Enlightenment for Idiots

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Three Rivers Press, 2009 - Fiction - 375 pages
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A yoga teacher finds new life in India-just not the one she was expecting.

Nearing thirty, Amanda thought she'd be someone else by now. Instead, she's an ex-nanny yogini-wannabe who cranks out "For Idiots" travel guides. True, she has a sexy photographer boyfriend, but he's usually off shooting a dogsled race in Alaska or a vision quest in Peru--or just hooking up with other girls. However, she's sure her new assignment to the ashrams of India will change everything.

What she finds, though, is an ashram run by investment bankers, a model-obsessed guru, tantra parties, and silent retreats. India, it turns out, is not the spiritual refuge she'd pictured. But she finds a friend in Devi Das, a redheaded sadhu who refers to himself as "we." And when a holy lunatic on the street offers her an enigmatic blessing, Amanda realizes a new life may be in store for her--just not the one she was expecting.

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User Review  - bunwat - LibraryThing

Lets be clear, if you are in the mood for some quintessential chick lit, this time about yoga, this may be precisely what you are looking for. This is Brigit Jones goes to India. Twenty something ... Read full review

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User Review  - pricelessreads - LibraryThing

Everyone needs a little chic lit from time to time. The main character in this book is believably dumb. You watch her go from one bad decision to the next, all the time hoping she pulls her act ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Anne Cushman is the director of the Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation Training at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in northern California, and teaches regular retreats and courses. Previously a contributing editor to both Yoga Journal and Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, she is the coauthor of From Here to Nirvana: The Yoga Journal Guide to Spiritual India.

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