One Woman’s Quest to Conquer Skepticism, Cynicism, and Cigarettes on the Path to Enlightenment
By SUZANNE MORRISON
I came across this book one day when I was looking around the internet. I knew right away that it was a book I wanted to read. Yoga is a part of my daily life even if it is just doing a forward bend or downward facing dog before I go to work. YOGA BITCH is not just for those that practice yoga, anyone who reads it will be entertained. This book is insightful, funny and talks about yoga egos, commercialism and love.
YOGA BITCH is a yoga and travel based memoir. It is written in the style of a diary and follows the author through her two months yoga teacher training program in Bali. She finds herself unwilling to conform to their ritual of urine therapy until she gets “Bali belly” and has no access to antibiotics and her tongue starts to turn black. Her humor carries her through the decision to cure herself by doing something she thought she would never do.
Suzanne headed to Bali as she was about to leave her family in Seattle and start a new life in New York with her boyfriend. The book carries her through her self dialogues about that move and her relationship. YOGA BITCH kept me wanting to read more. Definitely a book worth picking up and it would be a great gift for and yoga lover in your life.
About the book
Before she discovered yoga, Suzanne Morrison’s idea of exercise was walking to the corner store to buy a pack of cigarettes, rearranging bookshelves, and having sex. Living in Seattle as a student, she spent most of her time reading or out having cocktails with friends. But when she turned twenty-five, a month after 9/11, Suzanne started to have panic attacks about dying and decided it was time to get some spiritual perspective on life.
Her savior is revealed to her as a tall, tan, and blonde yoga instructor named Indra, who convinces Suzanne after minimal yoga training to pack her bags, leave her boyfriend, and head to Bali for a two-month intensive yoga-teacher-training program. Suzanne chronicles her journey in her first book: YOGA BITCH: One Woman’s Quest to Conquer Skepticism, Cynicism, and Cigarettes on the Path to Enlightenment (Three Rivers Press; Trade Paperback Original; on sale: $15.00), (based on her acclaimed one-woman show of the same name), an insightful and wholly entertaining tale of her attempts to cast aside her fears, neuroses, and materialism in order to find a path to enlightenment and inner peace.
Suzanne’s search for fulfillment is about as universal as you can get. YOGA BITCH will appeal to anyone and everyone who’s ever set about on the rocky road to live better, feel better, and be better. Take equal parts Elizabeth Gilbert, Dani Shapiro, and the “Oprah lifestyle culture,” add sardonic humor, and pour into a highball glass. Hilarious and utterly absorbing, YOGA BITCH will have you rolling with laughter at Suzanne’s shockingly candid voice when detailing her adventures and misadventures.
About the Authors
A writer and solo performer currently living in Seattle, SUZANNE MORRISON started Yoga Bitch as a long-running one-woman show of the same title, which played in New York and London as well as across the country and around the world. A 2009 and 2010 recipient of 4Culture and Artist Trust grants for solo performance, Suzanne is developing a new show, Optimism, about her adolescent fascination with Ted Bundy, who was a friend of her parents, and she is at work on a new memoir, Your Own Personal Alcatraz, about coming of age on an island in the middle of Lake Washington. You can find Suzanne at the Huffington Post, where she blogs about the reading life, and at her own blog, suzannemorrison.blogspot.com, where she writes about absolutely everything she’s reading, writing, and rehearsing.
A copy of the book was provided to facilitate this review. Opinions are my own.