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

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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.

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Paperback, 1st edition, 207 pages
Published August 12th 2004 by Wiley (first published June 21st 2004)
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Maria Espadinha
Jan 19, 2017 Maria Espadinha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Evolução é Vida


"Temos esperança de que, com as mudanças que se operarão em cada um de vós graças à prática das Sete Leis Espirituais do Ioga, deixarão de conseguir resistir ao desejo de contribuir para a cura e a transformação da humanidade e do mundo."

"Em conjunto, poderemos lembrar a todos os membros da nossa família global que existe em cada um de nós a capacidade de contribuir para a paz e a harmonia no mundo — basta despertar essas qualidades dentro de nós."

"Acreditamos que cada um de nós
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Faye Rahman
Mar 27, 2013 Faye Rahman rated it it was amazing
Shelves: self-help, yoga
I read this book in three hours over Americano at Starbucks. It's a very good book for yogis or non yogis out there that are having troubles with the philosophical aspect of yoga. Deepak explains it in a subtle yet understandable way that it makes it a very interesting read, a page turner. I recommend this to those who wants to learn and understand more about the bigger picture (if not overall) of what yoga is really about. And no, it's not a book full of flexible people folding into pretzel.
Lex
Jan 22, 2013 Lex rated it really liked it
I've done yoga on and off for a few years now. I never really learned the purpose of it nor committed to it. During a tough semester a friend and I started attending yoga classes regularly again. After a couple sessions, I noticed my weeks would go by smoother, I wouldn't strain or stress out as much if at all. Here I am again going through a tough time, so I wanted to recommit to yoga again. This book was easy to understand. I think it's a great gateway to those beginning yoga.
Kimz Zahour
Sep 14, 2007 Kimz Zahour rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: yoga
I didn't realize Deepak Chopra is a MD, or that this book is about Raja (Royal) Yoga. The practice is a spiritual path that is still based on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Additionally, daily intentions aligned with the Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga are implemented, one for each day of the week... Imagine the power of all Raja Yogis moving through their day with the same intention.
The writing is so intelligent and compassionate; it's truly the profound made simple. For the first time ever in yea
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Michelle
Easy read. Good overview.

Chopra covers the yogic philosophy, meditation and breathing and yoga practices in terms of asanas and also provides an extensive list of recommended reading.

I have been studying yoga for a few years, and have read other works as I am currently pursuing my teacher training so I have found other sources to be more informative however this book serves as a good introduction for beginners or those that would be put off by a larger volume.

One section of the book that I pa
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Ann
Jul 18, 2010 Ann rated it it was amazing
I enjoy yoga and had read few books on this subject. But this book is very enlightening and help me better understanding the basic principle laws of yoga and take me to a deeper level of practise. There's so much more to yoga than the physical postures that we have come to know. Highly recommended for all. I really enjoyed it, and will read it over again!
Jennifer
Sep 07, 2013 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Pretty basic stuff - what my yoga teachers have been saying for years! Nice summary of the 8-limbed path and the chakras though. Probably a good review for any practitioner... I wish I had gotten an audio version - I love listening to Deepak's voice - he could make my grocery list sound like pearls of wisdom!
April
Jun 03, 2015 April rated it liked it
Learned some new breathing techniques and intentions to guide. Set up as a generic how-to, I think it missed the mark of opening one to self-exploration for true transformative healing and awareness. A simple format for beginners to get their toes wet. A good platform for further learning.
Justina
Jan 12, 2017 Justina rated it really liked it
This book pairs nicely with The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success.
Vimal Kodai
May 26, 2014 Vimal Kodai rated it really liked it
Deepak Chopra sets the tone with this book of his as he portrays yoga as being one the prime objective towards the welfare of human beings. He writes briefly on its impact upon man’s sane health. He elaborates on the origin of yoga and of its early usage by the great sages of India. He even writes about the essential characteristics of yoga, its importance and its symbolic meanings to the whole of humanity, how it promotes healthy living, and, how it may shape a man’s strong morale, positive ins ...more
Irene
Nov 19, 2016 Irene rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, health
I picked this up at a local used bookstore after rifling through it. As a regular practitioner of hot yoga, I thought this would provide educational background and context into yoga. While the book wants to introduce the spiritual into yoga as we know it to be a form of exercise, the parts I read were interesting in the history.

