Yoga Bitch by Suzanne Morrison
One Woman's Quest to Conquer Skepticism, Cynicism, and Cigarettes on the Path to Enlightenment

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What happens when a coffee-drinking, cigarette-smoking, steak-eating twenty-five-year-old atheist decides it is time to get in touch with her spiritual side? Not what you’d expect…
 
When Suzanne Morrison decides to travel to Bali for a two-month yoga retreat, she wants nothing more than to be transformed from a twenty-five-year-old with a crippling fear of death into her enchanting yoga teacher, Indra—a woman who seems to have found it all: love, self, and God.
 
But things don’t go quite as expected. Once in Bali, she finds that her beloved yoga teacher and all of her yogamates wake up every morning to drink a large, steaming mug…of their own urine. Sugar is a mortal sin. Spirits inhabit kitchen appliances. And the more she tries to find her higher self, the more she faces her cynical, egomaniacal, cigarette-, wine-, and chocolate-craving lower self.
 
Yoga Bitch chronicles Suzanne’s hilarious adventures and misadventures as an aspiring yogi who might be just a bit too skeptical to drink the Kool-Aid. But along the way she discovers that no spiritual effort is wasted; even if her yoga retreat doesn’t turn her into the gorgeously calm, wise believer she hopes it will, it does plant seeds that continue to blossom in surprising ways over the next decade of her life.
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About Suzanne Morrison

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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 www.suzanne-morrison.com, where she writes about absolutely everything she's reading, writing, and rehearsing.
 
Published August 16, 2011 by Three Rivers Press. 354 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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She humorously dismisses the urban yoga scene, calling the practice “yogaerobics,” the teachers “celebriyogis” and the boutiques “sacred schwag.” Optimistic despite her constant questioning, Morrison reflects on her time as “a real yogi in Bali,” and finally is able to forgive her teachers their ...

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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.

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To outsiders, yoga may appear like one of those activities that yuppie urbanites take up—like knitting and shopping at Whole Foods.

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Elephant Journal

Maybe she just needs to get away from the pretentious yoga communities of Seattle, New York City, and the western spiritual tourist enclaves of Bali and come to Philly (where, admittedly, the really nice, mostly very down-to-earth yoga teachers and students I know would make more a mellow Friends...

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