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Yin, Yang, Yogini: A Woman's Quest for Balance, Strength and Inner Peace

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Yin Yang Yoginiis a memoir about transformation, with yoga as the backdrop for change—a story of how one can evolve in midlife and in midstride, of how one can learn to let go of the past, let go of fear, and live with trust in the present moment.

This is a memoir about a transformational two years of Kathryn E. Livingston’s life, a time in which she learned to trust
Kindle Edition, 326 pages
Published July 1st 2014 by Open Road Media (first published September 27th 2013)
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Nov 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the best books I've ever read.
To sum it up in one sentence: if you liked Eat, Pray, Love then you will love this book.

The title says it all: a woman's quest for Balance, Strength and Inner Peace. But it's so much more. From the first page I felt a connection to Kathryn, it was as if she was describing me. I just started yoga classes so I could identify with Kathryn at the beginning of her journey. My hope is to find the Balance, Strength and Inner Peace that she did.
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Dec 31, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book free through the Goodreads First Reads. I was quickly drawn into Kathryn E. Livingston's memoir, perhaps because she seems very like me. The author describes how her life was ruled by her fears and her sorrows, but she isn't having a pity party. Her therapist recommended she try yoga as a way to find peace in her life., and she reluctantly decided to give it a try. The book describes her two year journey and is divided into two parts. The first part describes her discovery ...more
Feb 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My own yoga practice has been re inspired after reading Livingston's book. I truly believe there are no accidents. The timing in which I requested, received, and read this book reaffirms the path of my own personal journey.
Heidi The Reader
I received a free copy of this book through Goodreads First Reads. FTC guidelines: check!

Kathryn is a mother, a wife, a daughter (whose mother just died), and a neurotic mess. She can't lose weight, quit drinking, or deal with stress in her day-to-day life. A therapist suggests mood altering medication or yoga. Frightened by the potential side effects of the medicine, she chooses yoga. This is her story of inner and outer change.

I imagine that a memoir like this would be very difficult to write
Jan 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who love memoirs
I was not sure what to expect when I bought this ebook on Amazon. My brother-in-law had recommended a book by the Dalai Lama. On the same Amazon page was this book and on a lark I decided to purchase it as well. I have never had much interest in yoga and have never taken a class. Recently, though, my massage therapist has been telling me about how she is becoming a yoga instructor.

Initially as I was reading, the book did not appeal to me because Livingston seemed to be afraid of everything. Her
Belinda Reed
Aug 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book. I do not practice yoga, have always been interested, just never took the leap. But this book is about so much more than yoga, It is about the life struggles we all deal with, as women, as human beings, it is about cancer, friendship, getting older, life. I love the way the author writes and pulls you into the story so that you feel you know her, know her friends and family. I was so sad when the book was over. I found myself reading very slowly, a few pages at a ...more
Pam Thomas
Apr 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: yin-yan-yogini
Author write in the now and actually likes her own skin and who she is in life. This book is about taking an enlightening journey of finding yourself and changing your imperfections as you see it and then living the way you want to live.

I found this book humorous, funny and a absolute dream to read. The book speaks to women, picks a fight with death and comes through with all flags flying, experiencing panic, anxiety attacks and then a enlightening transformation.
Words cannot express what this
Jan 06, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This writer's style is very informal...almost read like a YA book. I expect more sophistication out of a professional writer with decades of experience. The content was a little dull for me, but it's probably a good book for beginning yoginis. She gives the reader a good sense of what it's like to begin practicing and attending yoga classes for the first time.
The author has some similar neurotic thoughts as me, so I found this book to be comforting. It also inspired me to start going to yoga classes on a regular basis again. That is something I had done in the past (and know the benefits) but have gotten away from.
I really enjoyed this book in the beginning, but then it got bogged down in, "today at yoga we did this."
May 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have practiced yoga for about 13 or 14 years. It was something I always wanted to do but living in a small mountain area town it was difficult to find let alone attend a class. Yeah for CD's and then Internet and YouTube. I remember my first years practicing and how I could not get enough. I have noticed in the past few years that some, no a lot, of my practice had become stale. I found a few new websites to practice but once I had made the circuit of those I was bored again. I "found" this ...more
Amy Gillock
Jul 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent read, very raw and intimate sharing of her life and struggles.
Mary Lee
Nov 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
Very slow and self-centered.
Sharon Heaverly Machuga French
I got this book free from Goodreads FirstReads.
To begin with, I really don't like to give a negative review for a memoir. I know that the author is attempting to tell their personal story and I think that, in itself, is remarkable. The book started out very interesting to me but then I lost interest and I couldn't quite understand why.

This book is written over the course of two years with each chapter being a month of that span of time. Kathryn Livingston tells of her stress and struggle of
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Feb 28, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
**I won this book on a Goodreads giveaway.**

This book was an okay read for me. This one is a difficult one to rate because I think that some people would really get something out of this read. Right now, there was a lot that I couldn't relate to.

