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"Candid, erudite, informative, and ultimately inspiring, "Going Om" is an extraordinary, unique, and unreservedly recommended addition to both community and academic library Self-Help/Self-Improvement collections"

Midwest Book Review - Michael Dunford

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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. Despite glaring flaws in our criminal justice system, Michael D. Huggins, or "Yogi Mike,"#60419066 as he became inside prison, eloquently journals spiritual growth for himself and others that inspired him to develop community-based programs to share the powerful and practical tools of yoga and mindfulness with those who would not normally have access to them.

- Rob Schware Co-Founder & Executive Director, The Give Back Yoga Foundation.


A truly inspirational tale of how yoga can heal and transform us. The work he does to leverage his own experience to help others in prison and underserved populations is beyond admirable. This book will fill your soul with possibility and help light the way to discovering the meaning and purpose that we all so desperately need.

- J. Brown, J Brown Talks Yoga Teacher, Writer, and Host of J. Brown Yoga Talks Podcast


Going Om offers an authentic firsthand view of the shortfalls and dysfunction of the U.S. prison system and the inhumane and prejudicial treatment of prisoners. And at the same time it illustrates the compassion and understanding one can nurture under trying circumstances by having a committed spiritual practice. Through his personal struggles with the criminal justice system and subsequent imprisonment, Mike Huggins demonstrates how yoga helped him connect with his true self while being immensely supportive of his mental, emotional and physical well-being.

- James Fox, Founder Prison Yoga Project 

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.

100% of the proceeds go to the Transformation Yoga Project

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.


Yoga for Recovery: A Practical Guide for Healing is a resource for developing a trauma-sensitive yoga practice to support anyone in recovery or seeking personal growth.

This guide provides a partial approach for developing a complete yoga and mindfulness practice, including breathing techniques, mindful movement, and meditation. With helpful tools for dealing with stress, tension, addiction, and anxiety, this book is for people who would otherwise not have access to yoga, or who would like to continue their practice outside of a studio setting.

This book is very readable and explains the philosophy and practice of yoga - and how yoga can support a life in recovery. It offers illustrated sequences that area really easy to follow, and includes information about not just yoga postures but also meditation. This is a helpful tool if you are interested in trying out yoga but aren't quite sure how to start, whether you're in recovery or just looking to learn some tools to de-stress. Highly recommend for anyone in recovery, to support that journey, or for anyone looking to build a home yoga practice! - Katy (Amazon review)

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As part of the Yoga Service Council's "Best Practices" Series, this book synthesizes this wealth of knowledge to gather over 100 Best Practice guidelines for teaching yoga to veterans in ways that are safe, effective, sustainable, socially equitable, and responsive to the particularities of the military experience.


Best Practices for Yoga with Veterans is designed to help not only yoga teachers wanting to work with veterans, but also individuals in the medical field working with veterans and veteran family members, as well as VA administrators, and veterans’ organizations.

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Yoga is rapidly gaining acceptance as a valuable resource for physical, psychological, behavioral and spiritual health in the U.S. criminal justice system and worldwide.


Best Practices for Yoga in the Criminal Justice System is a user-friendly guide that explains how to develop, implement, and sustain high-quality yoga programs appropriate for jails, prisons, youth detention centers, and court-ordered programs.

Synthesizing the knowledge and experience of 29 leaders in the field, this book is a must-have resource for anyone interested in yoga in the criminal justice system, including yoga teachers and yoga service organizations, correctional officers and other criminal justice professionals, and physical and mental health providers.

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Mike brings his experiences from CEO to Yogi to Author to Speaker to his interactive, inspiring talks. He's available for your event to discuss practical ways for dealing with life’s challenges including:

  • Resiliency

  • Mindfulness in the Real World

  • Gratitude in Time of Trouble

  • Career Changes

  • Crisis Management

  • Non-profit Leadership well as themes from his bestselling book Going Om: A CEO’s Self-Discovery Behind Bars.

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