Um, like... OM: A Girl Goddess' 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 ...

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Overview

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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Publishers Weekly
And, at the end of a long day, what better than a handbook on how to meditate: Um, Like... OM: A Girl Goddess's Guide to Yoga by Evan Cooper. In a conversational tone ("So let's talk about yoga. Like, what exactly is it?"), the author briefly describes the origins of yoga and why it could help teens slow down the frantic pace of today's world. She starts with breathing then goes through a few basic poses before moving into sequences such as Sun Salutations; b&w diagrams demonstrate the transitions. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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The premise of this chirpy, girl-power-centric introduction to yoga is that each challenge faced by the average teen girl can be made more manageable with yoga. To this end, the author starts each chapter with her take on issues such as relationships, diets, and school-related stress, and then maps out a few breathing exercises, yoga poses, and meditations to assist the yogini in overcoming her problems. Readers with little or no knowledge of yoga could benefit from this extremely westernized look at yoga's benefits for mind, body, and spirit. The directions for meditation, breathing, and poses are clear and easy to follow, encouraging novices to jump into sun salutations and yogic breathing. Much of what is valuable here, however, is smothered by an avalanche of pop culture references and clumsy attempts to relate to the audience with personal interjections. A great deal of the advice is so vague as to be useless: Exhortations to "eat healthy" and "be true to yourself" mean little without more detail. A clearer yoga guide would incorporate more information for those getting started, including recommended materials and wardrobe, modifications for difficult poses, and easy-to-follow routines for those looking to practice yoga on a regular basis. Although the author's bubbly enthusiasm for all things yoga might encourage readers to try this great art, they will need to turn to other resources to gain understanding of how to incorporate yoga and yogic philosophy into their everyday lives. VOYA CODES: 2Q 3P M (Better editing or work by the author might have warranted a 3Q; Will appeal with pushing; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8). 2005, Little Brown, 177p.; Glossary. Illus. Biblio., Trade pb. Ages 11 to 14.
—Lorraine Squires
School Library Journal
Gr 6-10-Cooper explains what yoga is, its benefits, and how to incorporate it into one's life. Her laid-back writing style is appealing; she plays the role of author as confidant and girlfriend successfully, and combines advice with step-by-step instructions. Each pose is described in detail and illustrated with line drawings. The text is divided into sections such as "Yoga and Relationships" and "Gettin' Along with Family and Friends," with poses that correspond to different situations and challenges. The author shares hard-won lessons about navigating through the teen years and coming out on top, and the sections on body image and how yoga can help give one perspective are especially good.-Elaine Baran Black, Gwinnett County Public Library, Lawrenceville, GA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316980012
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 4/13/2005
  • Pages: 192
  • Age range: 12 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

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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  • Posted May 16, 2009

    Wonderful for self-confidence as well as fun

    I am a 7th grader and loved this book. The author relates to the average teenage girl without assuming the normal stereotypes and is usually right on the dot. Her advice helps greatly and I always feel refreshed and confident after the yoga poses. Sometimes when something is bothering me, I will take the book into my room, look up the chapter closest to what I am dealing with, and read straight through it. I always feel better after wards. This book does not even seem like anything informational, and it isn't one you have to read straight through. You go through the chapters as you need them.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2005

    Feedback From A Satisfied Reader

    As a previously experienced yogi, I was impressed by Ms. Cooper's successful incorporation of the aspects of the vast world of yoga to which today's teens can relate. While informative, this selection simultaneously made me feel like a capable individual, able to achieve my own yogic and general life pursuits. I prefer this author's tone to that of the authors of yoga books I have previously encountered. I strongly recommend this book to teenage girls with a specific interest in yoga and to teenage girls just struggling to find their place in the world alike.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 6, 2012

    Highly Recommended for teens!

    I am a beginner in yoga and had my daughter read this too. Very straight forward and liked the simplicity. Have recommended it to others and wish it was still in print.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2011

    Yoga Goddess

    This booknis amazing! it has amazing yoga poses and really helps boost self confidence. The breathing techniques alone are fabulous! I would suggest this book for every teen girl out there whether you're stressed or not!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 5, 2011

    Um....like om?

    This book proves that yoga is for anybody and everybody. It especially speaks to teen girls. The author, Evan Cooper,isn' t some Tibetan monk she' s a real person. And it is evident in this book

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2012

    Great book!! Love it!!!!!!

    Amazing book!!!! I didnt know too much yoga but the author really does try to make yoga easier to understand for teen girls, as im one myself. Great book!!!! :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2012

    LOVE YOGA

    I am a yoga freak and let me tell you this book, even though i am 13 and a level 8, inspired me to go farther. My cousin, alex g and i read this and were deeply impressed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2012

    Read me

    I am a god and i just found modern technolegy. If you dont beleive me ill prove it. The proof is that my name is Zeus.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2012

    Foldar

    Puts down his stuff.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2012

    Ares cabin

    ARES CABIN

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