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Yin, Yang, Yogini: A Woman's Quest for Balance, Strength, and Inner Peaceby Kathryn E Livingston
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Yin Yang Yogini is a memoir about transformation, with yoga as the backdrop for change—a story of how one can evolve in midlife and in midstride, of how one can learn to let go of the past, let go of fear, and live with trust in the present moment.
This is a memoir about a transformational two years of Kathryn E. Livingston’s life, a time in which she learned to trust herself and the universe, even while facing such issues as the death of her parents, her children leaving home for college, panic and anxiety issues, and breast cancer. Livingston’s story is heartfelt, humorous, and timely, and about finding courage, strength, and happiness within.
"At age 50, parenting writer Livingston experienced a meltdown after an onslaught of real and imagined fears that ranged from airplane hijackings and car crashes to killer bees and botulism. Terrified of death (she 'banned the Ã¢Â€Â˜d' word' from her marriage ceremony) and by nature a skeptic, Livingston reluctantly tries yoga on the advice of a therapist. Her memoir recounts how the practice transformed her perspective, her body, and her experience of breast cancer, which she was diagnosed with during her second year as a yoga student. Initially stymied by the many paradoxes contained in yoga philosophy and intimidated by the young, svelte, perfectly clad women she meets in yoga classes, she soon cultivates her self-confidence, finds inspiring teachers, and perceives serendipitous gifts of love and friendship by learning to live gratefully in the present moment. Livingston offers candid opinions on a gamut of subjects — marriage and motherhood, politics and religion, haircuts and health-food stores — along with equal doses of humor and hard-won wisdom. Her uplifting story will remind readers that, while life will never be perfect, one can create an oasis of peace in the midst of crises large and small. (Feb.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Kathryn E. Livingston has been writing about parenting issues for more than twenty-five years; recently, she’s turned her pen to the topic of yoga.
Livingston’s articles have appeared in Parenting (she was among the magazine’s first columnists), Publishers Weekly, American Photographer, Edutopia, Country Living, Redbook, Working Mother, and other magazines. She is the coauthor of two parenting books with Robert Frank, PhD: Parenting Partners (St. Martin’s) and The Secret Life of the Dyslexic Child (Rodale). Livingston is also the author of a number of photography books, including Special Effects Photography, Secrets of Still Life Photography, and Fashion Photography: Patrick Demarchelier, and she is coauthor of The Joy of Photographing Your Baby.
Livingston blogs for the Huffington Post on seasoned motherhood and empty-nest issues, and for the Kundalini yoga music website Spirit Voyage, and her work appears in the popular online yoga magazine Elephant Journal. She is a supporting blogger for Dr. Susan Love’s Army of Women, an online effort to research and eradicate breast cancer.
The mother of three grown sons, Livingston lives with her husband, a classical musician, in Bergen County, New Jersey, and is soon to engage in a Kundalini yoga-teacher training. A seven-year breast cancer survivor, Livingston will donate a portion of her earnings from this book to breast cancer research.
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