Life's Not Yoga: A Memoir is the story of one woman's journey as she travels through America to make sense of her multiple traumas.
She was born into a perfect family, but by age 16 Jacqui Burnett wants to kill her father.
Decades later Jacqui believes she's left her turbulent childhood past and the trauma of multiple near-death experiences behind her.
On the surface, she has everything she's ever dreamed of - a solid education, success, and a wonderful husband.
What Jacqui doesn't know is that she's about to lose everything.
She was about to step into a board meeting but instead she slid from her office chair and cowered under her desk, sobbing. As managing director, she was meant to announce a year of outstanding results; instead, she was paralysed.'
In a desperate search for answers, Jacqui travels to America. Alone in the Rocky Mountains, her life starts unravelling and the truth of her chaotic childhood begins to emerge.
Amidst confused attempts to find love and meaning, Jacqui has to face death one more time, along with an avalanche of unexpected obstacles, before rising from the ashes to heal.
This memoir is for anyone who has battled with emotional abuse, financial loss, depression, heartbreak, divorce, burnout, PTSD, anxiety, or fibromyalgia, looking for understanding on how to heal themselves.
About the Author
Jacqui Burnett is an adventurer - both in journeys of the Spirit and in the world of financial strategy. Raised in South Africa, she is qualified in business studies, which has enabled her to help numerous businesses achieve their strategic and financial goals. However, Jacqui has always pursued a parallel interest in spirituality, which has guided her into her writing career. Inspired by her discoveries on her own personal journey, Jacqui has created a successful platform called The Dare to Be Love Journey, which has attracted an audience of over 40 000 followers. Here, she shares her inspirational thoughts, poetry and personal life stories told through the lens of her unique Dare to Be Love self-development practices. Jacqui wrote her memoir in a quest to make spiritual sense of the traumatic life events she has experienced. Jacqui lives in Cape Town, South Africa. As an impassioned student of life, Jacqui continues to practise and promote living a Spirit-led life of courage, kindness, compassion and love. Her beloved Russian Blue cat, Sophie, is a constant source of joy and inspiration. Jacqui has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of South Africa in Industrial Psychology and Economics, and a MBA from the University of Witwatersrand, including a semester abroad at Rotterdam School of Management (RSM) Erasmus. Jacqui is also a certified Integral Coach through New Ventures West, and trained as a yoga teacher with Yoga Tree, acquiring both these certifications in San Francisco, California. This memoir, Life's Not Yoga, is Jacqui's first published book.
"What I found amazing about Life's Not Yoga, is that many people write a memoir and tend to sugarcoat their role in the story, while painting other people with a bit of a tar brush. Jacqui Burnett does not do this and is open and honest about the times in her life when she does not come across looking so great." - Janice Leibowitz - 101.9 ChaiFM
"Life's Not Yoga bounces between stream-of-consciousness and the exasperation of 'moving-on' and honest to goodness declarations of frustration at her own life choices. Burnett opens to her readers in the most admirable and courageous of ways, and I would be remiss as an empathetic reader if I did not acknowledge how difficult that must have been. Jacqui Burnett is a superb storyteller. Her life has not been easy, and it is an honor to read the prose of an incessantly curious and deeply courageous human being who seems to have made a lot of sacrifices to pursue her dreams. - Meg Orton, For the Love of MEG Book Reviews
"Some people travel to India to find themselves, others to the USA! Life's Not Yoga is a compelling UPLIFTING must-read memoir. Through her story Jacqui Burnett shows us how to stay present in the face of our pain and fear, to overcome anxiety, heal our inner child and build a brighter future." - Natasha Dom, @sashadomyoga