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 6: The Law of Detachment
The Law of Detachment says that at the level of spirit, everything is always unfolding perfectly. We don’t have to struggle or force situations to go our way. Instead, we can intend for everything to work out as it should, take action, and then allow opportunities to spontaneously emerge.
The Pose: Parsvottanasana (Intense Side Stretch Pose)
The Law of Detachment is about flexibility, which is an essential component of all of yoga, especially Parsvottanasana, Platt-Finger says. When we push or become too concerned with the results of this posture, we round our spine, harden the breath, and become susceptible to injury. If we rather connect to the breath and allow it to guide us into the posture, we become less concerned with where we think we should be and more connected to where we are in the present moment. Notice in this pose if you have expectations about where your head should be in relation to your knee, and see how that changes the experience of the pose. As soon as we are in the results, we lose the sense of joy and actually hinder ourselves from going deeper. Stay present with the sensations you feel in the backs of the legs. Let each breath in give you length and space, while each breath out moves you deeper into the space that you created.
From Tadasana, step your left foot back about three feet directly behind you, bringing your hips to square toward the front of the room. Bring your hands onto your hips and fold forward over the front leg. Lower your hands either to blocks or on the mat on either side of the front foot. As you inhale, lengthen through the spine. As you exhale, release over the front leg. Stay here and breathe about 5 breaths. Repeat on the other side.
Enhance the pose:
Bring your hands into Reverse Prayer. When we bring our palms to touch, it is a symbol of uniting opposites and merging dualities. This sense of union helps us to trust in the the natural order of the universe, reminding us that there is no need to struggle to make things happen.