An empowering, gentle, and compassionate handbook to help teenage women find body acceptance, self-love, confidence, and connection through the tools that yoga and meditation offer.
When Alex Mazerolle was a teenager, she struggled with the things that so many young people deal with: complicated friendships, parents who just don't understand, crushes and heartbreaks, and, even, a negative body image. A competitive dancer, how Alex looked was something she was constantly aware of. And no matter how hard she trained or how often she worked out, or how much she restricted what she ate, it was never enough, and she found herself in a dark cycle of disordered eating, self-hatred, and low self-esteem.
Then, in the middle of a difficult period, Alex went to a yoga class. As she moved through a flow and slowed her breath, something changed.
Born out of retreats that Alex began holding for teenage, self-identified women aged 12-19, Girlvana is the culmination of decades of work. It is a call to action for the self--a handbook to face, overcome, and embrace the challenges that come with the teenage years. In it, Alex honours the ancient traditions of yoga, pranayama (breathwork), and meditation, but reinterprets them for our world today. Through six chapters, and in a compassionate and supportive voice, Alex encourages readers to explore and understand--through yoga, breathwork, meditation, and building community--their feelings, their mental health, their bodies, and their relationships. She offers advice for having tough conversations, for working through low self-esteem moments, for seeking help for depression and anxiety, for being a better ally, and for using your privilege for good and for others.
Raw, heartfelt, and , Girlvana is the essential book for every teenage girl.
ALEX MAZEROLLE (aka Ally Maz) is a writer, entrepreneur and yoga teacher. She is the founder of Girlvana Yoga, Ladyvana Retreats, and is the co-founder of the renowned yoga/fitness studio The Distrikt. Alex's gifts have sent her all over the world leading yoga workshops and speaking engagements in Tokyo, UK, Central America, Canada and the US.
Alex is a Global Yoga Ambassador for Lululemon. She is known for her warmth, her propensity for real talk, and her commitment to making yoga as accessible as possible. She has lent her expertise to NHL and MLB players, co-created a yoga app with EA sports, has taught classes ranging from 500 to 8,000 people, taught a private class to the rapper Common as well as her popular yoga tutorials with Lululemon. She currently resides in Brooklyn, New York with her husband, Bill, and pupper Butcher.
"Girlvana helps readers release unworthiness and step into greatness! This is a timely book with an empowering message.” —Gabrielle Bernstein, #1 New York Times bestselling author