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Published (first published 2005)
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Dec 07, 2010 Sharon rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is basically a romp through some of the quirkiest, craziest, blatantly exploitative "ashrams" India has to offer. The author goes out of her way to be irreverent and as quirky as everyone else she meets along the way and that would have been fine if she had only been consistant.

My compaint about this book -- thus the one-star rating -- is that in the second half she suddenly turns into a serious spiritual seeker, drops the all-I-want-is-sex-and-drink mask, and actually visits some fir
Jan 31, 2010 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: travel-journal
Immediately after returning from India where I was practicing yoga, I met the author in London at Triyoga where she participated in a private group yoga session. It was lovely to meet her and after I learnt she wrote two books, I was intrigued and read them straight away. This book is part travelogue, part journal of Lucy's exploration of both India and herself. Lucy is insightful, knows how to laugh at herself and conveys humor in a relatable way. My only disappointment in this book is that Luc ...more
As soon as I finished this book I went to yoga class! I hadn't been in about 2 months but I felt I couldn't wait to get back. So much joy in being back on my mat!
Yes, I love yoga!
I thought the book was OK; I have never wanted to go to India and still don't. I am not looking for spiritual enlightenment. I am seeking a quieter mind and a fit body (to the degree that a 56 year old with scoliosis and disc deterioration can be fit - bring on the pensioner's yoga!)
Lucy Edge is looking for spiritual e
Angela Risner
Jun 04, 2012 Angela Risner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First of all, I just have to tell you how much I love Lucy Edge in general. I was so disappointed that the book was not available on Kindle. I emailed her (and I know several others did as well) and asked her if I could purchase the manuscript, which I could then format as a PDF and send it into my Kindle.

She talked to her publisher, who assured her that it would be out of Kindle eventually. However, she decided that it would be better for her to go ahead and publish it herself on Amazon. And sh
Neha Oberoi
Jul 09, 2013 Neha Oberoi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was such a disappointment. I imagine myself to be on the beginning of a spiritual journey myself with yoga. Having started with Sivananda and finding the traces of it in this book intrigued me.. However, this book came across more like a woman running around like a headless chicken in the search of enlightenment and all the promises of humour....nauh. They're more misgivings about her ability to reach an enlightened plane.

Of course I connected with her ramblings on her chitta vridhis a
Jul 18, 2010 Kate rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
ok ish but boy does she whinge. hope she is happier now. I picked up some wisdom along the way. The book would benefit from including a map of her various stops.
Apr 10, 2011 Pooja rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun book; travelogue + tiny smattering of chicklit, funny. Read it in a matter of hours, easy easy read.
Sep 21, 2011 Antiloquax rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: yoga
This is an excellent book for anyone interested in Yoga. Lucy Edge describes her travels in search of the best Yoga ashrams in India with sensitivity and impressive knowledge. It is also very funny and has romance, too. An perfect book to stoke the fires of your love for Yoga. The meeting with Mr. Iyengar was amazing! I love his books and it was fascinating to read this description of him. The book also encouraged me to read more about Yoga - for instance The Life Of Paramahansa Yoganada: The Ea ...more
May 05, 2011 Anji rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I dont really know what I expected from this book. And so I don't really know why I was disappointed. What I didn't expect was it to be 'Eat Pray Love' meets 'Confessions of a Shopaholic'.

I know, I know - the title should have tipped me off.

I think she acurately sums it up in the quote:

"My life in India had been a mass of contradictions; one minute I was beyond materialism and sleeping on an inch-thick mattress, the next I was dropping 130 pounds in Amethyst. One minute I was sipping coconut jui
I read this book, appropriately enough, while in India. It was a fun book -- the author's sense of humor is great, and her descriptions of the stereotypical "serious" yoga practitioners was hilarious. The book was also a good travelogue, and since I was experiencing India while I was reading it, I identified with a lot of it (like the rickshaw drivers -- yikes!)

