Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga: A Practical Guide to Healing Body, Mind, and Spirit
Author: Deepak Chopra
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.
"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.
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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Eating in the Light of the Moon: How Women Can Let Go of Compulsive Eating Through Metaphor and Storytelling
Author: Anita A Johnston
Much like Clarissa Pinkola-Estes in Women Who Run With the Wolves, Anita Johnston uses metaphor and storytelling to show women how to reconnect with their inherent inner wisdom. By weaving practical insights and exercises through a rich tapestry of ancient tales, multicultural myths, legends, fairy tales, and folktales, she teaches women how to find the metaphors hidden in their own life stories, in their dreams, in their bodies, and in their relationship with food so they can break free from compulsive eating and food obsessions. Eating in the Light of the Moon takes readers on a journey to freedom from food, fat, and dieting by helping them to understand the root issues that lie beneath disordered eating habits, and develop the life skills necessary for recovery from disordered eating; learn the difference between physical and emotional hunger; understand how to read body signals so that they can eat when they're hungry and stop when full; use dreams to gain insight and direction; understand how their menstrual cycle can help them gain the awareness they need to break free of disordered eating behaviors; improve their communication with themselves and others by using words instead of food for expression; and much more.