Deepak Chopra’s 7 Spiritual Laws of Yoga Challenge: Day 5

Deepak Chopra's yoga teacher Sarah Platt-Finger explains how Warrior II demonstrates the The Law of Intention and Desire.
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Deepak Chopra's yoga teacher Sarah Platt-Finger explains how Warrior II demonstrates the The Law of Intention and Desire.
Sarah Platt-Finger performs Warrior II.

In Yoga Journal's new online course, Finding Connection Through Yoga: A Workshop on Our Universal Oneness,Dr. Deepak Chopra and his yoga teacher, Sarah Platt-Finger, will share a seven-week yoga and meditation experience that will help you develop a deeper understanding of yourself and transform your relationship with the universe. Sign up here to learn more!

As part of Yoga Journal's upcoming online course, Finding Connection Through Yoga: A Workshop on Our Universal Oneness, legendary integrative-medicine and meditation expert, Dr. Deepak Chopra and his yoga teacher, Sarah Platt-Finger, will guide you through a yoga practice that incorporates Chopra's Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga, to help you experience greater health, joy, and peace in your life. Each day for the next week, Platt-Finger, who teaches at ISHTA Yoga in NYC, will offer you a yoga pose that illustrates one of the seven laws, and explain how it can benefit your practice and your life. Please take #thespirituallawschallenge with us, snap a selfie of yourself in the pose, explain what you learned from the law and the pose, and post it on Instagram @yogajournal and @chopracenter and @splattfinger. Two of our most dedicated and insightful challenge-takers will win the course for free, and also get free tickets to Yoga Journal LIVE! New York!

Spiritual Law 5: The Law of Intention and Desire

The Law of Intention and Desire says that inherent in every intention and desire are the mechanics for its fulfillment. When we become quiet and introduce our intentions into the field of pure potentiality, we harness the universe’s infinite organizing power, which can manifest our desires with effortless ease.

The Pose: Virabhadrasana II (Warrior II)

The Law of Intention and Desire is about connecting to our deepest, driving desires, and cultivating our actions around them, Platt-Finger says. Traditionally in the yoga practice, we begin by setting an intention, because the intention is what sets the vibration of the practice. It's important to keep returning back to your intentions and desires throughout your practice by staying present. Notice in Warrior II if your mind begins to wander. Notice if you struggle with maintaining your intention because of challenges that come up. It is often the mind that keeps us from moving forward with our intentions. Warrior II is an excellent posture to stay grounded and focused by keeping connecting to the sensations in your body and focusing your gaze on one point. Remember to breathe and allow the infinite, organizing power of the universe to assist you in the pose.

How-to:

Take your legs about a leg's distance apart, or slightly wider. Pivot the right foot forward and the left foot slightly inward toward the left corner edge of your mat. Align the heel of the front foot with the arch of the back foot. Level the pelvis and feel a subtle lift through the pelvic floor. Spin the palms to face up, feeling spaciousness across the collarbones. Keep that as you float the palms to face back down. Settle your gaze over the right middle finger. Bend the front knee, lining the knee directly over the second toe, and continue to root into the back foot. Stay here and breathe several breaths. Repeat on the other side.

Enhance the pose:

Close your eyes and see if you can experience the pose from inside. As we connect to our internal world we connect more to our authentic self, and become more clear about what our intentions and desires truly are.

Can't wait to get started? Learn more about the course here. PLUS, join Deepak Chopra in person at Yoga Journal LIVE! New York on Friday, April 21st. Get your ticket before they sell out!