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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Gibson Square Books Ltd (30 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906142998
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906142995
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 130,553 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Compelling, humorous, unusually well written... does for yoga what Lynn Truss did for grammar.' --Daily Telegraph

'Can really change your life.' --Daily Mail

About the Author

Carla McKay is a novelist and the former fiction-editor of the Daily Mail. Her novel The Folly of French Kissing was published in 2012. She divides her time between Oxford and London.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Reviewer on 5 May 2013
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I found this book to be really refreshing. Carla McKay's account of her introduction to Yoga is honest, funny and very relate-able. I found the history lesson fascinating, and those that want an accurate concise overview of the practise of Yoga will enjoy it too.

The most interesting theme within the book however, is her personal transition from total sceptic to full believer, the manner to which this is told had me laughing out load.

Ultimately this is a great little book that is packed with the facts you want, whilst telling a personal story in a really authentic way.

Well worth a read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Freddo on 16 April 2013
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Didn`t find it as informative as I would have wished regarding the basics of Yoga, although it could be the spur needed to actually `dip my toe in the water`.
Little too bogged down with phraseology - which the the uninformed - means little or nothing.
Still well worth a read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lou51 on 18 Jun. 2013
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I am considering trying yoga. I have looked online and most information I find suggests that you will already have knowledge of yoga, or at least part of it.
This book was totally different.....It's written by a normal, British woman, who breaks down the jargon and the worries. She is reassuring, clear and honest. Explains the mystery and the history very well. I am inspired and an going to try it......what more can you ask for? It does what it says on the cover.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jeanette on 12 Jun. 2013
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Interesting book into several types of yoga .Well written work and would suit anyone abut to take the plunge of a yoga class .
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Red on 30 Sept. 2013
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I got bored almost immediately with this book. I was hoping to read a story about how an unhealthy, exercise-disinclined individual (rather like myself) got into yoga. The protagonist begins her journey into yoga by... getting extensive plastic surgery and going on an expensive yoga retreat abroad? I'm not sure this really sends the message that yoga can be for anyone.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Puffin on 30 July 2013
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I have only recently attended some yoga classes and this book was an encouragement to do so. I am now committed to doing some of the yoga positions each day, to help strengthen core and enable greater flexibility.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sara Barnsdale on 19 Aug. 2013
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Beautifully written....an easy style of writing you feel you are listening to your best friend over a coffee or a large glass of wine....proof Yoga is not just for the super waif model or vegan film star.
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By Cat on 23 Nov. 2014
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I live on the island of Ibiza, where everyone is either a DJ or a Yoga Teacher (and across time, it's become ever harder to decipher who is more ethical, but that's probably a book unto itself, heh)

Ironically, I've only ever been to a Super Club once (Pacha) and never, ever done yoga. Whereas the super clubs leave me cold, I have a spark of interest in Yoga (particularly Ashtanga Vinyasa, as I'm not great sitting on my ass; needing something a little more active)

Therein, feeling somewhat sympathetic to the book's title, with emphasis on 'reluctant', I thought I'd check it out.

To my surprise, Carla writes very little about her own practice and progress, although much about her investigations into the (enormous and growing) world of global yoga. I had rather hoped for more on her own practice and achievements.

That said, the book is a very informative, palatable read on the history and aspects of yoga and I come away from it, feeling infinitely more knowledgable.

As someone who is curious but prior to reading this book, heartily uninformed about yoga, it deserves four stars, giving me much to think about and greater knowledge on which way, if any, I am to go forward from here.
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