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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: BenBella Books (May 7, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937856690
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937856694
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,012 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Willis broke into journalism by wandering into a television station and interviewing for a job he never applied for. His passion for the field was so consuming that he spent seven years as an NBC foreign correspondent, ignoring a fractured vertebrae. When the injury finally overwhelmed him, a failed spinal fusion made the situation worse. Add to that a diagnosis of terminal throat cancer, and one can understand why Willis at first turned to the easy solace of drugs and alcohol to numb his exit from the world. But with his future as a father at stake, Willis reclaimed it through yoga and ayurvedic medicine, overcoming both injury and illness through those practices. Willis’ detailed and professional behind-the-scenes perspective on historic global conflicts is fascinating. And throughout the book, he manages to maintain the factual reliability of a journalist while sharing his personal struggle for self acceptance and healing. Willis’ memoir may prove an invaluable guide for those hoping to attain similar positive changes for themselves. --Amber Peckham


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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A truly inspiring life story!
Stacy Harrington
I found Willis' story very frank and moving, as well as interesting , and well written.
Keryn Adcock
From the moment I started reading this book I couldn't put it down.

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Karyn Buxman on June 20, 2013
Format: Paperback
I have written numerous reviews and endorsements, and it is rare that I would use such strong language, however I must speak my truth. This book can change your life. Not being a serious student of yoga, I picked up the book after hearing Bhava present at a TEDx conference. I'm not sure what I expected, but I did NOT expect to be immediately drawn in to and captivated by this passionate story of (what Joseph Campbell would call) The Hero's Journey. At first I thought the hero's struggle (even though Bhava would flinch at being called a hero) would be the events he witnessed and the people who were entangled in these heartbreaking circumstances--as a Pulitzer Prize winning war corespondent, he conveyed to us the atrocities that we would not have otherwise known of, and even moved us to action. Then another layer of challenge was added: The unspeakable pain he endured as a result of a broken back and terminal stage 4 cancer; and the demons he faced as a result of the drugs and alcohol he used to medicate himself. Then there were more challenges yet to come: The extreme measures he took to heal himself enough that he could die a death that his 2-year-old son could be proud of. This is a book about so much more than yoga. It is a dramatic memoir, it is a love story of father and son, and it is a testimony to what a passionate, committed, and deliberate soul can do to take charge of his or her own destiny. Let me say again, this book can change your life. I know it has changed mine.

Karyn Buxman, RN, MSN, CSP, CPAE
Speaker, Author, Neurohumorist
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Dee Langford on August 18, 2013
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This was a very interesting read but it left me with a lot of questions and wanting more. The author details his account of how he went from being obsessed with his career to being obsessed with self pity to being obsessed with yoga. Did he ever find the balance that is the essence of yoga? Perhaps this is addressed in his other books. Many close to him thought he could handle the residential rehab program after detox. How much healing had already occurred in his back at that time? I would also have liked to hear more from his wife's point of view. Surely she had some insights into the source and nature of his obsessions. I was troubled by the fact that he described some of his luxurious surroundings in great detail, but when his wife wanted to experience luxury on their vacation to Hawaii he makes it seem almost frivolous. Does he believe that he "starved" his cancer into remission? That was one of the many fascinating anecdotes in a book that just left me with a lot of questions.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By JHH on May 5, 2013
Format: Paperback
Warrior Pose is a Must-Read!! At the very least, this book is a true story of a man's incredible journey to save his life. More likely, reading this book will alter your own life in a some way - perhaps in a small way, serving as an inspiration simply to remind yourself to breathe deeply and "get up" - or perhaps Warrior Pose will be the book that inspires you to unlock the door to your own incredible journey of transformation - in order to be the best you can be. This book is proof that modern medicine with prescription drugs is not always the way to better health - Instead, the story of Brad Willis aka Bhava Ram demonstrates that anything is possible thru positive energy, healthy eating and yoga. Anyone and everyone can relate to this book in some way. Warrior Pose is a book that will make a difference in your life!.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie Weaver on May 15, 2013
Format: Paperback
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, living the rarified life of a well-paid foreign correspondent for NBC News.

His journey from there--a million dollar apartment overlooking glittering Hong Kong--through a crippling back injury, drug addiction, terminal cancer diagnosis, to become the man you see on the cover of the book is truly remarkable.

But what struck me most about this book was the deep, passionate, abiding love he has for his son. It was this love, more than anything else, more than his love for his wife, or his work, or himself, that drove him to find a way to heal.

It's rare to see a man write about this love and this bond in such a raw and intimate way.

This is a book for fathers, and for adventurers, and for those who need to heal. But it's also a book for sons.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Wellness Gangster on December 8, 2013
Format: Paperback
To be completely honest, I was extremely hesitant when I first saw this book in a bookstore.

As a fan of yoga and healthy living, I also have a very scientific and rational mind which automatically rejected this book as possible. In fact, I laughed a little inside when I saw it.

But I was drawn to it on some strange level. Then I read it. Then I felt stupid for that internal laughter.

This is honestly one of the best books I have ever read. It sounds cliche' to say that "This book changed my life" but this book changed my life.

This book isn't for people who appreciate yoga. This book is for everyone. Most of it contains the author's amazing tales of traveling around the world to broadcast the "truth" of what is really happening in this world. Just reading the first half of this book as he compellingly tells amazing stories of being a war correspondent is more than worth the price.

And that doesn't even come close to skimming the surface.

The reader comes to find out on one level or another, that we are Brad Willis. We are "injured" and wandering around this planet in search of meaning. We, like him, struggle with our inner demons, with purpose, with our relationships. We feel as though he is telling our story, but he is doing so from such a darker and more difficult place than most people will ever have to experience.

And he perseveres. Beautifully. Not only does he overcome all of his struggles, but he learns to live his life in a such an honest and beautiful way. Most importantly (in my opinion), you see his transition from rejecting ideas of yoga and alternative healing to being open to it and then fully embracing it.
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