Poser: My Life in Twenty-Three Yoga Poses

Poser: My Life in Twenty-Three Yoga Poses

by Claire Dederer
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Poser: My Life in Twenty-Three Yoga Poses by Claire Dederer

The studio was decorated in the style of Don’t Be Afraid, We’re Not a Cult. All was white and blond and clean, as though the room had been designed for surgery, or Swedish people. The only spot of color came from the Tibetan prayer flags strung over the doorway into the studio. In flagrant defiance of my longtime policy of never entering a structure adorned with Tibetan prayer flags, I removed my shoes, paid my ten bucks, and walked in . . .

Ten years ago, Claire Dederer put her back out while breastfeeding her baby daughter. Told to try yoga by everyone from the woman behind the counter at the co-op to the homeless guy on the corner, she signed up for her first class. She fell madly in love.

Over the next decade, she would tackle triangle, wheel, and the dreaded crow, becoming fast friends with some poses and developing long-standing feuds with others. At the same time, she found herself confronting the forces that shaped her generation. Daughters of women who ran away to find themselves and made a few messes along the way, Dederer and her peers grew up determined to be good, good, good—even if this meant feeling hemmed in by the smugness of their organic-buying, attachment-parenting, anxiously conscientious little world. Yoga seemed to fit right into this virtuous program, but to her surprise, Dederer found that the deeper she went into the poses, the more they tested her most basic ideas of what makes a good mother, daughter, friend, wife—and the more they made her want something a little less tidy, a little more improvisational. Less goodness, more joy.

Poser is unlike any other book about yoga you will read—because it is actually a book about life. Witty and heartfelt, sharp and irreverent, Poser is for anyone who has ever tried to stand on their head while keeping both feet on the ground.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441781512
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date: 12/21/2010
Edition description: Unabridged
Pages: 1
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Claire Dederer's essays, criticism, and reporting have appeared in Vogue, The New York Times, Slate, Salon, Yoga Journal, Real Simple, The Nation and in newspapers around the country. She has taught writing at the University of Washington. A fourth-generation Seattle native, she lives with her family on Bainbridge Island in Puget Sound.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As an avid lover of yoga I was immediately attracted to this book. The first 20 pages captured my attention, and then it became incredibly whiney and downright boring. Big letdown.
heidi21062 More than 1 year ago
I really wanted to like this book. In the end, it just didn't do anything for me. I was bored to tears and couldn't wait to get to the end!
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LadybirdDB More than 1 year ago
Adored this book! I love the author's humor and writing style. I picked it up at a library and then decided I wanted to own a copy. After reading some of the comments on here and elsewhere I wanted to point out that I'm not a mother, not part of the author's generation and I'm only starting to get interested in yoga. My point is that, I didn't need to be like the author in order to enjoy her story. I agree that the ending was nothing amazing or exciting....but....that's life. I appreciated the author's frank, honest judgement about life and her willingness to put her positive and negative attributes on display. It made her and her life very real.
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Constant_Student More than 1 year ago
As someone who has been baffled by yet draen to the yoga craze, I identified greatly with this book. I enjoyed the authors humor, sarcasm and loved readin this book. Definately worth a read!
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