The Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga: A Practical Guide to Healing Body, Mind, and Spirit [NOOK Book]

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The remarkable benefits of yoga, which include improved flexibility, balance, muscle tone, endurance, and vitality, only hint at the extraordinary power of this deeply spiritual practice. When adhered to and practiced mindfully, yoga can unlock readers’ full creative potential, their capacity for love and compassion, and ability to find success in all areas of their lives. The Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga brings spirituality back to yoga. It shows how the Seven Spiritual Laws play a crucial role in yoga’s path to...
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The Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga: A Practical Guide to Healing Body, Mind, and Spirit

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Overview

The remarkable benefits of yoga, which include improved flexibility, balance, muscle tone, endurance, and vitality, only hint at the extraordinary power of this deeply spiritual practice. When adhered to and practiced mindfully, yoga can unlock readers’ full creative potential, their capacity for love and compassion, and ability to find success in all areas of their lives. The Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga brings spirituality back to yoga. It shows how the Seven Spiritual Laws play a crucial role in yoga’s path to enlightenment while providing readers with a wealth of meditation techniques, mantras, breathing exercises, and yoga poses. Whether a newcomer to yoga or an experienced practitioner, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga is a portal to yoga’s deeper spiritual dimension and a beautiful step to a happier, more harmonious, and more abundant life.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
"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 of meditation-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. (July) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
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 healing 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 advanced students, this is an excellent choice for most yoga collections.-Dede Fellrath, Tampa Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470893548
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 5/25/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 104,578
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

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.

Biography

The practice of holistic and mind-body medicine has long been a controversial subject among medical professionals. Some view it as a healthy and natural alternative to chemical pharmaceuticals. Others see it as a system of placebos and new-age chicanery. No matter where one stands on this issue, there is no denying the influence that mind, body, and spirit practitioner Deepak Chopra has had on the world of medicine.

Chopra's bestselling books on a variety of topics have been translated into 35 languages. His lectures, seminars, and learning materials are immensely popular, as are his television specials for PBS. In addition, he has founded his own medical center called the Chopra Center for Well Being and has won fans amongst celebrities ranging from Prince Charles to Mikhail Gorbachev to Demi Moore to David Lynch. When financier/philanthropist Michael Milken was diagnosed with prostate cancer, he claimed that Chopra's holistic methods shrunk his lymph nodes by 90%.

Chopra's interest in alternative medicine initially grew out of concern for his own health. After moving from India to set up a practice medicine in Boston some 25 years ago, Chopra succumbed to many of the stresses that plague medical professionals. As a result, he guzzled coffee, chain-smoked, and drank heavily. Once he began studying eastern philosophies by way of Krishnamurti and Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, he became aware of medical practices outside of the sometimes limited western perspective. This awakening changed his life.

While Chopra is viewed as a major proponent of the role of Eastern philosophies in healing, he does not reject western medicine. In fact, what makes his approach so unique is the way he incorporates the best aspects of western medical research into his theories. This amalgamation of medical philosophies is at the root of self-help volumes like Restful Sleep, Perfect Weight, and Boundless Energy. Elsewhere, Chopra has addressed such diverse issues as reversing the aging process (Ageless Body, Timeless Mind), perfecting personal relationships (The Path to Love), and achieving capitalist goals via Eastern philosophies (The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success).

Chopra has also become concerned with the causes of war and violence and the principles of Eastern religions, especially Buddhism, and his books on these subjects have garnered praise from such major international figures as the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, and Boutros-Boutros Ghali. Consequently, Chopra continues to play a significant role in world health and world politics in spite of detractors and skeptics. With an immense body of work behind him and more volumes of wisdom sure to follow, he continues to preach the simple philosophy he is certain is the key to understanding ourselves, mentally and physically: "We're not human beings that have occasional spiritual experiences, it's the other way around: we're spiritual beings that have occasional human experiences."

Good To Know

In 1999, Time magazine named Chopra one of the Top 100 Icons and Heroes of the Century.

Chopra's father was a prominent cardiologist and an anglophile who distrusted Indian philosophies and alternative medical practices.

Despite his reputation as a serious-minded intellectual, Chopra describes himself as "playful" and "carefree."

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    1. Also Known As:
      Deepak Chopra M.D.
    2. Hometown:
      La Jolla, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      October 22, 1946
    2. Place of Birth:
      New Delhi, India
    1. Education:
      All India Institute of Medical Sciences

Table of Contents

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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2005

    Best source about yoga

    The book discusses yoga from a different angle- from an angle that is not well known to many. Yoga is not only asanas/postures, but there's also a spiritual aspect that is a significant element of a yoga. The book also provides the pictures of main asanas, their desciption,purpose and the benefits of doing them. The book is easy to read and comprehend. It's my 'manual', where I return daily to reinforce my life energy, optimism and love. I highly recommend it to those who are yoga instructors and to those who don't know anything about yoga. Undoubtedly, everybody will find it usefull and interesting.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2010

    Insightful and thought provoking

    I've read a number of books by Deepak Chopra but really got a great deal from this one. it is one of those books that need to be read a few times to understand all that it has to offer. I am new to yoga, but having previously read ....spritual laws of success, the application to Yoga really worked for me.

    A lot of good information and photos and descriptions of various asanas.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2014

    Must for the yoga seekers!

    Yoga, to many, is few exercise postures, whereas Deepak explains the true concept of Yoga on larger scale as explained in the Hindu vedas.

    Anyone who wants to enhance understanding on yoga should read this book.

    Another gem from Dr.Deepak!

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  • Posted April 12, 2010

    Love it so far...

    Interesting, inspiring and life changing.

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  • Posted August 29, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Dr. Chopra and Dr.Simon have done it again

    Remarkable book on what Yoga is and it's purpose. Blended wonderfully with Dr.Chopra's seven laws ... If one follows what it's recommended in the book, joy, peace, happiness and finding purpose in life is guaranteed!
    We humans (specially in west) are so blessed by their (Dr.Chopra, Dr.Simon) beings and compassion.

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