The benefits of yoga are profound. They include flexibility, balance, muscle tone, endurance and vitality. This is just the tip of the iceberg. Yoga can unlock your full potential, your capacity for love and compassion and your ability to find success in all areas of your life.
Over the next 7 days, we will bring back the philosophy to yoga. The Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga are accessible to newcomers and experienced practitioners. We will discover both principle and physical practices of yoga. Principles of where the un-manifested evolves into the manifested. This can be practiced on and off the mat.
The Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga will start on Sunday, practicing the first law. Each subsequent day, put your attention to the next law ending on Saturday.
Sunday – Law of Pure Potential
Monday – Law of Giving and Receiving
Tuesday – Law of Karma (Cause and Effect)
Wednesday – Law of Least Effort
Thursday – Law of Intention and Desire
Friday – Law of Detachment
Saturday – Law of Dharma (or Purpose in Life)
Sunday Law #1 – The Law of Pure Potential
Pure awareness is the domain of all possibilities. It is the home of intuition, balance, knowledge and harmony.
Self-referral is to experience one’s true Self. This refers to your inner soul rather than the objects of your experience. That would be referred to as Object-referral, being influenced by what is happening outside of the Self. They can include situations, circumstances, people and things. Object-referral often is seeking approval.
This is all fueled by the ego. The ego is not who you are, rather your social mask, the roles you play. Struggling for approval, strives by control and is sustained by power. The result of this is that your ego lives in fear of losing approval, control and power. Your true Self, the soul, is free of these things and is immune to all of the above.
The Law of Pure Potential reminds us that every movement emerges from a silent field of infinite possibility. The more powerful the silence, the more powerful the movement.
- Cultivate stillness in the body and mind. Between the poses bring your attention to the quiet stillness within you. After your practice, give yourself 10 to 20 minutes to quiet the mind.
- During the asanas, practice shifting into witnessing the awareness mode. Observe the inner stillness of your soul.
- Practice non-judgment. While performing your yoga postures, let go of the need to judge your ability. Remind yourself 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.
Thank you to Deepak Chopra for inspiring me to share The Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga with you.