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The Reluctant Yogi: A Quirky Guide to the Practice That Can Change Your Life

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Like many people Carla McKay thought that yoga was for health nuts only. Things changed, however, when a friend persuaded her to give it try for a laugh. She did laugh, throughout the class. But the practice was also different from what she had expected. In The Reluctant Yogi she describes how she got hooked over time, and asks experts what yoga does for us. She discovered ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published May 30th 2013 by Gibson Square Books (first published June 1st 2012)
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Jan 10, 2015 Nikki rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, health
Quirky? Not quite, I think. Overall, this came across as a relatively non-mystery-making, level headed look at practicing yoga, with a sceptical eye toward stuff like chakras and the like, but an attempt to understand the roots of the practice. There are obvious things that make the author an unusual yogi, at least: I’m pretty sure getting your fat lasered away is not something yoga really encourages. Working towards a better body, yeah; hating the one you’re in and going for drastic measures to ...more
Sian Lile-Pastore
First off, this isn't 'quirky' at all... I don't know why that word was used in the title... I thought it was going to be McKay's personal journey through yoga, but really it was a general overview with the odd snarky aside about how stupid chakra's, tarot and crystals are, and how when she goes on a retreat where the food is vegetarian, she has to sneak off to eat prawns.
also, not keen on sentences that start 'when I went on my first safari....'
A.E. Shaw
Jun 02, 2013 A.E. Shaw rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2013

Bought for pence in the vague hope that it would amuse, or inform, or, preferably, both. Alas, neither. It's only "quirky" in the sense that it's a smattering of all the things and the realisation of none of them - this does not a writing style make. There are entire sections that seem to be cut and paste from Wikipedia, and random swathes of quotations that you've probably heard before (I had, without trying at all) to illustrate one random point or another ("Yoga is getting too new-agey!" "Yog
Jan 24, 2016 Chrystyna rated it really liked it
The Reluctant Yogi: A Quirky Guide to the Practice that can change your life by Carla McKay - good

This was a nice quick read for those times when I was queing for events during the festival and needed something to dip in and out of.

The author has done her research and delivers the facts in a light and easily digestible manner. I was always a fan of yoga, so didn't need to be converted, the information in this book just re-inforced what I already thought. Yoga is good for you, there are many diff
Karen Marston
Jan 24, 2016 Karen Marston rated it it was ok
Was hoping for a memoir, especially after reading the first one or two chapters, which seemed to be heading that way. It quickly turned into a 'guide' to yoga, and not a particularly quirky one at that. Also really badly edited (if edited at all?). Appalling punctuation and grammar scattered liberally throughout. I always find it disrespectful when books aren't given a proper edit before publication. Wouldn't be surprised if it was self-published. If it's published by a proper publishing house - ...more
Jun 23, 2015 Kadri rated it it was ok
Based on the description, I thought I'd get to read about one woman's journey to discovering the essence of yoga and the challenges one faces in trying define yoga for themselves, but instead I got a rather general introduction into yoga and its origins. Which is not a bad thing, but I just felt it was a bit too all over the place and at times a bit too cynical and mocking. Lots of typos and omissions in the book as well. On the positive note, I did get to educate myself a little further on the ...more
Dec 17, 2013 Ema rated it it was ok
Unlike the author who seem to be a nice lady, the book is just plainly bad. It is a collection of wikipedia articles and random google results spiced up locally with wanna-be-witty glimpses of personal experiences. It is a wonder that this book saw the printer. A printer full of typos. Nevertheless, after being overwhelmed with the amount of information and benefits that yoga brings to your life listed like in a shopping list, you feel compelled to try it yourself. So the book reaches its ...more
Yvonne Barlow
Jun 04, 2013 Yvonne Barlow rated it it was amazing
My yoga had become lazy - I was barely stretching myself, all muscle memory rather than breathing through postures. This book brought me back to good practise by reminding me why yoga is good for you. The author is a journalist and applies her research skills to explaining the whys and how's. I thoroughly recommend this to the new and the lapsed of yoga practitioners.
Victoria Watts
Sep 05, 2013 Victoria Watts rated it liked it
I learned a fair amount reading this book, but the extreme cynicism and focus on weight-loss was off-putting. I would like to have understood the author's cynicism more instead of hear her simply write things off as 'ridiculous'.
Aug 01, 2013 Em rated it liked it
Shelves: yoga-meditation, 2013
A chatty, personal reflection upon the authors experience of yoga alongside well researched journalistic commentary.

Reads like an extended column from the Culture section - interesting and a good starting point for accessing further yoga related reading.
Feb 07, 2014 Lorraine rated it really liked it
quite a good book which was spoilt by the chapter about her undergoing a stomach reduction so she looked good on the yoga mat!
Jonathon Hagger
Nov 15, 2015 Jonathon Hagger rated it really liked it
What started as a avert light hearted read turned out to be much deeper and very good. The ending was non existent but overall an interesting read bringing new depths to my understanding of yoga.
Feb 06, 2016 Mebsie rated it really liked it
It is always good to know that you are not alone. The reluctant yogi is also very informative for those equally reluctant. I hope it reaches many people.
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