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Tales from the Yoga Studio: A Novel Paperback – Bargain Price, December 28, 2010
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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.
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!
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.
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.
- the stories are nicely and seamlessly woven together
- the characters of Katherine (the masseuse) and Lee are believable, realistic, and friendly
- the satire and spoofs of "celebriyogi" teachers and the Lululemon-clad yoga world are spot-on and hilarious
- some of the 3rd tier characters and subplots are incredibly well done and nice surprises, such as Katherine's client who went to rehab for herbal supplements and Lee's mother's unintentional hosting of all-male yoga workshops
- Mitchell's writing style is very enjoyable and smooth.
A few gripes:
- while there are a couple of good guys, most of the male characters are total jerks -- but Alan's character seems inconsistent.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I very much enjoyed this book. The writing was easy and flowed like a good asana. The characters were relatable. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Christina Marsee
Fun light book with just enough drama. :) a little predictable but I still enjoyed it
Plus it made me want to do some YOGA!
I liked this book, until I realized it's fiction. I don't know why I thought it was non-fiction. I was fun to read. I still give it 4 stars and would recommend it.Published 17 months ago by Darmok
For the first half of the book I felt I had gotten the first rough draft. Characters were generic, traits were attributed with no supporting anecdotal evidence, and any alleged... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Linda
At her yoga studio in Silver Lake section of Los Angeles, Lee brings something extra to her yoga classes. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Elizabeth
This story is about Lee, who runs and teaches at her yoga studio, and her friends the ladies who come to share yoga with her. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Sandra
I am very familiar with the 'inner workings' of a yoga studio and community and this doesn't seem quite true to life, and the references to real yoga are sparse. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Julia Chelle
Really captures what it's like to be a part of a yoga community, both as a student and a teacher. Either the author is a yogi or... nope, definitely a yogi. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Elizabeth Strait