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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User Review  - ElizabethAndrew - LibraryThing

I love Matthew Sanford's genuine voice. It's plain--this is a book without frills. It is welcoming--Sanford tells a good story. But most of all, this book is driven by passion. Sanford cares so much ... Read full review

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User Review  - gratefulyoga - LibraryThing

Incredible story of a parapalegic man who discovers yoga and eventually becomes a teacher. Through the precise alignment of Iyengar yoga, he regains a subtle, vital connection to his whole body. Inspiring and thought-provoking. Read full review


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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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