Fallen Star

A Return to Self through the Eight Limbs of Yoga

Non-Fiction - Memoir
Kindle Edition
Reviewed on 08/23/2022
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Author Biography

Molly Chanson is a writer, teacher, and yoga instructor who shares the physical and ethical practices of yoga as a way to heal, overcome difficulty, and live a fulfilled life. Molly holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master's degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Molly taught in the English department at Columbia College Chicago for fourteen years before moving back to her hometown in Wisconsin to raise her two boys. In 2019 Molly completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, a leader in yoga and mindfulness-based education for over fifty years. Molly is founder of The Practice, an online yoga membership that offers yoga, writing, and spiritual teachings based on the philosophies of yoga as a path to transformation.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Melinda Facal for Readers' Favorite

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.