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Product details

  • 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: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 214,519 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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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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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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I absolutely loved this book. So much information in an easy to understand format. Would highly recommend to anyone. It has certainly opened my eyes to yoga and that it can help absolutely everyone in so many ways.
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My wife started doing yoga about a year ago and I noticed that she started looking good. I gave her this book for Valentine's day as a joke, because I tease her about how she hasn't changed her lifestyle. She made me read the chapter on yoga for men and it made me read the other chapters too (on my kindle haha).
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Very little of this book is about the author's own yoga journey; it's more a loosely-strung together bunch of easily-findable & downloadable facts. Disappointing and clearly badly proof-read. I really wanted to love this book but I couldn't.
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I didn't enjoy this book and in fact, I haven't finished it. I didn't think there was anything quirky about it and I didn't think it was a very interesting, soulful journey and I found I couldn't relate to the author at all. I just found it boring and so I would highly recommend trying a sample before buying if you are considering doing so.
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I read Carla McKay's front-page piece about yoga in the Daily Mail which was very funny - and got the book which is even better and more informative. I had never thought about doing yoga. If you are a dyed in the wool yoga nut, this book is not for you. Carla hasn't stopped drinking wine with her friends, or changed her diet (that much). The only people I know who do it tend to be slightly nutty. But reading Carla's book and how she felt better, lost weight, slept better, looked younger I am looking to give it a try. What is not to like! The story how she was reunited with her husband was quite touching. She doesn't make a direct link with yoga, but I bet it had a lot to do with it.
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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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