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Yoga School Dropout: A hilarious, hapless and desperate quest for mystic Indians and Tantric bliss Paperback – March 14, 2010
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The first chapters confirmed my prejudices. The book is written in a chick-litty, Bridget Jones style, kind of a "romp through ashrams", breezily taking note of all the most amusing incidents and characters she meets along the way. That's not hard to do; you'll see a lot of very amusing things in India, and if your funny bone is in the right place you'll laugh at life instead of getting annoyed. Lucy laughs at herself a lot too, about her eyeing up men, including swamis, for their bed-or-husband-potential, her dreams of becoming a Yoga Goddess, and so on. Lucy has a naturally light writing style which flows, and it makes for good page-turning reading. After a while, though it gets tedious, childish, and no longer funny. Her immaturity comes out particularly when she is asked to write a nativity play for a Christmas celebration, and decides to write a spoof.Read more ›
Lucy sets out on a Spiritual Quest to India determined to return home a Yoga Goddess. Things do not quite flow as Lucy anticipated and it looked as if she was destined never to return home as the Yoga Goddess she had envisioned. She did, however, gain more inner wisdom and insight than she could have imagined when she first set out.
Along the way it was the "ordinary" people she met, not the yoga she did, or the gurus she listened to, that held the most lessons. Here are a few pearls that were shared along the way:
On Asana: "Today asana has been made into a `photograph,' ... there is no difference between this and gymnastics ... But asana is not a performance, asana is what happens in the posture and afterwards"
On Change: "Change occurs only when we become what we truly are, not when we are trying to be something we are not. Change can't happen when we are trying to escape our true nature"
On Travel: "Unfortunately, when you travel, you take yourself with you"
On Yoga: "... the reason I found them so inspiring was because their yoga practice stretched way beyond their mat. They saw yoga as a state of mind, an attitude to life, and the world as their school. Yoga was, for all of them, `a harmonious way of living', not a one-off physical goal - they knew all they had to do was look within"
On Practice: "It was an unremarkable thing - Pranayama, meditation and perhaps a few simple sun salutations.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I didn't like this book much. Way too self-absorbed, the main character was, and all this yoga talk got pretty darn boring.Published 24 days ago by Jean L Hennessy
Sorry, but the author didn't do it for me. She is clearly very knowledgeable about yoga and writing. I gave it to a coworker and then we donated it to the library.Published 5 months ago by R. Seebach
I just started yoga teacher training and picked this up as a vacation read and found it funny, and some definite parallels to my own journey. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Di Hickman
Many reflections about aspirations and disappointments that I could associate with.Published 13 months ago by Hilary Chaffey
Terrible, story of one that's more into the yoga trend to look better than the yoga concept of the benefits of health and bettering your internal self!Published 15 months ago by Pen Name
I identified with the title and had hoped it would somehow mirror my experience of also being a Yoga school dropout, it didn't. I had higher expectations I guess. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Ms. Wood
Its worth buying. Relatively educational and a nice , well balanced easy read. Can't see how this would disapoint anyone. Enjoy!Published on October 2, 2013 by Rebecca Phillips