Review: Going Om: Real-Life Stories on and off the Yoga Mat

Feb 26, 2015 | Yoga | 0 comments

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Going Om: Real Life Stories from on and off the Yoga Mat

Yoga transforms. That is the foundation of all the work I do here at Yoga transformed me from being disabled from my nervous system disorder to thriving both on and off the mat.

But so few yoga books talk about the power of yoga to help the student transform. That’s why I was so elated to discover Going Om: Real-Life Stories On and Off The Yoga Mat by Melissa Carroll. Melissa is a Tampa-based writer and yoga instructor, and believes in the power of being present. Melissa guides more than 200 students every week through a presence-based yoga class.

Going Om is a unique collection of never-before-seen personal narratives from celebrated authors. “‘Going Om’ is the literary equivalent of dropping in on class to find all your favorite yoga writers packed in there on their mats,” said Benjamin Lorr, the author of Hell-Bent: Obsession, Pain, and the Search for Something Like Transcendence in Competitive Yoga.

With candid, witty, and compelling experiences of yoga from renowned memoirists, including forewordist Cheryl Strayed, author of #1 New York Times bestseller Wild, Going Om shares a range of observations about this popular practice from a multitude of talented writers and yogis.

Emily Rapp, an author and former Fullbright scholarship recipient, is one of the writers who shares her yoga experience. In Going Om Emily shares candidly and bravely how yoga helped her battle with anorexia.

“Yoga changed the relationship I have with my body by forcing me to understand that it was not a fixed entity to control but an embodied presence to be enjoyed,” said Emily.

Emily’s story of transformation is just one of many. Elizabeth Kadetsky uses the knowledge and wisdom she gains on the mat while coping with her mother’s devastating Alzheimer’s. Ira Sukrungruang shares his struggle as a 375-pound yoga student, and artist Glòria Muñoz lyrically explores stillness.

The stories in Going Om speaks to not only the transformative power of yoga, but the courage and bravery found in the human spirit. Going Om inspires, uplifts, and provokes thought. The essays are profoundly touching; some bring tears while others make my soul smile.

Pick up your copy today on Amazon, and you could be reading these amazing stories by Saturday. You won’t be disappointed.

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