For our November-December session here at The Yoga Room our theme is The Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga, from Deepak Chopra’s book of the same name. I wanted to share with you all an excerpt from the book about the essence of yoga as we begin our session:
“The true purpose of yoga is to discover that aspect of your being that can never be lost. Your job may change, your relationships may change, your desires may change, your ideas about your role in the world may change, but the essence of who you are is the continuity of awareness that has no beginning or end. Your thoughts, beliefs, expectations, goals and experiences may come and go, but the one who is having the experiences–the experiencer–remains.
As you progress in your practice, you may find that the answers to the questions, Who am I? What do I want? and How can I serve? emerge from a deeper layer of your being. You may find your sense of identity changing, reflecting a more expanded view of your self. You may find your desires becoming less personal. As your concept of self expands, your concern about others may simultaneously increase. You may discover a deepening aspiration to make a contribution to your community and your world. This expansion of self-awareness is the essence of yoga.”