Going Om: A CEO's Self-Discovery Behind Bars

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Hawkeye Publishers
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5.0 X 0.46 X 8.0 inches | 0.49 pounds
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About the Author
In 2009, a guilty plea to a misdemeanor landed Mike Huggins a nine-month prison sentence. As he marked the slow passage of time within the confines of prison, Mike struggled to cope mentally, physically, and emotionally. Surprisingly, the yoga he had practiced and taught some years before became his salvation. With this new understanding of the power of mindfulness-based yoga, Mike began a grassroots effort that evolved into a comprehensive yoga program within the prison. Upon his release in 2012, Mike founded the Transformation Yoga Project to bring yoga to people facing difficult circumstances. The Project has expanded to training others to bring the meditative practice of yoga to those struggling with addiction or caught in the justice system. Mike's mission is to provide helpful tools for dealing with stress, tension, addiction, and anxiety to those who would otherwise have no access to yoga. He has dedicated his time and passion to demystifying yoga by breaking down the powerful and positive aspects of the practice in a straightforward manner to which at-risk populations can relate. Mike remains active in teaching yoga in addiction recovery facilities, prisons, and hospitals, and he has been featured in the Huffington Post and on PBS, ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC news affiliates. He is the author of Going Om: A CEO's Journey from a Prison Facility to Spiritual Tranquility.

"This is a book of personal triumph, discovery, and the resiliency of the human spirit. It challenges our inner strength to identify what is truly important in our daily lives. More than a cautionary tale that every corporate executive should read, it's an inspirational measure of a strong, centered, spiritual individual, calling us all to reset our personal GPS." -- Michael Daley, Ph.D., Founder, President, and Chief Executive Officer of OrthogenRx, Inc.

"Few books describe the real-life application of yoga with such intrigue. This inspiring story details yoga's transformative power in a straightforward and eloquent way. Beyond the resiliency of the human spirit, Michael Huggins journals his own spiritual growth that ultimately inspired the development of community-based programs, sharing the powerful and practical tools of yoga and mindfulness with those who would not normally have access to them." -- Rob Schware, Co-Founder and Executive Director of The Give Back Yoga Foundation.

"Every executive should read this story to better understand their personal liability for actions occurring in every facet of their organizations. Being a responsible corporate officer is about providing insightful and thoughtful leadership while dealing with personal and professional adversity. Although Mike's life was crushed under the absurdities of our terribly flawed criminal justice system, his journey is ultimately about hope and determination to re-invent himself and rise again. This is a gripping page-turner with an impactful message for dealing with life's challenges while positively impacting the lives of so many. This is a book for everyone!" -- Eric Wargotz, M.D.

"Going Om offers an authentic, firsthand view of the shortfalls and dysfunction of the U.S. prison system, and the inhumane treatment of prisoners. At the same time, it illustrates the compassion and understanding one can still nurture under trying circumstances through a committed, spiritual practice." -- James Fox, Founder of Prison Yoga Project.

"This is a gripping, insightful, and fast-paced read, showing the humanity and potential in all of us. Through mindfulness, meditation, and yoga, Mike not only found salvation for himself, he changed the lives of the people around him. The stories are simultaneously humorous, outrageous, and insightful." -- Jim Martin

"A truly inspirational tale of how yoga can heal and transform us. This book will fill your soul with possibility, and light the way to discover meaning and purpose that we all so desperately need." -- J. Brown, Yoga Teacher, Writer, and Host of the J. Brown Yoga Talks Podcast.

"I'm not a yoga person. A friend suggested I read Going Om, and I found it amazing that Mike was not only able to maintain his sanity through incarceration, but come out of it immensely stronger (both physically and spiritually). Stories of 'life in the slammer' are entertaining when you aren't there, and this book packs a powerful, positive impact in a relatively quick and easy read." -- C. Daniels

"Entertaining and thought-provoking, it's hard to believe this is not a story from a creative team of Hollywood writers, but a real-life reminder that each of us has the capacity to handle whatever life may send our way with grace. Like Alice in Wonderful, Michael falls through the rabbit hole into a world filled with peculiar and irrational creatures. His story provides much food-for-thought. " -- C. Cote