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Misadventures of a Garden State Yogi

My Humble Quest to Heal My Colitis, Calm My ADD, and Find the Key to Happiness

Brian Leaf


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As a college freshman business major suffering from a variety of anxiety-related maladies, Brian Leaf stumbled into an elective: yoga. It was 1989. All his classmates were female. And men did not yet generally cry, hug, or do yoga. But yoga soothed and calmed Leaf as nothing else had. As his hilarious and wise tale shows, Leaf embarked on a quest for health and happiness visiting yoga studios around the country and consulting Ayurvedic physicians, swamis, and even (accidentally) a prostitute. Twenty-one years later, he teaches yoga and meditation and is the beloved founder of a holistic tutoring center that helps students whose ailments he once shared.

Praise For Misadventures of a Garden State Yogi: My Humble Quest to Heal My Colitis, Calm My ADD, and Find the Key to Happiness

Leaf’s tale unfolds like a trail of delicious bread crumbs leading to the heart of yoga practice. Whether you choose to scarf them down mindlessly or savor every morsel is up to you. But definitely take time to savor Leaf's brilliant self-inquiry.”
Yoga Journal

Throughout this entertaining and enlightening memoir, Leaf demonstrates that he is a yogi with a great sense of humor....[His] joyful embrace of life is contagious.”

From its first hilariously humiliating image to its closing words of grace, Brian Leaf’s memoir is an unfolding miracle.”
Rebecca Pepper Sinkler, former editor of The New York Times Book Review

[Brian Leaf] writes in an utterly winning voice by turns as neurotic as Woody Allen, as irreverent as Huck Finn, and as serious as Jack Kerouac. It’s a fun romp and much, much more.”
Stephen Cope, director of the Kripalu Institute for Extraordinary Living and author of Yoga and the Quest for the True Self

Brian’s writing is funny and accessible and clearly reflects his personality and life experience. Check it out!”
Noah Levine, author of Dharma Punx

This awesome book made me laugh out loud. I kept thinking, it’s high time that a man told his Eat, Pray, Love story.”
Desirée Rumbaugh, creator of the Yoga to the Rescue DVD series

Brian Leaf is like the Bill Cosby of yoga recounting common emotions and situations on a yogi’s path in a way that makes you laugh with acknowledgment. His story is so graphic, I felt like I was practically holding his hand!”
Kathryn Budig, author of The Women’s Health Big Book of Yoga

Brian Leaf’s charming and engaging account of his yogic journey is sure to strike a chord with readers who are embarking on their own adventures toward health and self-discovery.”
Leslie Kaminoff, coauthor of Yoga Anatomy

New World Library, 9781608681365, 243pp.

Publication Date: October 9, 2012

About the Author

Brian Leaf is the owner and director of the New Leaf Learning Center in western Massachusetts. He has studied, practiced, and taught yoga, meditation, and Ayurveda for twenty-three years.