Aside from the fact that I don't practice the yoga program that this book is meant to accompany, I found some sections useful, oftentimes an extension of what my teacher
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Sarah
Aug 18, 2013 Sarah rated it it was ok
I'm not sure what texts I should be reading to familiarize myself with all the laws &/or core of the yoga sutras, but I thought this book would help. I think it's a "good" intro, because as someone relatively new to the subject, I need a text that can break it down for me. Although, I definitely learned more from my yoga teacher in my semester-long yoga class senior yr of college. The authors tend to repeat "by using the seven spiritual laws of yoga program" which I found unnecessary, infome ...more
lynne naranek
Jan 30, 2010 lynne naranek rated it liked it
Shelves: 2009
Highly recommended by a spiritually-inclined blog pal, I finally got over my inertia of exploring anything by Deepak Chopra... and realise that a lot of his success has probably come from just translating / repackaging principles that are part and parcel of Indian/Hindu/Yogic life into something that Americans/Westerners would find palatable.

I did find it a useful read, though: its overview and explanation of the various types of yoga certainly helped fill in some blanks I had.

I'm guessing some
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Lindzi A
Feb 03, 2016 Lindzi A rated it it was amazing
What a fantastic little book about healing and uniting the mind/body/spirit. The science of yoga might be expected to be estoteric and difficult to grasp but here it is well explained and yet deep with many spiritual teachings of yoga. I love this book. It makes me understand why I love yoga and meditation so much and what happens in me while and after having done it regularly. When I had finished the book I wanted to read it all over again - this time with a neon highlighter to mark all that re ...more
kate
Apr 24, 2014 kate added it
I haven't had a chance to do the actual yoga class contained in the book yet, but I have already incorporated the meditational exercises outlined. I also really enjoyed the background, spiritual practice and philosophy of yoga contained in the book.

