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October Book Club: On Being Human

  • Transparent Heart Yoga 423b West Lytle Street Murfreesboro, TN, 37130 United States (map)

led by Amanda James

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“On Being Human” by Jennifer Pastiloff

An inspirational memoir about how Jennifer Pastiloff’s years of waitressing taught her to seek out unexpected beauty, how hearing loss taught her to listen fiercely, how being vulnerable allowed her to find love, and how imperfections can lead to a life full of wild happiness.

Centered around the touchstone stories Jen tells in her popular workshops, On Being Human is the story of how a starved person grew into the exuberant woman she was meant to be all along by battling the demons within and winning.

Jen did not intend to become a yoga teacher, but when she was given the opportunity to host her own retreats, she left her thirteen-year waitressing job and said “yes,” despite crippling fears of her inexperience and her own potential. After years of feeling depressed, anxious, and hopeless, in a life that seemed to have no escape, she healed her own heart by caring for others. She has learned to fiercely listen despite being nearly deaf, to banish shame attached to a body mass index, and to rebuild a family after the debilitating loss of her father when she was eight. Through her journey, Jen conveys the experience most of us are missing in our lives: being heard and being told, “I got you.”

Exuberant, triumphantly messy, and brave, On Being Human is a celebration of happiness and self-realization over darkness and doubt. Her complicated yet imperfectly perfect life path is an inspiration to live outside the box and to reject the all-too-common belief of “I am not enough.” Jen will help readers find, accept, and embrace their own vulnerability, bravery, and humanness.


On the 3rd Friday of each month, Transparent Heart Yoga will be hosting a Traditional Book Club. THY Book Club will be from 6-8pm. Read the book before you come, and one of our teachers or someone in the community will guide you through a discussion on the book. Read the book years ago? Join us anyway for discussion, and to gather with those with similar interests! This Book Club is free to all in the Transparent Heart Yoga Community. Please bring a journal for jotting down notes. Have a book recommendation? Let us know!

Earlier Event: October 16
Yoga: A Beginner Series
Later Event: October 19
Flexibility In Flight