Despite his reluctance, once in the US, Cameron’s new career path unfolded before him in a way that was in alignment with his yogic path. He
currently has a roster of celebrity clients and has made appearances on
TV shows including Dr. Oz, the Ellen DeGeneres Show, and The Today
Show. He makes over people’s lives with sincerity on A Model Guru.
When I asked him how Hollywood has affected him, he smiled and said,
“It's a great place to do your practice. Spiritual practice isn’t something
that requires you go hide. You can live your life. If you are a Himalayan
monk, you live a different life, you have different challenges.”
The effect of Yogi Cameron’s spiritual practice is clearly evident, largely
due to discipline. He says, “Discipline is the backbone of progress.
Make something important to you, and you will get it done. If you don’t
make it important, it won’t be. If somebody’s life is all about football and
it’s important to them, then they made sure they didn’t miss the Super
Bowl. They were there, and they probably prepared for it. They may have
even watched the pre-game, probably missing a whole lot of other things
that were non-football. Make it important and you will get it done.”
The thing that I am most impressed by, as I sit with Yogi Cameron, is the
same thing that makes him so compelling on A Model Guru—his presence. One of the most touching episodes is when he works with a young
autistic boy. The compassion he shows, not only to this child, but to his
family, is powerful. He articulates, “I didn’t treat him like he had a disease. It was just an energy shift. So I just tuned into his energy rather than
have him tune into my energy. I looked to see where he was, jumped in
there with that energy, and I interacted with him.” He continues, “As a society, we can be egotistical and will want to stamp our authority on things,
forgetting that we are not experts. The Divine is the ultimate expert. It is
within each of us; we’ve just got to use it, rather than say no, it has to be
done this way. We don’t ultimately know how it should be done, so we
just jump in, and we move, and the Divine moves within us.”
Humility, Compassion, Discipline, Humor—Yogi Cameron embodies it
all, making him even more beautiful inside than he is on the outside.
Yogi Cameron’s teachings are available in his two books published
by Harper Collins. The Guru in You is a primer of basic ayurvedic
and yogic principles and a manual for incorporating them into
everyday life. His most recent book, The One Plan: A Week-by-Week Guide to Restoring Your Natural Health and Happiness, is
a step-by-step plan for embodying and practicing Patanjali’s Yoga
Sutras in daily life. Yogicameron.com
Dale Nieli (MSW, hypnotherapist) is a certified yoga teacher and fitness expert whose decades of
study provide continual inspiration in her practice of guiding people in full-body holistic fitness.
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DAILY PRACTICE FOR 9-TO-5ERS
The greatest benefit of a career is the ability to
incorporate personal routine into a professional routine.
The greatest obstacle is that work and the commute
take up such a large portion of the day. The following
routine is suggested for those who work a 9-to- 5
job or something similar.
Wake between 5-7am. Leave enough time to have
hot water, practice cleaning and oiling rituals, postures,
breathing, and concentration exercises.* This will
likely require at least 45 minutes. If your morning
commute requires you to get up intensely early and
leaves you no time, attempt to at least practice breathing
in the car, on the train, or however you commute to work
If possible, try to wait at least three hours after waking
up before eating. It is ideal to wait until digestive
strength increases after a bit of activity in the morning.
If you take a lunch break, spend at least five or ten
minutes of it sitting in silence. This will help you to
process your workload from the morning and center
yourself to be fresh for the remainder of the day.
If you don't get home until 7-8pm, or even later, work
a light meal into your commute so that you don't have to
eat so close to bedtime.
Try to spend at least ten minutes in silence before turning
in for the evening. Build your willpower against destructive habits like alcohol or stimulants, excessive time in
front of the TV or computer, or even excessive time talking or reading. Go to bed between 9:30-11pm.
If you find that you are always overly busy, then the way
you utilize your time probably needs revising. There
should always be time for health and spiritual endeavors.
*Cleaning and oiling rituals, postures, breathing, and
concentration exercises, as well as “foundation-building practice,”
are all explained in detail at yogicameron.com
Discipline is the backbone of progress.
Make something important to you, and
you will get it done...