He Never Liked Cake

by Janna Leyde

It all started because of yoga – as most good things do.

“So what do you do?” she asked me. “Outside of…being a yoga teacher, of course?”

Justine had come early to her first-ever yoga class. As I flitted about the studio in teacher prep mode—lighting sage and straightening blankets—we made rather blasé small talk.

“Oh, I’m a writer,” I said. “Ya know, just trying to get a book published.”



“Have you heard of PUBSLUSH?”

It was that kind of day, the kind of day when you hit the jackpot. The day when you (if you’re me) are introduced to PUBSLUSH —the love-child of Kickstarter and Toms Shoes. PUBSLUSH not only supports aspiring authors and lets readers decide what books get published, but also donates a book to a child in need for every book sold.

My book—let’s talk about that for a second—is called He Never Liked Cake, which is currently available for pre-order on the website. It’s a memoir – my story of growing up with a brain injury. Not mine, but my father’s. It happened when I was 14, and the singular circumstance has touched every day since.

He Never Liked Cake - Janna Leyde_2For those of you that don’t know much about traumatic brain injury (TBI), it’s the “signature war wound” affecting over 400,000 soldiers. It’s spawning concussion legislation in the NFL. It affects whole families. It’s tricky and tiresome. It’s insidious. It has erased a lot of the man who was my father, the man who married my mother. It has changed her and me. And it has taught me more than I could have imagined about love.

He Never Liked Cake is for TBI survivors and their loved ones, but for everyone else, it is a story about how to embrace life when it doesn’t seem to work out the way we had it planned.

The fact that I have the opportunity to publish my book is thrilling. The fact that I get to support the efforts of PUBSLUSH is intoxicating. The fact that this all happened through yoga—that shouldn’t be a surprise at all.

So, please, I encourage everyone to visit the site. Read my excerpt (or maybe watch the video), check out the other authors, and please spread the love. All I need is 1,000 supporters (1,000 pre-orders) of He Never Liked Cake by June, and this dream will become a reality.

Om tat sat.



About The Mala Yoga Blog

We are a Brooklyn-based studio that focuses on alignment, balance and community. Have a read, try one of our Practice Podcasts, or come in and say "hi" in person!
This entry was posted in GUEST CONTRIBUTORS, UPCOMING EVENTS/COMMUNITY ANOUNCEMENTS and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to He Never Liked Cake

  1. Pingback: The Yogi Next to You | MALA YOGA

  2. Pingback: Change or Delta Flight 6037. ~ Janna Leyde | elephant journal

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s