Book Review: Tales from the Yoga Studio – Rain Mitchell

Title: Tales from the Yoga Studio
Author: Rain Mitchell
ISBN: 9780452296916
Pages: 288
Release Date: December 28, 2010
Publisher: Plume
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Source: Publisher
Rating: 4 out of 5

Summary:

Lee loves teaching yoga and adores having her own yoga studio where she can really connect with her students.  But it’s becoming tougher to make ends meet, and her husband has moved out on her, saying he needs some time and space.  When Lee receives an offer from a larger chain yoga center, it is very tempting.  As Lee considers their offer, she begins to realize how much her students rely on her, and how much she needs them.

Review:

Tales from the Yoga Studio is the first book in a projected series revolving around Lee and her yoga studio.  It’s actually the story of a group of friends, not just Lee.  There’s Katherine, a masseuse who works at Lee’s studio, and Imani, an actress trying to heal.  There’s Stephanie, a Hollywood agent, and Graciela, a dancer hoping to book a spot in a new hit video.  These women come together because of yoga and all their lives are affected by it.

This book gets off to a slow start, as Mitchell carefully establishes each of the characters.  The action doesn’t really start to happen until the middle of the book; as a result, the novel is mostly character driven.  Mitchell does a great job making the reader care about most of the characters, especially Lee and Katherine, but all of them aren’t fully fleshed out.  Presumably, the author will take time to do this in subsequent books.

Yoga is a fun centerpiece for this novel, and if you have ever taken yoga, you’ll recognize a lot of the references in this novel.  There have been women’s fiction novels centered around knitting, around quilting, around all sorts of hobbies – why not yoga?  While the practice certainly turns some of their lives around, it’s really the friendships and confidences that have the greatest impact on these women.

Tales from the Yoga Studio is a fun, easy read.  It’s a little sketchy on some of the development, but knowing it’s the first in a series makes that more understandable.  I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for the second book in the series, as I did enjoy getting to know these women.

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Comments

  1. I like the idea that Yoga (I almost typed Yoda!) is what brings these women together. After taking years of dance, I know how those kind of relationships can develop.

  2. I like the idea that Yoga (I almost typed Yoda!) is what brings these women together. After taking years of dance, I know how those kind of relationships can develop.

  3. I love the idea of friendships around yoga, I look forward to trying this one. Wish it was a stand alone though.

  4. I love the idea of friendships around yoga, I look forward to trying this one. Wish it was a stand alone though.

  5. I love yoga and used to take a class twice a week. I think it would be really interesting to read a book centered around it. Thanks for the great review, I am going to think about grabbing this one, but will also be curious to see what you think of the next in the series.

  6. I love yoga and used to take a class twice a week. I think it would be really interesting to read a book centered around it. Thanks for the great review, I am going to think about grabbing this one, but will also be curious to see what you think of the next in the series.

  7. Is it just me, or is that the same tree from THE LIFE YOU’VE IMAGINED, just with different women?

  8. Is it just me, or is that the same tree from THE LIFE YOU’VE IMAGINED, just with different women?

  9. This sounds like fun — I love taking yoga classes and I have met some wonderful friends that way. Why not? 🙂

  10. This sounds like fun — I love taking yoga classes and I have met some wonderful friends that way. Why not? 🙂

  11. I do like reading about women’s friendships, so I’d be willing to give this one a try.

  12. I do like reading about women’s friendships, so I’d be willing to give this one a try.

  13. This past year I have really fallen in love with yoga so that aspect of this book definitely interests me. And I love books that center around the power of friendship. This sounds like a book I’d like to read sometime in the future!

  14. This past year I have really fallen in love with yoga so that aspect of this book definitely interests me. And I love books that center around the power of friendship. This sounds like a book I’d like to read sometime in the future!

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