I took notes I refer back to weekly before my yoga practice. I wasn't looking for this book but it has added a depth to my yoga practice that I find both grounding and expansive.
Chandi Neubauer
Jul 18, 2007 Chandi Neubauer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interested in yoga.
I love Deepak Chopra. This book is great for beginners and people who have been practicing yoga for years. I learned so much about breathing (which has been surprisingly hard for me) and about what the postures do for our health. I also learned a bit about meditation, though I cannot imagine being able to do it. If you like yoga, it's a book that's worth buying because you'll want to refer to it frequently.
Jennifer
Mar 04, 2010 Jennifer marked it as to-read
If you are interested in Yoga, then this book is for you! This book explains that Yoga is far more then just poses and exercise. Yoga helps to clear the mind, reconnect your inner self to the universe, and help you become aware of what your body is telling you. I found this book to be very insightful and uplifting. If you are interested in find a balance between your life, body and soul; then this is the book for you. I highly recommend this read! Well worth it!
Arfi
Apr 22, 2014 Arfi rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoy reading this book. It enlightens me in depth about yoga. I might not be a passionate yogi but I can see that yoga has been my life fitness and health balance to maintain a fit and healthy well-being. I recommend this book for yogis or non-yogis. It is full of wealthy information for our body mind and spirit.
Chenley Cabaluna
May 03, 2014 Chenley Cabaluna rated it liked it
Effective siya for everyday practice lalo na kapag jinajantoks na ko sa school work lol. Pang-replenish siya ng mind, body and soul. charot! Eh basta kase mahilig ako with this kind of stuff nowadays. Wapakels kung ang weird ko hahahaah. Acceptance lang please guys. hahahaha.Kung gusto niyo sa'kin magpaturo ng ways para ma-enlightened din kayo, I'm just a pm away. char.
Sharon
Oct 30, 2008 Sharon rated it it was amazing
If you love the practice or if you're just curious about it and want to gain a greater understanding of it, this is the book for you. These days I seem to be carrying it wherever I go. This is my second time around with this book. It's probably a book I'll never shelf. I love re-reading the passages in the book. It's a thought-provoking excursion through the practice of yoga.
Jennie Jakobi
Jul 31, 2011 Jennie Jakobi rated it really liked it
I love yoga and don't read a lot of yoga books because they basically say the same thing. This one is a good staple to have because it outlines sun salutations with pictures, basic yoga poses, and breathing. A good one for a refresher or to lend to friends new at yoga.
Megan
May 04, 2015 Megan rated it liked it
I thought this book really explained some of the philosophies behind yoga. The breathing and meditation sections were my favorite parts. This book was nice. I'd recommend it to anyone who wants to learn about yoga.
Rachel
Apr 09, 2012 Rachel rated it really liked it
Great for a clear, lucid explanation of yoga, the philosophy behind it, poses, and breathing. Would have given it 5 stars but was a bit too preachy for my liking. Maybe I just didn't like that the author told me to avoid alcohol.
Erin
Jan 29, 2008 Erin rated it liked it
Shelves: spirituality
Similar to his other book "The 7 spiritual laws of success", but he fleshed it out a little more. I knew a bunch of it already having practiced yoga for 8 years, but it was interesting to get his perspective on it. Besides, you need to read the laws multiple times before they sink in!
Ramakrishnan
Excellent treatise on Yoga in its holistic perspective from the original author Patangali (Yoga Sutras or Observations on Yoga).

Should read "The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success" by Deepak Chopra first to fully appreciate this book.

Britt Hemingway
Nov 14, 2016 Britt Hemingway rated it liked it
While I appreciated the introduction to the foundations of yoga, I do believe the title is deceiving. While the book offers a few introductory breathing exercises and poses, it is by no means a guide to healing body, mind, and spirit; it would have to be much more in depth to meet that standard.
Kuen
Apr 24, 2011 Kuen rated it liked it
Thought the spiritual and meditative portions of the book were well written; though offering nothing new, however the asana highlighted in the book lacks depth and the finer detail of each poses as some of these poses are not meant for beginners.
Alexandrea Ward
Sep 22, 2012 Alexandrea Ward rated it really liked it
Very interesting read. I learned some new stuff about chakras, certain yoga poses, and even about myself. I love learning something new and this was from a different perspective. I can't wait to learn some more about yoga as I further my study.
Charissa
Dec 05, 2010 Charissa rated it liked it
Shelves: health
While I loved and got a lot out of The Seven Spiritual Laws for Parents I found this book to be a little dry... Maybe I just wasn't in the right mood. I did pick up some useful tips for meditation, though.
ChaosInGa
Aug 19, 2009 ChaosInGa rated it it was amazing
GREAT book for yoga beginners & yogis. Learning more about the mind, spirit, body connection when doing yoga gave me insight I needed to be fully engaged in the activity. Would recommend it to everyone who wants to take yoga to the next level.
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Deepak Chopra, MD serves as the Founder and Chairman of The Chopra Foundation, and Co-Founder of the Chopra Center for Wellbeing.

As a global leader and pioneer in the field of mind-body medicine, Chopra transforms the way the world views physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and social wellness. Known as a prolific author of eighty books books with twenty-two New York Times best sellers in both
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“listen to your heart for guidance and be guided by its message of comfort or discomfort. Your heart is the junction point between your mind and your body. If the choice feels comfortable in your body, move into it with confidence. If the choice feels uncomfortable, pause and see the consequences of your action with your inner vision. Honoring the guidance that is provided by your body’s intelligence will help you make the most evolutionary choices for yourself and those in your life.” 2 likes
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