Synopses & Reviews
For most women, trying on a bikini is the ultimate moment of truth. Endless reps of sit-ups don't banish the dread of the fitting-room mirror. Because of a societal fixation on "rock hard" and "washboard," most women want their bellies to look exactly as they are "not meant to be. "The Woman's Belly Book helps women rejoice in their feminine center. The book takes a soul-powered approach to building body confidence and better health, blending yoga, breath work, and simple exercises to help women awaken their core. The concepts are presented with humor and insight, and the exercises, which utilize techniques from Pilates, belly dancing, body shaping, chi kung and tai chi, are simple, fun, and invigorating. Reclaiming the belly as honorable, even sacred, the book provides a foundation for a body-centered spiritual practice that invokes the presence of the Sacred Feminine.
"In the second belly book this season (after The Way of the Belly by Neena and Veena Bidasha), Sarasohn, a veteran Kripalu yoga teacher and writer on yoga and health, writes that the life force focused in the belly 'activates your physical, emotional and spiritual vitality. It's the source of your passion and creativity, your courage and confidence, your capacity to love fully. It's the starting point of your intuition, insight, and sense of purpose.' In this scenario, a bloated, uncomfortable belly is the sign of something out of balance in your life. Sarasohn sees the belly as the site of women's soul power and connection to 'Source Energy,' and throughout she presents exercises to access this power. In the second half, she presents the seven belly-energizing exercises that make up what she calls 'The Gutsy Women's Workout,' designed to increase the seven soul qualities: vitality, pleasure, confidence, compassion, creativity, intuition and purpose. While some of the poetry and creative exercises in this book are goofy (writing a letter to your belly? decorating your underwear?), Sarasohn's basic argument is liberating. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
From "belly laughs" to "gut reactions," people acknowledge the power and wisdom within our bodys center every day, yet many women sabotage their bellies with tight clothes and shame. This book demonstrates that by celebrating their centers instead of trying to reshape them, women can tap into their source energy to boost vitality, release stress, spice up sexual pleasure, and unleash creativity.
The Woman's Belly Book helps women rejoice in their womanly center. The book takes a soul-powered approach to building confidence and better health, presenting simple exercises and movements to help women awaken their core. Lisa Sarasohn presents the concepts with humor and insight, and the movements which incorporate techniques such as yoga, breath work, belly dancing, qigong, and tai chi are fun and invigorating. Reclaiming the belly as honorable, even sacred, the book also provides a foundation for a body-centered spiritual practice that invokes the presence of the sacred feminine.