The book follows Kathryn's yoga journey over two years. Every chapter is a different month. It felt like I was reading monthly blog posts. The book felt like a compilation of blog posts. This isn't a style I particularly enjoy in a full length book. On
Jun 02, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Kathryn Livingston was always a worrier, but it's gotten worse for her since her mother died. Her mother was a worrier too and they worried about everything together. When one of her sons signs up for a month-long class in Europe she really starts to freak out about him being on the plane and so far from home for a month. She starts seeing a therapist to deal with her anxieties and they suggest she try yoga before going on medication to calm down. The book chronicles her first 2 years of ...more
Apr 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love a good memoir, and I was pulled into Yin Yang Yogini from the get-go. The author and I are the same age and like her, I started practicing yoga after age 50, so progressing through the book was a personal experience as I recognized how our lives overlapped. I have seen comparisons to Eat,Pray,Love but I was delighted that I did not find Livingston's writing to be as self-absorbed and whiney as Gilbert's approach (I recognize that I am one of the few women on earth who hated that book!). ...more
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I so liked the idea of a memoir about adopting yoga later in life. I've practiced off and on for years, but only recently find myself really committed. I was hoping to find someone in a similar place. Unfortunately the writing style really put me off, and I found myself wishing it to be over so I could read something better crafted. As I neared the end, I looked at some reviews to see if I was alone in my criticism. One person described it as something like young adult
Miz Lizzie
My favorite yoga memoir so far. Kathryn's transformation from obsessive worrier to calm, accepting yogini is shown clearly and believably. Written in the present tense with such emotional clarity, it often feels as though one is reading a well-crafted personal journal. The twist in this memoir is that half-way through, when Kathryn has already found some inner peace through her regular yoga practice, she is truly tested with a diagnosis of breast cancer. An inspiring true tale of transformation. ...more
Jan 09, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs, nonfiction
First, looking at the author's picture she looks nowhere near 50.
The prose of her journey is lovely. Her story reads like a work of fiction with lush metaphors and similes about her how life fell apart and she put it back together with this spiritual practice. One complaint, as she's going through trials she's constantly reminding the reader about the how life changing the experience will become. It become a bit much telling as I wanted to see the show play out and learn the lesson along with
Apr 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As someone who practices yoga I was very interested in this book but found out that it was so much more then just about that. It was about the life struggles we as women all have to deal with. It was about cancer, friendship, getting older, life. I love how it felt like the author and I were sitting on my couch having a nice talk about things going on in our life. It made me feel like I knew her, knew her friends and family.
I love eat pray love and this book has a similar style. The author is very descriptive and the plot is very interesting! My only issue was that I did not really relate to the character. I enjoy yoga on occasion but am not an avid participant. I am also in my twenties and don't find the main character very relatable. Since it is now part of my collection of books I will pick it up again when I am older ;]
Linda Scherr
Jan 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I too started yoga later in life and found this book compelling and personal on many levels... I related to so much of her journey that I wanted to sit down and have coffee (or herbal tea!) with the author... her writing is honest and generous and funny and I am now passing it around to my friends... a little treasure!
Oct 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There were some really beautiful passages in this book that I wanted to read aloud just to savor their tone. This author is very talented with her word usage and character development. I was easily able to visualize her life through this memoir. I would like to listen to this as an audiobook with the author as the speaker.
Jan 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
It was an honest look at the issues like parenting, marriage, friendship, facing fears and change in life, and how yoga had a profound inpact on her life. I don't necessary find myself connecting or agreeing with everything she said. But it is her journey and I enjoyed my time reading it and her willingness to share.
Jennifer Oberg
Mar 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
The extraordinary gift of an ordinary life

Well written. Personal. A truly beautiful story. A testimony to the wonders of learning to appreciate whatever moment you find yourself in. Exactly the book I needed to read, exactly when I needed to read it.
Cora Morgan
3.5 stars. I loved how she described how yoga changed every part of her life and made her life so much better. This is how I feel about yoga as well, but I'm always unable to put it into words.

The rest of the storyline, I felt, was okay. It didn't hold my interest as much.
Jan 21, 2016 marked it as to-read
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Brenda Kahn
While I appreciate the author's journey, I found the writing to be a bit repetitive.
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Kathryn has been writing about motherhood and parenting issues for 30 years; now she's turned her pen to yoga and how it transformed her life. Yin, Yang, Yogini: A Woman's Quest for Balance, Strength & Inner Peace is the story of how one can change in mid-life and mid-stride, of how one can let go of fear and live in the present moment. It's about finding courage, strength and happiness ...more
“…When you’re in the darkness, know that the light will come. We are light and dark, sun and moon, male and female, yin and yang; life is composed of opposites, in a continuing cycle of change…. When you are in the light, don’t step back into the darkness. Live in that light, and breathe it in fully. I’ve spent so much of my life going over and over the sadness and fear of the past. But we don’t need to go there when we’re not there. When we are in the light, be here, now.” 6 likes
“It’s not just about recognizing how ‘precious’ every moment is, or about ‘living for today.’ It’s about finding the sacred center of now, and living there, moment to moment, always.” 5 likes
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