Warrior Pose: How Yoga (Literally) Saved My Life

Warrior Pose How Yoga Literally Saved My Life From the front lines of the Gulf War to investigating Columbian drug lords to living with freedom fighters in the mountains of Afghanistan war correspondent Brad Willis was accustomed to risk But whe

  • Title: Warrior Pose: How Yoga (Literally) Saved My Life
  • Author: Brad Willis Bhava Ram
  • ISBN: 9781937856694
  • Page: 280
  • Format: Paperback
  • From the front lines of the Gulf War to investigating Columbian 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 liFrom the front lines of the Gulf War to investigating Columbian 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 from exposure to depleted uranium on the battlefield.At his 50th birthday party, friends gathered around Willis, who was crippled, mute, muddled on narcotic medications, depressed, and dying It was only halfway through the celebration that Willis realized the party s true purpose his friends were there to say a final goodbye.Everyone knew Willis was on his way out everyone except his 2 year old son, who one day tearfully urged, Get up, Daddy Willis desperately wanted to get up, but with so much stacked against him, he felt helpless and lost.His son s words ringing in his ears and tugging at his heart, Willis ultimately chose to abandon the Western medicine that had failed him and embrace the most ancient and esoteric practices of Yoga, becoming a warrior for self healing and personal transformation As a symbol of his journey, he took the spiritual name, Bhava Ram, which stands for Living from the Heart His cancer gone and his body fully restored, 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 greatest of obstacles.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.

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    285 thoughts on “Warrior Pose: How Yoga (Literally) Saved My Life”

    1. I really wanted to like this book more. Actually, I liked the book I think I wanted to like Mr. Willis more, but his narrative felt very self-serving and lacking in gratitude to the people who helped him along the way. His description of his darkest days and the love for his son kept me weeping for chapters. No doubt, his journey was one of enormous pain, sorrow, sacrifice, and determination and I don't diminish his strength of character and willpower to make the incredible amount of life change [...]


    2. There is a genre of book that I think of as "inspirational tales of real-life healing and transformation through yoga" and I pretty much love all books in that category with equal fondness. This is one such book that I found hugely inspiring. Brad Willis had a broken back and was addicted to painkillers and healed through yoga - extraordinary! Everything is possible.


    3. TRUE RATING 2.5 STARSSo, I wanted to love this book because I love all things yoga, my sister and I can drone on about a single yoga pose for 1/2 an hour and be fully engaged and entertained. What I'm trying to say is that if yoga is part of the story, as a rule, you have me at hello. However, despite being about yoga (sort of) I could not get into this book. I finished it but it was tough. It felt disjointed and repetitive to me. Yes, the guy's story is amazing but the telling of it, not so muc [...]


    4. This memoir is divided into three sections, Willis's life as a journalist, his descent into addiction and illness, and his rebirth through yoga. If it were only a book about journalism it would be compelling; the same is true if it was a book about addiction. Oddly, the yoga section is probably the least compelling. Everything happens just a little too quickly and easily for Willis, mostly without a teacher to guide him. I was also bothered by the level of selfishness Willis demonstrates in basi [...]



    5. It may strike one as hokey that this book has one author, but two names on the byline. But, it’s apropos of an autobiography describing the fundamental transformation of a man.Part I is the story of Brad Willis, a journalist on the rise. Willis goes from stumbling into a reporter job at one of the smallest markets in the country to being the Asia bureau foreign correspondent for NBC (National Broadcasting Corporation, one of the largest American television networks.) There’s no mention of yo [...]


    6. I, for one, could not put this book down. I was drawn to it from the moment I heard about it. I thank you, Brad Willis, for sharing your story with the world. I've have suffered back pain now for over 19 years. Unlike you, who broke your back, I am still at a loss for the causes of severe back spasms that can put me down for up to four days straight, never knowing when or why they will eventually take hold of me. I've experienced the bedpan from not only barely being able to roll over while layi [...]


