Book Review: The Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga: A Practical Guide to Healing Body, Mind, and Spirit by Deepak Chopra

by Jessica

I checked this out from Hoopla. If you are not using Hoopla and your library to check out books FOR FREE online you are missing out. I am a member of the Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative. Not only can I go in to any library and check out physical books, I can check out eBooks, audiobooks and tons of other materials. I am a huge fan of audiobooks because I’m ADD and I have a really hard time sitting down and just reading. I do most of my reading while I’m at the gym or in waiting rooms. When I am home working, I love having an audiobook to listen to. I think some folks may think of it as a lazy way of reading but I disagree. I interact with the material the same way I would with a physical book. If I miss something I back it up and listen again. If something is referenced that I want to know more about I’m already working from my laptop so the information is right there. When I listen to nonfiction, I tend to take notes. I can’t help it. I’m an eternal student.

One of the great things about using the online resources for books is the accessibility and variety of books available. I wind up reading/listening to books that I might not normally check out. This was the case with The Seven Spiritual Laws. I do read lots of books about Yoga and spirituality and self-help and philosophy and so on and so on. However, I haven’t read much of Deepak Chopra’s work. Don’t get me wrong, he’s great. He’s done a lot to promote healthy physical and emotional living. I think I’ve stayed away because his work is very main stream. His books are very accessible to someone who has no previous knowledge or experience with the subject matter.

The Seven Spiritual Laws, is a great overview of the 7 principles of yoga. It brushes away some of the confusing language of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. It’s a great introduction to the spiritual side of yoga. If you are ready to add spirituality to your yoga practice this is a great place to start. Not only are the principles laid out for you simply, but Chopra includes mantras and poses that go with them. Interestingly, as I was researching information for this blog I found out that this book was published for AARP Health. This explains a lot about how it is written. It’s a very very easy read.

 

The best part is there is a fantastic companion piece you can download. It has great pictures of the recommended asana. The audiobook is just under 4 hours so you can get through it in a day easily. Even if you don’t use or follow the suggested vinyasa, the introduction to the spiritual principles is worth the time. I am definitely more interested in learning more about the philosophy of yoga after reading this book.

Here’s some links to help you out:

Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative

http://www.hcplc.org/

Hoopla – movies, music, eBooks, audiobooks and more with your library card

https://www.hoopladigital.com/

The Chopra Center – The 7 Spiritual Laws of Yoga

http://www.chopra.com/articles/the-7-spiritual-laws-of-yoga

Tantor Media – free companion download, use password ‘lotus’ in the protected content box to access

https://tantor.com/the-seven-spiritual-laws-of-yoga-deepak-chopra-md-david-simon-md.htm