Greetings and salutations, my friends! This week on Generation Regeneration, we featured author, yoga and spiritual teacher Bhava Ram. I was so honored to have such an esteemed guest on the show! It was a great discussion, and if you missed it, you can catch it here On Demand.
Our goal on Gen R is to provide information and support for those who want to take ownership of their health and regenerate their bodies, minds and spirits. Bhava was a wonderful guest because he personifies the notion of regenerating one’s whole self. He is a former NBC war correspondent who worked throughout the world, including the Middle East, Africa, South America and Asia. However, a broken back from a fall and subsequent failed surgery ended this career. After dealing with this disabling condition for years came the diagnosis of Stage IV throat cancer, which developed as a result of exposure to depleted Uranium in the Middle East. During the show, he discussed how he refused to give up on life and healed himself through the sciences of Yoga and Ayurveda, as chronicled in his memoir Warrior Pose: How Yoga Literally Saved My Life. If you haven’t read it, then I highly recommend that you check it out because it is a riveting and inspiring read.
Bhava explained how the ancient sciences of Yoga and Ayurveda taught him to move from a state of chronic stress to one of mental and physical calm, which is required for healing; how to move, loosen, detox and nourish his body; and how to reconnect with his higher self. He discussed the biochemical changes that result from all of the above, and referred to this approach as Self-Directed Biological Transformation (SDBT). I was fascinated! He made the great point that the path of SDBT is not the quick and easy one, but the one that will result in deep and sustained healing.
Bhava’s journey is certainly an inspiring one, and he gave advice for those who may be embarking on a healing journey of their own. He noted that the most important thing is to start with small steps so you can chalk up small victories, and to keep going! He found the inspiration to keep going from his 2-year old son’s command to “Get up, Daddy!”. Get up, he did, and you can, too! The innate healing potential is within all of us, we just have to be willing to do the work to harness it.
We closed the show by introducing a foundation which is close to Bhava’s heart, called Warriors for Healing (W4H), for which he is the founder. W4H aspires to reach out to veterans with PTSD and teach them how to reintegrate their bodies, minds and spirits through the spiritual science of Yoga. He made the wonderful point that at the level of spirit, we are not broken and are always whole. If this cause is also close to your heart, then please get involved as an individual contributor or corporate sponsor. W Cubed, Inc. is a proud Platinum Warrior sponsor because I know that W4H will serve those who have sacrificed so much with the highest level of integrity.
And that does it for this week. Thanks for your support! We have more exciting Generation Regeneration episodes queued up. Next week on 2/3/15 we will focus on the Eight Limbed Path with certified yoga instructor Darla Roselle. Tune in to learn about why this ancient wisdom is just as relevant today! Namaste!