This Reluctant Yogi

Everyday adventures in the yoga world

I’m all for spiritual development. I’m all for awareness and mindfulness and loving kindness. Looking after yourself, mind, body and spirit. It would be lovely if we all spoke a little softer, if we took a little longer to think before we act. If we were all a little enlightened. The world would be a better place. Like the tote bag I carry on my shoulder proclaims: Yoga will save the world.

But who will be there to remind us, gently, that we’re taking it a bit too far? When our facebook feeds are inundated by inspirational quotes and we’ve lost the ability to say things in our own words. When gluten is the devil and eating cake is tantamount to suicide. When we boast, daily, of our dietary restrictions and post snapshots of ourselves in the course of a practice that was designed to be personal. When every yoga class is an opportunity to open our hearts, to acknowledge the pain, the frustration, the sadness within, to welcome it, to go with it. When we consult spiritual healers and gurus and medicine men and forget to talk to our friends. When we ostensibly strive for balance, and fail to notice the irony of seeking it in extremes.

I cannot be the only one who’s getting a bit tired of this.


"Daphne crushes society's expectations of how a person should be, like no one else. A talent I appreciate in any great author.

If you roll your eyes at things more than an average person would, this book will be perfect for you.

Living life as a cynical optimist isn't easy, but this book proves that we are not alone."

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About Daphne Kapsali

Writer. Reluctant yogi. Coffee drinker. One half on The Nerd Twins. Guru to no one. Someone's girlfriend. Pathological optimist. Bestselling author. Not delusional.

Daphne Kapsali was born in Athens in 1978, but that was a bit of a mistake on the part of the universe, because she's actually a Londoner. She lived in that wonderful, terrible city very happily on and off since 1996, doing a variety of fun and badly-paid jobs and collecting numerous degrees, until she realised she was a writer, whereupon she promptly made herself homeless and unemployed to spend a few months living alone on a small Greek island and writing full-time. She dubbed this project 100 days of solitude and the result, one hundred stories brought together under the same title, is now available in paperback and on Kindle. She has since published another two books: a novel entitled you can't name an unfinished thing, also produced during her stint as a reclusive author, and This Reluctant Yogi: everyday adventures in the yoga world. All three will be bestsellers.

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