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“Would it be weird if I said I want Brian Leaf to be my father? He's just that damn funny, thoughtful, and insightful. I guess I'll be satisfied with rereading his book instead.”
A.J. Jacobs, author of The Year of Living Biblically and The Know It All

“For anyone who is a parent of a toddler, you will get some major deep belly laughs.”
Alicia Silverstone, actress and author of The Kind Diet

“Brian Leaf writes about parenting and yoga with such humor.”
Christy Turlington Burns, supermodel and founder of Every Mother Counts

“Some holistic parenting books make me roll my eyes until I get a headache. Not this one. You won't find judgment or condescension here, just humor and humility. Warm, approachable, and funny, Brian Leaf will have you nodding, laughing, and even learning when you least expect it.”
Amber Dusick, author of Parenting: Illustrated with Crappy Pictures

“Brian Leaf plunges into the mysteries, madness, and anxieties of the parenting process and emerges with a perspective that is sure to leave you laughing and learning.”
Adele Faber, coauthor of How To Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk

“Finally! A much-needed and elegant male perspective on parenting from a respected and respectful voice in the holistic community. Brian Leaf has struck the perfect balance between honesty, humor, passion, and compassion for all paths of parenting. What a wonderful addition to any parent's library.”
Mayim Bialik, PhD, actress on The Big Bang Theory and author of Beyond the Sling

“Brian Leaf speaks about conscious parenting with great humor, insight, and depth. A must-read for all parents trying to answer the call to conscious parenting.”
Dr. Shefali Tsabary, clinical psychologist and author of The Conscious Parent

“A warm, funny memoir about the surprising and enlightening ups and downs of parenthood....Very connected to his Jewish roots and his yoga practice, Leaf is a mindful parent, heeding the Dalai Lama’s advice that the sure key to parenting ‘is patience, compassion, forgiveness, and even faith, in my kids...but also in myself.’ In this insightful book, he reminds readers to remain open to those transcendent moments of love, connection, and happiness that make parenthood a pure joy.”
Publishers Weekly

“I found myself smiling, laughing, occasionally disagreeing, but most importantly thinking about where I stand as a parent. Brian’s musing and misadventures come from the heart and encourage us to be both on the parental dance floor while also consciously watching ourselves from the balcony.”
Kim John Payne, author of Simplicity Parenting, Beyond Winning, and The Soul of Discipline

“Fatherhood is not a spectator sport, and Brian Leaf isn’t afraid to call the play-by-play on his own successes, near-misses, and semi-disasters. He’s funny, poignant, and gets across a powerful message about tuning in to our children and ourselves without proclaiming one right way to be a dad.”
Larry Cohen, author of Playful Parenting

“The potent blend of dad and yogi and humorist that Brain Leaf so deftly mixes makes his book a must-read for parents of any generation. I say Namaste to a dad who can keep it light and lead with humor and stillness.”
Peggy O'Mara, founder of Mothering.com

“If parenting has as many laughs as this book, sign me up! Fans of the first Misadventures will delight in this romp through the trials, tribulations, messes, and joys of alternative child rearing — all captured with Leaf’s trademark mix of humor, honesty, and compassion.”
Benjamin Lorr, author of Hell-Bent: Obsession, Pain, and the Search for Something Like Transcendence in Competitive Yoga

“K. Patthabi Jois said that family life was the ‘Seventh Series’ of Ashtanga Yoga, the most challenging and almost impossible to perfect. If this warm, funny book — a love letter to both yoga and his kids — is any indication, then Brian Leaf is a Seventh-Series Master.”
Neal Pollack, author of Alternadad and Stretch