    7. I am having a tough time reviewing this book. Like many other reviewers, I struggle because the author is unrelatable and egotistical. A good portion of the book is spent about his life as a foreign correspondent. Given the title of the book, I did not realize how much time would be spent explaining how he was so amazing at his job. This being said, I learned a lot and found it interesting.When he moves into rehab, he adapts this I am doing this all by myself attitude and does give credit to tho [...]


    8. True Story : Successful International NBC investigative News Man, Brad Willis married with son, breaks back , diagnosed stage four throat cancer , becomes drug dependent and an alcoholic , Goes cold turkey in rehab , finds yoga , becomes a yoga master , teaches , changes name to Bhava Ram. what can one say except "Whew!"


    9. as a lover of yoga, personal transformation, & really good writing, this book satisfied my reading cravingsa death sentence--stage IV cancer + intolerable pain from an unhealed broken back + drug & alcohol addiction=inspiring comeback story with deep insights


    10. This is a memoir about a man's journey from war correspondent to yogi, and the hell he walks through in between. His courage and determination to "get up dad" are truly inspiring.


    11. I picked up this book thinking it was a story about how Yoga saved the author's life. Well I guess that's the crux of it, but you have to wade through a hell of a lot of other stuff before you get to that. About 50% of the book is about his time as a foreign correspondent and while that is interesting, it was too much and too much detail and I just wanted it to be over to get to the good stuff. Then the section where he's incapacitated and going into the 'Abyss' - rock bottom. Firstly, who does [...]


    12. I found this book to be inspirational. The book, divides into three: his incredible career as a war correspondent (I would never have chosen a book that had this as a topic but I found the narrative exceptionally interesting and was fully engaged with what he was doing at this time), the second section was his abyss where he has to confront disability and cancer. During this section I thought he was very honest about himself even though in doing so it causes the reader to dislike him. This was a [...]


    13. In all very inspirational account of the power of Yoga in comparison to western medicine as we know it. You would however be forgiven for believing that the author was the first person to have ever “discovered” Yoga. He could definitely come across as more likeable at times and there are some real eye rolling moments where in one sentence he’s excitedly describing how great he is at Yoga and how much he is “studying” and in the next how he is unaware of basic elements. We all start som [...]


    14. The entire book is so gripping not giving way to any boredom. As a reader, I got to live through every moment of his life and his experiences. Such is the power of his narration. It is one of the best inspirational memoirs that I have read.



    15. Remarkable account of the author's transformation from an addict with Stage 4 cancer and a broken back to full health via yoga.


    16. Brad Willis’s Warrior Pose: How Yoga (Literally) Saved My Life is not your typical ‘how to’ book demonstrating yoga poses which are designed to make you live a healthier, stronger, and more centered life. If that is what you are looking for this book may not be for you. Warrior Pose is Willis’s journey of transformation from a foreign correspondent to Bhava Ram, a spiritual guide.At the peak of his career, Willis broke his back. With a failed surgery, Willis was left disabled. Worse yet, [...]


    17. Brad Willis, the author of this inspirational book, became a NBC war correspondent and spent time in Korea, Afghanistan, Korea, Hong Kong, covered Desert Storm, and the first half of this book is full of his incredible experiences on the job he loved. During this time he took a fall, while trying to close a window during a tropical storm, and landed on his back. He spent years in pain,not wanting to loose his job which he loved so much, he just sucked it up and put up with the pain during his lo [...]


    18. I cannot give this book enough stars and I challenge you to read it and not agree. This is the story of a man who was going down the path of professional progress-- as a well-known and respected journalist-- and was in the midst of this, beginning to experience severe back pain. It got worse until a doctor insisted surgery was the only way- and he chose not to go that route and instead began to numb the pain with alcohol and otc drugs then narcotics. As his health deteriorated, so did his person [...]


