Waking: A Memoir of Trauma and Transcendence

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Rodale, May 27, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 272 pages
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Matthew Sanford's life and body were irrevocably changed at age 13 when his family's car skidded off a snowy Iowa overpass, killing Matt's father and sister and leaving him paralyzed from the chest down. This pivotal event set Matt on a lifelong journey, from his intensive care experiences at the Mayo Clinic to becoming a paralyzed yoga teacher and founder of a nonprofit organization. Forced to explore what it truly means to live in a body, he emerges with an entirely new view of being a "whole" person. In Waking--his searingly candid memoir--Sanford delivers a powerful message about the endurance of the human spirit and of the body that houses it.

 

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Contents

Wheels Not Legs
Broken Again
Above the Chest
Yoga Bodies and Baby Boys
Taking My Legs Wide
Body Memories
Maha Mudra
Broken Yet Again

Mind Not Body
Gin and Tonics
Initiation
Into Your Arms
Falling Gracefully
The Births of William and Paul
Afterword
Copyright

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About the author (2008)

Matthew Sanford is the founder of the non-profit organization Mind Body Solutions. He specializes in adapting yoga to people living with disabilities and teaches workshops around the country. He currently resides in Orono, Minnesota.

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