Fallen Star: A Return to Self through the Eight Limbs of Yoga
by Molly Chanson
After being married for ten years and having two children, author and yogi Molly Chanson lives with a nagging feeling that something is wrong. Her suspicion that her husband is having an affair is further complicated by her addiction to alcohol, poor body image, and a lost sense of self. Having first practiced yoga with her mother as a child, Chanson returns to a daily practice and discovers the profound impact that yoga can have on one's physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. Fallen Star is Chanson’s account of her far-reaching journey of healing guided by Patanjali’s Eight Limbs of Yoga, which includes asana (poses), pranayama (breath), and meditation, as well as self-discipline, surrender, and more. Chanson shows how the tenets of ancient yoga philosophy can be applied to a broad spectrum of experiences shared by women, ranging from dating, marriage, and motherhood to loss of identity and focus on one's appearance. Here are lessons for women who seek to unravel stories and pain that have prevented them from living a complete and fulfilled life, to find their true selves, and to awaken to new possibilities. Here is a story about tapping into the resilience, courage, and hope lying deep within the human spirit.
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs
ISBN: 978-1-956056-29-7 (print; softcover; perfect bound)
Released April 2022 | Copyright 2022
220 pages; 8 illustrations
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. Chanson holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and a master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She 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 Chanson 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. Chanson 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. .
“Now comes Ms. Molly Chanson, a contemporary yogini who has struggled, studied, practiced, become frustrated, left practice, returned to practice, sought out teachers, and read extensively the ancient documents of yoga. And like other commentators through the ages, she brings us the fruit of her own particular struggle with the path. And the fruit of all her work turns out to be exactly what we need . . . encouragement to persist on the path. She successfully makes us believe that if she can do it, we can too.”
“Molly Chanson tells her story with the honesty and insight to which all personal growth seekers aspire. Practitioners of spiritual traditions endeavor to bring their practice off the mat, zafu, or chair, and into their life; Molly illustrates this with boldness and courage. Here we have a young woman’s adventure through marriage, career, and motherhood, all presented with her yoga practice in the background. The take-away is that the practice of yoga provides training for the mind and heart that prepares us for and guides us through the unpredictable array of challenges life brings us.”
“Molly Chanson shows that life’s most challenging experiences are often the most meaningful. In Fallen Star, she boldly shares her account of being transformed by the fire of yoga, demonstrating how the discipline of regular yoga practice and its ethical tenets can support profound healing and deliver us back to our true selves.”
Melinda Facal, Review *****, Readers’ Favorite, 8-23-2022
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