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Les Chroniques de Lady Yoga

3.2 of 5 stars 3.20  ·  rating details  ·  941 ratings  ·  211 reviews
Au studio de yoga de Lee, on apprend à lâcher prise. Un art qui ouvre de nouvelles perspectives à Katherine, masseuse et ex-junkie ; Imani, star de télé dépressive ; Stephanie, agent à Hollywood un peu paumée; et Graciela, danseuse abîmée guettant le casting. Mais lorsque Lee se voit offrir l'opportunité d'un mirifique contrat avec YogaHappens, le véritable Starbucks du yo ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 334 pages
Published June 16th 2012 by 10/18 (first published October 26th 2010)
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Clare
I really enjoyed this novel, a great diversion, pretty light, but not overly so. There's one passage that I carried with me, where Lee begins a yoga session with this meditation:

"Let's start seated," she says, "eyes closed. This class has been described as a journey. But before we embark, how about doing a little UNpacking? Your expectations, your desire to do ten sun salutations, your plans for later in the day, the argument you had this morning, your safety net. Leave them all behind. Start of
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Molly
I gave this two stars because I was hoping this would be really good brain candy. Instead it was more like a sour patch kid for my brain - it started off nice and sweet and like it was going to be really good. However, as I read more and more and none of the characters ever really got developed - the just did stuff - and the ones that the author did try to develop fell flat - I find myself wondering why I was reading the book at all. I have taken several yoga classes in my life and most of the t ...more
Kayla
This was a quick, summer read with characters in need of more depthful interaction with one another. My favorite character did not even do yoga and I think I liked him because his Boston accent was featured (reminds me of my buddy from Waltham).

I did enjoy the description of the yoga poses and the sleazy corporate owners, trying to buy out the smaller studios. Maybe a 2.5, when all is said and done.
Karen
Don't expect anything deep from this book about a group of women who frequent the same yoga studio and who are dealing with different challenges in their lives. Although the story has a yoga theme running through it, it's light on spirituality and full of characters who are flat, cliched and pretentious. There are also way too many characters -- the chapters alternate among 5 central characters; two or three of whom are maybe given a little more attention. The book would have been better if the ...more
Stephanie
Tales from the Yoga Studio installed two desires in me. 1) Must learn yoga. 2) Move to a quaint retro southern Californian town. Tranquility is a theme throughout this book, even during the poignant pieces. The very descriptions Rain Mitchell uses make you feel as if you right there in the scene, seeing, feeling, and experiencing everything the characters do. Both yoga fanatics and those who have never tried a downward dog in their lives will appreciate the way in which yoga and zen is woven int ...more
Keisha
The book is part “yoga is awesome” and part study of how complicated our lives become when we don’t follow our instincts. It follows the lives of five very different women: Lee, the studio owner; Katherine, an ex-junkie turned massage therapist; Graciela, an injured dancer trying to make her big break; Imani, a successful actress trying to hide from herself; and Stephanie, a talented screenwriter who is one more rejection from giving up. The only thing they have in common is yoga and Lee’s passi ...more
Cheryl
Lee is the owner of Edendale Yoga studio. Lately, her perfect life is quickly going downhill. Her husband, Alan moved out a few weeks ago. As if that was not bad enough, Lee is having money issues and had to make a decision about the future of Edendale. With some new clients, Lee decides to focus what she does best…teaching yoga and help others discover their full potential. Lee helps Katherine, her friend and masseuse, Graciela, a dancer, Imani, a famous actress and Stephanie, a screenwriter.

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Karielle
Blurb: The yoga studio is where daily cares are set aside, mats are unfurled, and physical exertion leads to well-being, renewal, and friendship.
In Los Angeles, yoga teachers have become celebrities and designer tank tops can cost a small fortune. Still, many students flock to the relatively unglamorous Edendale Yoga in the hip, out-of-the-way Silver Lake neighborhood. It's here where Lee uses her extraordinary teaching skills and unusual empathy to help students gain control of their bodies an
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BooksAndTea
A chick-lit novel that centers around a yoga studio. Overall it started off well, but quickly deteriorated into cliches--the married couple with troubles. The former drug addict trying to move forward. A woman who seems to have it all but has to overcome an awful loss. Blah blah blah blah blah.

Initially engaging, after a while I found I couldn't really care about the characters and had trouble keeping them apart. My paperback version had a helpful guide to the four main characters, but even when
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Courtney
ARGH!! I am *so* disappointed. I had this book on my To Read list for ages and finally took it out from the library. I really wanted it to be beautiful and spiritually calming and introspective.

