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Tales from the Yoga Studio: A Novel Paperback – Bargain Price, December 28, 2010

3.8 out of 5 stars 44 customer reviews

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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Plume (December 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452296919
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452296916
  • ASIN: B0051BNSKW
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,232,864 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I enjoyed certain elements of this book a great deal, particularly the moments of female camaraderie. But I'm probably being a bit generous with three stars simply because I'm a yoga teacher, and identified with a fair amount of the storyline.

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.
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Yoga can bring more than a bit of exercise. "Tales from the Yoga Studio" tells the story of Lee, a Yoga teacher in the small town of Silver Lake. Many of her students come into her class, and they all have problems, in desperate need of spiritual renewal. Through their lessons, they will learn to overcome their problems, but Lee has many that a few spiritual exercise sessions may not be enough to solve. "Tales from the Yoga Studio" is a thoughtful and fun read for those looking for a bit of spirituality with their fiction.
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I enjoyed this book because it was like a "made for T.V." story. The characters were very believable, being a southern California resident myself. It was fun to think about life in Silver Lake, a suburb of Los Angeles with many of the community members being employed by the film industry.
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!
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Lee owns the Edendale Yoga Studio in the Silver lake section of Los Angeles; she also works as an instructor. She likes giving back to her students by helping them achieve their desires though she gave up on one of hers when Alan the artist left her and now has doubts about what to do as a chain wants her studio and is offering her quite an incentive package. Without prying, Lee looks deep into the souls of her long time pupils as their lives converge at her studio.

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.

Harriet Klausner
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Tales from the Yoga Studio is the beginning of a series and it feels it. The book reads like an introduction to all the characters that the reader will interact with later on. While each of the women is caught up in her own story, and we do need to understand that back story, there was not as much interaction between the women as I was expecting. I had the impression that deep friendships would form but so much of the interaction felt at a surface level, even with all the emotion rolling around underneath. Imani, one of the main characters, doesn't even attend the same yoga studio as the others for the majority of the book. She is with them in the beginning and again near the end but in between she is off doing her own thing.

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.
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A very readable and engaging chick lit story about four young women in LA. They are connected via classes at a cute little yoga studio in Silverlake, which is owned by one of the women, Lee, and her handsome-but-arrogant musician husband, Alan. The yoga studio is threatened with a corporate takeover by the conglomerate YogaHappens, a not very subtle swipe at the real-life chain YogaWorks, while the four women stumble through life's ups and downs, trying to succeed in their personal and professional lives. One is a dancer, auditioning for Beyonce; another is a screenwriter/developer, desperately trying to get her pet movie made; the third is the yoga studio's resident massage therapist, an ex-junkie with a blossoming romance; and the fourth is a popular actress reeling from a recent miscarriage. Then there's Lee, the studio owner, mother of twin boys, who's just trying to live a decent life as a teacher, wife, mom, and studio owner.

Major pluses:
- 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.
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