Like I said before I have jumped right into the practice of yoga with an open mind. The physical aspects were the least of my concerns. I know what my body is capable of and I know I can work my way back up to where I used to be while running track if not beyond. I was more concerned about the spiritual part. My mind races. I can never calm it down so meditation is just off-putting to me. Also I am always rushing to the next thing and never stopping to be in the moment.
So I figured I would get a few books on the history of Yoga and read about techniques for mediation as well as the physical practice.
Well the first book I picked up was just what I was looking for.
The Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga: A Practical Guide to Healing Body, Mind, and Spirit by Deepak Chopra, is currently providing me with a way to look at yoga as a life style and how to make it possible to reach a healthy spiritual practice as well.
I find it interesting that Chopra, being a medical doctor, incorporate medical theory and other religious theory into an explanation of Yoga presenting all things are basically intertwined and religions and medical philosophy stem from each other. Being in pharmacy school I can appreciate this analytical approach.
This book also provides a way to incorporate the 7 spiritual laws of Yoga into each day of the week. And that is the first thing I am going to try to do to help reach a more peaceful state of mind.
Below are the 7 laws and their mantras. You can check out my amazon kindle notes and goodreads to see other things i picked out from the book.
Let me know what you think!
Sunday- Law of Pure Potentiality
- “Om Bhavam Namah”- I am absolute Existence
Monday- Law of Giving and Receiving
- “Om Vardhanam Namah”- I am the nourisher of the Universe
Tuesday- Law of Karma (or cause and effect)
- “Om Kriyam Namah”- My actions are aligned with cosmic law
Wednesday- Law of Least effort
- “Om Dakaham Namah”- My actions achieve minimal benefit with minimal effort
Thursday- Law of intention and Desire
- “Om Ritam Namah”- My intentions and desires are supported by cosmic intelligence.
Friday- Law of Detachment
- “Om Anandham Namah”- My actions are blissfully free from attachment to outcome
Saturday- Law of Dharma (or purpose in life)
- “Om Varunam Namah”- My life is in harmony with cosmic law.
The goal for these is the meditate on them in the morning and practice them not only through your Yoga Practice but throughout your life all day. For ways to incorporate them into your practice and life you’re going to have to read the book (:)) But I promise you it will be a good read and something you will keep referring back to.