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The Way of the Happy Woman: Living the Best Year of Your Life Paperback – May 1, 2011
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— Yoga Journal
Filled with health-promoting delight, pleasure, and truth. Just lovely.”
Christiane Northrup, MD, author of Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom
In The Way of the Happy Woman, Sara Avant Stover offers hundreds of baby steps simple yet deceptively profound toward living a happier, healthier, more balanced life. Even a few of these, practiced regularly, could be transformational. Highly recommended!”
Timothy McCall, MD, medical editor of Yoga Journal and author of Yoga as Medicine
Rest in the nest of this beautiFULL book, and allow it to soak in and beam its wisdom to you. Your way is that of the happy woman, and these words will awaken, inspire, and deeply support you on your way-finding.”
SARK, artist, creative fountain, and author of Glad No Matter What
This lovely, born-of-experience book is a primer on how to live in accord with the energies of the natural world. Clear and thoughtful, it will help you remember that even amid the demands of work, school, family, and incessant email, you’re still a goddess.”
Susan Piver, author of The Wisdom of a Broken Heart and The Hard Questions
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Top Customer Reviews
This book is a wonderful reminder for women to fill their own cup, so that they can continue to give and nurture those people/organizations/pets, etc. that they care about. Caring for yourself is an act of love for yourself and others, not a selfish act. Sometimes it can be difficult to remember, but with Sarah's book, caring for myself became easier, and of higher priority.
For many years I was living in tune with the seasons, my body, heart, mind and soul, but when I returned to school, and an intense job, I lost many of the tools and ways that had worked for me in the past. This book rekindled the nurturing for myself that I had lost. I also felt it was an important enough book to give to my teen daughter, so that she will nurture herself with the care she deserves. My good friends also received copies.
I am not a huge yoga fan, and the book has a lot of yoga in it, but I do enjoy stretching, pilates, and bellydancing, so I combine that as my physical practice. If you are not a yogini, definitely adapt the practices that are in the book to YOUR lifestyle.
This year, I added my definite yesses and definite nos to my awareness, and it is helping to shape my enjoyment of my life. I posted a "say outloud--I Love You (your name here)," on the bathroom mirror, and now my whole family tells themselves they love themselves. I am pleased with that. My daughter and I report the most difficult time with that exercise, so I definitely see the need to continue!
Care for yourself. It isn't selfish. And, you might just be showing-the-way to someone else that YOU love! In sisterhood...
The layout of this book makes me want to re-read and highlight important topics. I have made lists in my journal, prompts included are really thought provoking without being judgmental. I have found several passages that have resonated so DEEPLY with me, that I find myself making more time daily to read/re-read it.
Anyone who has practiced yoga before would love the suggestions and acceptance of yoga as a daily practice and Sara talks about how and why one should consider this as a practice.
Overall, I would say this is a text-book for enjoying your life and living as a feminine and in-touch woman. I have found this to be very enjoyable and special book! Thanks, Sara! I will be following her blog and hoping to see her in person at a book signing!
Through a series of fortunate happenings, Stover was offered a teaching position in Thailand where she learned to face herself. Her Type A personality slowed down, and she was introduced to healing wisdom from several sources--traditional Chinese medicine, Buddhist medication, Ayurveda (traditional Indian medical system), massage, and natural detoxification programs. These Asian approaches to health dominate much of this book.
Ten years later, Stover is fully recovered from dysplasia, irregular menstruation, anorexia, bulimia, an exercise addiction, and anxiety. She has learned, she tells us, to reconnect to her body, her femininity, and nature. This is a book about every woman being able to make similar dramatic changes in her life, a book about taking care of yourself through meditation, yoga, prayer, and diet. Women, Stover reminds us, are traditional nurturers. We must learn to care for ourselves, just as we care for others.
In the introductory section of her book, Stover lays out some basics and gives specific suggestions, ranging from keeping a journal to learning your body's daily cycles, staying off the Internet, exercise, regular sleep habits.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
love the suggestions of this book. I'm reading it season by season.Published 2 months ago by rufiaclimbs
Great tips and concrete actions to take towards a happier life full of self-care.Published 5 months ago by Sara
I have enjoyed having this book as a guide to help me stay in sync with my lunar cycles. It's well written and there are great practices for self care. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
This was a gift for a friend, she read a borrowed copy and she says it changed her life , so I bought it for her. I givei t 5 stars by her review of itPublished 6 months ago by heather
I bought this book after I bought Sarah's second book, The Book of She. I bought the second book first because I didn't know about The Way of the Happy Woman. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Rebecca D Hollingsworth
Yoga sequences, journaling activites, nutritious recipes for each season and wonderful advice. This book was a life changer for me.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer