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Tales from the Yoga Studio: A Novel Paperback – Bargain Price, December 28, 2010
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Yoga pants are optional for this slow series setup revolving around L.A. yoga teacher Lee and four devoted students in her orbit--Hollywood deal maker Stephanie, dancer Graciela, ex-druggie Katherine, and actress Imani. Each comes with her own personal career and romantic melodramas, but fear not: yoga will bring them together, and though it doesn't get full credit for straightening out their jumbled lives--the friendships forged by this diverse gaggle of L.A. gals does that--it helps sculpt great bods and peaceful souls. Mitchell's debut is straight out of the hobby-as-salve-for-the-soul playbook, but with yoga mats instead of knitting needles. If sweet tales of friendship, bonding, and downward facing dog are your thing, this should be an agreeable diversion. (Dec.) (c)
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“It’s all show biz,” advises a yoga aficionado’s husband in this engrossing chick-lit tale about an independent L.A. yoga studio and its core community of faithful clients. Owner and veteran instructor Lee knows that selling her studio to a Los Angeles chain, YogaHappens, means she can still teach there, albeit while obeying the corporation. But her stage fright during YogaHappens’ teaching audition suggests deeper fears. Will commercialization end her small studio’s supportive intimacy (much like that of the woman-bonding independent hair salon in the movie Steel Magnolias)? Husband Alan, chasing success in Lotus Land’s music scene, urges her to sell, and since their marriage is troubled, Lee feels even more pressure. Independent masseuse Katherine; injured dancer Graciela; Stephanie, one of L.A.’s “43,000 freelancers” trying to gain traction in film production; onetime TV star Imani, “living the dark side of the Hollywood dream,” and other clients could lose the studio’s sustaining connectedness. Seamless integration of names and explanations of yoga positions doesn’t hinder mainstream readership, while Mitchell’s smoothly advancing character development enriches this entertaining meditation on building and sustaining community. --Whitney Scott
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Top Customer Reviews
It revolved around the yoga studio and it's owner, which is a part of everyday life for us yoga lovers.
Light and a very quick read. Can't wait for more "tales" to follow!
This book followed the lives of five women in less than 300 pages. Partially because of that, the book didn't get much into the meat of anything. There was no unexpected growth or discovery. Not every book needs that, but Tales from the Yoga Studio was too predictable.
For example, one thing I'm so tired by are horrible male characters that seem to drive the drama. Doesn't anyone have difficulties in a relationship simply because relationships are difficult? Not because their partner is a complete sleaze? And for the characters who do have a fulfilling love life, their man is some kind of hero. When their male counterparts are so over simplified, I struggle to understand why these one-dimensional relationships are so important to the main characters.
The author fell into stereotypes within other areas - yoga, LA, motherhood, finances, addiction. But the upside is all those matters are touched on, and flux amongst five different characters makes the book feel more dynamic. At the end of Tales from the Yoga Studio, a lot of ends were left untied. So I can't tell if that means this book is the tip of the this series' iceberg, or just the beginning of a road trip on a flat tire.
All of the stories are interesting to a point but they never seem to come together as a whole. Mitchell does move between the stories easily and there is no confusion about which storyline is which. Hints are given for stories that might appear in future books, although I have no idea how many books are planned for the series at this point. While Tales from the Yoga Studio was a quick and enjoyable read, I don't think I'll go out of my way to remember to look for additional books as they come out.
Lee encourages Stephanie already an overachiever to seek solace in her accomplishments. She believes Graciela the artist is a talent especially when the woman does not fear baring her soul to others. The Yoga guru knows Imani the actress conceals secrets that Lee hopes do not cripple her with shame. Finally there is her BFF loyal Katherine. She will be there for each them especially when they confront the agony of defeat
Tales from the Yoga Studio is an enjoyable contemporary that provides deep insight into yoga and running a studio with friendship. Each of the five women will learn truths about themselves and the others. Character driven, fans will appreciate this warm tale as Rain Mitchell brings more than just yoga and friendship to the wonderful story line; the author will persuade readers yoga is an art form that touches the hearts of those who participate; so get up and join.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Plus it made me want to do some YOGA!