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Book Title: Going Om: A CEO's Journey from a Prison Facility to Spiritual Tranquility|
The author of the book: Michael D. Huggins
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Edition: Hawkeye Publishers
Date of issue: November 11th 2016
ISBN 13: 9781946005038
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He always followed the rules, never rocked the boat, and everyone called him "Saint Michael" growing up. He got his MBA from Wharton, became a successful CEO, and then... he went to prison.
In a behind-the-scenes look at life in a men's correctional facility, Going Om is the story of a man who was least likely to end up behind bars. Huggins shares both alarming and surprisingly funny stories, as well as emails that he had sent from prison, and lessons learned during the dimmest days of his life. Struggling to cope in a world where he did not belong, Huggins turned to the practice of yoga for strength and direction. Before long, "Yogi Mike" had a following of inmates seeking his help with physical fitness, anger management, and everything in between.
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Read information about the authorIn 2009, a guilty plea to a misdemeanor landed Mike Huggins in prison for nine months. It was hardly the outcome anyone would have anticipated for a man whose squeaky-clean reputation had earned him the nickname “St. Michael.”
Born into a middle-class Irish Catholic family, Mike knew the importance of family, a strong work ethic and a good education. After graduating from Villanova University, he earned his CPA and then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. With these credentials and an entrepreneurial spirit, Mike’s business career took off, and he quickly climbed the ranks into the C-suite.
However, in 2011, more than five years after the company he previously worked for had become embroiled in an investigation concerning a medical device that led to Mike’s misdemeanor conviction, Mike and three fellow executives were sentenced to prison. The high-profile case drew national media attention, and Mike’s world unraveled in the blink of an eye. He was whisked to the Federal Detention Center in Philadelphia and later Lewisburg Federal Prison Camp.
As he marked the slow passage of time within the confines of prison, Mike struggled to cope mentally, physically and emotionally. Little did he know the yoga he had practiced and taught some years before would turn out to be his salvation. Mike tapped into yoga with a passion and discovered it provided a vehicle for growth in the most unlikely place. It was a tangible way to find comfort in an uncomfortable situation and enabled him to clearly see the best and worst of the human spirit. Most importantly, it gave him the opportunity to return to his core, to his true self, and follow the direction of his heart. That’s when Mike started a grassroots effort that evolved into a comprehensive yoga program within the prison.
Mike first introduced basic exercise and poses, and ultimately meditation, inward reflection, emotional intelligence and men’s discussion groups. At first some inmates were resistant to yoga and the self-reflection it entailed, but then many experienced the benefits it offered, including impulse control, as well as coping mechanisms for the aggression, antisocial behavior and substance abuse problems commonly reported among incarcerated populations. The common yoga themes of self-acceptance and self-compassion were embraced.
Upon his release in 2012, Mike declined some lucrative offers to return to the corporate world and instead founded the Transformation Yoga Project. Today, the non-profit focuses on “Healing through Empowerment” by teaching yoga to people facing difficult circumstances, and teaching others how to help bring the meditative practice of yoga to prisoners, veterans and those struggling with addiction.
Mike has dedicated his time and passion to demystifying yoga by breaking down the powerful and positive aspects of the practice in a straightforward manner that at-risk populations can relate to. Specially trained in applying yoga practices for addiction recovery and trauma-related issues, Mike is a frequent speaker in both the yoga and business community presenting tools for self-empowerment and the power of yoga as tool for rediscovering your true self. A registered yoga instructor (200 E-RYT) who has been practicing since 2003, He has studied yoga and meditation extensively with highly respected teachers at Kripalu, Omega and other notable organizations. He remains active in teaching yoga in prisons, as seen in the Huffington Post, as well as CBS, FOX and NBC News affiliates. He is also a contributor to several books focused on best practices for teaching trauma informed yoga and mindfulness to under-served populations. Mike has been on the board of several non-profits in the greater Philadelphia area, as well as Liberation Prison Yoga in New York City.