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Here’s How You Can Take Part in Book Yoga with Your Favorite Writers

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle isn’t the easiest task, so the Society of Authors (SoA) has launched a book yoga challenge that will encourage practicing physical activity and reading at the same time. The main message behind this challenge is to encourage readers and writers alike to become aware of physical and mental wellbeing.



Illustration via Anna Marinova


In this five-day challenge starting next week (August 7th-11th), different authors will post yoga poses of varying difficulties as inspired by classical reads. Followers are encouraged to participate by submitting a picture of themselves either recreating the pose, trying out an alternative pose, or attempting to subvert the pose. The most well-received responses at the end of each day will win a signed book donated by Neil Gaiman, Joanna Trollope, Joanne Harris, Lemn Sissay, and Philip Pullman.


If you plan on joining this challenge and need to plan your awesome yoga poses, here are the books to draw inspiration from.


Monday, August 7th – The best pose inspired by Kenneth Grahame’s “Wind in the Willows” will win a signed book from Trollope.

Tuesday, August 8th – The best pose inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” will win a signed book from Harris.

Wednesday, August 9th –  The best pose inspired by Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” win a signed book from Pullman.

Thursday, August 10th – The best pose inspired by Douglas Adams’ “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” will win a signed book from Gaiman.

The last day of the challenge, Friday, will see the best move inspired by George Orwell’s “Animal Farm” receive a signed book from Sissay.


Entrants must follow the hashtag #SoADoesYoga, and submit photographs or illustrations no later than Sunday August 13th. Winners will be announced the following week.


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