I thought the story dragged a little towards the end, but that might have just been the jet-lag talking. All in all, a satisfying read i
Jun 02, 2015 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well unfortunately I left this book out in the rain before I finished (I was only about 50 pages from the end) Also sorry Meg, I will buy you another copy. This is why you should never lend me your books
May 12, 2013 Alyson rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I remain intrigued by this book. Its cover implies 'chick lit', yet it's a non-fiction travelogue, describing a 20-something woman's search to become a yoga goddess in India. At times she portrays herself as shallow, materialistic and in need of stimulating substances to enjoy herself (and she remains obsessed with alcohol, shopping and needing to find a man even by the end of the book), but then at other places in the book she offers insight into the complex mysteries of the wider context of yo ...more
Nov 14, 2009 E rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I decided to read this book because the library I work at put in a bid to have the author, Lucy Edge, come and give a reading. Based on the cover, I expected to loathe the book, but after viewing a few preview pages online, I found myself curious to read more.

Luckily, the content of the book is superior to its horrible cover. It helps that it's only about 15% chick lit, 85% travelogue--which seems to play to the advantages of both genres. Edge's smart, funny, and down-to-Earth style of writing i
Bhargavi Balachandran
The pink coloured cover of this book with a picture of a woman in spaghetti top,stilettos and yoga pants sitting in a yoga pose clutching a handbag somehow almost screams "Don't take me seriously!."But Lucy Edge's travel memoir is not as flippant as you would think it would be.Lucy,a disenchanted Londoner,who works for a huge ad agency is tired of coming up with ideas to sell margarine.She decides to travel to India in search of enlightenment and a perfect headstand.I know what you are thinking. ...more
chris tervit
Got as far as page 120 of ~320. Dont think I'll get back to finish it now!
Came recommended from a yoga teacher (Iona) in Edinburgh who kindly gave Chloe & I individual work out programmes and tried to keep us warm in a cold church hall when there was heaps of snow ootside! Neither of us have since done our homework!
This purchase came on the back of my idea to go to an Ashram in India after I read 'Eat, Love Pray' and watched the naff but fun film staring Julia Roberts (I know!)... I've sinc
Jessica Marie
May 25, 2014 Jessica Marie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Okay read. I read it after reading Yoga Bitch, which I enjoyed, and wanted to find something similar. I felt that I could related to some of Edge's insecurities about yoga but some of her descriptions about people or India felt a little forced and too superficial. Holy Cow! by Sarah McDonald is much more accurate (I even found myself laughing out loud).

I did learn more about yoga from Edge though and it piqued my interest to keep learning more.
This has a bit more substance than the chick lit-esq title and design would lead you to believe. Yes there's frivolity, wine and crushes on unsuitable boys but also an interesting exploration of the eight limbs, the yoga sutras and ashram life.

I have to agree with Edge's inner guru though. Life is a delicate balancing act, Vata (or in my case Pitta) calming tea and tree pose, bottles of wine and falling over. And keeping those kleshas under control.
Actually a very clear (and funny and poignant) description of her exploration of all the vastly different styles of yoga one can find in India. As a yoga teacher-in-training, I found it really helpful to clarify in my mind the differences between the schools of thought. And as a yogini, I just enjoyed the adventure and personal journey she takes in her practice.
Apr 16, 2011 Michelle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: yoga-memoir
I really wanted to like this, but this yoga memoir couldn't decide what it wanted to be. It started off light, almost silly, and I was hesitant as I continued reading, but it did get better. The author continues to stay light and observational, which was entertaining. However, once she becomes more serious about her experiences in India, the last 25% or so of the book became more cumbersome and difficult to read - it was less interesting. It's just a mish mash of things. Plus, she references peo ...more
Christy Jarrett
Nov 05, 2014 Christy Jarrett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the honesty of our very human travel guide in this book. Sometimes she just wants to drink and shop, at others she is genuinely searching for spiritual growth. Sometimes all she wants is physical fitness and a boyfriend, at others the desire is to attain spiritual enlightenment.
May 15, 2015 Judith rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The first chapter is hilarious. The rest of the first half is disappointing, with a vain, self-absorbed narrator. The second half is a bit better. Two-and-a-half stars.

