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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.

 

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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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Marti Noxon and Dietland Coverhttp://collider.com/to-the-bone-interview-marti-noxon/

“To the Bone” Director Marti Noxon Picked Up Another Weight Loss Adaptation, Welcome to “Dietland”

“Dietland”, a 2015 novel written by Sarai Walker on weight loss and beauty, will soon be adapted into a TV series by AMC. Marti Noxon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, I am Number Four) will act as the executive producer in charge of directing the first few of the 10-episode series.

 

Dietland book cover

Via Goodreads

 

After an intense bidding war between HBO, Netflix and TV Land, AMC landed the rights and immediately started with the production process last October. While Noxon doubled her role and wrote the script, Skydance’s David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Marcy Ross will also as executive producers along with her.

 

Centered around the beauty industry, “Dietland” is an audacious and darkly twisted tale that pokes fun at society’s unhealthy obsession with weight loss. Following the central character of Plum Kettle, who is a 300-pound ghostwriter for an advice column of teen magazines, readers are invited on a shocking adventure that may lead you to throwing away your bathroom scale and stilettos. Having failed every one of her diet plans, Plum fantasizes over her skinny appearance and schedules a weight loss surgery that will propel her towards her goal without suffering from hunger. Before the day she enters the operating room, she is recruited by a feminist cabal known as “Calliope House”. Mysterious events unravel from then on and soon she finds herself tangled within a sinister plot of revenge.

 

“This series, populated by unforgettable characters and unique storytelling approaches, will focus a wickedly entertaining lens on issues as diverse and divisive as dieting, dating, beauty and the many societal expectations that continue to dominate our culture and consciousness,” AMC network president Charlie Collier said. “We are so proud to be working with Marti, her team and Skydance on this topical, funny, relevant and poignant story.”

 

Marti Noxon

Via the Pixar Times

 

Before Noxon can take on “Dietland”, she still has to complete Bravo’s Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce and HBO’s adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s novel Sharp Objects. Recently, she also directed Netflix’s controversial film “To the Bone” starring Lily Collins, which became available on Netflix on July 14th.

 

Sharp Objects Cover

Via Amazon

 

The story of a 20-year-old girl suffering from severe anorexia, “To the Bone” documents Ellen’s (Lily Collins) challenging journey towards recovery. Noxon’s compassionate and enthusiastic approach crafted a deeply sentimental story that touches the soul of individuals who have undergone or are currently going through the same problem by showing society the inner monsters of someone who has developed a sick obsession with weight loss. As someone who shares similar experiences, Noxon is truly able to grasp the gravity of eating disorders and we are certainly looking forward to her next project.

 

Lily Collins and Noxon

Lily Collins and Marti Noxon on the set of To the Bone | Image via Netflix

 

Actors have not been casted yet for “Dietland” but with preparation beginning in New York in September and half of the scripts already written, this series will be ready for premiere in 2018.

 

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Want Better Sleep? Read a Book Before Bed.

Want Better Sleep? Read A Book Before Bed

We all deal with stress, and everyone has their own way of trying to relax. Some people take a walk, others listen to music and have a cup of tea. Having too much stress can lead to a whole list of debilitating conditions such as depression, insomnia, and disease — but luckily we know the perfect solution!

 

Even though there are other ways to relax, research conducted by the University of Exeter has shown that reading before bed can reduce stress by 68 percent!
 

Reading before bed has a ton of health benefits, and it gets the mind ready to sleep. Cognitive neurologist Dr. David Lewis says that: “by losing yourself in a thoroughly engrossing book you can escape from the worries and stresses of the everyday world.” This leads to an “altered state of consciousness” that helps the mind relax before bed. So instead of watching one more episode of your favorite Netflix show, or joining in on a Twitter flame war, pick up a book you’ve been meaning to read.

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