It was crap.

Well, at least the first few chapters were. That's as far as I made it. The moment the "actress" character ran into another actress friend...the description of whom just SCREAMED Jennifer Aniston (famous hair, "America's sweetheart", sitcom start called "Neighbors" or some tripe like that)...
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Laura
The book is two stars. But picking it up, you know you are in for chick-lit reading. For me, that lowers my expectations and allows this book to receive three stars.

The book does a good job of describing how people compare themselves to others and in the process judge or accept themselves and others.

The main character - the yoga instructor - has an impending crisis. And it's saved for the very end. I wish it came a little earlier and allowed for a little more in depth look into that resolution.
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Kirsten
I'm giving this four stars on the back of the fact that I'll be looking out for the sequel. Hence, despite its flaws, I have to recognise this as a great read - great in the indulgent/really enjoyable sense as opposed to great in the literature/book club sense. It kind of reminds me of a tv show I'm enjoying - Winners and Losers - warm relationships between women. The thing that did annoy me, and pushes it more into the 3 star category is the fact that almost all the male characters are stereoty ...more
Iira
Joogasta ei ole kirjoitettu paljoakaan romaaneja, muttei se tee tästä teoksesta suurta riemuvoittoa ja uutta aluevaltausta. Joogaa ei ole pakotettu mukaan tarinaan, mutta jotain tästä silti puuttuu. Jatkuvat populaarikulttuuriviittaukset (Eat Pray Love, Zooey Deschanel, Diablo Cody, Starbucks, Kathryn Bigelow jne.) ärsyttivät, mutta joogaviittaukset tuntuivat yllättävän tutuilta ja sujuvilta.

Juoni oli ennalta-arvattavaa perushöttöä, eikä kehenkään henkilöistä pystynyt samaistumaan. Los Angelesi
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Ayya
I am not going to rate this because if it were possible I would have given it a negative five. This book was very boring. I wasted precious weeks of my limited time on earth trying to like this story and I couldn't. I read it back in 2012 and absolutely can't recall a single thing about the book. I don't remember the story and I don't remember the names of the characters. The only reason I bought this book was because I was starting to do yoga at the time. I really don't recommend it. Life is to ...more
Jayme
I hated this book, struggled to get through it. I found most of the characters poorly fleshed-out and shallow - almost like cardboard cutouts instead of people. The plot was meandering and inane, plus the backdrop was unrealistic (coming from the standpoint of someone who is in the yoga biz professionally). I'm glad I didn't pay good money for the book. It was a review copy, but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.
Elijay
I think that this book really focuses on how comercial yoga is becoming, without taking away the element of what yoga is about.
Miss Dior
Aivot narikkaan -hömppää, ilman minkäänlaista sisältöä tai sanomaa. Tietenkin kirjassa on paljon joogan kautta ammennettua viisautta ja syvällistä sanomaa, mutta kokonaisuus jää vaillinaiseksi. Aivan kivasti tuotu monta erilaista hahmoa eri taustoista. Lopulta hahmot kuitenkaan eivät pääse täysilä edustamaan. Tämä harmittaa useinkin kirjoissa, joissa kappaleittain seurataan eri henkilöhahmoa. Otin luettavakseni samalla myös jatko-osan, mutta taidankin jättää sen ainakin toistaiseksi lukematta. E ...more
Toni
It's surprising that, with the popularity of yoga in the last few years, there aren't more novels about it. So, I was happy to pick up a copy of Tales from the Yoga Studio.

Set in the trendy neighborhood of Silver Lake in Los Angeles, this book follows the women's fiction formula of focusing on five characters (it's usually three or four), their striking differences, and the one thing that unites them (in this case, yoga).

Lee is the owner of Edendale Yoga and serves as the rock for this small co
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Angela
Tales from the Yoga Studio is the beginning of a series and it feels it. The book reads like an introduction to all the characters that the reader will interact with later on. While each of the women is caught up in her own story, and we do need to understand that back story, there was not as much interaction between the women as I was expecting. I had the impression that deep friendships would form but so much of the interaction felt at a surface level, even with all the emotion rolling around ...more
Melissa
I've just recently started taking yoga classes. And let's just say that I am not a natural. It's all I can do to try to touch my toes. But I enjoy striving to become better at it and figured reading a book might increase my enjoyment. And this book wasn't too bad. I'd probably give it about 3.5 stars. There was definite room for improvement, but it did keep my attention.

