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Bounced from a trampoline at 10, enduring a second back-injury weightlifting in school, and falling from a roof at 40, born-to-be-wild biker Gregory Ormson moved to Hawaii but was sidelined by debilitating back pain and couldn’t enjoy paradise. Dipping a toe into yoga, he discovered a healing road that reformed his mind and fixed his spine.
In 23 lyric vignettes the author writes yoga is a song of healing and restoration from the inside out. The instrument of yoga’s song is the body which includes mind, spirit, emotion, and energy. Its melodies are alive in the sound of Om or a vocalized, heartfelt Namaste; others sing a yoga song in asana through their bodies or in a group exhale.
In breath-centered yoga practice, yogis experience a therapeutic and healing power where ordinary moments stretch into extraordinary. Described in “Transforming the Emotional Body,” “Ritual Process and the Yogi’s New Song,” and “Yoga: A Breathcentric Community,” Yoga Song informs and inspires, proclaiming to every yogi that their yoga is a song.
“The yoga mat became my turf of tears, washing, and regeneration . . . these essays deliver us to a place of beauty and grace in words lyrical and reverential. Inspiring piece, Greg.” Dr. Jonathan Johnson, Eastern Washington University
“The book has been beautifully written, and its words are well crafted. It will undoubtedly inspire students of yoga. Dr. Yogananth Andiappan, Andiappan Yoga College, Hong Kong
“This writing is really interesting and deserves to be in top 5 Google Search Results.” Sergio E (via Webpage email).
“This is the most incredible and amazing story. Keep inspiring.” Nicole Warren, Scottsdale, Arizona
Ormson’s yoga writing is published in over 20 national and international magazines, journals, and Websites, registering over 5 million readers. Some of his articles have logged nearly 400,000 views and shared over 7000 times. Known as #motorcyclingyogig, he’s taught yoga for bikers since 2017 at Superstition Harley Davidson in Arizona, the only dealership in the country to hold yoga classes in its facility.
Originally from Wisconsin, Ormson received his doctorate degree from the Chicago Theological Seminary where he studied the healing power of touch in ritual environments. A graduate of Northern Michigan University and UW La Crosse, he lives in Arizona and practices yoga at The Foundry Yoga in Tempe and leads workshops on mobilizing breath.
Available on the 8th International Yoga Day, June 21, 2022, by Rochak Publishing ISBN: 978-93- INR 200 US $ 15 – 109 pages. Amazon worldwide and www.cyberwit.net
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- In 2017 Ormson was awarded the Lyric Narrative Non-Fiction Award from Eastern Iowa Review for “Midwest Intimations.”
- 2016 was awarded Indiana Review’s prize for 13-word stories.
- Finalist mentions in writing contests by: New Millennium, The Bellingham Review, and the Watson Desert Writing Prize.
- Author over 100 yoga articles in 23 national and international publications.
Youtube video trailer for Yoga Song: https://youtu.be/JSbIy5IiX44?t=5
Gregory Ormson, yoga teacher D. Min, M.A., M.Div. RYT 200 hr.
- Teaching: vinyasa, integrative yoga, yin yoga, providing sacred space and insight
- Focus: philosophical, spiritual, restorative, providing content for learning
- Core Values: universal respect, honor wisdom in tradition, providing unconditional positive regard
- Voice: intuitive, authentic, providing truth force in word and deed
- Summary: teaching a breathcentric, integrated yoga for building body/mind/spirit transformation
PODCASTS, RADIO, TELEVISION
TV 12 Rhinelander, Wisconsin, August, 2021. “Connecting with motorcyclists through yoga” WFJW Newswatch 12 https://www.wifw.com/news/local/connecting-with-motorcyclists-through-yoga/article_4eee75a7-606e-533a-aef3-5dbf9adec3a8.html
Wisconsin Public Radio, August, 2021 Wisconsin Native, ‘Motorcycling Yogi’ Shares His Love Of Bikes And Yoga | Wisconsin Public Radio (wpr.org)
Podcast “Here You are Wausau.” Dino speaks with Gregory Ormson (Wausau resident for 12 years) on his yoga teaching and writing. “Leading, Inspiring” http://www.hereyouarewausau.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/2019-03-03-Ormson.mp3
Podcast OM YOGA tips for business. Amanda Kingsmith speaks with Gregory Ormson on his unique niche, “Niching Down, Gregory Ormson on Offering Yoga to Motorcycle Riders.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkNOkN_3blI
PUBLISHED YOGA ARTICLES
Yoga Magazine, (UK), OM Yoga and Lifestyle Magazine, (UK), Asana Journal (India & Singapore), Yoga International, Bad Yogi Magazine, elephant journal, Sivana East, The Health Orange (India) HelloYoga.com, TribeGrow.com, DoYouYoga.com, Yogi Times, Seattle Yoga News, TheYogaBlog.com, BoaYoga (Portugal), HOG Magazine, Yoganect, Germany (now 8 minute yoga), ArizonaRiderMotorcycleNews, The Lantern (UWLaCrosse), The Mining Journal, Horizons (NMU Alumni Magazine) The Wausau Daily Herald, Motosports Magazine, Minneapolis, BullFallsHarleyDavidsonWeb, SuperstitionHarleyDavidsonWeb.
