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From the New York Times best-selling author of Yoga Girl and 'international force in the world of yoga' (Allure), a moving and inspirational memoir on how to cope with tragedy, adversity and change through yoga. 

To love and let go, love and let go, love and let go...it's the single most important thing we can learn in this lifetime.

While on her way to a yoga retreat in the Caribbean, Rachel Brathen collapsed in the airport and was rushed to the hospital for an emergency appendectomy. When she opened her eyes following the surgery, her boyfriend was at her bedside weeping, and she immediately knew something terrible had happened. She soon discovered that at the same time as her collapse, her best friend was killed in a car crash. 

Over the next two years, which should have been the happiest time of her life with her engagement and growing career, Rachel experienced trial after trial. From the overwhelming loss of her best friend, to the illness and death of her grandmother and a shocking suicide attempt by her mother, Rachel found herself in a deep depression. When she discovered she was pregnant, Rachel decided to use her pregnancy as a time to heal and an opportunity to be reborn herself. 

Now, in this evocative and remarkable memoir, Rachel shares the tools she used to cope with and overcome her depression. She invites you to share in her eye-opening epiphanies and realizations about life and death, love and fear, what it means to be a mother and a daughter, and the restorative power of yoga. Perfect for fans of Gabrielle Bernstein and Glennon Doyle, this unforgettable memoir will move and enlighten you.

©2019 Rachel Brathen (P)2019 Octopus Publishing Group

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  • Elske Rotshuizen
  • 09-08-20

Great book

Love this book so much, read it twince and the audiobook is even better! Beautiful raw story about life and loss. Made me cry, laugh and gave me all the feels. Great writing and also great to listen to.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-17-20

Amazing

The most beautiful story I’ve ever heard. Thank you, Rachel so much for writing this book!

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  • Alisha
  • 05-29-20

I cried and cried

I’m so glad I got the audible version. Listening to Rachel tell her story was so incredibly moving, I’ve followed her since the beginning, but even I didn’t realise she had all this depth and wild experience. I was overwhelmed and cried a lot. There’s a lot of pain but also a lot of light. Everything she shares about her relationship with her mother is so raw, she is really brave and no doubt her story has resonated with so many people, and probably pushed them to invest in their healing. I loved to hear of all the synchronistic moments in her life. I feel these moments and patterns in my own and it’s nice to feel like you’re not crazy for believing wholeheartedly in divine timing. A really amazing book ❤️

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-27-20

Beautiful story

Loved this book! I hope she writes another one. Rachel's story is very gripping.

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  • Iveta Fiedlerova
  • 05-22-20

Great book, so touching and moving

Loved it so very much! This book touched my heart, soul and spirit. Amazing experience. Thank you Rachel.

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  • STEPHANIE BONOS
  • 05-12-20

Very moving

Very moving, very raw in places, I cried a lot but also smiled a lot too. A very heartfelt and honest listen xx

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-03-20

Beautiful.

I loved it so much. I have followed Rachel for years and everytime I listen to what she has to say, it resonates within my heart. Thank you.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-15-20

Couldn't stop listening.

I listened to this in a day. I fell asleep listening to it because I couldn't turn it off. I have followed Rachel since her book came out. I'm not on social media, but I check on her now and then and briefly knew a friend of hers who said she's as real and beautiful as she seems. Her voice gives this story what words on a page could not and coming from someone who truly loves books and won't ever buy a kindle, that is surprising. It is like a phone call with a friend. I cried so many times in this for her losses felt like my own, she describes people, situations and experiences so vividly yet effortlessly that I felt like I were there. The loss of Pepper hit me hardest and I understood how she would have been made to feel as though it were less than losing a human, but honestly my pets and now particularly my dog, spend more time with me than any human ever has. Unconditional love pours from them and you feel overwhelming responsible to read their minds when they are not themselves. I felt her pain so badly. I wasn't prepared, even though I knew her back story, for such pain. I have a terrible headache and tense shoulders because I lived her losses in the last day. However, the lessons I heard and learnt were worth it all. I heard myself being described in her relationship to her Mother and Sisters and I am in the process of the distancing and restarting phase with them. Learning to not only listen to yourself but to honour the journey you come here for, is so difficult at times. We become who others need us to be when it starts in the home so young. I was grateful for finding yoga through Rachel and now I am grateful for remembering it is okay to find myself also. Thank you Rachel. This book is brutiful as Glennon Doyle says, brutal and beautiful all at once.

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  • ifigenia
  • 03-04-20

Just amazing

So touching. So raw and truthful. So inspiring!I loved it! Thank you.It is my most loved book till now!

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  • Zahra Hagouchi
  • 02-02-20

Incredibly compelling

I cried several times and came to amazing insights from listening. Rachel shares her life so beautifully and authentically you can't help but to keep listening.

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  • jessi
  • 12-16-19

What a wonderful book!

Oh my goodness. Beautiful beautiful real raw story! To hear Rachel narrate this book herself so superbly, makes it that more special to hear about this beautiful woman’s journey. There is so much magic in this life, this book is a reminder of just that. Thank you Rachel for allowing us into your story. Get the tissues ready!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-21-20

a book that takes you on the author's journey

I've never cried so many tears throughout a book. I felt so connected to Rachel, and with Andrea. I grieved with Rachel. I felt happy and excited for her in the best moments and my heart hurt in the tough ones. this book pulled so tightly on my heartstrings but I could read it over and over and over again.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-28-20

Heartbreakingly Beautiful

This book helped me through my own stages of grief and made me feel less alone. I have so much gratitude for this raw and honest tale of life. Thank you

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-05-20

Absolutely Beautiful

Just a great story of Love, Loss & Gratitude. I love that Rachel reads this book too. No words just lots of emotions.