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Warrior Pose: How Yoga (Literally) Saved My Life [NOOK Book]

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From covering the front lines of the Gulf War to investigating Colombian drug lords to living with freedom fighters in the mountains of Afghanistan, war correspondent Brad Willis was accustomed to risk. But when mortal danger came, it was from an unexpected direction.

At the pinnacle of his career, a broken back and failed surgery left Willis permanently disabled and ...
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Warrior Pose: How Yoga (Literally) Saved My Life

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Overview

From covering the front lines of the Gulf War to investigating Colombian drug lords to living with freedom fighters in the mountains of Afghanistan, war correspondent Brad Willis was accustomed to risk. But when mortal danger came, it was from an unexpected direction.

At the pinnacle of his career, a broken back and failed surgery left Willis permanently disabled and condemned to life in a body brace. Then came a diagnosis of terminal, stage IV throat cancer.

At his 50th birthday party, friends gathered around Willis, who was crippled, almost mute, depressed, strung out on narcotic medications, and dying. Halfway through the celebration Willis realized the party’s true purpose—his friends were there to say goodbye.

Everyone knew Willis was on his way out...everyone except his 2-year-old son, who urged, “Get up, Daddy!”

His son’s words ringing in his ears, Willis chose to abandon Western medicine and embrace the most esoteric practices of Yoga to heal his body, mind, and soul—ridding himself of cancer and fully restoring his back. As a symbol of his journey, he took the spiritual name Bhava Ram, which stands for “Living from the Heart.”

Warrior Pose is an adventure chronicling some of the most momentous events of our time through a journalist’s eyes, an unforgettable story about the power of love between father and son, and a transformational journey of self-healing, inner peace, and wholeness.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this brutal but eventually life-affirming memoir, Willis chronicles his career as a war correspondent for NBC News alongside his personal battles with depression, drugs, and disease. Willis received his first gig in television in the 1970s on a lark. He "pulled into the parking lot and walked inside" a small news station in Eureka; the general manager mistook him for a job applicant. In time he moved to larger markets such as Sacramento, Dallas, and Boston and gained recognition, winning a Columbia-DuPont Award, considered, "the broadcast equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize." Drawn to the thrill, he was always chasing the next exciting assignment. What viewers did not see, were the demons Willis fought behind the scenes. To deal with a back injury sustained while on vacation, he relied heavily on painkillers which led to "a pharmaceutical-induced nightmare." When the author discovers yoga, he undergoes physical and emotional transformations that benefit his life—and thankfully the craft of his book. This is not the story of one man's downward spiral but rather "how (he) ultimately clawed (his) way back into the world." In part a personal homage the practice of yoga, Willis's book is revealing and confessional. (May)
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Warrior Pose is Indiana Jones merged with Gautama Buddha, a miraculous affirmation of the power of self-healing, a war story, a love story, and a spiritual journey of epic proportion. It is your story, my story, the human story ... writ large.”
Dr. Emmett Miller, Pioneer of Mind-Body Medicine

“Bhava Ram leads us on an amazing life journey of courage, passion, hope, despair, and never-die spirit. His war stories, tender moments with his son, and transformative lifestyle are beacons of light for everyone seeking to find their path of well-being. “
Dr. Suhas G. Kshirsagar, Director of Ayurvedic Healing, California Integrative Medicine

Warrior Pose not only takes us on an amazing journey through war zones and global crises, it leads us on an inner journey of profound self healing and personal transformation that reminds us all of our own potential to access our inner power and live our truth.”
Felicia Tomasko, Editor-in-Chief, LA Yoga Magazine

“Whoever you are, whatever your challenges, this text is a treasure that can lead you into a new understanding about your life and how to live it fully.”
Rebecca Tolin, Journalist

“This book is a bright beacon of practical wisdom and guidance, inspiring us to reach for greatness and reminding us that we each posses an amazing capacity to achieve a more healthy and joyful life as well as our most heartfelt dreams. Read it and you too will be emboldened to soar.”
Rod Stryker, Para Yoga

"Remarkable recoveries and miraculous healings of incurable cancers … Brad Willis has written the most exciting, original, and vividly relevant book yet on this topic. Its concise, hard-hitting prose makes a page turner about the shockingly grim world behind the nightly news as revealed to a top television reporter."
Candace Pert, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer, RAPID Laboratories, Inc.; author, Everything You Need to Know to Feel Go(o)d and Molecules of Emotion: The Scientific Basis Behind Mind-Body Medicine

Warrior Pose is riveting, beautiful, informative, inspiring, compelling, honest, and so very stirring to my heart strings. I'm recommending it to everyone. And I will be putting it on my reading list for my next semester's class on the History of Yoga. It feels like The Autobiography of a (Modern) Yogi....
Marcy Braverman Goldstein, founder of Sanskrit Revolution

“An often engrossing and uplifting story, well written, that conveys his struggle to break free of the prison of pain.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781937856700
  • Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/7/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 218,813
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Brad Willis a.k.a. Bhava Ram is a former NBC News war correspondent who reported from the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Latin America, and beyond. He is the recipient of the prestigious Alfred I. duPont Award, considered the broadcast equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize, for his work inside Afghanistan during the Soviet occupation.

Self-healed from a broken back, failed surgery, and cancer, he is now devoted to teaching the sister sciences of Yoga and Ayurveda. He is the founder of Deep Yoga, based in San Diego, the author of two previous books, a spiritual musician, and leader of Mastery of Life trainings, retreats, and workshops in the United States and India.
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