This week our guest is Brad Willis aka Bhava Ram.
“There’s a power deep within every human being that can help us overcome great obstacles, deal with crisis and calamity, and turn our suffering into a catalyst for positive change and personal transformation,” writes Brad Willis, a.k.a. Bhava Ram, in his new memoir Warrior Pose: How Yoga (Literally) Saved My Life (BenBella Books).
At the pinnacle of his career as a nationally esteemed war correspondent, a broken back and failed surgery left Brad Willis permanently disabled and condemned to life in a body brace. Then came a diagnosis of terminal, stage IV throat cancer from exposure to depleted uranium on the battlefield. Halfway through his 50th birthday party, Willis realized his friends were there to say goodbye.
The turning point for him came when his two-year-old son begged him, “Daddy, get up.” Those three words became his healing mantra.
Willis ultimately chose to abandon Western medicine and embrace the most ancient and esoteric practices of yoga, becoming a warrior for self-healing and personal transformation. He detoxed cold turkey from the painkillers, antidepressants, uppers, and alcohol that had gripped him for years, and launched himself full throttle into a radically new lifestyle that included daily cleanses, veganism, and 12-hours a day of yoga. As a symbol of his journey, he took the spiritual name, Bhava Ram, which stands for “Living from the Heart.”
Today his cancer is gone, which his former doctors call “a miracle,” and the man who could once barely walk is now a yogi who can wrap his legs around his neck in masterful yogic poses.
Bhava Ram demonstrates not only the power of non-Western medicine to heal the body, mind, and the soul, but the capacity within us all to take charge of our lives and overcome even the steepest challenges.
Warrior Pose is an unforgettable story about the power of love between father and son, a memoir from the front lines of the most momentous events of our times, a transformational journey of self-healing, and an inspiration to all who seek inner peace and wholeness.
This week Bhava Ram is here to share his powerful journey to health and wellness.
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