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Fallen Star: A Return to Self Through the Eight Limbs of Yoga by Molly Chanson shares the compelling story of how the practice of yoga ultimately helped to bring healing and contentment to Chanson’s life. The author seamlessly incorporates information about the eight limbs of yoga with the impact each had on her own life, as well as how these practices can benefit others. In addition to the movement of yoga, details about meditation, breath, and the practice of presence, other significant guidelines of the discipline are shared. Chanson honestly and courageously shares difficult and traumatic experiences from her own life. As she was going through the pain of addiction and betrayal, the discipline of yoga became an anchor and a positive guide for Chanson.
Molly Chanson’s Fallen Star: A Return to Self Through the Eight Limbs of Yoga is a poignant and inspiring memoir. Molly Chanson shares her story with truth and offers hope to others who are going through difficult times. While letting readers into some of her most painful experiences, and the toll these tribulations had on her daily life, Chanson shows tremendous strength and resilience in coping with these challenges and reveals how eventually she healed and learned from these trials. This memoir conveys a powerful and personal experience of loss, betrayal, and addiction, and how the practice of yoga can help to bring clarity, insight, and understanding throughout life. Molly Chanson writes with warmth and empathy and her story will provide encouragement that hardships not only can be endured but overcome.