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Yoga Bitch: One Woman's Quest to Conquer Skepticism, Cynicism, and Cigarettes on the Path to Enlightenment Paperback – August 16, 2011
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"A smart, funny, and keenly observed travelogue of a modern yogini’s quest for awakening. Yoga Bitch flows like a quirky vinyasa, with each pose just twisted enough to be hilarious." --Anne Cushman, author of Enlightenment for Idiots: A Novel
"Suzanne Morrison has been through the yoga wars, she has the literal scars to prove it, and she's produced a hilarious and thoughtful memoir."--Neal Pollack, author of Stretch
“Brings the higher path down to Earth with refreshing honesty.”--Kirkus Reviews
“Thoughtful, honest, and hilarious.”—Publishers Weekly
“I love this book. In an era of so much truth telling and blogging and reality shows we forget how well true stories can be told, when they’re in the right hands. Yoga Bitch has sucked me in and made me laugh and made me think about my own spiritual fucked-up state. You had me at 'Do they make you eat your own poop.'" – Lauren Weedman, Author of A Woman Trapped in a Woman’s Body and former Daily Show correspondent
“Morrison is unflinchingly honest, poking easy fun at herself, her companions, and her surroundings…The lessons from Bali ultimately led her to stop pursuing the life she was supposed to want and start leading the one that nourishes her.” –Patty Wetli, Booklist
“Writer/performer Morrison offers a totally different take on the yoga experience…she candidly discusses her issues with meditation, exercise, and relationships.” –Library Journal
"Yoga Bitch had me hooked. It's a hilarious read by an author who isn't afraid to delve into the messy innards of yoga culture." -Jenny Rough, Whole Life Times
"Morrison's funny riff on yoga and perspective." - Dan Kois, New York Magazine
"[Morrison's] funny and honest discussion about her yogic journey is riveting and revolting, raw and fresh, and immensely enjoyable." -Nancy Alder, Elephant Journal
"Wickedly entertaining yet tragically honest." -Chatelaine.com
"Had me laughing out loud at the author’s irreverent commentary by the second page, and, ultimately unable to put the book down until a very un-yogic early morning hour [...] I couldn’t recommend Yoga Bitch more highly." -- Jay Winston, Elephant Journal
"Morrison offers a fresh and new voice in the yoga memoirs genre that is one part deeply exploratory and another giggle-inducing." -- Nancy Alder, Yoga Dork
“Suzanne Morrison recounts her reformative journey at a two-month yoga retreat in Bali with a sense of humor so wicked it would even make Bikram sweat a little.” –Dorothy Robinson, Metro
“Morrison is a funny and engaging writer, at once sincere about her spiritual aspirations and aware of all the clichés they entail.” --Laura Moser, Slate.com
“[YOGA BITCH] is a hilarious, thoughtful and only occasionally profane account of one young woman facing mortality and bad habits head on […]Morrison is whip-smart and irreverent.” - Amy Scribner, Bookpage.
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However, I'm not sure that there was a lot of introspection on the author's part. It seems to me that she had a minor life crisis, and needed to get out. That's fine, we've all been there. Yet to me she merely replaced one obsession (the boyfriend) with another - yoga, only to replace it all with another boyfriend. Most of the time, I feel she was winging the whole experience, rather than truthfully transcending. I DO recognize the possibility that in the end Yoga does absolutely nothing for the spirit, and that the author is still in process of discovering herself. I just didn't see the growth in her. I don't think she really tried to "conquer skepticism, cynicism, and cigarettes..." I think she just quit in favor of being who she is, faults and all - and that is totally fine.
Accepting yourself, faults and all is a total win -- so why the 3 stars?
Mainly because it ended with a somewhat cliche conclusion - get a man. Even her friend got one in the end. The book reminds me of "Eat, Pray, Love", a lot of soul searching and traveling to absolutely awesome destinations, only to discover the answer was in love. Relationships are GREAT, people - but IT IS very cliche when it comes to a story's ending. It's very...Sex in the City - smart, talented women who don't feel complete until prince charming comes along with all the answers.
It's been there done that.Read more ›
Yoga Bitch is a wonderful travel-spiritual quest story. Suzanne Morrison is funny, intelligent and very self-aware. She describes her quest in a very sincere and earnest manner, yet she is no fool. She's smart enough to see hypocrisy when it's in front of her. Her commentary is absolutely hysterical--I laughed out loud multiple times.
What I particularly enjoyed is that she's very self-aware. In contrast to Eat Love Pray, she doesn't overly romanticize Bali. She see poverty, sexism, and hypocrisy for what it is and she's not afraid to cry "bull----". In addition while she was struggling along her personal journey, she was self-aware enough to basically say: "Poor me, right??? Here I am in gorgeous Bali on a yoga retreat for 2 months and I'm unhappy. Boo hoo." I loved Eat Love Pray, but I think Elizabeth Gilbert got too wrapped up in her own story sometimes.
All in all, this story was extremely engaging. I find that I want to know more about Suzanne's story. I want to know if she finds "happily ever after"? Is she still in love? Does she ever resolve her spiritual questions? This book definitely goes on my "read once a read" shelf and I anxiously await a second novel!
If you want to wallow in the exotic travels of an adventurous soul, you can do that. The backdrop is, indeed, splendid. But the heart of this tale is the gradual accumulation of an adult self-awareness. There are the requisite moments of epiphany, but they are quickly deflated and revealed to contain youthful ego and a fair degree of ignorance. That the author is willing to admit these things is refreshing. That she learns from her (often outrageously funny) mistakes is what makes her story amusing, universal, and profound. She is a wise and good person looking back on callow youth with clear eyes and an open heart.
I love this book. I've read it three times and will read it many more. I hope you will, too.
I found myself saying "I know exactly what that's like" when she talks about her relationship with her teacher Indra, who starts out on a very high pedestal and in the end is seen as perfectly flawed as her students. I giggled many times about the crazy dreams she had about her other teacher Lou. I felt my stomach cramp as she described her bout of Bali Belly. Over and over again I nodded my head to familiarity I felt to her experience.
This isn't an airy fairy account of one yogis journey to enlightenment; it's a balls out real ride to realization flowered with farting, pissing, douching, loving, breathing, laughing, crying, asana-ing, and finding truth.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wonderful book. I enjoyed it! I felt as if Suzanne's journey was relatable and enjoyable.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This was an excellent read. Even if you know nothing about yoga (like me) it is still easy to relate to her story if you are an adult who has ever faced transitional times in your... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
The funniest, most realistic, relateable, non-pretentious yoga book ever.Published 6 months ago by SusieT
This book made me laugh so hard! I loved it and it is so relatable. After I read this book, I went to yoga school myself for a month and would think f this book from time to time-... Read morePublished 8 months ago by ERICA U.