I always followed the rules, never rocked the boat, and everyone called me "Saint Michael" growing up. I received an MBA from Wharton, became a successful CEO, and then...went to prison...for a misdemeanor.
Going Om is my story of a man who was least likely to end up in prison, where I unexpectedly discover my true calling and ultimate sense of purpose.
I share a behind-the-scenes look at life in a men's correctional facility, complete with alarming and surprisingly funny stories, letters I had written from inside, and lessons learned along the way.
Yoga gave me the strength, direction, and tools needed to calmly shift from my role as a corporate executive to sharing a cell in an often-corrupt prison system. Before long, I started teaching other incarcerated men breathing exercises, anger management, and how to be spiritually free.
" This is a book of personal triumph, discovery, and the resiliency of the human spirit. It challenges our inner strength to identify what is truly important. More than a cautionary tale that every corporate executive should read, it's an inspirational measure of a strong, centered, spiritual individual, calling us all to reset our personal GPS"
— Michael Daley, PhD., CEO of OrthogenRx, Inc.
“Few books describe the real-life application of yoga with such intrigue. This inspiring story details yoga's transformative power in a straight forward and eloquent way. Beyond the resiliency of the human spirit, Michael Huggins journals his own spiritual growth that ultimately inspired the development of community-based programs, sharing the powerful and practical tools of yoga and mindfulness with those who would not normally have access to them.”
— Rob Schware, Executive Director, The Give Back Yoga Foundation
Yoga for Recovery: A Practical Guide for Healing , co-written with Andrew Moore, this book supports individuals in substance abuse recovery in maintaining a home-based yoga practice, while utilizing a set of yoga and mindfulness-based exercises proven to support those in recovery.
“We view recovery as a shift in perspective and life-long behavioral changes. Our programming is driven by the recognition that individuals have the power to take their wellbeing into their own hands. This book provides the practical tools to support them along the way.”
— Nicole Breen, Transformation Yoga Project Director of Recovery
Through all of my work, I continue to give back by sharing my experiences and beliefs on ethics and responsibility both personally and professionally. Everyone should learn to recognize when it is time for change, that where you are doesn’t define who you are, and to learn to live life to the fullest.