quality of writing over the authors' flexibility. Ira Sukrungruang shares his heartbreaking struggle as a 375 pound yoga student discovering self-worth on his mat; Gloria Munoz explores the practice of stillness with lyrical elegance in the midst of her busy mind; Neal Pollack's signature sarcasm leads to surprising turns at yoga class with his dad; Elizabeth Kadetsky uses yogic wisdom while coping with her mother's devastating Alzheimer's.
Melissa Carroll is a writer and yoga instructor who believes in the power of being present. Based in Tampa, she guides more than 200 students every week at the largest yoga class in Florida. Melissa leads yoga and creative writing retreats all over the world, and teaches creative writing at the University of Tampa. Melissa is the autho...
Title:Going Om: Real-Life Stories on and Off the Yoga MatFormat:PaperbackDimensions:242 pages, 7.72 × 5.94 × 0.59 inPublished:September 9, 2014Publisher:Cleis PressLanguage:English

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Perhaps that's the reason I admire the essays in this collection so deeply. Like shavasana, they seem to be one thing-writers on the subject of yoga-but really they're another: profound examinations of what it means to be human. In these essays there are funny stories, sad stories, moving stories, and real stories. In sharing their experiences with us, each of these writers have tapped into the universal questions that we're confronted with when we get ourselves down on the mat. Questions about humility and determination. Simplicity and acceptance. About moving forward, doing the work, and most of all, receiving with equanimity what comes next on breath at a time."-Cheryl Strayed, author of #1New York Times BestsellerWild"Carroll, a Florida-based yoga teacher and creative writing professor, compiles essays from noted writers including Neal Pollack, Dinty W. Moore, and Claire Dederer, asking each to reflect on what millions of Americans-themselves included-are searching for in yoga practice, and what they are finding. Yoga helped one writer cope with her mother's Alzheimer's disease; another found self-worth through the challenges of being a 375-pound yoga student; yet another gained new perspective on the notion of 'stillness' in a busy world."-Publishers Weekly"A beautiful, hilarious, touching account of why we love yoga."-Brian Leaf, author ofMisadventures of a Parenting Yogi"Going Om is the literary equivalent of dropping in on class to find all your favorite yoga writers packed in there on their mats. Just like our bodies, every essay here is wildly unique-some are graceful, some are sexy, a few might make you cry-the only constant being the diverse ways these writer's lives interact with their practice."-Benjamin Lorr, author ofHell-Bent: Obsession, Pain, and the Search for Something Like Transcendence in Competitive Yoga"A wonderful collection of essays that illustrate the power and promise of yoga on and off the mat."-Gary Halperin, author ofFeel Better Now Meditation andFeel Better Now: Essays on Yoga, Meditation, Mindfulness, and Love"One of our favorite guests, offering much food for thought on the path to inner wisdom."-Sedona Talk Radio "