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Tales from the Yoga Studio: A Novel

Tales from the Yoga Studio: A Novel

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by Rain Mitchell

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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


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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Yoga pants are optional for this slow series setup revolving around L.A. yoga teacher Lee and four devoted students in her orbit--Hollywood deal maker Stephanie, dancer Graciela, ex-druggie Katherine, and actress Imani. Each comes with her own personal career and romantic melodramas, but fear not: yoga will bring them together, and though it doesn't get full credit for straightening out their jumbled lives--the friendships forged by this diverse gaggle of L.A. gals does that--it helps sculpt great bods and peaceful souls. Mitchell's debut is straight out of the hobby-as-salve-for-the-soul playbook, but with yoga mats instead of knitting needles. If sweet tales of friendship, bonding, and downward facing dog are your thing, this should be an agreeable diversion. (Dec.)
From the Publisher
“Funny and wise… Whether you’re a yoga master or a perpetual beginner (like me), you’re going to love Tales from the Yoga Studio.”—Anita Diamant, bestselling author of The Red Tent
“Mitchell’s smoothly advancing character development enriches this entertaining meditation on building and sustaining community.”—Whitney Scott, Booklist
“If sweet tales of friendship, bonding, and downward facing dog are your thing, this should be an agreeable diversion.”—Publishers Weekly
Library Journal
Mitchell's debut novel, and first of a new series, focuses on five women whose lives are all centered around yoga and the studio they've grown to love. Lee, the owner and wonderful instructor, has a magical way of connecting with some of her fellow practitioners—Katherine, Stephanie, Graciela, and Imani—and they in turn bond and connect with one another. All of these women use yoga to heal their minds and their bodies; however, they still struggle to prevent their experiences from influencing their futures or shaping their internal doubts and fears. VERDICT Mitchell's strong beginning is entertaining and hard to put down, but her weak ending feels rushed and a little confusing. Novices and veterans of yoga alike will appreciate the rejuvenation these women begin to undergo and will be intrigued by what will happen next in the series.—Anne M. Miskewitch, Chicago P.L.

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Penguin Publishing Group
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5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)
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18 Years

