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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: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #347,025 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

More About the Author

Brian Leaf, M.A., is the author of eleven books, including Misadventures of a Garden State Yogi, Name That Movie!, Defining Twilight, and McGraw-Hill's Top 50 Skills for a Top Score. He is the only man alive to have written both a yoga memoir and multiple test-prep guides. He is not sure if this is a noble or dubious distinction.

Brian is Director of the New Leaf Learning Center in Massachusetts, where he has helped thousands of students from throughout the United States manage ADD and overcome test and math phobias.

Brian graduated from Georgetown University in 1993 with a B.A. in Business, English, and Theology.
In 1999, he completed a Masters through Lesley College specializing in yoga and ayurveda for Attention Deficit Disorder.
Brian is certified as a Yoga Instructor, Ayurvedic Practitioner, Massage Therapist, Energyworker, and Holistic Educator, and he is an avid meditator. He has also dabbled with Bach Flower Essences, Cranio-Sacral Therapy, Reiki, Shiatsu, and Tai Chi. Can you top that?

So what's the connection between yoga and test-prep? Let's just say that one of Brian's first yoga teaching gigs was at the ETS corporation (Educational Testing Service) in Princeton, NJ. They're the folks who make the SAT. So now Brian gets paid hundreds of dollars per hour to share what he learned while the test-makers were half asleep in relaxation pose.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca on May 24, 2014
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Reading in the Mountains on May 9, 2014
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Very engaging, funny, and poignant! I laughed out loud at several points and was touched by the author's honesty, warmth, and passion. I Loved it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By VALTOWNSEND on May 2, 2014
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I REALLY ENJOYED THIS BOOK BRAIN LEAF IS SO FUNNY. I THINK ANYONE WOULD REALLY ENJOY READING BOOK ITS ALOT OF FUN TO READ,
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Rhodes on June 2, 2014
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Great book for me, (a first time mother of a 6mo) Very Relate-able, especially if you like to lead a more holistic lifestyle. Very honest, that's my favorite part, no b.s. or fluff in between. Will recommend to friends.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Country Haven Kennels on May 31, 2014
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This is the first book I've read since I had my son 5 months ago. It was a quick easy read for this distracted mother, and it was a fun way for me to unwind. I love that this book gives me further reading to look into as my son gets older. Again, I love everything about this book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sheri Newton on July 4, 2014
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Holly Scudero on July 6, 2014
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There are tons and tons of parenting books out there written for women and by women, but not so many good ones written by men. And very few of those approach it from an “alternative” lifestyle. Brian Leaf’s Misadventures of a Parenting Yogi takes a great step toward remedying that imbalance. Leaf, a longtime yoga practitioner, tried from the very beginning to apply a sense of mindfulness to being a parent. This book chronicles his experiences. From cloth diapers to cosleeping, from homebirth to circumcision, Leaf tackles a variety of issues that are regular topics of conversation among many parents, but which can sometimes be difficult to discuss with those who aren’t of a similar mindset. Leaf discusses his quest to find a parenting “style” that embodies his ideals of conscious parenting, and outlines the principles of a number of very good parenting books. (Consequently, I have recently added a number of books to my reading list!) Interspersed between “bigger” issues are a bunch of everyday stories from his life as a parent. Every section is told with a sense of humor, and Leaf talks about his reasons for adopting certain practices without judgment for those who have taken a different route. This book is HIGHLY recommended for parents of all stripes!

Originally written for San Francisco Book Review.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wynne Meyer on June 16, 2014
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Great realistic and humorous book for reasonable parents striving for balance. Author is real life and timely in his observations.
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