May, 2022 Om Yoga Magazine, “Yoga as the Sailing Forth,” December, 2022 Om Yoga Magazine, “The Importance of Connection,” September 17, 2021 Asana Journal, “Injury as Wise Teacher,” https://www.asanajournal.com/injury-as-wise-teacher/ August, 2021 The Wausau Daily Herald, “Yoga For Bikers: ‘MotorcyclingYogi’ plans to teach yoga moves at Bull Falls Harley-Davidson” May, 2021, OM Yoga, “Yoga as Life-Altering Gift: From freediving to chess, how a yoga practice can enhance every aspect of your life.” LINK: https://www.ommagazine.com/yoga-as-a-life-altering-gift/ September, 2017, Arizona Rider Motorcycle News, “Fixing our Backs, Riding our Bikes,” online and print.https://img1.wsimg.com/blobby/go/8041e482-b91f-40a8-bf08-bb36cb780cad/downloads/1cn5npnbm_69476.pdf?ver=1617201466275 March 31, 2021, The Mining Journal, “Yoga and Leather: NMU alum leads class for bikers.” Marquette, Michigan. https://www.miningjournal.net/life/tuesday-health/2020/07/yoga-and-leather-nmu%E2%80%88alum-leads-class-for-bikers/ January 29, 2021, The Lantern, UW La Crosse, “Yoga + Harley’s = Biking, body benefits,” benefits.” https://www.uwlax.edu/alumni/lantern/balanced-bikers/?fbclid=IwAR397cneNsEpcLLawzP5YZPUZTEcpw3bcNMEsHtaJbMakyx-rMuBraLqt80 “Making Contact with Yourself and Your Practice,” pending “Seniorgrams from the Successful,” pending Asana Journal (pending) “Jesus, Yogi.” July 10, 2020, Northern Michigan Alumni News, “Alumnus leads yoga and leather class for bikers.”https://news.nmu.edu/index.php/alumnus-leads-yoga-and-leather-class-bikers May, 2020, OM Yoga, “Yoga and Leather: How yoga is helping Harley riders and other bikers to find their zen on and off the highway,” online only via pocketmags April, 2020, OM Yoga, “Clearing Space,” print and online pocketmags March, 2020, OM Yoga, “Yogatecture: Building Your House of Truth,” print and online pocketmags Feb. 3, 2020, Yogi Times, “Conducting Heat to Cleanse the Self,” onlinehttps://www.yogitimes.com/article/hot-yoga-tapas-heated-fire-practice January 2020, Asana Journal, “Yoga and the Pure Consciousness of Healing,” print only Jan. 2020, OM Yoga, “Yoga’s Outliers: Men” print or pocketmags Dec, 2019, OM Yoga, “Silence and Slow Time,” print or pocketmags November, 2019, HOG Magazine (magazine of the Harley Owner’s Group) “Rough Road? Breathe …” Print or HOG Ap. Vol. 051, 2019 October, 2019, OM Yoga and Lifestyle Magazine, “Conducting the Awesome,” Print only. July 2019, YOGA Magazine, “Yoga and Leather: a new road for bikers,” Feature w cover June 16, 2019. Bad Yogi Magazine, “The Way to Sacred Being,”https://www.badyogi.com/blog/the-way-to-sacred-being/ May 14, 2019. Bad Yogi Magazine, “Let It Be: When Your Yoga Becomes You.” http://www.badyogi.com/blog/let-it-be/ March, 2019. Bad Yogi Magazine, “Yoga, Jesus, and the Pure Consciousness of Healing.” https://www.badyogi.com/blog/yoga-jesus-and-healing/ March, 2019. Yoganect, “Yoga as Commencement Ritual.”https://www.yoganect.com/story/show/yoga-as-commencement-ritual/ February, 2019. elephant journal, “Conducting the Awesome: What I’ve learned from 7 Years of Hot Yoga.”https://www.elephantjournal.com/2019/02/conducting-the-awesome-what-ive-learned-from-7-years-of-hot-yoga/ December, 2018. OM yoga and lifestyle magazine, “Coming OM: rediscovering the deep, abiding peace of coming home in a frantic world.” Print only. October, 2019. Sivana East, “Armor On, Armor Off: The Psychology of Yin Yoga for