Will she come to truly understand that living spiritually has little to do with how you pretzel yourself on the yoga mat although she gets plenty good at that , and everything to do with embracing the twists in everyday life? Read more Read less. No customer reviews. Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. August 30, - Published on Amazon.
Verified Purchase. The general storyline has been discussed here, so I won't reiterate. What I liked about Lorna, despite being from her mother's generation, is the admiration she generated in me each time I found her applying what she learned from either her readings or her yoga practice, to her life as it was happening. I thought she was genuinely inspired when she brought the group of girls to new inspiring insights and moved them on spiritually.
When she began to realize she could learn life lessons from her niece, I was struck by her humility. There were just many instances that she began growing right into her life as it was around her. It's easy for us all to read inspiration books and self-help gurus and get all inspired. How long does the inspiration last? Well, the answer to that is the same answer that gives rise to an industry that puts out self-help; people keep delving into them not because they're not inspiring, but because it's human nature to forget those lessons.
We need to keep it working in our lives, and keep it fresh in our lives by living what the sages know is important. March 10, - Published on Amazon. I was expecting a feathery romcom or chit lit type of 'yoga' story, instead I was raised up, enlightened and even personally impacted by this first time novelists insights! Now I know she lives in South Florida I intend to try to meet her! This is such a delightful story, combining spirit with 'real life' and real world challenges There were a few passages that popped up during reading that applied directly to my own life, at a time I needed to read them most.
Follow Meryl Davids Landau on Twitter. Look for Meryl's blog posts on Huffington Post and Care2. Meryl Davids Landau fills the void. Content copyright. I had the impression that the author tried too hard to pack in as much new age spirituality as possible into this story, which in the end made it preachy and unbelievable. For example, I have never met anyone who is able to perform perfect yoga asanas like a minute headstand after just a few months of practice, especially someone made out to be as unfit as Lorna All in all, the answers all seemed too simple and contrived, and the preachy overtones spoiled a story which could have potentially been fun and entertaining as well as thought-provoking.
View 2 comments. Jul 06, Trish Riley rated it it was amazing. Lorna is a marketing consultant with an enviable job whose own background has held her back from experiencing the most life has to offer. Even though the book is fictional, Landau lets us know that the path somewhat mirrors her own, and in the end, it seems clear that Landau is well on her way to a role as spiritual leader along the line of Marianne Williamson. Through Lorna, Landau unravels the many layers that a spiritual seeker might need to transgress… Lorna begins as a conventional career woman whose weekend fun includes meeting the girls at the bar for a drink.
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But as Lorna explores more deeply into her own meaningful life, she questions whether her perfect man can really meet her needs since he does not share her quest for a more spiritually satisfying life. She knows she needs to develop a new way of dealing with Mom, but that presents one of her greatest challenges. Through yoga and meditation, Lorna finds the way to deal gracefully with the challenges in her life and in the process she helps many others to do the same.
As Lorna explores options for a more spiritually satisfying life, she takes readers along on the tour. She investigates alternative health as well as several methods of self-help including yoga, meditation, even a retreat where no one is allowed to speak for the entire weekend. She shares details on these ideas as well as the healthy skepticism that any traditional person might feel. She also shares tips and techniques that readers can try on their own to begin their own journey toward a more spiritual life. While referencing several spiritual leaders and their advice, Landau never ascribes to any organized sect or religion that might put a reader off — she explores them all and integrates what works for Lorna as she develops her personal understanding and method for achieving better grounding for her own life.
I am pleased to highly recommend this quick, fun read as a means to connect with a more meaningful life, even for those whose life experiences have placed them solidly in the traditional realm. Landau reminds us that there is more to life than fancy clothes, cars and the American Dream of the perfect guy and house. She is successfully leading us toward a life filled with happiness and peace. Well-written new age novel both energizes and inspires I loved this book. Meryl Davids Landau's new novel fulfills my requirements for good new age fiction: compelling characters, a strong plot, and a well-structured theme that supports the story without overwhelming it.
New age novels must appeal to both the emotions and the intellect, and "Downward Dog, Upward Fog" does both. As Lorna works through her personal issues and grows spiritually, the author refere Well-written new age novel both energizes and inspires I loved this book. As Lorna works through her personal issues and grows spiritually, the author references information from books such as A New Earth, A Course in Miracles, and other sources that can help expand the reader's knowledge.
Lorna learns how to apply a number of spiritual concepts to better manage her relationships, both personal and professional. The author details specific yoga postures and practices stomach wash, anyone?
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In particular, I enjoyed reading about the power of joining a spiritual community. Landau does a great job of describing what living a spiritual life feels like, including the "high" that can come from living in the moment and learning to apply spiritual techniques to everyday life. However, she also makes it clear that the goal is not the elation, or even the occasional peaceful moment in meditation, but the "lingering calm that sustains every moment, regardless of what transpires.
New age novels must entertain and educate; they must appeal to both the emotions and the intellect, and Downward Dog, Upward Fog does this in spades. Meryl Davids Landau's writing is excellent, and she spins an engaging tale that will appeal to readers who enjoy the lighter tone of chick lit. My only observation is that the book has an unrealistically happy ending; in the real world, living a consistently spiritual life does not guarantee happiness. However, the feel-good ending is in keeping with the chick lit genre. I felt energized and inspired when I finished the book, which is precisely the point.
Nov 15, Amanda Markham rated it liked it. This book was ok: light, readable fluff. Certainly not 5 stars as many people have rated it. It's badly let down by the final two chapters - as sweet and sickening as the giant ice cream sundae which features as the finale. Whilst it's nowhere near as awful as Eat, Pray, Love don't come to this book expecting anything deep.
