Um, Like... OM: A Girl Goddess's Guide to Yoga

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The perfect primer for yoga enthusiasts, Um, Like... OM goes above and beyond teaching the technique of yoga: it reveals how yoga can help teenage girls face any challenge that comes their way, from dealing with difficult parents to break-ups to the pressure to conform. Written in a hip and empathetic voice by a yoga practitioner who knows all about the ups and downs of the teenage years, this book also provides tips and tricks on how girls can tell their inner critic to take a hike and embrace the girl goddess within. Packed with illustrated yoga poses, real-life teen stories, inspiring quotations, sidebars with FYIs (``Fun Yoga Information''), book and music recommendations, and a glossary, Um, Like... OM is the ultimate guide to yoga-and life-for teens.

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Evan Cooper started practicing yoga as a teenager ten years ago. A graduate of UCLA, she now teaches yoga to teenage girls throughout Los Angeles.

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Gr. 8-11. Written by a young Los Angeles yogini who teaches classes to teens, this breezy, enthusiastic introduction aims to empower girls. Introductory chapters about the benefits of yoga are bolstered by Cooper's own stories and testimonials from her students. Later chapters suggest postures to overcome common obstacles, such as poor self-esteem, perfectionism, and tough relationships, followed by Cooper's step-by-step instructions with commentary about what each pose accomplishes. The tone wavers between straightforward and valley-girl-inflected: "Grab your mats, and let's get this party started!" Teens looking for color photos will have to consult other guides, such as Thia Luby's Yoga for Teens , as poses here are illustrated in drawings, and the book's small, square format does little to enhance the content. Even so, the casual, best-friend approach will appeal to many YAs; this is surely the only yoga guide with a list of suggested mantras that includes both Sanksrit phrases and "Time for a new and better boyfriend." An eclectic list of suggested books and music closes. Gillian Engberg
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