About the Book:
Title: Tales from the Yoga Studio
Author: Rain Mitchell
Publisher: Plume Books
Length: 279 pages
Plot: The yoga studio is where daily cares are set aside, mats are unfurled, and physical exertion leads to well-being, renewal, and friendship. An aggressively expanding chain of Los Angeles yoga “experience centers,” has Lee and her extraordinary teaching abilities in its sights. They woo her with a lucrative contract, a trademarked name for her classes, and a place for her handsome musician husband. But accepting the contract means abandoning the students at the homey studio Lee runs in L.A.’s Silver Lake district- and leaving behind four women whose friendships are suddenly more important to her than retirement benefits and a salary increase.
Tales from the Yoga Studio is an insider’s look at the current obsession with yoga, told with enough humor, wit, and warmth to charm and delight readers, whether or not they’ve ever done a Downward Dog.
Favourite Quote: “Inhale through your nose into whatever traces of tension you’re still holding on to, and sigh it all through your mouth. Let it go.”
The novel revolves around Edendale, a yoga studio owned by the couple, Lee & Alan. Lee is blessed with a special trait of seeing through people’s troubles and putting them at ease through yoga. Little does anyone know that Lee’s life is turmoil in itself. The other lead characters are Katherine who is the masseuse at Edendale and also, Lee’s best friend; Stephinie the screenwriter with a few hits in the past, struggling to get over her ex husband; Garciale the backup dance with a leg injury who is auditioning for the greatest opportunity of her life. These women, who are bound by a common string of yoga, form a great bond and help each other out in crisis.
Lee is my favourite character, with all the brightness she brings into people’s life even though her life is a mess. The story starts of very well but towards the end I feel the author could do a little more justice to each character. Never the less it was quite a delightful read, especially for a person like me who is an aspiring yogi. It is a light read; you will feel empathy for most of the characters.