Temple Dancer


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Tumamoc Press
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5.5 X 8.5 X 0.65 inches | 0.81 pounds

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About the Author

Amy Weintraub, MFA, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT, YACEP, founder of the LifeForce Yoga(R) Healing Institute, yogafordepression.com, is a pioneer in the field of yoga and mental health. She is the author of two non-fiction books; Yoga for Depression (Broadway Books, 2003), Yoga Skills for Therapists (W.W. Norton, 2012) and numerous articles and book chapters. Her evidence-based yoga protocol for managing mood is used in healthcare settings globally, offered in professional trainings, and is featured on eight audio-visual products, including the LifeForce Yoga(R) series, an award-winning library of evidence-based yoga and meditation CDs and DVDs for mood management. Amy holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in literary fiction from Bennington College and graduated summa cum laude from Boston University with a degree in English Literature. Her short fiction and poetry have appeared in numerous literary journals. She is the recipient of the Allen Tate Memorial Award for the Short Story and a finalist for the William Faulkner Award for the Novel and for the Heekin Group Foundation Fellowship for the novel-in-progress, and received second place in the Writer's Digest Writing Competition for Literary Fiction. As a prolific television producer and writer in the late 1970s and '80s, Amy was a national Emmy-Award Finalist for a documentary exposé about the shameful de-institutionalization of the mentally ill. She also won the San Francisco State University Broadcast Media Award; the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Television Documentary Presentation; and the American Federation of Television & Radio Artists National Award for Community Service, among other honors.


Instantly captivating! If you are interested in divine connection or just a really great read, make Temple Dancer your next favorite book! Nischala Joy Devi, author of The Healing Path of Yoga and The Namaste Effect

"Amy Weintraub's Temple Dancer is a book of wisdom earned through great suffering, deep contemplation, and real compassion." Madison Smartt Bell, author of Behind the Moon and All Souls' Rising: A Novel of Haiti

I could not put this book down. Amy Weintraub is a masterful storyteller! author of The Great Work of Your Life and The Quest for the True Self

Temple Dancer is a fascinating tale that weaves through time and memory ultimately taking the reader on an unforgettable journey of the heart and spirit. There are rich revelations and twists and turns that make it difficult to put down. It's a close cousin of Eat, Pray, Love! Katharine Merlin, author, The Private Lives of the Sun Signs and Character and Fate, the Psychology of the Birth Chart, astrology columnist, Town & Country Magazine.

This book is amazing and once I began reading it, I could not stop. Such a beautiful vignette of two lives with remarkable connections. I particularly like how real it is. Like any great spiritual story, TEMPLE DANCER leaves one with a good dose of reality and still inspires hope and faith. Michael Lee, Founder of Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, author of Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy--Bridge from Body to Soul and Turn Stress Into Bliss.

I thoroughly enjoyed Amy Weintraub's Temple Dancer. It beautifully captures the emotions of the Temple Dancer "Saraswati" through the eyes of Wendy, a true devadasi herself in search of her soul. The story of Wendy is equally beautiful. While Saraswati was taught and raised to be a Devadasi, Wendy transformed into one through her experiences learning from her mistakes and taking accountability for her feelings and actions. Suba Parmar, Bharatanatyam dancer; Artistic Director, Shubanjali School of Performing Arts

In Temple Dancer - A novel, the lives of two women, apparently different, yet strangely alike are intertwined in an engrossing story which brings out the common joys, needs and frailties of people everywhere. Wendy from present-day America meets Saraswati, an Indian woman who is committed in childhood to be a dancer in a temple. This tradition (called devadasis) has degenerated through the years, yet Sarawati manages to convey her sense of pride in her art to Wendy in a way which uplifts and strengthens both women, worlds apart in terms of age, experiences and time, yet both with an inner strength which shines through. A compulsive, authentic read! Shirley Telles, MBBS, Ph.D, Director, Patanjali Research Foundation, Haridwar; Head, Indian Council of Medical Research, Center for Advanced Research in Yoga & Neurophysiology

With its thoughtful exploration of the lives of two seemingly disparate women--one a disgraced temple dancer from 1930's India, one a contemporary social worker in Massachusetts--TEMPLE DANCER welcomes readers with a warm embrace. Elizabeth Evans, author of As Good as Dead and Carter Clay