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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: New World Library (May 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1577319826
  • ISBN-13: 978-1577319825
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,056 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Heartfelt and rich with personal stories, this book presents practical wisdom for women of all ages who are seeking to live a healthier, happier life.”
Yoga Journal

“Filled with health-promoting delight, pleasure, and truth. Just lovely.”
Christiane Northrup, MD, author of Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom

“In The Way of the Happy Woman, Sara Avant Stover offers hundreds of baby steps — simple yet deceptively profound — toward living a happier, healthier, more balanced life. Even a few of these, practiced regularly, could be transformational. Highly recommended!”
Timothy McCall, MD, medical editor of Yoga Journal and author of Yoga as Medicine

“Rest in the nest of this beautiFULL book, and allow it to soak in and beam its wisdom to you. Your way is that of the happy woman, and these words will awaken, inspire, and deeply support you on your way-finding.”
SARK, artist, creative fountain, and author of Glad No Matter What

“This lovely, born-of-experience book is a primer on how to live in accord with the energies of the natural world. Clear and thoughtful, it will help you remember that even amid the demands of work, school, family, and incessant email, you’re still a goddess.”
Susan Piver, author of The Wisdom of a Broken Heart and The Hard Questions

About the Author

Sara Avant Stover is an inspirational speaker, teacher, mentor, and the founder and director of The Way of the Happy Woman.® After a health scare in her early twenties, Sara moved to Thailand, where she embarked on an extensive healing and spiritual odyssey throughout Asia and served as one of the pioneer Western yoga teachers in that part of the world. She now lives in Boulder, Colorado, and continues to teach around the world.

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Sara Avant is the founder and director of The Way of the Happy Woman® and the author of The Way of the Happy Woman: Living the Best Year of Your Life (New World Library). A Phi Beta Kapha and Summa Cum Laude graduate of Columbia University's all women's Barnard College, Sara took her first yoga class at age 18, sat her first meditation retreat a few years later, and knew immediately that she would devote her life to teaching. After a health scare in her early 20's, Sara moved to Chiang Mai, Thailand where she lived for 9 years, embarked on a healing odyssey throughout Asia, and, as a multi-certified yoga teacher, served as one of the pioneer yoga teachers in that part of the world. Since that time she has studied with the leading spiritual masters of our time and has taught 3,000 students in over a dozen different countries. Her work has been featured in The Huffington Post, Yoga Journal, Fit Yoga, Pilates Style, and Yogi Times. Sara continues to travel the world leading women's workshops, retreats, and teacher trainings and is now based in Boulder, CO. Visit her website www.SaraAvant.com

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This book has shared so much wisdom and love with me.
M. Rushbrook
She provides wholesome and healthy recipes, yoga practices, and creative practices such as journaling promts to suit each season.
Laura Fragiacomo
I've recommended this book to all my friends and bought copies for every woman in my family!
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By HeartofAvalon VINE VOICE on January 14, 2012
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I purchased this book, first on Kindle for myself, and then for myself and the other important women in my life, in paperback. As much as I like all my books on Kindle, I find that for reference style books, it is easier to flip through the paperback to find the text I am seeking. My book has Post-It flags all over it.

This book is a wonderful reminder for women to fill their own cup, so that they can continue to give and nurture those people/organizations/pets, etc. that they care about. Caring for yourself is an act of love for yourself and others, not a selfish act. Sometimes it can be difficult to remember, but with Sarah's book, caring for myself became easier, and of higher priority.

For many years I was living in tune with the seasons, my body, heart, mind and soul, but when I returned to school, and an intense job, I lost many of the tools and ways that had worked for me in the past. This book rekindled the nurturing for myself that I had lost. I also felt it was an important enough book to give to my teen daughter, so that she will nurture herself with the care she deserves. My good friends also received copies.

I am not a huge yoga fan, and the book has a lot of yoga in it, but I do enjoy stretching, pilates, and bellydancing, so I combine that as my physical practice. If you are not a yogini, definitely adapt the practices that are in the book to YOUR lifestyle.

This year, I added my definite yesses and definite nos to my awareness, and it is helping to shape my enjoyment of my life. I posted a "say outloud--I Love You (your name here)," on the bathroom mirror, and now my whole family tells themselves they love themselves. I am pleased with that. My daughter and I report the most difficult time with that exercise, so I definitely see the need to continue!

Care for yourself. It isn't selfish. And, you might just be showing-the-way to someone else that YOU love! In sisterhood...
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By michele jennings on June 7, 2011
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I was quite skeptical when reading the back of this book. I have bought infomercial products and followed fad diets, but as I became a mother recently, I discover myself wanting to shed an old way of thinking by influence and instead become more in touch with my own true self.
The layout of this book makes me want to re-read and highlight important topics. I have made lists in my journal, prompts included are really thought provoking without being judgmental. I have found several passages that have resonated so DEEPLY with me, that I find myself making more time daily to read/re-read it.
Anyone who has practiced yoga before would love the suggestions and acceptance of yoga as a daily practice and Sara talks about how and why one should consider this as a practice.
Overall, I would say this is a text-book for enjoying your life and living as a feminine and in-touch woman. I have found this to be very enjoyable and special book! Thanks, Sara! I will be following her blog and hoping to see her in person at a book signing!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By M. Rushbrook on April 30, 2011
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This book has shared so much wisdom and love with me. Every woman, regardless of age, race, creed, career can grow and benefit from the wisdom in it's pages. This is not a self help book- more a self love book. It doesn't give you a list of things to do or not do- it just allows you to "be" and creates a space for you to grow in. Truly worth every cent and more... priceless.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By asr on February 22, 2012
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This book has really been an incredible boon to me. it is indeed about self love and not a zippy little self help book. great practical suggestions of activities to do. I believe EVERY woman from EVERY age should work with this book! Great job Sara!
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40 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Story Circle Book Reviews on May 30, 2011
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At the age of twenty-one, Sara Avant Stover was diagnosed with cervical dysplasia, precursor of cervical cancer. It was, she screamed inwardly, not fair--she was a runner, she practices yoga, she was vegan. How could this happen? Yet she knew that she was unhappy--sad, lonely confused. She was bulemic, anorexic, and dominated by an inner tyrant who demanded she do more, do it better. When she asked the doctor what she could do, his answer was to wait three months.

Through a series of fortunate happenings, Stover was offered a teaching position in Thailand where she learned to face herself. Her Type A personality slowed down, and she was introduced to healing wisdom from several sources--traditional Chinese medicine, Buddhist medication, Ayurveda (traditional Indian medical system), massage, and natural detoxification programs. These Asian approaches to health dominate much of this book.

Ten years later, Stover is fully recovered from dysplasia, irregular menstruation, anorexia, bulimia, an exercise addiction, and anxiety. She has learned, she tells us, to reconnect to her body, her femininity, and nature. This is a book about every woman being able to make similar dramatic changes in her life, a book about taking care of yourself through meditation, yoga, prayer, and diet. Women, Stover reminds us, are traditional nurturers. We must learn to care for ourselves, just as we care for others.

In the introductory section of her book, Stover lays out some basics and gives specific suggestions, ranging from keeping a journal to learning your body's daily cycles, staying off the Internet, exercise, regular sleep habits.
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