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About Melissa

Writing has always been my first love. Finding inner peace has always been my deepest wish. Through mindfulness, meditation, yoga, and writing, I fuse these practices to help others connect to their own creative spark and the peace that exists within.

I am the editor of the essay collection Going OM:

Real-Life Stories on and off the Yoga Mat (Viva Editions 2014), featuring a foreword by Cheryl Strayed, and the author of two poetry chapbooks.

 

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Going OM: Real-Life Stories on and off the Yoga Mat

Editor Melissa Carroll, Foreword by Cheryl Strayed

Viva Editions, 2014

That's the reason I admire the essays in this collection so deeply...they seem to be one thing — writers on the subject of yoga — but they're really another: profound examinations of what it means to be human. 

 

 Cheryl Strayed, author of the New York Times' Bestseller WILD,

from the foreword of Going OM

REVIEWS for GOING OM

Love this book---I bought it after taking a yoga class and the instructor read from one of the passages---it was funny and thoughtful at the same time, and seemed to perfectly capture the essence of yoga in our modern lives. Each chapter offers a different look at yoga in a different voice---I was literally laughing out loud at parts (the "Broga" essay by Alan Shaw and "The, Um, Sexy Yoga Essay" by Claire Dederer).
An absolute must read for yoga people and non-yogis alike. Great book you can pick up and enjoy, reading a chapter at a time or skipping around---I've been doing yoga for about a year and a half and I love how this book approaches yoga from a "real-world" perspective, so anyone can appreciate it. I'm buying gifts for my yoga friends this Christmas!

Ryan S.

Melissa Carroll's book is wonderful. The essays are beautifully crafted, honest, and courageous explorations of experiences with yoga and spiritual seeking. I identified with all of them in one way or another. The book has inspired me to take another look at the ways that I use yoga and has opened my eyes to it's many benefits. Most importantly, because the writers of these essays shared so openly about their own struggles on and off the mat, I feel less alone with my body issues and less-than-perfect meditation practice. Going Om reminds me of what Ram Dass has said: "We are all just walking each other home."

Anda P.

The Pretty Machine

by Melissa Carroll

ELJ Publications, 2017

The Pretty Machine will quicken your pulse. The Pretty Machine will hyperventilate you. In a good way. Everything about The Pretty Machine 

is urgent and necessary and damn beautiful. This books traverses eastern philosophy to contemporary ideas of beauty, questioning and challenging what it means to be a 21st century woman in America. The Pretty Machine is a grand debut that will take you to poetic places. Let it.

 

Ira Sukrungruang, author of  In Thailand It Is Night, The Melting Season,

and Talk Thai: Adventures of Buddhist Boy