Alan Steelman has achieved much political and business success, always guided by his own personal North Star. His mantras in life are: “Be not inhospitable to strangers. They might be angels in disguise” and “Whatever you have done to the least of them, you have done unto me.” After discovering for himself the healing magic of yoga and meditation, he became a certified yoga instructor, and he has now penned a book to share this message with others.
Alan came from humble beginnings, born in Little Rock, Arkansas, the son of a member of the Steelworkers Union. His only brother was bipolar and committed suicide at the age of 35, a tragedy from which his parents never recovered. He has achieved much in life nevertheless, as a former Member of U.S. Congress (R-Texas) and the former vice chairman of Alexander Proudfoot Company and former chairman of the Dallas Council on World Affairs. He served on the Boards of Directors of Sterling Software (NYSE), Aristocrat Technologies (ASX), and the Texas Growth Fund.
A graduate of Baylor University, Alan holds an MLA degree from SMU and was a resident fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard University.
His career in politics was marked with distinction, as he was the youngest member of U.S. Congress at the time of his election. Time Magazine named Mr. Steelman one of the top 200 young, emerging leaders in America in their special issue devoted to leadership in America. In endorsing his re-election, the Dallas Times Herald called him “one of the best ever sent to Congress from Texas.” Texas Monthly named him among the top five of the most effective members of the twenty-four-person Texas Congressional Delegation, and New Times named Alan as one of the ten best Congressmen in the country during his second term.
His global business career, which spanned thirty-five years, included an eight-year stint in Singapore as president of the Asia-Pacific region for Alexander Proudfoot and culminated in his term as vice chairman of the company and chairman of the Board of Advisors, a global group of former Fortune 500 company chief executives.
Alan lives with his wife Susan and has five children: Robin Whitehead, Kim Cuban, Allison Steelman, Alan Steelman, Jr. and Alex Steelman. He is also the stepfather of two, Daniel and Elizabeth Fuller.
A skilled, persuasive public speaker, Alan spent his entire adult life in politics and business. He has traveled widely, lived abroad in Singapore and Sydney, and is highly qualified to address a wide range of business and political issues, including their impact on one’s health and well-being. He has worked with many world leaders and over 1,000 CEO in top global companies, and he is able to articulate and share practical ideas and strategies related to personal job and life satisfaction, business productivity, executive stress, and related matters, topics he speaks on all over the world.
The sun always shines on The Yellow Brick Road, yet stress, pressure, and anxiety are at all-time highs. Social and economic change is occurring at a pace far too fast for many people to cope with it. Just as the Wizard of Oz proved to be a “false wizard,” so are opioids, alcohol, binge eating, shopping, etc. These coping mechanisms and poor choices are harmful, even fatal, yet they are ever on the increase. More deaths will occur this year from opioid overdoses than the number of deaths that occurred in Vietnam over an eleven-year span, but even those who do survive these grim statistics suffer premature aging and a myriad of health problems.
Balance. Just as the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion discovered, their true power for positive change was already within them, and they didn’t really need the wizard’s help after all. You, too, can accomplish this, and all it requires is that you move and breathe! Today is the first day of the rest of your life. Make “maybe someday” your “day one” on The Yellow Brick Road, the true path to your new life.
Finally break your dependency on the coping crutches you’ve been depending on to carry you through your stress-filled days and nights.
Find a powerful way of returning more joy to your days and restful sleep to your nights.
Equip your children with new social and emotional coping skills.
Rewire your brain and return to normalcy after trauma.
Age gracefully and with dignity, without ever really feeling old.
Achieve total mind-body fitness, even if you are already physically fit.
Restore emotional and physical balance in your life and ditch the false wizards that promise much but only deliver disappointment, misery, poor health, obesity, addiction, premature aging, a myriad of poor health, and even death.
“How often do we hear coaches and athletes talk about the need to ‘slow the game down’? Is it only a coincidence that recent Super Bowl and NBA championship winning teams also incorporate yoga into their team training regimens? With the game on the line, this becomes essential. For elite athletes, successful coaches and all of us, self-control is fundamental to making the smartest decisions. In this book, Alan Steelman provides a disciplined approach for all us that would vastly improve our ability to cope with the pace of life today.”
Former COO of National Football League World League, www.nfl.com CEO, Miami Dolphins,
“Alan Steelman has had remarkable success in business and politics. His mantra is ‘Mens sana in corpora sana’ (a healthy mind in a healthy body), and in this book, he reveals the path to the inner balance required for a healthy, successful life. For years, I’ve listened to Alan Steelman—a ‘renaissance man’—if ever there was one. In this book, he reveals the true path to success, longevity, and balance. This is a worthy guide book.”
