25 years in the making, this spiritual thriller burrows deep into the mirroring stories of two presumably disconnected women, as they explore the divine connection. TEMPLE DANCER spans the distance of time, space and culture through the parallel lives of Saraswati, a young temple dancer in India, between 1935-1947, and Wendy, a fine artist living in contemporary New England. Prepare for a journey through the yoga philosophy behind the two tragic tales and the enigma that entwines the lives of two unlikely souls.
Here is a bit about my journey back to fiction…
Before my first visit to Kripalu in 1989, I was a fiction writer suffering from depression. I wrote from a dark place of angst and from my deep curiosity about the “why” questions—the psychological antecedents of why people do what they do, especially when pain is so often the result. Then I visited Kripalu for the first time, and my life changed. With psychiatric supervision and daily practice, I was able to stop taking antidepressants.
Once I began practicing and then teaching Kripalu Yoga in 1991, those “why” questions became less relevant. I devoted myself to the “how” questions of my happiness. How yoga postures, pranayama, mantra chanting, and meditation worked to create and sustain the well-being that my students and I were experiencing. I worked with researchers to study these questions, and wrote books about yoga and mental health.
But my fiction writing ceased. The characters stopped… read more here