Lee owns a small independent yoga studio where she is the main teacher. There are other classes of course, but between herself,
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Andrea
A very readable and engaging chick lit story about four young women in LA. They are connected via classes at a cute little yoga studio in Silverlake, which is owned by one of the women, Lee, and her handsome-but-arrogant musician husband, Alan. The yoga studio is threatened with a corporate takeover by the conglomerate YogaHappens, a not very subtle swipe at the real-life chain YogaWorks, while the four women stumble through life's ups and downs, trying to succeed in their personal and professio ...more
Ingrid
Shortly after finishing this book I read a review of it in Yoga Journal magazine, December 2010 issue. Their review names this as one book in a new trend of chick-lit drawing on yoga. I enjoyed the yoga content but had hoped for a meatier novel. The detail about poses and what goes on in a yoga studio felt true to life, however I cannot comment on the L.A. experience. The author creates an ensemble cast, trying to give enough depth to each character to draw the reader in, but I feel that this ty ...more
Leah
Considering how popular yoga is these days, I’m somewhat surprised to find that in all of the 650+ books I’ve read, this is the first novel I’ve read dedicated to yoga. You’d have thought more authors would have jumped on the bandwagon, though I’m glad they haven’t. Tales From The Yoga Studio is Rain Mitchell’s debut novel and is the start of a new series all about 5 friends who are brought together by their love of yoga. There’s Lee, who owns Edendale; Katherine, the masseuse at Edendale; and G ...more
Samantha Janning
Tales From the Yoga Studio by Rain Mitchell is a charismatic novel about a group woman struggling in different aspects of their lives. Lee, the owner and instructor of a yoga studio, is having money and marriage troubles. Her husband Alan recently moved out of their home, but Lee is determined to make it worth with him. Katherine, who works as a masseuse at Lee’s studio, is a recovering addict who stumbles into what may be love, but she doesn’t feel worthy of receiving it. Graciela is a dancer w ...more
Reads4Pleasure
The women that visit Edendale Yoga do so because there's something about medical student turned yoga instructor Lee. Somehow she intuitively knows what each person in her class needs, even if she's unsure of what she needs herself. Through Tales from the Yoga Studio debut author Rain Mitchell introduces us to every day women from all paths of life who may have never met had it not been for yoga.

A recovering addict with an unstable path, masseuse Katherine has enjoyed her time working at Edendale
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Literary
Cover

The cover promotes a sense of peacefulness, friendship and a oneness with others. I was automatically drawn to this cover when I first received the book and am still drawn to this cover.

Plot

We're all familiar with story lines where there is unity among a group of women (i.e. Sex & the City, Waiting to Exhale, Steel Magnolias), which was portrayed throughout this book. Though their stories were interwoven, you got a feel for them outside of the group as well. You understood what brought
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Birgit
'Tales from the yoga studio' is a typical example of chick lit. The story tells about different people who have something a common, which is the yoga studio of Lee. Lee has her own yoga studio and teaches yoga to everyone who wants to learn it. Lee has two children together with Alan, but their relationship isn't going very well. Alan has decided to live a few weeks somewhere else, with a friend to work on his music, but Lee knows it doesn't go that well between them both. When she gets an offer ...more
Tami
Lee`s yoga studio is a mecca where yoga is practiced and lifelong friendships are nurtured. It is here that Katherine found her balance and changed her life. Once lost and constantly sabotaging herself, she sometimes still struggles to be the woman she knows she is. Graciela is a dancer. She came to the studio hoping to heal an injury that could destroy her career. Imani is grieving for her lost unborn child and has all but giving up on life.

Lee loves her work and the people who really are more
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Jeanine
May 19, 2011 Jeanine rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
Recommended to Jeanine by: No one. Saw and Borders. The title was calling me!
It was a good fun light read. I would read it again.

From Booklist
“It’s all show biz,” advises a yoga aficionado’s husband in this engrossing chick-lit tale about an independent L.A. yoga studio and its core community of faithful clients. Owner and veteran instructor Lee knows that selling her studio to a Los Angeles chain, YogaHappens, means she can still teach there, albeit while obeying the corporation. But her stage fright during YogaHappens’ teaching audition suggests deeper fears. Will comm
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Michelle
I rarely read fiction anymore, but because I enjoy yoga so much and have found wonderful friends through my yoga practice, I was interested in this book.

I loved it. Granted, it's not great literature, but it's an interesting read that kept me up way past my bedtime on several weeknights when I should have turned the light out at least an hour earlier.

The characters are interesting, with some of them being more interesting than others. It's obvious that the author practices yoga and has an under
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