Tales from the Yoga Studio: A Novel

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A sparkling new series introducing five unforgettable women who flock to yoga at turning points in their lives and find the gift of lasting friendship.

The yoga studio is where daily cares are set aside, mats are unfurled, and physical exertion leads to well-being, renewal, and friendship. An aggressively expanding chain of Los Angeles yoga "experience centers," has Lee and her extraordinary teaching abilities in its sights. They woo her with a lucrative contract, a trademarked name for her classes, and a place for her handsome musician husband. But accepting the contract means abandoning the students at the homey studio Lee runs in L.A.'s Silver Lake district- and leaving behind four women whose friendships are suddenly more important to her than retirement benefits and a salary increase.

Tales from the Yoga Studio is an insider's look at the current obsession with yoga, told with enough humor, wit, and warmth to charm and delight readers, whether or not they've ever done a Downward Dog.

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Rain Mitchell (a pseudonym) began practicing yoga as a teenager, and is currently at work on the second Yoga Novel. Rain's favorite pose is savasana.

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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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