What do a cancer survivor, a Cross-Fit creator, a “recovering kinda-Catholic” writer and a former NFL linebacker have in common?
You’re about to find out.
This being Wanderlust, you can be pretty sure that the common thread has to do with yoga, meditation, or the 9th limb of yoga: the general “kicking ass at life” practice. All four of these men engage in all of the above. In this Speakeasy from Wanderlust O’ahu, these four men share their journeys (with both hilarity and sincerity) toward becoming ambassadors for modern mindfulness.
- Tom Whiteside of Movember.org discovered “Yoga for Cancer Survivors” at his local YMCA and how it helped his recovery from Hodgkin’s Lymphoma;
- Kirk Hensler used yoga (and a raucous sense of humor) to get in touch with his feelings after diagnoses of OCD, anxiety, and depression;
- Dan Wells came to a turning point in his life when his father passed, which inspired him to trust that something larger than himself was at work, and stop taking himself too seriously;
- Keith Mitchell found himself flat on his back, paralyzed on the football field, and how yoga and meditation was key in his full recovery.
Bonus points if you can match these quotes to their owners:
“It’s never too late to interpret the things that happen to you in a positive light.”
“One of the downsides of yoga is that I found out you can’t swear in a lot of yoga studios, and that was one of the main reasons I opened my own.”
“I’m an advocate for yoga and meditation and I’m teaching it all over the world to whomever’s going to listen, and even to people who aren’t listening.”
“I got my Dad to go to yoga because I told him it would help his golf game. So, basically, the best way to get men to come to yoga is to trick them. And tell them there’s a lot of good-looking women in there.”