Going Om: Real-Life Stories On and Off the Yoga Mat

Going Om: Real-Life Stories On and Off the Yoga Mat


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With candid, witty, and compelling experiences of yoga from renowned memoirists, including Cheryl Strayed (author of the number-one New York Times bestseller Wild), Claire Dederer (author of national bestseller Poser: My Life in 23 Yoga Poses), Dinty W. Moore (author of The Accidental Buddhist), Neal Pollack (author of Stretch: The Making of a Yoga Dude) and many others, Going Om shares a range of observations about this popular practice. Unlike books on yoga that provide instruction on technique, Going Om is a unique collection of personal narratives from celebrated authors. This anthology of original material values the quality of writing over the authors' flexibility. Ira Sukrungruang shares his heartbreaking struggle as a 375 pound yoga student discovering self-worth on his mat; Gloria Munoz explores the practice of stillness with lyrical elegance in the midst of her busy mind; Neal Pollack's signature sarcasm leads to surprising turns at yoga class with his dad; Elizabeth Kadetsky uses yogic wisdom while coping with her mother's devastating Alzheimer's.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781936740864
Publisher: Start Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 09/09/2014
Pages: 242
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Melissa Carroll is a writer and yoga instructor who believes in the power of being present. Based in Tampa, she guides more than 200 students every week at the largest yoga class in Florida. Melissa leads yoga and creative writing retreats all over the world, and teaches creative writing at the University of Tampa. Melissa is the author of the chapbook The Karma Machine, and her work has appeared in many literary journals and magazines. Discover more at MelissaCarrollYoga.com.

Cheryl Strayed is the author of #1 New York Times bestseller WILD, the New York Times bestseller TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS, and the novel TORCH. WILD was chosen by Oprah Winfrey as her first selection for Oprah's Book Club 2.0. Strayed's award-winning writing has appeared in THE BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS, the New York Times Magazine, the Washington Post Magazine, Vogue, Salon, The Missouri Review, The Sun, Tin House, The Rumpus--where she wrote the popular "Dear Sugar" advice column--and elsewhere. Her books have been translated into more than thirty languages around the world. The movie adaptation of WILD will be released by Fox Searchlight in December 2014. The film is directed by Jean-Marc Vallée and stars Reese Witherspoon, with a screenplay by Nick Hornby. Strayed holds an MFA in fiction writing from Syracuse University and a bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and their two children.

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Going Om: Real Life Stories on and Off the Yoga Mat 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When you think of yoga, you may think of tight pants, cute instructors, crouching tiger, and hidden dragon (or maybe that's just me). After reading Going Om, my entire perspective of yoga is changed. I never thought of it as a way of healing yourself from life's traumatic moments, but I was, fortunately, wrong. You'll read fascinating and real-life events from yoga experts such as Claire Dederer, author of Poser: My Life in 23 Yoga Poses and Cheryl Strayed, bestselling author of Wild. One of the most compelling insight was from Adriana Paramo and her desire for people to see her as her husband's "wife. The wife." Her experience was inspiring and yoga helped her through the rough time of finding her own identity in her marriage. And that's just a taste of it. This book can help people start off the new year with the right foot. There are a hundred reasons why people should take up yoga and all the reasons are in Going Om. Try it! You won't regret it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow. Really: wow. Going Om contains some amazingly heartfelt and uplifting stories about how yoga has touched the lives of various individuals. It's a very impressive collection, and a darn good read--one worth owning even if you aren't necessarily a fan or practitioner of yoga.  The opening essay alone--"Body Replies" by Ira Sukrungruang--would be enough reason for me to buy this book if I hated all the other stories (which I don't). Ira's story as a 370-pound yoga student working towards self-worth provides a powerfully moving and enlightening perspective, and I plan to read and reread it and share it with friends. And if you're thinking this book is more about the yoga and less about the quality of writing, you're wrong. This book feels like the group effort of  a bunch of creative writers (who also practice yoga), and it's fantastic. 
SuperReaderBK More than 1 year ago
A marvelously inspired book on yoga and MANY more life lessons! Just the title made me feel invited to try yoga and once I was inside the book, I saw stories of people who overcame the odds and restored their health and, most importantly, their spirit through the practice of yoga. I  really loved the stories by Cheryl Strayed of WILD and also Neal Pollack, Claire Dederer, Dinty Moore and many more. This book is filled with pure inspiration!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book, even for those who wouldn’t consider themselves a yogi.  The title is meant to evoke the feeling of home, and editor Melissa Carroll manages to capture exactly that in this collection of personal stories. I’ve personally only ever practiced yoga a handful of times, and mostly in college, but I easily resonated with the many experiences described on and off the mat.  While reading Neal Pollack’s “Yoga with My Dad,” you can’t help but feel the love of practice shared by those attending the class.  Pollack’s piece is extremely easy to read and explores the different cultures associated with yoga and all its accessories, from Lululemon ambassadors to mainstream TJMaxx yoga mats.  Dinty W. Moore further explores balance in “The Humpty Hatha.”  This is one essay that I can easily and perhaps most strongly relate to. For me, yoga was always this ready hard balance of achieving the pose and maintaining deep breathing. I rarely could both relax and keep my balance. Furthermore, I was constantly seized with doubts of my body’s ability to achieve poses that seemed designed only for the thin and already fit.  Yet Moore, and Pollack (though in a different way), make you see that this is not so.    But then Claire Dederer explores the sexy side of yoga, in “Um, the Sexy Yoga Essay,” and I personally now can’t wait to take another class. 
JennieMM More than 1 year ago
I have skimmed through, and deeply read the first story of this book. It is absolutely touching. I am a dancer, and have found my way to self-love and body acceptance through movement. The feelings that go into these essays really hit home for me, and speak to a place where movement and peace are so important in our lives. I love it--I look forward to reading more soon!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love love love! Got this as a Christmas gift and could NOT put it down. Each story is filled with so much heart and so much honesty, I couldn't wait to see what the next little chapter held in store for me. I particularly enjoy a good combination of humor and struggle (since I think that is so emblematic of our experiences with Samsara) and this collection captured that perfectly.  
YGK More than 1 year ago
I love all of the different personal stories we are given in Going Om. It not only touched on the practice of yoga, but how it affected their personal lives. Each voice has a different way of telling their perspective on yoga which makes for a well rounded and entertaining read. Definitely will inspire you to start practicing yoga soon!