GOING OM READER LAUNCH TEAM
I am excited to announce the launch of my book, Going Om: A CEO’s Self-Discovery Behind Bars. This new edition features additional chapters, a second look at the existing chapters, plus a continuation of my journey. Creating this book couldn’t have been possible without the help and support of people like you.
A brief description of the book:
Going Om is a behind-the-scenes look at life in a men's correctional facility, complete with alarming and funny stories. I share letters written from inside, lessons learned along the way, and how I discovered my true calling and ultimate sense of purpose. Yoga provided me the strength, direction, and tools needed to shift from my role as a corporate executive to sharing a cell in our often-corrupt prison system. Eventually I started teaching incarcerated men breathing exercises, anger management techniques, and how to take yoga off the mat to be spiritually free.
FROM THE PREFACE
None of this was supposed to happen. When I was a kid, everyone called me Saint Michael. Now I was on a prison bus headed to wherever the powers that be had chosen to store me for eight months.
My Wharton MBA and former CEO status meant nothing here. To the men with the guns, I was no different from the drug dealers, gang members, and murderers with whom I shared this ride. I could only hope my atypical white-collar crime would send me to a prison camp. The days of the famous Club Feds were long gone, but serving in a prison camp would be preferential to spending the better part of the next year in a place as bad as the FDC.
After receiving a prison sentence for a misdemeanor and being taken directly from the courtroom to prison, I shouldn’t have expected special treatment. Only one thing was certain: today would be the first of many long days. My yoga training served as my only chance of surviving this journey. Practicing yoga in chains on a cold bus headed into the unknown put all of my lessons to the test.
LESSONS LEARNED FROM LIFE BEHIND BARS:
Joy. Surrender. True Self
Just before my sentencing, I attended a yoga workshop led by Baron Baptiste, a well-respected instructor. I came away from his workshop with this mantra to carry with me through my sentencing and if it were to become necessary, through my incarceration.
It’s easy to be grateful as you climb the mountain but what defines you is how you react when you tumble to the bottom.
I don’t judge others because we judge others in the same way we judge ourselves, and I’m tired of judging myself.
Prison is a metaphor for life, where we cope with circumstances beyond our control in an unforgiving and uncompassionate environment.
Yoga is not about having fancy workout clothes or an expensive mat. It’s about enjoying each breath and becoming comfortable in your own skin. We had no yoga mats or blocks. Prison yoga was yoga distilled to its purest form.
Going Om journals my time within the criminal justice system to explore the underlying challenges and injustices of the often corrupt prison industrial complex. Yet, though all of this there is hope and even joy in experiencing our shared humanity. My experience living and working with other incarcerated men became a source of inspiration as we realized our untapped human potential in the least likely of places.This experience was an opportunity to experience ‘yoga off the mat,’ to experience life changing transformation for myself and for the other men who also chose this path.
On the inside I was known as “Yogi Mike,” and on the outside some people call me the “Boardroom Yogi.” I am grateful that this story resonates with a lot of people:
“This is a book of hope, personal triumph, discovery and the resiliency of the human spirit. The message helps us to center our own spirituality and challenges us to discover our inner strength to help us identify what is truly important in our daily lives. The story is inspirational, a must read and should help us all reset our personal GPS.”
– Michael Daley, Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer, OrthogenRx, Inc.
"Despite the increasing popularity of yoga, few books exist describing the real-life application of yoga, especially dealing with men. This intriguing and inspiring story details in a straightforward yet intimate way the transformative power of yoga and the resiliency of the human spirit.”
– Rob Schware, Co-Founder & Executive Director, The Give Back Yoga Foundation
This is my invitation to you to join my Reader Launch Team, and I would be grateful for you help in creating a successful book launch on Amazon. This launch will take place in two phases:
Reader Launch Team Dates
Friday, January 3, 2020 to Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Amazon Bestseller Campaign Day
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
How you can help in 3 simple steps:
Buy my book on Amazon between January 3 and January 14
Paperback version ($15.00). Here’s the link: Paperback
Hardcover version ($20.00). Here’s the link: Hardcover
Kindle version ($7.99). Here’s the link: Kindle
Read all or portions of my book and post a 2- to 3-sentence review on Amazon before January 15.
Sharing your experience reading the book will help others make a decision about purchasing and reading my book as well as elevate my book rankings on Amazon.
Feel free to use these questions as starting points:
– What did you like about the book?
– What is one experience that stuck out to you reading the book?
– Why would you recommend this book to a friend?
Share an email to your network and/or on social media promoting the Amazon Launch on Wednesday, January 15, 2020.
Several days before the January 15 Launch, I will send you:
– A description of the book
– A copy of the book cover
– A link to my book on Amazon so that you can share with your contacts
A SPECIAL THANKS
This collective support goes a long way. I’m so grateful and excited to begin this part of the journey with you! Thank you for your consideration of my request.
Joy. Surrender. True Self.