Meaning of Yoga by Deepak Chopra

06/07/2012

Deepak ChopraThe Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga

My colleague and friend Dr. David Simon and I developed the Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga as a consciousness-based practice that is based in India’s ancient wisdom teachings and the eight limbs of the Yoga Sutras. It is focused on integrating and balancing all the layers of our life so that our body, mind, heart, intellect, and spirit flow in harmony.

When we teach the yoga postures in Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga classes, we include the movements with these seven principles. We have found that even as our students are learning “standard” yoga postures, the attention they give to these principles improves the quality of all aspects of their lives. The mindful application of these spiritual laws promotes success and material abundance, loving relationships, peaceful social interactions, health, wellbeing, and higher consciousness, including intuition, creativity, insight, imagination, and inspiration.

Even if yoga only enhanced physical fitness, the time spent in practice would be fully worthwhile. However, while the health benefits are many, yoga offers much more than just a way to exercise the body. The deeper meaning and gift of yoga is the path it offers us into the timeless, spaceless world of spirit. Yoga teaches us both to let go and to have exquisite awareness in every moment. We remember our essential spiritual nature and life becomes more joyful, meaningful, and carefree.

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