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Downward Dog, Upward Fog Paperback – May 3, 2011
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"Women who loved Eat, Pray, Love have been hoping for another page-turner that reflects their own spiritual goals.... Meryl Davids Landau fills the void."--Natural Awakenings Magazine
"This book will meet you with the truth that yoga or spiritual practices like meditation have more to do with how we meet life's challenges, rather than how well we hold an asana or how many thoughts we have while sitting on our meditation cushion."--Spirituality & Health's Books in Bloom Newsletter
"Told with humor and sensitivity, Lorna's struggles are sure to resonate with anyone on the path of conscious awareness."--Science of Mind newsletter
"A lighthearted novel about a woman who just can't seem to stay on the spiritual path--something most of us can relate to."--Yoga Journal blog
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As the story unfolds, Lorna details her practices, and her struggles with them, including mindfulness, various yoga pranayama (breathing techniques), yoga asanas (positions), meditation, and law of attraction techniques. Along the way, she also attends a 2-day silent yoga retreat, a lecture with a spiritual teacher who channels, and a session with an energy healer.Read more ›
Spiritual/metaphysical content: High. As Lorna works through her personal issues and grows spiritually, the author references information from books such as A New Earth, A Course in Miracles, and other sources that can help expand the reader's knowledge. Lorna learns how to apply a number of spiritual concepts to better manage her relationships, both personal and professional. The author details specific yoga postures and practices (stomach wash, anyone?) that helped me gain a deeper understanding of unfamiliar spiritual techniques. She shares practical meditation techniques, mindfulness tips, and mind/body/spirit principles that everyone can use. In particular, I enjoyed reading about the power of joining a spiritual community.
Landau does a great job of describing what living a spiritual life feels like, including the "high" that can come from living in the moment and learning to apply spiritual techniques to everyday life. However, she also makes it clear that the goal is not the elation, or even the occasional peaceful moment in meditation, but the "lingering calm that sustains every moment, regardless of what transpires."
My take: I'll say it again: I loved this book. New age novels must entertain and educate; they must appeal to both the emotions and the intellect, and Downward Dog, Upward Fog does this in spades.Read more ›
The novel follows a young lady named Lorna, a lovable character who struggles with an existential crisis and embarks on a journey of spiritual self awareness. Throughout the journey, Lorna makes lifestyle changes that she often struggles to keep. Anyone who has ever started any type of self improvement will identify with Lorna and her struggles...but more importantly, her successes. You will find yourself silently cheering Lorna on, as she wages the war of self- ego vs. higher self, dropping plenty of "F bombs" (forgiveness) along the way.
I had the impression that the author tried too hard to pack in as much new age spirituality as possible into this story, which in the end made it preachy and unbelievable. For example, I have never met anyone who is able to perform perfect yoga asanas (like a 15-minute headstand) after just a few months of practice, especially someone made out to be as unfit as Lorna ... and whilst Lorna has some pitfalls on her journey (which made her appear human for a little while), her almost obsessive embracing of anything new-age seems unhealthy and unsustainable to me. All in all, the
answers all seemed too simple and contrived, and the preachy overtones spoiled a story which could have potentially been fun and entertaining as well as thought-provoking.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not a lot of substance but an enjoyable summer read. Enjoyed the light writing style and following the lessons learnedPublished 2 months ago by Jodi Biglow
Five star for the beginning of the true journey in life. Anyone looking for a lite way to expose themselves to enlightenment should take a look at this funny and gentle look at... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Ms. C
Loved this book! Quick read. Fed my yoga brain...all around great!Published 15 months ago by Kristyn
Fun book for yoga practitioners those seeking to become a bit more spiritual. Like the mention of books by spiritual authors.Published 17 months ago by Orli Rudolph
Best. Fun, enlightening. Cannot wait for the author to write a new book.Published 18 months ago by mtabou
what a beautiful story, I love how honest the author gets. going through some of the same feelings myself I found I was able to relate, that I was not alone, and now have a better... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Jaime Taylor
This story seemed to drag out. To be honest, I just didn't really enjoy it. I am an avid yoga practitioner and teacher - and the effects the main character experiences right... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Julia Chelle
was tangible and inspiring. made me want to be a better person. I would recommend to anyone wanting to change themselvesPublished 21 months ago by Kindle Customer