About the Author

Memoirist and yoga teacher Brian Leaf is the author of Misadventures of a Garden State Yogi. Owner of the New Leaf Learning Center in Northampton, Massachusetts, Brian has studied, practiced, and taught yoga, meditation, and Ayurveda for twenty-five years.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: New World Library (May 13, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608682676
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608682676
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #435,719 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With humor, honesty and insight, Brian Leaf shares his parenting journey, in the hope that ours might be improved as a consequence. Although not a parenting primer, per se, the book offers sensible strategies for dealing with many of the thorniest parenting challenges. The message is simple: connect with your child, meet them where they are, have fun, and forgive yourself. The strategies in this book are great for any parent (or expectant parent), especially those who are who are naturally-minded.
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Good general book on natural birthing, new born care and parenting. This book is more of memoir of a yogi dads experience. He touches on numerous different topics discussing basic pros and cons. He is by no means an expert, but he gave me a lot of good ideas that I was able to further research and add to my parenting bag. I will say there was one message that was really important to me. No matter how hard we try, no matter how much we control, we will make mistakes and we can't be perfect parents. Children are resilient and as long as we try, show them love and apologize when we make mistakes, we will do fine as parents. I was able to ease up on myself and not worry so much after I grasped this concept. Good read.
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... of a Parenting Yogi is the title Brian Leaf gives to his new book, whose subtitle is "Cloth Diapers, Cosleeping, and My (Sometimes Successful) Quest for Conscious Parenting." Together, the title and subtitle pretty much say it all. It's a humorous look at the sometimes sage, sometimes just plain wacky, post hippie, post New Age, twenty-first century mindfulness approach to bringing up baby. It's also a follow-up book to Leaf's Misadventures of a Garden State Yogi, whose subtitle, regular readers might remember from my October, 2012 review, was "My Humble Quest to Heal My Colitis, Calm My ADD, and Find the Key to Happiness."

Just so you know: Leaf is a self-confessed Woody Allen type, a cheerful neurotic who happily indulges his least symptom of anxiety or distress--and now those of his two young sons, Noah and Benji. Obsessed with getting everything just right, the author and his Canadian wife, Gwen, leave no leaf (excuse the pun!) unturned in their search for the optimal method of birth for both mother and arriving baby (and for father), and we are regaled to a sometimes hilarious menu of the current options available to the consciousness-oriented parent. Thus, too, with infancy and the growth from toddler years to early childhood, with all the attendant challenges and potential pitfalls.

It's actually my daughter who should be writing about this book (I ordered her a copy), rather than myself. She's the mother of a two-and-a-half year old who has more energy than a nuclear reactor, and is dealing with all those things I had to deal with forty (and fifty!) years ago. Back then, all I knew how to do was muddle through, with the help of the amiable Dr. Spock.
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Misadventures of a Parenting Yogi by Brian Leaf is a book from the author who brought us all Misadventures of a Garden State Yogi (which is also great). In this one, he is trying to be a conscious parent and shares with us the many hits and misses in the journey of parenthood.

Misadventures of a Parenting Yogi is a fun, funny, and warm book that gives the reader a smile. Even if you don’t agree with everything the author says in the book, you’ll enjoy reading about his misadventures of parenthood, and the many adorable and heart-touching adventures along the way.

The book is filled with chapters focusing on a topic of parenthood. My favorite chapter was the “How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk” because it is so true, and not just for kids! This can help everyone with their communication skills!

Although I don’t have kids, I found this book to be excellent in case I ever do have kids. It is filled with funny yet useful tips on parenthood while trying to keep yourself sane and true to yourself. I also love how he uses all of his experience now with kids to see through to how it has actually helped him get to the heart of yoga, and stay positive through it all. I definitely recommend this book to parents and future parents.

* Thank you to the publisher of Misadventures of a Parenting Yogi, New World Library, for providing me with a copy of this book for review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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As we are expecting our first baby soon, I have been drowning is baby/parenting books. This book was a refreshing break. The author is very funny (had me laughing out loud at times), but I felt like when I put the book down I was inspired to not only try out the parenting styles he talks about in the book, but also could let myself off the hook for not doing things perfectly. I also like how built into the memoir are summaries of different aspects of parenting and parenting books. I actually gave this book to my husband to read for that purpose, its like a funny cliff notes version of, say, clothe diapers or playful parenting or attachment parenting. But he also translates those concepts into what that looks like in real life, which I really enjoyed.
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