This post is the first of many on the topic of Yoga. Here I wish to share some of the readings I have done, but also share real life experience and thoughts from others on the subject matter. This journey is barely beginning for me and I know I have so much to learn still.
One of the first book I read on Yoga was Deepak Chopra‘s “The Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga: A Practical Guide to Healing Body, Mind, and Spirit”. At the time, I never thought I would have read it and used it as much as I did. I would read some sections over and over, integrating these practices in my daily life and sharing them when teaching yoga. And so, I would like to share short passages from this book, for they have been and continue to be useful to me in search of happiness. Enjoy!
For each day of the week, a Spiritual Law.
Sunday is Pure Potentiality, cultivating awareness and practicing non judgment. “Today, I shall judge nothing that occurs, and remind myself that self-acceptance is the source and goal of yoga. Non judgment cultivates silence in the mind, which gives you direct access to the field of pure potentiality. As you recognize the universality underlying your individuality, you gain access to your full potential.” This is the Crown Chakra and its mantra is Aum.
Monday: Giving and Receiving. “Outside your asana practice, have the intention to give something to everyone you come into contact with during the day. Similarly, be open to receiving the gifts that come to you during the day. By doing so, you contribute to circulating love, caring, affection, appreciation and acceptance.” This law is governed by the Heart Chakra, Anahata in Sanskrit, dedicated to overcoming separation and division. “When the heart center is blocked, there is a sense of alienation from others. But when it is opened, you feel connected at a deep level to all living beings in your life.”
Tuesday we may practice the Law of Karma, or of Cause and Effect. “When we consciously choose actions that bring happiness and success to others, the fruit of karma is happiness and success. The Root or Base Chakra governs our most basic survival needs. This chakra connects you to the earth and provides essential information as to the potential nourishment or toxicity that is available to you as a result of the actions you are taking.” Only you can choose your path. Have confidence in yourself, in your decisions.
Wednesday comes with the Least Effort. “There is rhythm and balance in the natural world. In yoga as in life, patience is a virtue. The more you are able to embrace your limitations and vulnerabilities, the less limits they hold and the more balance and energy you experience.” Practice acceptance, don’t try to muscle your way through life, enjoy it.
Thursday is influenced by the Law of Intention and Desire. “If you want something to grow stronger in your life, direct more attention to it. If you want something to diminish in your life, withdraw your attention from it.” In your yoga practice and in life, remember what your intention was and let go of the outcome.
Friday brings the Law of Detachment which “reveals that in order to acquire something in this world, you have to relinquish your attachment to it. Attachment is based in fear and insecurity. The throat chakra, called Vishuddha is the center of expression. When it is open and flowing, you have the confidence that you are capable of communicating your needs. When it is obstructed, a person will often feel that he or she is not being heard. You can choose your words and actions, but you have to let go of the outcome, the response to your words and actions. When your intentions are clear and your heart is open, you will spontaneously demonstrate right of speech.”
Saturday we live according to the Law of Dharma or the Purpose of Life. “You have unique abilities and your own way of expressing them. Discover your higher Self. Love yourself. Serve others. Located in the forehead, Ajna often referred to as the third eye, is the Brow or Intuition chakra. When this center is open, you have a deep sense of connection to your inner voice and feel guided in your choices.” Listen and trust yourself.