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Publisher of Literature Written by Women 



BreatheYourOMBalance: Writings about Yoga by Women is an incredible collection of individual experiences that speak to the collective journey via the practice of yoga. These pages are full of all the feelings; the highest highs and the lowest lows. As one starts to reflect on their own practice, the feelings become tangible, they resonate, and we relate. Each piece reminds us why we step on the mat and why we take that breath.”—SHAUNA HARRISON, PhD in Public Health, creator of the #SweatADay challenge, Under Armour® Trainer.

Announcements & Events

Wine Down Celebration/Book Launch After Party: On  Friday night, Dec. 2, from 8 p.m. until ?? Join Shana & Salty at Yoga Mat studio in Clarksville, TN, for a celebration of the new book, BreatheYourOMBalance: Writings about Yoga by Women. Event is FREE and open to the public. We're gathering to have a great time and to raise our glasses for a toast in celebration. Bring some wine/beer, some food, just bring yourself, and celebrate volume one of this new book! Go to Yoga Mat for directions.



"BreatheYourOMBalance is a pleasure to read. A book of writings by women, about women, it shows our struggles, challenges, and many victories. Through a yoga community on social media, these women have connected—and found the courage to share deeply personal experiences in the form of nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. They go deep into those dark places that make all of us vulnerable—places most of us have visited before—and overcome things like fear, anxiety, and self-loathing with breath and movement, love of oneself, and the light within.
"I have anxiety, too, and through yoga I have learned to control it with my breath. There are a number of stories that are relatable to me. I felt connected to these women by reading their words, by feeling their fears, by experiencing their joy."—ROBIN MARTIN, 200-E-RYT in Yoga Medicine, @robinmartinyoga on Instagram

BreatheYourOMBalance Performance at the Roxy Regional Theatre: Join Thorncraft Publishing for the release of the debut yoga collection, BreatheYourOMBalance, at the Roxy Regional Theatre on Friday, December 2 at 5:30 p.m. Performance based on the new yoga book with writings from 30 contributors from the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. The event is free and open to the public. No ticket purchase is necessary. Thorncraft Publishing will donate 40% of their sales from books sold at this event to the Roxy Regional Theatre, a nonprofit center for theatre and the arts in Clarksville, Tennessee. Doors open at 5 p.m. Performance starts at 5:30 p.m. and ends by 6:30 p.m. The Roxy is located at 100 Franklin Street in downtown Clarksville. Website: http://roxyregionaltheatre.org

Breathe Performance at The Roxy

AUGUST 2012. Ellen Masters's husband has been repeatedly deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq for a decade, and during that time, Ellen cares for their young family and home, starts a career, and searches for her own strength by training for a marathon

BreatheYourOMBalance Celebrations: Celebration parties for the publication of BreatheYourOMBalance: Writings about Yoga by Women: Contributor Clarissa Mae Thompson will celebrate at SHINE Yoga and Bodyworks studio Open House in Moline, Illinois, on Dec. 2 from 5:30-7:30pm. FREE and open to the public. Go to SHINE studio website here.

Story Place

Every Wednesday, we'll share an excerpt

from one of our books. Enjoy!

​The Bridge by Deb Harano


S. Teague is joined by 30 contributors in this first collection of nonfiction, poetry, and fiction that celebrates the life-changing practice of yoga. These writers reveal how yoga opened new pathways of self-awareness and creative expressions.​​ 

(...) I had spent much of my life in hiding, both from the world and perhaps hiding from myself. Through my yoga practice, I slowly began to recognize that I could no longer hide and be true to the woman whom I was uncovering and discovering. So, I took a breath and moved forward.

To my surprise, the studio where I trained wanted to hire me after I completed teacher training.... If it were not for the encouragement and urging of my teachers, I would not have pursued this direction. They changed my life, for I did not see myself as a "teacher." In all honesty, those first months of teaching were formidable. As was my pattern, I continued to question myself, wondering if I was really capable, and if I was worthy to be in the role of a teacher. 

Teaching has caused me to examine my own beliefs about who I was and who I wanted to be. (...) The physical practice is only a small part of what I teach in class. Linking movement with breath is yoga, but asana is merely the frame, a decoration for the breath; for the deeper work that yoga offers is truth. One of my teachers would often say that the breath was the bridge between body and spirit. (...)

This excerpt is from "The Bridge" Nonfiction by Deb Harano in the book, BreatheYourOMBalance Volume One (just released this fall 2016). Click here to read more about the book and the 30 contributors who wrote for the book. 



Our Books





Yoga Mat Studio: Chakra Opening & Writing Workshop with publisher/author Shana Thornton and, joining in person, author S. Teague.  Workshop will take place on Sunday, 4 December, 2016. Cost is $25. Go to Yoga Mat website to sign up here.



AUGUST 2015. Authors have proclaimed that this novel is a "literary gift" & that "book clubs will love this." Talking Underwater explores the balance between the elation of family summers at the ocean & the ways we navigate unbearable heartache to find news ways of being.​​ 

MARCH 2016. S. Teague and Shana Thornton co-author a book about creativity with meditations, affirmations, expressions of gratitude & mindfulness to help you through the seasons of life. We hope you will use this book to inspire you, prompt meditations, and/or as a creativity journal.

AUGUST 2013. Hailed as "a deeply moving story, one not given to easy resolution," Grace Among the Leavings is a child's perspective of the Civil War.

The book has now been adapted to the stage by playwrights, Kari Catton & Dennis Darling. Contact us for details about bringing it to your local theatre.

MAR 2015. Southern festivals, folk music, families falling out & returning- "Shana writes a magical story that stays with you long after the final page. As with one of the characters, 'She knows real magic.'" -Virginia Brown, author of Dark River Road & the Dixie Diva mystery series​

APRIL 2014. An OnPoint Radio suggestion as Best Summer Reads 2014! 

Set on the Massachusetts coast, The Mosquito Hours is a multi-generational story about how the women in a family attempt to keep secrets about their desires, spirituality, and motherhood. 

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Thorncraft books are available in trade paperback, ebook versions, and in some cases audiobooks.