If you’ve ever wondered how yoga traveled from remote India to your neighborhood studio, be sure to pick up ‘The Goddess Pose: The Audacious Life of Indra Devi, the Woman Who Helped Bring Yoga to the West.’ Written by Michelle Goldberg, the new book tells the story of Indra Devi (born Eugenie Peterson), the woman widely credited with bringing the ancient eastern practice to the west.

A beautiful socialite raised in Latvia and St. Petersburg, Russia, Devi discovered yoga on a backpacking trip through India after briefly working as an actress in Weimar, Germany. She eventually became a sort of guru-to-the-stars, teaching such luminaries as screen icon Gloria Swanson. Yoga gave Devi a long life—she died at the age of 102 in Argentina.

You should give this book a try because it will give you a look into the interesting life of one of yoga’s western pioneers. The book is out now in bookstores and online. There’s nothing like discovering a great biography—what are some of your favorites?



The New York Times: ‘The Goddess Pose,’ by Michelle Goldberg