    19. Brad Willis early on knew what he wanted to do, investigative reporter, the Nightly News in far off locations. Brad lived his dream, the Gulf War,drug trade,Afghanistan, in locations all over the world Brad has seen poverty, human despair and hope, faced danger with seldom a thought. We all forget danger sometime happens when we least expect it.A fall sends a small fracture and pain up Brads back, but in the sake of the next story he ignores it, using a brace and medication he continues to pursu [...]


    20. What an amazing story! Brad Willis takes you in many different directions from start to finish. For me it opened my eyes on many points. Get ready, It's deep! I love the part about Nurse Ratched! Yes, I do believe Yoga is what brought him homehis love for his son began his path. Mr. Willis in my opinion was a type A personality. I do not believe that to be the case now. He is grounded and centered. (or at least comes across that way in the book). I don't know him personally. If you are suffering [...]


    21. This memoir of a war correspondent's back injury and subsequent experiences with addiction and then spiritual awakening was engrossing from start to finish. I felt like I was reading three books: one about the hard and exciting life of a war correspondent, another about the downward spiral into pain killer addiction and alcoholism (largely due to the author's cancer diagnosis and broken back), and yet another about yoga and spiritual awakening. All one person. One very intense, passionate, and d [...]


    22. Okay, so now that I have finished the book I am inspired by it. However, in all honesty, this is a read that had me all over the place. I found the beginning very interesting and I thoroughly enjoyed reading his first-hand accounts of his experience as a journalist. The section about his illness and descent into self-pity and addiction made me dislike him to the point I was tempted to abandon. Even the beginning of his detox and recovery seemed a bit too easy for him to the point of judging his [...]


    23. THANK YOU to my fellow yoga teacher for recommending this book. I loved it. I love stories of people who are broken and make it through, beating all odds. And especially when they are true! This is part memoir, part inspirational story. The author was a completely broken man and this is a story of how yoga transformed his life. Although yoga isn't even mentioned until about 2/3 of the way through the book, it's still amazing. Reading this made me cry. And any book that allows me to become emotio [...]


    24. Warrior Pose can be split into two parts, the first being the author's "external" journeys around the world to report on war, injustice and the struggle of poor children to survive in the Third World. The second part is "internal," where he goes inward to develop his spiritualism and to appreciate his life and all the simple things around him. I enjoyed the first part because it was exciting to read of his narrow escapes from tight spots in Afghanistan and Iraq (during the Persian Gulf War) and [...]


    25. Many people reviewing this book will mention Willis' amazing journey. He literally has traveled the globe, had astounding access to some of the late 20th-century's key historical events, and lived the rarified life of a well-paid foreign correspondent for NBC News.His journey from a million-dollar apartment overlooking glittering Hong Kong through a crippling back injury, drug addiction and terminal cancer diagnosis to become the man you see on the cover of the book is truly remarkable.But what [...]


    26. I devoured this book! Amazing story of a man healing himself through yoga. Brad Willis was a globe trotting reporter for NBC news until years of chronic pain from an injury sidelines him. The book is divided into three parts. The first describes his life as a reporter and experiences covering the Gulf War. While on assignment, his back gives out after dealing with a fracture for several years. He is soon labeled permanently disabled. The second part details his struggle with pain and disease and [...]


    27. I'm practically the perfect reader for this book. I'm a middle-aged man concerned about his health, striving to eat a vegan diet, very open to the power of the mind and body to heal itself, and curious about the spiritual and health benefits of yoga.But wow, Brad Willis can come of as an obsessive narcissist. Narcissist isn't the right term though, he shows incredible empathy and compassion throughout his journey. Obsessive? Yeah, that's the right word: first he was obsessive about his career, t [...]


    28. This is a good book. I enjoyed the stories about the early life and war correspondent career of Brad Willis. I found his struggle with cancer and a broken back to be well described and well written. The author dives into Yoga like he does most things in his life. With reckless abandon. I think his gung ho attitude and lifestyle got him in the problem and the same attitude eventually saved his life with a change so radical that very little remains of his old life by the time he is finished. I'd s [...]


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