Book Review: Misadventures of a Garden State Yogi

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

For those of you who like to skim, let me give you the highlight:

You should buy and read Misadventures of a Garden State Yogi by Brian Leaf. It’s good.

I’m not sure how I came to own a copy of Misadventures of a Garden State Yogi, but I gather by the note on the title page that reads, “Thanks for having a look, Britt!” that I communicated with Brian or his publicist at some point. I don’t remember that at all, but the title sounded familiar when Tim Brownson mentioned it during a chat we had last week.

“It’s really good, Britt,” he said. “It’s funny as shit.”

I like funny as shit, so I went digging through the pile of free books that people have sent me.

Tim was right. It is unexpectedly hilarious. The first paragraph reads:

“There’s surely an uneven power dynamic between one person sitting naked on the toilet and the other hovering above in a dark suit. This is especially and egregiously true if the person sitting is pushing to no avail.”

This is not how you would expect a book about a man’s journey to discover inner peace through yoga to begin. But then, Brian really isn’t interested in what anyone expects. His goal is to be his most real self, and his most real self poops in doctors’ offices sometimes. (Well, he used to, until yoga cured his colitis.)

This book is like a man’s version of Eat, Pray, Loveexcept I’m clearly not a man and I identified with the story.

It’s real. It’s honest. It’s funny because it’s human. And in the end, it’s also worth the time you invest in reading it because you can actually learn a little something about yourself.

I learned that I need to do more yoga.

I also learned that I easily forget about being my true self, especially if I’m stressed or scared. I learned that I want to show up as me more often, and I picked up a couple of tips for doing exactly that.

I believe that reading this book can help you figure out how to be a little bit happier. I also believe that it’s just an entertaining read, a fun way to pass a few summer afternoons.

Have you read anything funny and enlightening lately? Tell me about it in the comments!

  1. Megan says:

    I still haven’t read “Eat, Pray, Love,” so maybe I’ll start with this instead – funny is far more appealing.
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  2. Victoria says:

    This looks like exactly what I’ve been looking for. I just finished an amazing book last night and I need to start a new one immediately. I love funny as shit too, as well as poop stories and I am a yoga fanatic. Perfect. Thank you!
    Victoria’s most recent post: No Crabbing on Wednesdays!! I Mean it!

  3. Nancy says:

    Just finished the audiobook version of “Where d’ya go Bernadette.” Hilariously awesome.

  4. Nanna says:

    Ok. Clearly this is a book I should read!
    Nanna’s most recent post: Beauty From Ashes

  5. Whether you’re a long-time yogi or think a “down dog” is a command to get your dog to sit, this book is for you. I wish he had written it about twenty years ago but he hadn’t experienced his journey at that point and I wouldn’t have been ready for the messages.
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  6. Darla Koch says:

    This book is a pleasure. One of the most funny, engaging, honest and direct spiritual memoirs I have ever read. This book feels current and alive to experiences many people go through embarking on yogic or meditation practices today. Brian is a great guide: humble, light hearted but sharp and confidant about the most important lessons he has drawn on from his work in Yoga. Read it!
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