Author(s): Deepak Chopra
An essential read for anyone who wants to embrace yoga's spiritual potential and lead a happier, more abundant and harmonious life Explains the seven spiritual laws that govern nature: Pure Potentiality, Giving, Karma, Least Effort, Intention and Desire, Detachment and Dharma.
While most current guides focus on yoga's asana (physical practice), this concise book emphasizes its spiritual aspects. Chopra (Ageless Body, Timeless Mind) and Simon (medical director, Chopra Ctr.) are both pioneers in the field of holistic health, having mixed Western medicine with natural Eastern hearing traditions. They lucidly explain the complexities of Vedic science and discuss how to apply its spiritual aspects to a yoga routine. Their overriding message is that if practitioners combine the components of a good yoga practice - breathing, meditation, postures (illustrated with photographs), bandhas (means of breath control), and Chopra's seven spiritual laws, they are promised physical, emotional, and spiritual rewards. Good for both beginners and advances students, this is an excellent choice for most yoga collections. ("Library Journal, July 2004)
"Just as no one would argue that gravity applies only to England because Sir Isaac Newton was British or that Einstein's theory of relativity was relevant only in Germany...the principles of yoga are not limited by time or space," say Chopra, author of "The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, and Simon, medical director for the Chopra Center. Their guide is written in such a clear, sensible way that those new to yoga will wonder why they've not tried it before. Seasoned practitioners will find themselves reinvigorated and may learn a new breathing technique or meditation. Starting with descriptions of the two most popular frameworks, Shankara and Patanjali, the authors then list the seven laws of spirituality that neatly correspond to the seven days of the week. Extensive explanations of several types ofmeditation-- chakra, so hum breath technique, awareness, attention/intention-- are followed by the most common breathing exercises and thorough instructions for a variety of asanas (poses). Photographs complete the instructional portion of the book, making it especially useful for beginners. The final pages bring the program together with a suggested routine that combines all of the above into a perfect blend of theory and practice. ("Publishers Weekly, June 28, 2004)
DEEPAK CHOPRA, M.D., is one of the world's bestselling authors. His books have sold more than 25 million copies worldwide. Dr. Chopra has appeared on Oprah, Good Morning America, Larry King Live, and many other major television shows, and he was the subject of a cover story in Time magazine. DAVID SIMON, M.D., is the cofounder, CEO, and Medical Director of the Chopra Center. With Deepak Chopra and Leanne Backer, he coauthored The Chopra Center Cookbook, and he is the author of Return to Wholeness and the Nautilus Award-winning Vital Energy.
Preface: The Four Yogas. Acknowledgments. Introduction. PART I: THE PHILOSOPHY OF YOGA. 1. Yoga Is Union. 2. Soul Questions. 3. The Royal Path to Union. 4. The Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga. PART II: MEDITATION AND BREATHING. 5. Meditation: Calming a Turbulent Mind. 6. Moving Energy: Pranayama and Bandhas. PART III: YOGA PRACTICE. 7. Consciousness in Motion.: Yoga Asanas. 8. the Seen Spiritual Laws of Yoga Session. Conclusion. Recommended Reading. Index.