Former Vice-Chairman, General Motors, www.gm.com
Iconic International Auto Executive and Bestselling Author of Car Guys vs Bean Counters, Icons and
Idiots, and Guts: 8 Laws of Business from One of the Most Innovative Business Leaders of Our Timewww.boblutzsez.com
“The quest for ‘bigger, better, faster, stronger’ is a good descriptor for the lives many of us lead today, and this can have a negative impact on our physical and mental health, relationships, and the way we live in the world. In this book about Life in the ASAP Lane!, Alan Steelman outlines the tragic national consequences of such a stressful way of living. Record-high opioid overdose deaths, soaring obesity rates, and alarmingly high teen anxiety and suicide attempts all illuminate the depth and breadth of this problem. The good news, Alan says, is that ‘there is an exit ramp’. He calls it the Yellow Brick Road, referring to mindful breathing. In my book, The Stress-Proof Brain, I say that mindfulness has the potential to make not only individuals, but, businesses, institutions and societies stress-proof. Read Alan’s book, it is your path to a healthier mind and body.”
—Dr. Melanie Greenberg
Author of best-selling book, The Stress-Proof Brain
Practicing Psychologist, Speaker, and Life/Business Coach
“During perilous times like these, screaming panic may seem like the only rational option. Meditation and yoga, according to Alan Steelman, offer something better. He says they’re the key to a calm mind, which means I can recommend his book to all the Americans whose minds are understandably agitated. If their minds were calmer, mine would be too, and maybe a gentle peace would descend on our troubled land. I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t make things worse.”
Columnist and Editorial Writer
Member of Editorial board, Chicago Tribune
“We are inundated with information every day. Between smart phones, the internet, television we are moving ever faster every day, yet we always feel like we are falling further behind. Back in 2012, I wrote A Mindful Nation to help everyday Americans capture the power of mindful meditation, a proven practice that can help us slow down and reconnect. Today, we need these practices more than ever. As Alan Steelman, a former Member of Congress says, ‘there is an exit ramp—a practice of yoga and meditation’. These practices are an integral part of my daily routine, and the best part is, anyone can benefit from them.”
—Congressman Tim Ryan (D-Ohio)
Author of The Mindful Nation and The Real Food Revolution
Leading authority in the United States Congress on mindfulness and its national healing potential
“This book is refreshing to read. I’m proof there IS an exit ramp, as the book calls it, off the ASAP Lane. The pace of life today makes most all of us anxious, stressed, and pressured, no matter our job or family situation. Tragically, an increasing number are finding that they can’t cope without using substances that are destructive to their health. Read this book, and you will find a regimen that will help you immensely. In addition to my professional career, I have taught yoga and continue to practice on a regular basis. It can truly change your life.”
Emmy Award and Edward R. Murrow Award-winning CBS-affiliate news anchor.Producer and anchor of the Emmy-award winning, “A Place Called Home”, featuring children up for adoption.
“No matter where you are on your journey of life, yoga can help you achieve your goals with more ease, grace and stamina. Many people know about the powerful physical practices, but more and more people are tuning in to a deeper power of the yoga practice: the breath. Alan’s beautiful metaphors of the breath, based on the beloved story of The Wizard of Oz, draws you in to a deeper understanding of how to find ease in your life through yoga. Alan lays out a regimen for the beginner, regardless of age or physical fitness level that will get you on your very own path to better health and more peace.”
Author of Energy Medicine Yoga: Amplify the Healing Power of Your Yoga Practice and The Energy Medicine Yoga Prescription.
A highly innovative thinker and teacher One of the top 100 most influential yoga teachers in America.
“My life was dramatically changed, if not saved, by discovering yoga. In addition to the normal yoga instruction classes that I lead at yoga studios, I devote a considerable amount of my time, introducing yoga to school age boys and girls, and adults who may not fit the traditional stereotype of a yoga practitioner. Anxiety, stress, and pressure are ever-present companions in our lives in today’s world. The artificial crutches that so many are using to cope can be avoided. I highly recommend that you read this book, and start on your own journey of self-regulating your own health.”
Founder of Yoga N Da Hood, www.yogandahood.com
Emerging national leader in taking mindfulness to underserved communities and people
“Former U. S. Congressman Alan Steelman, states that the mental health crisis has reached epidemic proportions, as evidenced by record levels of opioid overdoses, binge alcohol consumption, and obesity levels. Peace of mind and better health may seem like a huge task at this moment, but it is worth it and you will thank yourself forever when you realize that you can still participate in life FULL OUT, and do so without relying on artificial stimulants. You decided to open this book. You decided to read this far. You now get to decide to put these ideas into action and your decision will manifest in better physical and mental health—almost immediately.”
Co-author of International Bestseller, A Cup of Chicken Soup for the Soul
Founder of www.TheLEGACY.club
“This is not just a book about yoga—this is a work of heart. Alan’s passion for encouraging others to give yoga a try comes not from any agenda, but from his own unexpected experience of discovering the real beauty of this ancient healing system. Not only has he done his research, he has done his outreach—speaking to a variety of “unconventional” students to ensure his perspective is authentic and valid. It certainly is.”
Co-founders of the Warrior Spirit Project™ (WSP) founded on the premise that a “broken spirit can be more harmful than a broken body”
David is a 30 year veteran of service in the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, including stints in both Afghanistan and Iraq. Charla has 25 years of experience in wellness and military culture. Both served a deployment at GITMO.