If you're looking for the chick-lit version of pre-digested spirituality, then this book is for you. Jan 20, Shelleyrae at Book'd Out rated it it was ok. After commenting on a very positive five star review of Downward Dog, Upward Fog on a book blog sorry I can't remember which , the author offered me a copy for review and I accepted.
Though I am not particularly spiritual and not at all religious the premise seemed lighthearted and fun. Actually Downward Dog, Upward Fog takes itself quite seriously, a little too seriously for my taste. Rather than connecting with Lorna's spiritual journey I felt like I was getting a crash course in new age mys After commenting on a very positive five star review of Downward Dog, Upward Fog on a book blog sorry I can't remember which , the author offered me a copy for review and I accepted. Rather than connecting with Lorna's spiritual journey I felt like I was getting a crash course in new age mysticism complete with book lists, summarised philosophies and neat quotes, especially in the first half of the novel where the story relies on little else.
The plot was quite thin, the turning point for Lorna was a long time coming and entirely predictable followed by a few contrived events that didn't work for me, such as her new romantic relationship with her cousin. What I did like about the story was the healthy skepticism Lorna treats each idea with eventually choosing amongst the alternatives to find things that work for her like Yoga, meditation and positive thinking.
I also liked that Lorna 'slipped' frequently and didn't instantly become serene and all knowing. She had to work at maintaining control and making conscious decisions. I did admire Lorna's decision to make positive and healthy changes in her life, but for me, Lorna was not a very likeable character, self centered and irritable to begin with, 'spiritually enlightened' she became somewhat pious and smug.
While I wasn't enamoured of Downward Dog, Upward Fog, it does have a positive message about making changes in your life to find peace and happiness. It's a story that will likely appeal to those seeking a new path. May 11, Charlotte Lynn rated it really liked it. What an eye opener. On every page something popped out and made me think about myself and how I react to events around me. Thirty three year old, Lorna Crawford is realizing she wants and deserves ore then what life is giving her right now. While struggling to find her spiritual side, she attends a silent retreat and ends up making friends that have similar goals.
She works hard to stay positive and often helps others around her become positive.
Lorna is definitely a character I can relate to. Although I am not overly spiritual, I love the calm and positive ways she dealt with the world around her. The negativeness of the world around her gets her down, but she manages to turn it around into a positive. I found myself learning by her examples. Smiling at strangers, changing a negative thought into a positive thought, or just sitting and listening to myself. Downward Dog Upward Fog is a definite good read.
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Jan 14, April Dawn rated it it was amazing. Although fiction, it's what I fondly refer to as "nonfiction" fiction, meaning it is written with such an element of truth that it could be true. The novel follows a young lady named Lorna, a lovable character who struggles with an existential crisis and embarks on a journey of spiritual "Downward Dog, Upward Fog" is chick lit for the spiritual set. The novel follows a young lady named Lorna, a lovable character who struggles with an existential crisis and embarks on a journey of spiritual self awareness. Throughout the journey, Lorna makes lifestyle changes that she often struggles to keep.
Anyone who has ever started any type of self improvement will identify with Lorna and her struggles You will find yourself silently cheering Lorna on, as she wages the war of self- ego vs. Jul 30, Usha rated it it was amazing Shelves: fiction.
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Touching read - couldnt put the book down until I finished it in 10hrs. Its wonderful how a person so alien to the eastern precept of slowing down and taking it in stride, with her western upbringing and the constant brawl with her mother, assimilates it and actually gets better at it with practice, than most others who are already born in that tradition. Seeing the transformation from a laid back, shy, angry, skeptical person to one who is more confident and outgoing to the point of actually he Touching read - couldnt put the book down until I finished it in 10hrs.
Seeing the transformation from a laid back, shy, angry, skeptical person to one who is more confident and outgoing to the point of actually helping 'healing' others, by proven but esoteric ways is inspiring and prodding to move in the path with patience. Although I'd read a ton of fictional books in the 1st person, the language somehow made it feel like I was listening to a 'real' Lorna pour out her struggle rather than reading about her life.
The bracketized insight into her thoughts made it all the more personal - Loved it! Apr 15, Tami rated it it was amazing. Lorna Crawford is on edge. In fact, she has a job she likes, a wonderful boyfriend, and a great group of friends. Still, something is missing… Her sister, the interfaith minister, calls it a spiritual crisis.
Tentatively, she sticks a toe into the water by taking a yoga class and begins reading some of the books her sister suggests. Before long, Lorna is convinced by a new friend that she should sign up for a weekend Silen Lorna Crawford is on edge. Before long, Lorna is convinced by a new friend that she should sign up for a weekend Silence Retreat. Step by step Lorna opens up to others in her life. Like life itself, Lorna finds that integrating her new skills and knowledge are not always pretty and does not necessarily always go smoothly.
This is especially true when creating a new relationship with her mother. I felt grateful to share her journey, to cry with her, and cheer her on throughout the process. Oct 13, Sharon Maerten-Moore rated it really liked it Shelves: first-reads. Lorna is a something living in New Jersey who has a great job, a handsome boyfriend, a circle of friends, and a loving sister; however, Lorna also has co-workers she can't stand, a boyfriend who is too busy to spend time with her, a mother she doesn't get along with, and Lorna is increasingly feeling out of touch with her circle of friends.
So, Lorna takes up yoga and starts to get in touch with her spiritual side in an attempt to find more satisfaction and direction in her life. At the outset, I probably would have given this book three stars, but the message was uplifting and the book reminded me to appreciate and enjoy my life rather than slog through it. Apr 29, Amber Polo rated it it was amazing Shelves: yoga. A funny chic lit story with spirit that isn't filled with over-zany antics. Well written like all Landau work, it's fun to read and the best of the yoga lit books I've read.