Bent Back Into Shape by Esther Nagle

Described as ‘part memoir, part self-help book, part exploration of how a life of Yoga can benefit everyone,’ the book tells the story of a woman at war with herself, and how Yoga brought peace that had never previously been thought possible. In a book that will inspire, challenge, and educate, Esther takes you down…

51f0alkiK1L._SX320_BO1,204,203,200_Described as ‘part memoir, part self-help book, part exploration of how a life of Yoga can benefit everyone,’ the book tells the story of a woman at war with herself, and how Yoga brought peace that had never previously been thought possible.

In a book that will inspire, challenge, and educate, Esther takes you down the path of Patanjali’s Eight Limbs of Yoga to show how Yoga is so much more than you might think it is, as is a life of sobriety. If you think Yoga is all about touching your toes and sobriety is boring, then you will learn something from reading this book.

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“A personal guide to changing your life”

Five Star Review on Amazon By Joe Nagle

It’s no coincidence that Esther and I share a surname – she is my sister. I would understand if that means you look no further on this review but I hope you carry on.

Esther’s story interwoven with fascinating insights into the power of Yoga is as stimulating a read as any novel and as enlightening as any self-help book (if not more so, as it is grounded in deeply personal experience). If you are new to Yoga (as I am), and thought that it was more about getting fit than anything else, then this book is a great introduction to the philosophies that underpin the practice. What’s more, it highlights in a really clear way, how those philosophies, combined with the practice of the actions can be healing for both the body and the mind.

I don’t think you need to be suffering an addiction to learn from this book – we live in a world in which there is so much to draw us away from our spiritual selves and even if those draws are not, for you, an addiction, I am sure that this book can help you to see where you may want to prioritise your time, wealth and energy in the future. It is certainly helping me!

The book is beautifully written and offers a roller-coaster of emotion: at times deeply sad as Esther recounts the painful experiences that both external and internal forces created through her youth and much of her adult-hood; at times uplifting as we join her on her journey to recovery and, most often, inspiring as we encounter the person she has become through a life now dedicated to the practice and philosophy of Yoga.

As I said, I know Esther; she is my sister and I was with her through her dark moments (though some parts of this book were a revelation to me), I saw her discovery of the power of Yoga, and now, I walk excitedly with her as she continues her journey into an amazing future, fuelled by the life changing strength that Yoga has brought her. I am lucky enough to have her on hand for advice and support when I need it – with this book, you can get some of that too!

About the Author

Author of the soon to be published Bent Back into Shape -Beating Addiction Through Yoga, Yoga teacher, speaker, Mum, Beatles fan. Can I help you?

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