Yoga’s restorative power is revealed in this “uplifting” memoir about finding “an oasis of peace in the midst of crises large and small” (Publishers Weekly).
At the age of fifty, author, parenting expert, and Huffington Post blogger Kathryn E. Livingston thought everything in her life would click into place. Instead, she felt like she was falling apart. She was consumed by panic and anxiety, neglecting her body, always expecting the worst. Until her discovery of yoga helped her find peace.
This is a memoir about two transformative years in Kathryn’s life, an account of her relationship with a compassionate teacher who taught her to trust herself and the universe, even while facing the death of her parents, her children leaving home for college, and breast cancer. It’s about recognizing the mind-body connection and finding the way back to mental and physical health. The story of how yoga weaves its magic throughout a woman’s life, yoga aficionados and beginners alike, as well as anyone who has ever faced tragedy head on, will benefit from Kathryn’s journey.
Above all, Yin, Yang, Yogini is a memoir about reinvention, with yoga as the backdrop for change—a blueprint for evolving in midlife and in midstride, learning to let go of the past, and living with trust in the present moment.
At age 50, parenting writer Livingston experienced a meltdown after an onslaught of real and imagined fears that ranged from airplane hijackings and car crashes to killer bees and botulism. Terrified of death (she "banned the d' word" from her marriage ceremony) and by nature a skeptic, Livingston reluctantly tries yoga on the advice of a therapist. Her memoir recounts how the practice transformed her perspective, her body, and her experience of breast cancer, which she was diagnosed with during her second year as a yoga student. Initially stymied by the many paradoxes contained in yoga philosophy and intimidated by the young, svelte, perfectly clad women she meets in yoga classes, she soon cultivates her self-confidence, finds inspiring teachers, and perceives serendipitous gifts of love and friendship by learning to live gratefully in the present moment. Livingston offers candid opinions on a gamut of subjects marriage and motherhood, politics and religion, haircuts and health-food stores along with equal doses of humor and hard-won wisdom. Her uplifting story will remind readers that, while life will never be perfect, one can create an oasis of peace in the midst of crises large and small.