The Yoga of Food: Wellness from the Inside Out

Melissa Grabau. Llewellyn, $16.99 trade paper (264p) ISBN 978-0-7387-4015-7
Psychologist Grabau, who has battled eating disorders, uses the tenets of yoga to help readers develop a healthier relationship with food and their bodies. The book includes her experiences, anecdotes from her clients, and quotes from yoga master B.K.S. Iyengar. Although Grabau is trained as a yoga teacher, readers will find neither asana instruction nor recipes here, though she encourages readers to move from a “SAD” (standard American diet) to an alkalizing diet with more fiber, veggies, and complex carbs (she calls it “GLAD”—guzzling lettuce, arugula, and dates). Grabau wants readers to relate to food in a conscious, loving, and mindful manner. She lucidly explains why change is so difficult, using the yogic concept of “samskaras” (patterns or habits) that are deeply ingrained. Grabau shows readers how to become aware of these patterns and gradually work toward change, all the while treating the body with kindness. She encourages readers to put food “in its rightful place” instead of relying on it to soothe anger, sadness, or stress. Though based on ancient philosophy, this thoughtful text offers an innovative approach to weight management and health. Agent: Melissa Flashman, Trident Media Group. (June)
Reviewed on: 04/21/2014
Release date: 06/01/2014
Genre: Nonfiction
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