Meet the Author

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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Tales from the Yoga Studio 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
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I burned right through this lighthearted and fun
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Kathy Abrecht More than 1 year ago
Best book I've read in a long time! Can't wait until the next one!!
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BookLoveBlog More than 1 year ago
Tales from the Yoga Studio installed two desires in me. 1) Must learn yoga. 2) Move to a quaint retro southern Californian town. Tranquility is a theme throughout this book, even during the poignant pieces. The very descriptions Rain Mitchell uses make you feel as if you right there in the scene, seeing, feeling, and experiencing everything the characters do. Both yoga fanatics and those who have never tried a downward dog in their lives will appreciate the way in which yoga and zen is woven into the story. Lee, Katherine, Graciela, Imani, and Stephanie have very different lives and come from very different backgrounds. But their love of yoga and the changes it manifests bind them together. Their stories are narrated in turn, a symphony of joys, broken hearts, painful decisions, and subtle epiphanies. They help and support each other in the way only girlfriends can. In this sense, Tales from the Yoga Studio reminds me a great deal of Little Earthquakes by Jennifer Weiner. In fact if you like reading Jennifer Weiner, Sarah Pekkanen, or Kristan Hannah, I think you will love this book. Conclusion: A dash of chick-lit and smidgeon yoga how-to, Tales from the Yoga Studio is a heart-warming and fun read. Cheering these women on, you will feel as if they were your best friends. I recommend you try it for yourself.
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MRShemery More than 1 year ago
Cover-The cover promotes a sense of peacefulness, friendship and a oneness with others. I was automatically drawn to this cover when I first received the book and am still drawn to this cover.-Plot-We're all familiar with story lines where there is unity among a group of women (i.e. Sex & the City, Waiting to Exhale, Steel Magnolias), which was portrayed throughout this book. Though their stories were interwoven, you got a feel for them outside of the group as well. You understood what brought them together and united them ... other than the Yoga Studio ... =)-Characters-Lee is the teacher at Edendale Yoga. I found her to be nice, but overly so. She ignored obvious signs of betrayal because she chose to be "blind." Purposeful ignorance tends to get on my nerves, especially when it's a woman being purposefully ignorant. Katherine is Edendale Yoga's masseuse. She is grateful to Lee for helping her during some rough times. Katherine is funky and fun, but a little too hard on herself sometimes. She tends to sabotage any decent relationship that comes her way. Will she ever be able to get over her past? Graciela is gorgeous and an excellent dancer. She winds up at the Yoga Studio due to an injury that she's trying to heal before an audition for a famous singer's video. Graciela is hard-working and much more tolerable that I would be. She has poise and appears to be a wonderful friend.-Overall-This was definitely an easy read. It is geared towards women and promotes women's empowerment. I would recommend this to women (and possibly men???) who enjoy stories about women's relationships reminiscent of those mentioned above.
TheStephanieLoves More than 1 year ago
Blurb: The yoga studio is where daily cares are set aside, mats are unfurled, and physical exertion leads to well-being, renewal, and friendship. In Los Angeles, yoga teachers have become celebrities and designer tank tops can cost a small fortune. Still, many students flock to the relatively unglamorous Edendale Yoga in the hip, out-of-the-way Silver Lake neighborhood. It's here where Lee uses her extraordinary teaching skills and unusual empathy to help students gain control of their bodies and possibly their lives as well. Katherine, the studio's resident masseuse, is trying hard not to sabotage what could be the perfect relationship. Graciela is a dancer on the cusp of getting her breakthrough job, assuming she can overcome a suspicious injury. Imani, a happily married and successful actress, struggles to get beyond the one big loss she can't seem to forget. Stephanie, a talented screenwriter and development girl, might be driving herself to the breaking point. But will Lee's students have learned enough from their beloved teacher to help her when she faces financial problems and a marital crisis of her own? Tales from the Yoga Studio is a warm, funny, and gripping novel about the gift of connection and the joys of discovery, featuring five amazing women you will never forget. What Stephanie Thought: Vivid descriptions and easy-to-relate struggles are brought alive in Rain Mitchell's debut novel. The lives of five women are intertwined thoroughly, each one with varying, realistic concerns. I loved how each woman was a small part of me, and not just me, but every woman in this common world. Katherine is my intrinsic factor. Always true to herself, she won't let anyone fool her, and risks hurting her own heart in the process. In Graciela, I find my own vulnerability, one that is too unsure to speak out, but is never still never completely satisfied. Imani represents my success, my smiling face that only the public sees, and she also contains the rapid deterioration of my self and body that only I know of. Stephanie (aside from our same names!) is my weakness, my breaking point, but also my determination, as well as my will. And Lee, she's everything I want to be, my zen, my composure, and my selfless strength. Each woman is beautiful because each woman is a part of me, which was what spoke out most about this book. Tales from the Yoga Studio is the kind of story that brought new revelations and surprises within every page, thanks to Mitchell's precisely-composed, lyrical prose. A lot of it was very tongue-in-cheek too, which was entertaining. The only reason I am not rating Tales from the Yoga Studio higher is because I felt some parts were too long and dragged out. There were several times while reading, where I would flip back and see how many pages I had left to read -- I was sort of bored. But that set aside, it was a fantastic, too-good-to-be-true story that every woman can relate with because essentially, it is a book about every woman and what is really in her neglected heart. Stephanie Loves: "'Whatever comes up for you in these [yoga] poses,' Lee says, 'try to let it go. Maybe anxiety? Maybe sadness? Anger? They're just thoughts. Let them go. They only control you and have power if you let them. They're parasites -- they can't live on their own.'" Where Stephanie Got It: Received from FSB Media for review. Radical Rating: 8 hearts- Would recommend to lots of really good friends.
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Reads4Pleasure More than 1 year ago
The women that visit Edendale Yoga do so because there's something about medical student turned yoga instructor Lee. Somehow she intuitively knows what each person in her class needs, even if she's unsure of what she needs herself. Through Tales from the Yoga Studio debut author Rain Mitchell introduces us to every day women from all paths of life who may have never met had it not been for yoga. A recovering addict with an unstable path, masseuse Katherine has enjoyed her time working at Edendale Yoga and values her friendship with Lee, even if she questions her marriage to Alan. Graciela comes to the studio in search of healing for an injury. If she's able to overcome it, she may have a chance to audition for a video that could change her life. Imani has been in hiding since she suffered a miscarriage months ago. Though she's a successful actress and wife, she longs to be a successful mother. Stephanie is driven and determined to be the best screenwriter and developer possible. Her abrasive ways tend to rub people wrong and when she finds her world crumbling, she believes she has no one to turn to. In their own ways, and sometimes without knowing it, the women of this book reach out to each other and build them up. This was impressive work from a first time author and truly a feel good read. What did you like about this book? The author introduces elements of yoga without making the book about yoga. In fact, even though the women meet through their time at the studio, most of their interaction takes place away from it. What didn't you like about this book? I appreciated the introduction to each character, but I didn't feel like I got a chance to really know them since there were so many of them. I realize that this is the first in a series, so perhaps as more is written, each character will be explored in greater depth. What could the author do to improve this book? Dig deeper. We barely touched the surface with these ladies. There's so much more to be told about each of them.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
Lee owns the Edendale Yoga Studio in the Silver lake section of Los Angeles; she also works as an instructor. She likes giving back to her students by helping them achieve their desires though she gave up on one of hers when Alan the artist left her and now has doubts about what to do as a chain wants her studio and is offering her quite an incentive package. Without prying, Lee looks deep into the souls of her long time pupils as their lives converge at her studio. Lee encourages Stephanie already an overachiever to seek solace in her accomplishments. She believes Graciela the artist is a talent especially when the woman does not fear baring her soul to others. The Yoga guru knows Imani the actress conceals secrets that Lee hopes do not cripple her with shame. Finally there is her BFF loyal Katherine. She will be there for each them especially when they confront the agony of defeat Tales from the Yoga Studio is an enjoyable contemporary that provides deep insight into yoga and running a studio with friendship. Each of the five women will learn truths about themselves and the others. Character driven, fans will appreciate this warm tale as Rain Mitchell brings more than just yoga and friendship to the wonderful story line; the author will persuade readers yoga is an art form that touches the hearts of those who participate; so get up and join. Harriet Klausner