In honor of sexual assault awareness month, a portion of the proceeds from Sarah’s powerful and transformative Sweat and Samadhi class on Friday, April 13th will be donated to Exhale to Inhale. This special class will be specifically focused on the healing powers of yoga. Exhale to Inhale empowers those affected by domestic violence and sexual assault to transform their lives. ETI uses the healing practice of trauma-informed yoga to empower survivors, while helping communities develop skills and knowledge to support them.
This will be followed by a book launch and signing, by Exhale to Inhale teacher and award winning author, Sweta Vikram. Sweta Vikram is here for the release of her debut U.S. novel, Louisiana Catch, which is currently on U.K.’s “Best Books to Read in 2018” list. Meet the author, and get a copy of this powerful book signed by Sweta after the class!
Join us for this special evening
“In Louisiana Catch, Sweta Vikram brings life to the complex human rights issue of violence against women. Through one woman’s journey to make sense of her past and ultimately heal, Vikram shows us that yoga can reconnect us to ourselves, and that by empowering others, we transform our own lives.”
– ZOË LEPAGE, Founder, Exhale to Inhale
Louisiana Catch is a book about a grieving daughter and abuse survivor who must summon the courage to run a feminist conference, trust a man she meets over the internet, and escape a catfishing stalker to find her power.
“Ahana, a wealthy thirty-three-year-old New Delhi woman, flees the pain of her mother’s death and her dark past by accepting a huge project in New Orleans, where she’ll coordinate the Annual Women’s Conference to raise awareness around violence against women. Her half-Indian, half-Irish colleague and public relations guru, Rohan Brady, who helps Ahana develop her online presence, offends her prim sensibilities with his raunchy humor. She is convinced that he’s a womanizer. Meanwhile, she seeks relief from her pain in an online support group, where she makes a good friend: the mercurial Jay Dubois, who is also grieving the loss of his mother. Her work in the U.S. and the online medium brings the two men into her life, and Ahana learns that neither is what he seems. With their differing sensibilities on a collision course, Ahana finds herself in a dangerous situation—and she discovers a side of herself that she never realized she had.
Louisiana Catch is an emotionally immersive novel about trust and who we project ourselves to be in the world. It’s a book about Ahana’s unreliable instincts and her ongoing battle to determine whom to place her faith in as she, Rohan, and Jay shed layers of their identities.
As Ahana matures from a victim of domestic sexual abuse into a global feminist leader, she must confront her issues: both with the men in her life and, ultimately, with her own instincts. Whom can she rely on to have her best interests at heart?”
ADVANCE PRAISE FOR LOUISIANA CATCH
“Louisiana Catch perfectly captures what it means to be human in a digital world, where support groups meet online, love interests flirt on Twitter, and people get confused with personas. Equal parts tender and playful, moving and hopeful, Vikram’s prose connects us with timeless truths about grief and redemption in a satisfyingly modern way.” – STEPHANIE PATERIK, Managing Editor, Adweek
“Louisiana Catch is a triumph. In Ahana, Sweta Vikram has created an unforgettable character, strong, wise, and deeply human, who’ll inspire a new generation struggling to come to terms with their identity in a world of blurring identities.”- KARAN BAJAJ, New York Times bestselling author, The Yoga of Max’s Discontent
“Louisiana Catch is perfectly relevant and lovingly bottom lines the urgency to become involved in the feminist agenda. All the while being a deliciously romantic and hopeful story. Sweta proves, yet again, her ability to illustrate all the nuanced layers of a women’s experience and honor her power to create change in the world.” – PALLAVI SASTRY, Actress (Blue Bloods)
BIO: Sweta Srivastava Vikram, featured by Asian Fusion as “one of the most influential Asians of our time,” is a best-selling author of 11 books, mindfulness writing coach, social issues advocate, wellness columnist, and a certified holistic health practitioner. Born in India, Sweta spent her formative years between the Indian Himalayas, North Africa, and the United States collecting and sharing stories. She writes about women, multiculturalism, and identity. Louisiana Catch (Modern History Press 2018) is her debut U.S. novel and 12th book. Sweta, whose work has appeared in The New York Times, amongst other publications, across nine countries on three continents, is an award-winning writer and graduate of Columbia University. She is also the CEO-Founder of a wellness company, NimmiLife, which helps people elevate their creativity and productivity using Ayurvedic diet and lifestyle counseling. She lives in NYC with her husband.