Brad Wills was a broadcast journalist, working hard although had to use pain killers for years. Then he broke his back in accident, became disabled, got terminal cancer, overweight and fell into drugs and alcohol. Doctors gave him two years time to live. Everything changed when his two years old son said; ‘get up daddy’. Brad realised he better die in dignity.
After rehab he started practise daily 10-12 hours yoga poses, breathing, fasting, veganism, meditation – remaking his body, mind and spirit. Brad, now Bhava Ram, has recovered fully, and helps other sick, addicted and depressed people. He advices his teenager son, and everyone to manifest their full potential and beliefs.
The Power of Mantra, TEDxSanDiego
Due to yoga, Russell Brand realized - his destructive use of drugs, sex, and alcohol was actually a spiritual problem. Today, he practices yoga and meditation to connect with himself and the higher power. Russell says; “A moment-to-moment union with God, I feel an authenticity that I really don’t feel in anywhere else in my life.”
Recent video, Seriously Russel Brand Teaching Yoga
Emily, 17 was suffering from anorexia, had monthly suicide attempts and was on suicide watch for three years. Her parents were told she wouldn’t live until 16. She says; ‘My first yoga session was a turning point, it calmed me down.’ Her mental health vastly improved in one year by yoga and meditation and having a routine. She is now able to attend university as she knows how to calm down, and not to panic at everything. https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2016/jun/22/yoga-saved-my-life-three-people-share-their-stories.
“Yoga Saved My Life, When Doctors Failed“, says Former NFL Athlete Mitchell. During a game, he had made a routine tackle, but could not get up. He was paralysed from the neck down, which evoke suicidal thoughts in him. He discovered the practice of yoga; “Meditation and yoga, all combined, the whole mindfulness aspect of living saved my life”, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9bu2kekTpY
Arthur Boorman was a disabled over weight veteran, hardly able to walk. He became determined to practise yoga poses daily and followed strictly DDP Yoga eating plan. Arthur lost soon weight, regained strength and flexibility, and also avoided knee surgery. Now he runs, teaches DDP Yoga himself, and works as a special education teacher. Arthur says; “I just followed the program”. Never, Ever Give Up, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qX9FSZJu448
Around twelve-years-old Taryn Raine was put on anti-depressants. She began drinking, smoking and was diagnosed with mild split personality. God was bullshit for her. Then she got into yoga and mindfulness by accident. She hated the first class – however when it ended, she realized it had made her very focused, and her brain was quieted. She was hooked; ‘Buti Yoga gave me the tools to heal myself and coach others. There is no greater gift in life than to be of service to those around me’, says Taryn now a yoga teacher, https://theremoteyogi.blog/2018/03/04/how-yoga-saved-my-life-and-shaped-who-i-am-today/.
Ananda Kalika was a long term drug addict. When she started yoga and meditation practises she was finally able to leave drugs. After some years she became meditation teacher and a nun in Ananda Marga. She started a children’s home and school in Mongolia for starving street children, which she is still running after 20 years. She was honoured with the Shining World Compassion Award. TEDxUlaanbaatar – Orphans in Mongolia, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4w-KO1Wp9_E.
Nick was a 16-year-old disabled punk kid in California. He wanted to die. Then he came across a yoga studio; “First week free!” He decided to go with it. According him the most challenging part was Corpse Pose, ‘I walked out of that class in tears but went back the next day’. After two years his scoliosis and emotional side were healed. Today he is a teacher of yoga and meditation, https://www.sonima.com/yoga/yoga-heals/.
Rachel Brathen, also know as Yoga Girl online, was a troubled 12 years old teenager on a fast path to self destruction. However, after she took her first yoga class, at age of 17 in Thailand, she turned her life around. Since she has built up social media following of five million, and got a family, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NEzRQvO5eHU
Kathy Simonik had spinal fusion, scoliosis, two herniated discs and degenerative disc disease. From age 21 to 35 she had three back surgeries, and insertion of two six-inch metal rods. She suppose to have two more surgeries, but instead started yoga with Chad Satlow; ‘I had to relearn how to breathe, stand, walk, sit and sleep’. She also learned devotion, and how to be hopeful and empowered. She used a combination of yoga, naprapathy, chiropractic, acupuncture, etc. Now she can do handstands and full wheel on a bench, and she teaches yoga herself, http://yogachicago.com/2014/03/how-yoga-healed-my-back/.
Ms Anthea Ong was a corporate high-flier, until her business failed and she had a divorce. What saved her and changed her life was yoga. In 2006, she started practising daily yoga with hours of meditation. Now she makes her living as a life coach of mindfulness. Besides she has founded Project Yoga-on-Wheels – for the underprivileged; Playground of Joy – children’s yoga; and Circle of Bliss – community meditation, https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/it-changed-my-life-down-and-out-she-finds-herself
Ratish R Rao tried to get up, but realised he couldn’t. His doctor said that he will have to undergo surgery. He started attending classes at The Yoga Institute, Santacruz. He did daily yoga practice eight months. He went for an X-ray which confirmed that his spinal gap was rectified and he was now fine. He developed programs on sport yoga and found gratifying helping others by hatha, ashtanga and therapeutic yoga, https://mumbaimirror.indiatimes.com/others/health-lifestyle/healthy-for-life/articleshow/62407584.cms.
Sweta Vikram, NY, hurt his back so that doctors couldn’t help. She tried yoga and over the years it helped. Her thirties was a decade of crises with studies. One night during meditation, she found the answer to her thesis study. She forgot yoga until a nerve in her neck got pinched. Once again, what cortisone couldn’t fix, yoga cured. Recently, she lost her mother, yoga understanding helped. For her ‘yoga is about controlling mind, thoughts, ego, and feeling gratitude, compassion, and forgiveness’. Amazon bestselling author, https://www.doyouyoga.com/how-yoga-saved-me-and-i-didnt-know-it/
After 18 years of battling lupus (SLE), migraines, and fibromyalgia, Angela went through painful times with yogic means. Recently her doctor gave her incredible news: she was now cured of lupus! Completely healed! ‘I’m on my way to fulfilling dreams like sailing around the world with my husband’, https://www.sonima.com/yoga/yoga-heals/.
Wheelchair Yoga For Those with Severe Physical Limitations, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01kA5qF7mtY. Meditation, the most important practice, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Msi5oaVbPU. Why Meditation Made Me A Bad Person, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2aYKtolQIM.
Only yoga helped 86 Years Old Lady With A Hunched Back, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XqDClqlJLBM. Double Amputee Vet Teaches Yoga, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ZsHJU2R7pQ. Prison Yoga Changed My Life, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWCr9t8W6VI
An evidence-based analysis on Yoga at UNESCO, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9x7oqU1owDA. It Changed My Life, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QIwUlWTM8oM.
Ananda Marga Meditation and Service to Humanity