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By Eileen McDermott, literary reviewer & Durga yogi

Fellow Durgans,

Looking for a yoga-related read that might boost your sense of strength and energy for the New Year? Well look no further than Glennon Doyle Melton's memoir, Love Warrior.

I confess to feeling an initial cynicism towards the title of this Oprah Book Club selection, but I'm so pleased that I managed to get over myself and order it into Maynooth Library!

This is not some light-weight self-help book. Warrior here refers to the journey of the warrior, a quote from the great Pema Chodron's book ‘When Things Fall Apart’:

So even if the hot loneliness is there, and for 1.6 seconds we sit with that restlessness when yesterday we couldn't sit for even one, that's the journey of the warrior.”

This is a book about facing head-on the pain that arises through the circumstances of our lives, so that we can be transformed by those experiences.

Love Warrior - an enjoyable yoga book for Christmas

Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton, an enjoyable Christmas yoga book

Having struggled with bulimia and alcoholism in her teens and early twenties, Glennon marries and has a family. On the face of it, she has managed her recovery well until she discovers her husband's infidelity.

She is wholly undone by “The News” and charts the process of unlearning all the things that she thought she knew, until she comes to discover her own truths.

When a friend recommends yoga as a way of reuniting her mind with her body, Melton attends her first class and the impact is transformative.

Alongside therapy she keeps it up, and while she is on her mat at least, she finds some simplicity and peace. This is the start of her healing and reconnection to the life she has been running from.

Melton is brilliant on so many themes; what it means to be sexy, exploring womanhood, on love and on intimacy, on how we are manipulated into the excessive consumption that distracts us from feeling and being.

Her style is fluid and accessible and her openness and earnestness is heartwarming. This is not a book for those of a more cynical persuasion, but if you are feeling open and ready to read how one woman is getting through this messy world, this moving book may bring you some solace and inspiration. At the very least you will know you are not alone.

Beir Bua xx