The first time I read this book, I was looking for the next 'Eat, pray, love'. This book starts out with brilliant satire on typical young "I will kick your ass on the yoga mat" people, that see yoga practice as some kind of tournament. But after the first chapter, Lucy Edge starts to write in a style that other reviewers have cal
Jan 14, 2015 Tricia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
50 pages into the book and I still don't have a clue what she is going on and on about. Aborted the story. Bleech.
Shannon Kelly
Jan 18, 2009 Shannon Kelly rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't even bring myself to finish this book. I thought I'd like it, as I'm interested in India and I loved Holy Cow! by Sarah Macdonald, but it just became really hard work about halfway through. I enjoyed the first third, but she gets way too technical about all of the yoga terms she knows and seems to lose sight of the beauty of the journey. She wanted to get away from the hustle and bustle of her advertising job London, but it seems she just found another place to be uptight about a diff ...more
Feb 04, 2015 Catherine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love her sense of humor and facility for yoga -ese.
Mar 06, 2014 Gem rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great book for any Yogi
Feb 22, 2015 Thua rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mielenkiintoinen kirja joogakokeiluista ja miehen (ja ylipäätään seuran) etsimisestä Intiassa. Opin paljon ja sain joitakin oikein hyviä oivalluksia kirjaa lukiessani. Kärsimättömän ja ylienergisen päähenkilön pään seinään hakkaaminen ärsytti, mutta onneksi loppulehdillä viimein helpotti, kun päähenkilö huomaa, mistä kenkä puristaa...Plussaa selkeästä joogasanastosta kirjan lopussa. Kieli oli huolimatonta ja viimeistelemätöntä, mikä toisaalta sai tekstin tuntumaan mukavalta puheenomaiselta jutus ...more
Amber Polo
Nov 01, 2011 Amber Polo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: yoga
This book is worth reading for the ashram Christmas pageant chapter and the author's experiences with tantric yoga. There is humor and lots of local Indian color and yoga history mixed in. As a memoir, I never connected to the author and wasn't clear in the beginning why she began her travels or search, how she planned her itinerary, or its length. Most enjoyable for yogis who already have been to India. The title doesn't fit the book because she never intended to stay at any one school.
Apr 01, 2013 Zazie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
demonstrates how some human beings do not have the ability to expand their consciousness to see yoga in its most authentic form. Even voyaging to India, some return to their homeland still shopping around in search of yoga. Perhaps it is not your life, Lucy Edge, to understand the power of yoga or of a spiritual sadhana. Dropout indeed, but props to confessing the truth of your inability to understand things greater than cappuccinos and designer clothing. All the best towards your next life.
Aug 25, 2014 Kim rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It read like a yoga travel journal. Not at all what I expected. Very little about yoga, more about the many many people she can into contact with, shopping for saris, drinking and doing yoga hung over. I would not recommend this book to anyone really interested in learning about yoga.
Jan 28, 2013 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't expect to enjoy this book as much as I did. I may have been liberal with an extra star because my expectations were so low. But the title misled me. It's not goofy chick lit the way it looks like it would be. I don't think I'd have liked it as much if I didn't experience similar things traveling in India or if I didn't know the yoga philosophies she breezes through. Although there are better yoga books and better India travel narratives, this was fun for a weekend book.
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I worked in advertising for more than fifteen years; spending my days debating whether the Jolly Green Giant should extend his vocabulary beyond ‘ho, ho, ho’ and my evenings in front of the telly eating Marks & Spencer ready meals for one. One day I decided to give it all up in favour of a quest for life’s deeper meaning in the yoga schools of India. I would become a yoga goddess with zero bod ...more
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