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Sunday, 20 February 2011

Poser: My Life in Twenty-Three Yoga Poses



If writing about music is like dancing about architecture, then writing about yoga might be like baking cookies about social justice, or finger painting about wealth distribution. Even talking about yoga can be offensive. As yoga proponent Elizabeth Gilbert is quoted on the back cover of Claire Dederer's new book Poser: My Life in Twenty-Three Yoga Poses, "yoga sometimes makes people talk like jerks." Gilbert goes on to thank Claire Dederer for writing the book about yoga "we all need", one of clarity, intelligence, and thoughtfulness. Poser is much more than its title suggests. Part memoir, part yoga history, part study of contemporary motherhood, Poser is garnering praise for its humour as much as its teachings. The book is developing that kind of word-of-mouth, between-friends, pass-it-on momentum; something you want to share, because it has improved your life, and believe it could for others, not unlike the practice of yoga itself.

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