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"Lorna's soul journey is the topic of Meryl Davids Landau's first novel, an inspirational gem that will appeal to introspective, evolving women."--ForeWord Reviews

"Women who loved Eat, Pray, Love have been hoping for another page-turner that reflects their own spiritual goals.... Meryl Davids Landau fills the void."--Natural Awakenings Magazine

"This book will meet you with the truth that yoga or spiritual practices like meditation have more to do with how we meet life's challenges, rather than how well we hold an asana or how many thoughts we have while sitting on our meditation cushion."--Spirituality & Health's Books in Bloom Newsletter

"Told with humor and sensitivity, Lorna's struggles are sure to resonate with anyone on the path of conscious awareness."--Science of Mind newsletter

"A lighthearted novel about a woman who just can't seem to stay on the spiritual path--something most of us can relate to."--Yoga Journal blog

About the Author

Meryl Davids Landau is an award-winning writer whose work has been published in numerous national publications, including O, the Oprah magazine, Reader's Digest, Glamour, Self, Redbook, Huffington Post, and Whole Living. She is a certified yoga teacher and Reiki practitioner who personally relates to the struggles main character Lorna Crawford has in implementing the spiritual teachings she knows so well. Downward Dog, Upward Fog is her debut novel.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Alignment Publishing Company (May 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936586355
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936586356
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #826,883 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Meryl Davids Landau makes her fiction debut with Downward Dog, Upward Fog, a spiritual women's novel about a woman's desire to live in her daily life the spiritual teachings she has read about in myriad nonfiction bestsellers. It is a struggle Meryl knows well herself, despite being a certified yoga teacher and Reiki practitioner. In addition to the novel, Meryl has written many articles for national magazines, including O, the Oprah magazine, Reader's Digest, Glamour, More, Prevention, U.S. News & World Report, Parade, Self, Redbook, and Whole Living. Her writing has won several awards, and was a finalist for a prestigious National Magazine Award.

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By L. Erickson on May 11, 2011
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This is an uplifting, fun read for anyone interested in both contemporary spiritual teachings and chick-lit. I know some people do not like the label 'chick-lit', but I happily admit to reading quite a bit of the books and authors usually included in that genre, so I use it here as a compliment. On the surface this book meets all the standard requirements of the genre - thirty-something Lorna has a successful career as a marketing/PR exec in an ice-cream firm, a likable, successful boyfriend, a good group of girlfriends, a loving sister, and a fine fashion sense. She also has the required foil - a hyper critical mother. What makes this book different is that Lorna is not satisfied with that, and the plot does not revolve around will she or won't she get engaged to the boyfriend, or will she or won't she get a promotion. Instead, Lorna is vaguely dissatisfied with her life as the novel begins, and decides to seek more. With the help of her interfaith-minister sister, she devours a slew of spiritual and self-help books, and takes up yoga. The plot of the novel is essentially her struggle to incorporate the new teachings she has discovered into her life, including her existing friendships and relationship (which are strained by her new interests), her job, and yes, even her relationship with her mother.

As the story unfolds, Lorna details her practices, and her struggles with them, including mindfulness, various yoga pranayama (breathing techniques), yoga asanas (positions), meditation, and law of attraction techniques. Along the way, she also attends a 2-day silent yoga retreat, a lecture with a spiritual teacher who channels, and a session with an energy healer.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By P. J. Swanwick on August 6, 2011
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I loved this book. Meryl Davids Landau's new novel fulfills my requirements for good new age fiction: compelling characters, a strong plot, and a well-structured theme that supports the story without overwhelming it. New age novels must appeal to both the emotions and the intellect, and "Downward Dog, Upward Fog" does both.

Spiritual/metaphysical content: High. As Lorna works through her personal issues and grows spiritually, the author references information from books such as A New Earth, A Course in Miracles, and other sources that can help expand the reader's knowledge. Lorna learns how to apply a number of spiritual concepts to better manage her relationships, both personal and professional. The author details specific yoga postures and practices (stomach wash, anyone?) that helped me gain a deeper understanding of unfamiliar spiritual techniques. She shares practical meditation techniques, mindfulness tips, and mind/body/spirit principles that everyone can use. In particular, I enjoyed reading about the power of joining a spiritual community.

Landau does a great job of describing what living a spiritual life feels like, including the "high" that can come from living in the moment and learning to apply spiritual techniques to everyday life. However, she also makes it clear that the goal is not the elation, or even the occasional peaceful moment in meditation, but the "lingering calm that sustains every moment, regardless of what transpires."

My take: I'll say it again: I loved this book. New age novels must entertain and educate; they must appeal to both the emotions and the intellect, and Downward Dog, Upward Fog does this in spades.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Carol Smerling on May 24, 2011
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Sometimes a book comes along in which we can easily identify and recognize ourselves in the author's portrayal of its character. I know I have quite a bit of "Lorna" in me; her faults ande foibles are mine as well as the rewards she finds as her spiritual practice deepens and she begins her ascent out of the every-woman struggles into a higher understanding of the Oneness we all share. I thank the author for bringing this work to life and light.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By ADR on January 13, 2012
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"Downward Dog, Upward Fog" is chick lit for the spiritual set. Although fiction, it's what I fondly refer to as "nonfiction" fiction, meaning it is written with such an element of truth that it could be true. There are also practices mentioned that you may choose to adopt and integrate into your daily life, making for an inspiring & invigorating read.

The novel follows a young lady named Lorna, a lovable character who struggles with an existential crisis and embarks on a journey of spiritual self awareness. Throughout the journey, Lorna makes lifestyle changes that she often struggles to keep. Anyone who has ever started any type of self improvement will identify with Lorna and her struggles...but more importantly, her successes. You will find yourself silently cheering Lorna on, as she wages the war of self- ego vs. higher self, dropping plenty of "F bombs" (forgiveness) along the way.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By writeoncindy on December 2, 2011
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Lorna Crawford has stress in her life! Can anyone relate? Take a number, right! In the beginning of Meryl Davids Landau's novel, DOWNWARD DOG UPWARD FOG, Lorna is on her way to a heart attack with her high-pressure job and stressful life. But the question remains does she want to stay on this E-ride to inevitable burn-out or does she want to stop, slow down, take a look around and get some balance in her life?

DOWNWARD DOG UPWARD FOG offers a rare fun, read with a deep spiritual message. It isn't religious God-based kneel, stand, bow, no meat on Friday stuff. Think of it more like yoga-loving, girlfriends hanging out-drinking chai tea. It quotes several people who are referred to as new age-thought thinkers such as Eckhart Tolle, Deepak Chopra and Marianne Williamson. If these people aren't your cup of tea this might not be your kind of book, although if you're open, the narrative is something many of us can relate to.

Lorna she has everything the money, job, boyfriend, but she still feels empty and not happy. At the urging of her happy go lucky sister, she goes to a yoga class, makes a new friend and starts reading spiritual books offering paths to enlightenment. She finds herself slowly making small changes in her life like gossiping less at work, being more patient in the grocery line, simple things that make a big difference. Eventually she goes on a silent retreat and the real change happens within when she returns and has to face scheming co-workers, judgmental friends, her overly critical mother and her hot boyfriend, who doesn't seem so hot. Will she be able to put into practice what she has learned, is the purpose of life? "Accepting whatever is happening simply because it's already happening?
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