Synopses & Reviews
Suzanne Morrison was a coffee drinking, cigarette smoking, steak-eating twenty-five year-old student about to move to New York City when she decided it was time to get in touch with her spiritual side and travel to Bali for a 2 month yoga teacher training program. She envisioned herself in flowing all-white yoga clothes and meditating to enlightenment on the mud floor a thatched hut. And of course, she would move to New York, more beautiful, serene, and spiritually in-tact than ever.
But things don't go quite as she expected them to. Once in Bali, Suzanne is faced with ant infestations, teachers who believe their kitchen appliances are possessed by spirits, and fellow yogis who, every morning, drink a large, steaming mug of their own...urine.
Yoga Bitch chronicles Suzanne's hilarious adventures and misadventures of her trip as an aspiring yogi who might be just a bit too cynical and skeptical to drink the Kool-Aid. Along the way she transforms from a young girl with an irrational fear of death to a more mature woman who, while she may not have it all figured out, has found some peace and even some insight into this chaotic world.
"This winning memoir first took shape as a one-woman show that Morrison still performs in her native Seattle, and it translates nicely to written form: the author's voice is thoughtful, honest, and hilarious. Morrison looks back on her younger self with a mix of empathy and exasperation, touching off her story with the intense fear of death that overtook her when she turned 25, just a month after September 11. Her new yoga teacher, the serene Indra, offers her an opportunity to improve her yoga and connect with her spirituality via a two-month retreat in Bali. There, Morrison embraces her yoga practice, improving poses but remaining skeptical of poseurs. Journal entries from that time alternately pulsate with enthusiasm for yoga, Morrison's yoga-mates, and the Earth and ooze irritation at coffee cravings, self-righteousness, and others' insistence on drinking their own urine. Morrison finds some of what she sought, including the courage to end her sputtering romantic relationship. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Thoughtful, honest, and hilarious." Publishers Weekly
"Brings the higher path down to Earth with refreshing honesty." Kirkus Reviews
"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
"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
"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
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 her own blog, suzannemorrison.blogspot.com, where she writes about absolutely everything she's reading, writing, and rehearsing.