Yoga Bitch: One Woman's Quest to Conquer Skepticism, Cynicism, and Cigarettes on the Path to Enlightenment

Yoga Bitch: One Woman's Quest to Conquer Skepticism, Cynicism, and Cigarettes on the Path to Enlightenment

by Suzanne Morrison

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Overview

What happens when a coffee-drinking, cigarette-smoking, steak-eating twenty-five-year-old atheist decides it is time to get in touch with her spiritual side? Not what you’d expect…
 
When Suzanne Morrison decides to travel to Bali for a two-month yoga retreat, she wants nothing more than to be transformed from a twenty-five-year-old with a crippling fear of death into her enchanting yoga teacher, Indra—a woman who seems to have found it all: love, self, and God.
 
But things don’t go quite as expected. Once in Bali, she finds that her beloved yoga teacher and all of her yogamates wake up every morning to drink a large, steaming mug…of their own urine. Sugar is a mortal sin. Spirits inhabit kitchen appliances. And the more she tries to find her higher self, the more she faces her cynical, egomaniacal, cigarette-, wine-, and chocolate-craving lower self.
 
Yoga Bitch chronicles Suzanne’s hilarious adventures and misadventures as an aspiring yogi who might be just a bit too skeptical to drink the Kool-Aid. But along the way she discovers that no spiritual effort is wasted; even if her yoga retreat doesn’t turn her into the gorgeously calm, wise believer she hopes it will, it does plant seeds that continue to blossom in surprising ways over the next decade of her life.
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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307717443
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 08/16/2011
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 635,638
Product dimensions: 7.74(w) x 5.30(h) x 0.78(d)

About the Author

A writer and solo performer currently living in Seattle, SUZANNE MORRISON has a one-woman show, Yoga Bitch, which has been called "Ambitious, ballsy, and hilarious" by Seattle Weekly and "New Age Nirvana" by Time Out London. The show has played to sold-out houses in New York City, Maui, Seattle, Memphis, London, and Oxford. Her work has been covered in the Seattle Times, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Seattle Weekly, and in blogs such as yogajournal.com and seattlest. You can find Suzanne at Huffington Post and at www.suzanne-morrison.com, where she writes about absolutely everything she's reading, writing, and rehearsing.

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"Yoga Bitch is an unabashedly romantic book, in the very best way—like watching your funniest, most sardonic friend realize that she's head-over-heels in love." —Claire Dederer, Author of Poser: My Life in Twenty-Three Poses

"A smart, funny, and keenly observed travelogue of a modern yogini’s quest for awakening. Yoga Bitch flows like a quirky vinyasa, with each pose just twisted enough to be hilarious." —Anne Cushman, author of Enlightenment for Idiots: A Novel

"Suzanne Morrison has been through the yoga wars, she has the literal scars to prove it, and she's produced a hilarious and thoughtful memoir."—Neal Pollack, author of Stretch

“Brings the higher path down to Earth with refreshing honesty.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Thoughtful, honest, and hilarious.”—Publishers Weekly 

“I love this book. In an era of so much truth telling and blogging and reality shows we forget how well true stories can be told, when they’re in the right hands. Yoga Bitch has sucked me in and made me laugh and made me think about my own spiritual fucked-up state. You had me at 'Do they make you eat your own poop.'" – Lauren Weedman, Author of A Woman Trapped in a Woman’s Body and former Daily Show correspondent

“Morrison is unflinchingly honest, poking easy fun at herself, her companions, and her surroundings…The lessons from Bali ultimately led her to stop pursuing the life she was supposed to want and start leading the one that nourishes her.” –Patty Wetli, Booklist
 
“Writer/performer Morrison offers a totally different take on the yoga experience…she candidly discusses her issues with meditation, exercise, and relationships.” –Library Journal 

"Yoga Bitch had me hooked. It's a hilarious read by an author who isn't afraid to delve into the messy innards of yoga culture." -Jenny Rough, Whole Life Times

"Morrison's funny riff on yoga and perspective." - Dan Kois, New York Magazine

"[Morrison's] funny and honest discussion about her yogic journey is riveting and revolting, raw and fresh, and immensely enjoyable." -Nancy Alder, Elephant Journal

"Wickedly entertaining yet tragically honest." -Chatelaine.com
 
"Had me laughing out loud at the author’s irreverent commentary by the second page, and, ultimately unable to put the book down until a very un-yogic early morning hour [...] I couldn’t recommend Yoga Bitch more highly." — Jay Winston, Elephant Journal
 
"Morrison offers a fresh and new voice in the yoga memoirs genre that is one part deeply exploratory and another giggle-inducing." — Nancy Alder, Yoga Dork
 
“Suzanne Morrison recounts her reformative journey at a two-month yoga retreat in Bali with a sense of humor so wicked it would even make Bikram sweat a little.” –Dorothy Robinson, Metro
 
“Morrison is a funny and engaging writer, at once sincere about her spiritual aspirations and aware of all the clichés they entail.” —Laura Moser, Slate.com

“[YOGA BITCH] is a hilarious, thoughtful and only occasionally profane account of one young woman facing mortality and bad habits head on […]Morrison is whip-smart and irreverent.” - Amy Scribner, Bookpage. 
 

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Yoga Bitch 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Highly recommended! I was literally laughing out loud
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This is a great story to learn what Yoga is all about as seen through the first hand experience of the author, Suzanne Morrison. Suzanne travels to Bali for a two month Yoga teacher training program. She humorously and with great candor relates the daily workouts. Suzanne is also a young woman wondering which man in her life is the one for her. Is it the one with whom she has had a long-term relationship or the mysterious man she calls "the Sailor"? It is a fun book to read. I recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While I enjoyed Morrison's humor and candor, this book didn't keep me interested. I found myself skimming over the last third just to force and motivate myself to finish. The author does a lot of transitions in time that did not flow and seemed unorganic and unpraciced. In short, eh.
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Wonderful book full of humor and inspiration from the most unlikely of places.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bravo, bravo, bravo! A must read for anyone that has sought to discover themselves through yoga!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was one of, if not the most hilarious book I've ever read! It's a perfect combination of travel essay, love story, humor, and spirituality I could recommend. Made my heart feel light during a stressful time of year. Such a tonic :)
Sahaj More than 1 year ago
As an avid yogi, I always look forward to the latest yoga books, whether fact or fiction, or as in this case memoir. I was really disappointed by this one. I found myself, much to my surprise, unable to even muster up the interest to finish reading it after I plowed through the first few chapters. Perhaps the author was attempting to be ironic, or wryly amusing, but I just found her tone and her style to be completely off. I disliked it enormously. Perhaps it improved in later chapters? I'd like to think so, but someone will have to let me know, as I have no interest in reading any more.
Christina McDonald More than 1 year ago
I also grew up Catholic in Seattle, have spent time in Bali and am about to take up yoga. I was drawn to this book for those reasons and more. I found Suzanne's writing style both humorous and thought provoking at the same time. I loved her honesty on her journey of discovery. It was an extremely FUN book to read!!!
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