Gray (Ten Men) portrays the world of Westernized yoga, from its true disciples to spandex-wrapped poseurs, in this uplifting tale of starting over. Languishing in an unfulfilling pharmaceutical sales job, unhappy in her relationship with an unemployed single dad and still mourning the death of her previous boyfriend, Londoner Grace sees the daily yoga classes at Swami P's as her only salvation. A business meeting that turns personal inspires Grace to ditch both job and boyfriend and become a yoga teacher. Yet Grace's new path is far from blissful; she teaches "heart sinker" patients at a health clinic and privately instructs socialites, a starlet and an aging supermodel. She also carries on a correspondence with the doctor who sparked her decision to change her life, and their letters are full of potential for a future together. The narration can be frustrating-in the same passage, the reader will be inside of Grace's head one moment and a detached observer the next-but if Grace seems distant, her decisiveness at making a new life is still an inspiration for anyone who's ever yearned to pursue a dream. (Aug.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
The Yoga Teacherby Alexandra Gray
Dissatisfied with her job as a pharmaceutical rep and struggling with the decline of her long-term relationship, Grace, a well-heeled Londoner, uses yoga class to unwind, reflect, and momentarily transcend her earthly dilemmas. While pitching her company’s latest antidepressant to the disarming Dr. James, she is inspired by his plan to study Eastern medicine… See more details below
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Dissatisfied with her job as a pharmaceutical rep and struggling with the decline of her long-term relationship, Grace, a well-heeled Londoner, uses yoga class to unwind, reflect, and momentarily transcend her earthly dilemmas. While pitching her company’s latest antidepressant to the disarming Dr. James, she is inspired by his plan to study Eastern medicine in Vietnam and decides to quit her job to become a yoga teacher.
After studying at the eccentric White Lotus Foundation in California, Grace returns to London, ready for her new life. But nothing could have prepared her for the motley crew of students she amasses--from the octogenarian industrialist desperate for distraction, the supermodel who indulges yogic aspirations when she tires of kabbalah, to the American film star who uses yoga classes to conceal a scandalous affair. Overwhelmed, Grace soon finds herself relying on her bi-continental correspondence with Dr. James for solace and inspiration, his words hovering above her London life like a sweet promise.
With an eye for the absurdity in every encounter, Alexandra Gray gently skewers our society’s preference for a quick-fix nirvana in this chronicle of one woman’s quest for love and meaning in a world numbed by materialism and psychotropic drugs.
Grace is a London-based pharmaceutical sales person by day and a yoga devotee by night. The loss of loved ones has left her reluctant to reach out to others. Then she meets Dr. David James, and their conversations reveal much common ground. Both see the flaws in their current jobs, and both aspire to better and more fulfilling lives. The chemistry between them bubbles beneath the surface. Still, they part-Grace to a California training program for yoga teachers, David to a Vietnamese course in non-Western medicine. Once certified, Grace returns to London and collects an eclectic array of yoga students, which helps her crystallize her plans for the future. David also returns to practice holistic medicine. With a little push from a friend, Grace and David are reunited, equally optimistic, refreshed, renewed, and ready to pursue a romantic relationship together. Gray's second novel (after Ten Men) details the mental and spiritual realignment of the midlife crisis. She captures the struggle and its consequences. Funny, sad, engaging, and optimistic, this story conveys almost as much about yoga as it does about the human condition. Recommended for all general fiction collections.
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