Today.”https://blog.sivanaspirit.com/armor-on-armor-off-the-psychology-of-yin-yoga-for-today/ September 17, 2018, Sivana East, “Nexus of a New Identity.”https://blog.sivanaspirit.com/nexus-of-a-new-identity-namaste/ September, 2018, Sivana East, “Embraced by Joy and Bliss.”https://blog.sivanaspirit.com/embraced-by-joy-and-bliss/ August, 2018, Sivana East, “Delight Song of a New Architecture.”https://blog.sivanaspirit.com/the-delight-song-of-a-new-architecture/ July, 2018, Asana Journal, Issue 187 “Transforming the Emotional Body,” Print and onlinehttps://www.asanajournal.com/transforming-emotional-body/ August, 2018, Sivana East, “The Real Power of Savasana.”https://blog.sivanaspirit.com/yg-nothing-to-lose-everything-to-gain/August, 2018, Sivana East, “Intention: Golden Egg for Change.”https://blog.sivanaspirit.com/intention-your-golden-egg-for-change/ August, 2018, TheHealthOrange, “6 Ways to Get the Most out of Your Yoga Class,” https://thehealthorange.com/stay-fit/yoga/six-yoga-tips-most-of-your-class/ August 6, 2018, Sivana East, “Mantra for Me and You”https://blog.sivanaspirit.com/mantra-for-me-and-you/ April 2, 2018, Asana Journal, “Slow Down and Breathe” Printhttps://www.asanajournal.com/slow-down-breathe/ February 8, 2018, Asana Journal, “Tradition Trumps Trendiness”https://www.asanajournal.com/tradition-rumps-trendiness/ December 16, 2017, Hello Yoga.com “Yoga Teacher Training: Revelations Encountered: 200- hour-intensive-yoga–teacher–training-course-retreat-reflections85d0a954272 October 31, 2017, elephant journal “How Yoga Ruins Your Life,” https://www.elephantjournal.com/2017/10/how-yoga-ruins-our-lives/ October 7, 2017, Tribegrow.cogilbert-yoga-intensive-yoga-teacher-training-course-retreat-pine-arizona-8ff07861fb06 July 2017, Asana Journal “True Presence.” Printhttps://www.asanajournal.com/true-presence/ June, 2017, Asana Journal “Yogatecture: The Elegant Arc of Change.” https://www.asanajournal.com/4220-2/ May 21, 2017, Asana Journal “Truth Force on Your Mat.” Print issue May, 2017https://www.asanajournal.com/truth-force-on-your-mat/ April 20, 2017, Yogi Times “9 Ways to Give Back to Yoga.” https://www.yogitimes.com/article/what-you-give-to-yoga- Ap. 1, 2017, Tribegrow.com “Teaching: It’s Not About You.”https://tribegrow.com/key-yoga-teaching-attitude-approach March 13, 2015, BoaYoga.com, “Por que Precisamos de yoga mais do que nunca.” (Why We Need Yoga Now More than Ever)http://boayoga.com.br/por-que-precisamos-de-yoga-agora-mais-do-que-nunca-gregory-ormson/ January 13, 2017, Asana Journal “Enter the Master, Enter the Child” https://www.asanajournal.com/enter-the-master-enter-the-child/ December 13, 2016, Asana Journal “The Honorable Yogi,” http://www.asanajournal.com/the-honorable-yogi/ November 14, 2016, Asana Journal “Finding Your Depth”http://www.asanajournal.com/finding-your-depth/ October 15, 2016, TribeGrow.com, “It’s Not About You”https://medium.com/tribe-grow/e01a4b508d14 September 30, 2016, Asana Journal “The Bridge Within” (print only) September 24, 2016, HelloYoga.com, “How Yoga Brought My Soul Back”https://helloyoga.com/midnight-hour-yoga-personal-healing-transformation-4a6369255770#.gkk4n43m6 August 24, 2016, Asana Journal, “Gifts From the Core”http://www.asanajournal.com/gift-from-the-core/ August 24, 2016, Asana Journal, “Release Into Savasana”http://www.release-into-savasana/ August 17, 2016, Asana Journal, “By a Thread”http://www.asanajournal.com/by-a-thread/ July 5, 2016, DoYouYoga, “5 Tips and One Requirement for Teaching Yoga Newbies” http://www.doyouyoga.com/5-tips-one-requirement-for-coaching-yoga-newbies-93326/ June 29, 2016, Asana Journal, “Your Beautiful Feet”http://www.asanajournal.com/my-beautiful-feet/ June 21, 2016, The Health Orange, India, “Dana Strang, coach and teacher,” Print June 8, 2016, Seattle Yoga News, “5 Coaching Tips for Yoga Newcomersand One Requirement.” https://seattleyoganews.com/5-coaching-tips-for-yoga-newcomers-and-one-requirement/ June 2, 2016, Asana Journal, “Making Heroes.”http://www.asanajournal.com/making-heroes/ May 31, 2016, Asana Journal, “The Immigrant Asana.”http://www.asanajournal.com/the-immigrant-asana/ May 19, 2016, Yogi Times, “Discovering the Emotional Body Practice of Yoga.”http://www.yogitimes.com/article/discovering-emotional-body-practice-yoga/ April 28, 2016, Asana Journal, “Sphinx Pose: to Rise in Righteousness.”http://www.asanajournal.com/sphinx-pose-to-rise-in-righteousness/ March 21, 2016, Asana Journal, “Storage Wars and Yoga’s Emotional Rescue.”http://www.asanajournal.com/storage-wars-and-yogas-emotional-rescue/ March 14, 2016, Asana Journal, “Yoga: A Parable of Unmaking.”http://www.asanajournal.com/a-parable-of-unmaking/ February 11, 2016, DoYouYoga, “A New Planting, A New Harvesting.”http://www.doyouyoga.com/a-new-planting-a-new-harvesting/ February 16, 2016, Asana Journal, “Asana Back to the Innocent Age.”http://www.asanajournal.com/asana-back-to-the-innocent-age/ January 25, 2016, elephant journal, “The Year of the Monkey and Yoga’s Counter-Cultural Revolution.”http://www.elephantjournal.com/2016/09/the-year-of-the-monkey-yogas-counter-cultural-mathematic/ January 25, 2016, Asana Journal, “The Missing Link,”https://www.asanajournal.com/the-missing-link/ January 20, 2016, Yoga International, “My Portable Home: Finding Refuge on My Yoga Mat.”https://www.yogainternational.com/article/view-my-portable-home-finding-refuge-on-my-yoga-mat/ January 8, 2016, Asana Journal, “Yogi, Heal Thyself.”http://www.asanajournal.com/yogi-heal-thyself/ Nov. 12, 2015, DoYouYoga, “Lessons from Yoga and Freediving.”http://www.doyouyoga.com/lessons-from-yoga-and-freediving/ July 27, 2015, DoYouYoga, “Three Stages of a Yogi’s Transformation.”http://www.doyouyoga.com/the-three-stages-of-a-yogis-transformation-59820-97291/ July 10, 2015, Yogi Times, “Peace, Just a Pause.”http://www.yogitimes.com/article/peace-just-a-pause-present-now-accepting-practice-yoga/ June 26, 2015, elephant journal, “Relinquishment: How a Trip to India Can Redefine our Lives.”http://www.elephantjournal.com/2015/06/relinquishment-how-a-trip-to-India-can-redefine-our-lives/ June 22, 2015, elephant journalhttp://www.elephantjournal.com/2015/06/why-bad-prayers-are-good-prayers/ June 5, 2015, elephant journalhttp://www.elephantjournal.com/2015/06/yoga-and-the-place-of-soul/ April 12, 2015, Yogi Timeshttp://www.yogitimes.com/article/yoga-covenant-agreement-vow-commitment/ March 11, 2015, elephant journalhttp://www.elephantjournal.com/2015/03/how-yoga-makes-us-kinder/ February 21, 2015, DoYouYoga.http://www.doyouyoga.com/why-yoga-should-bring-us-to-social-action/ February 15, 2015, Yogi Timeshttp://www.yogitimes.com/article/who-moved-the-yoga-mat-practice/ January 6, 2014, DoYouYoga.http://www.doyouyoga.com/4-reasons-teachers-should-use-touch-in-yoga/ December 11, 2014, Yogi 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