"Hello Mr. Amundson. My original background is in martial arts, teaching Taekwondo and Kickboxing. Since I've discovered CrossFit I've never been in better shape in my life. I've never felt better, never been faster, never lifted more, or more importantly to me, never been mentally stronger than I am now. When I began training, simply attempting the WODs was satisfying enough at first. Then setting goals helped keep me motivated (double body weight deadlift, improved Fran, linking muscle-ups). But now I'm consistently motivated to just be a better me thanks to your mental reworkings! I recently watched your lecture on leadership and mental workouts at the CrossFit One facility at Reebok HQ and it was the most eye opening, light bulb moment I've had in CrossFit to date. Equal to any PR! I've literally set free my anxiety over certain WODs or techniques. Your energy and enthusiasm is palpable through the screen and your examples and metaphors are inspiring! I hope you're breathing fire for years more and someday I can thank you in person."

— James Walsh

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First Words – A Warrior Practice

Imagine the following scene……

You are walking through a forest wilderness. The sky is absolutely clear and a soft breeze brushes against your skin. You instinctively walk along a soft path towards a clearing in the trees and come upon a pristine lake. As you look out onto the vast body of water, you notice the lake is absolutely still. The water has a glass-like quality and perfectly reflects the sky overhead, and the shoreline trees.

Into the very center of this lake, you drop a single stone. From the center of the lake, spreading evenly through the water in all directions, a ripple begins to form. This ripple radiates throughout the entire late, gradually growing in size, magnitude and speed, until the ripple gently breaks on the shore.

This image of a still body of water and the ripple like effect of a single stone, is a perfect metaphor for the stillness of mind a True Warrior cultivates through the practice of silence and First Words.

In Warrior Yoga, I teach a concept that Warriors have referred to for centuries as First Words. In this practice, after a period of silence, a Warrior brings immense awareness to their first offering of words. Scott-Cole-Lee-EWOD17NOVThe Warrior knows with certainty, just as the sun will set and rise again, that their words have manifesting power.

Our words, when spoken into the stillness of our mind, create a ripple effect throughout the entire universe. Ensure the tides of your words, when they reach the shore of your life, are full of faith, love, optimism and positive expectancy. This is the Way of the Warrior of Light.


“Like the sound of an echo, your words ultimately play back to you measure for measure. Ensure your speak a language of positive expectancy and optimism.” – Greg Amundson


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