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How Deepak Chopra’s Law of Pure Potentiality Can Transform Your Body, Mind, and Spirit

Chopra Center Vedic Educator Edie Flaiz teaches the Law of Pure Potentiality by quieting the mind to allow you to directly experience your infinite, unbounded, essential nature.

In Yoga Journal’s 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, lead a seven-week yoga and meditation experience that will help you develop a deeper understanding of yourself. Sharing tools, science, and wisdom from Chopra’s best-selling new book You Are the Universe and his acclaimed The Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga, Chopra and Platt-Finger will help you experience greater health, joy, and peace in your life. Sign up!

In our online course, Finding Connection Through Yoga: A Workshop on Our Universal Oneness, Dr. Deepak Chopra and his yoga teacher, Sarah Platt-Finger, share tools, science, and wisdom from Chopra’s acclaimed book, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga. Edie Flaiz, a Vedic Educator at the Chopra Center, who has been teaching The Seven Spiritual Laws of yoga for the last 10 years, says her favorite law to teach is The Law of Pure Potentiality, because practicing it can transform the body, mind, and spirit. 

“The Law of Pure Potentiality states that at the core of being, we are pure awareness,” she explains. “The realm of pure awareness is the domain of all possibilities. It underlies creativity in all its forms.”

Practicing the Law of Pure Potentiality by quieting the mind with conscious breathing and meditation cultivates our ability to directly experience the field of pure awareness, which is our infinite, unbounded, essential nature, Flaiz says. “We shift our internal reference point from ego to spirit and realize everything is inseparably connected with everything else.”

Here, Flaiz shares a few ways to enliven the law in yoga practice and throughout the day:

How to Practice the Law of Pure Potentiality

Mantra

The mantra for this law is Om Bhavam Namah, or “I am absolute existence.” Simply think the mantra silently, or say it aloud from time to time throughout the day and during your practice.

Conscious Breathing and Meditation 

Alternate Nostril Breathing wonderfully quiets the mind, creating a state of calm inner awareness, which is perfect prior to meditation and throughout the day.

How-to: Sit comfortably in Easy Pose and softly close your eyes. Inhale deeply and exhale a few times to settle into the moment. Allow the breath to be gentle and effortless. Position the right thumb over the right nostril. Position the third and fourth fingers over the left nostril. To begin, inhale deeply, then close off the right nostril with the right thumb and exhale through the left nostril. Gently inhale through the left nostril. When the breath peaks, hold for a moment, close off the left nostril with the third and fourth fingers, and exhale through the right nostril. Then inhale through the right nostril, gently hold for a moment at the peak, close off the right nostril with the thumb, and exhale through the left nostril. This is one round. Continue for a total of 4–8 rounds. When finished, simply observe the breath.

Meditation

This is a mantra-based meditation. The mantra is So Hum. Sit comfortably in Easy Pose and softly close your eyes. Inhale slowly and deeply and think silently, “So.” Exhale slowly and gently and think silently, “Hum.” Continue. When you notice your attention has drifted away from the breath and mantra to thoughts, sensations in the body or sounds in the environment, gently bring your attention back to the breath and the mantra. Continue for 15–20 minutes. When time is up, sit for a couple of minutes before resuming activity. Remember, thoughts are a natural part of meditation and a wonderful release of accumulated stress. Allow your thoughts to come and go, let go of any expectations, and before long, you will find your mind quieting. 

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How Deepak Chopra’s Law of Dharma Can Help You Make Your Life Easier (and Better)

Chopra Center educator Amanda Ree Ringnalda explains how The Law of Dharma teaches the practice of ease.

In Yoga Journal’s 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, lead a seven-week yoga and meditation experience that will help you develop a deeper understanding of yourself. Sharing tools, science, and wisdom from Chopra’s best-selling new book You Are the Universe and his acclaimed The Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga, Chopra and Platt-Finger will help you experience greater health, joy, and peace in your life. Sign up!

In our online course, Finding Connection Through Yoga: A Workshop on Our Universal Oneness, Dr. Deepak Chopra and his yoga teacher, Sarah Platt-Finger, share tools, science, and wisdom from Chopra’s acclaimed book, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga. Of all of the seven laws, Chopra Center Vedic Educator/Master Educator Amanda Ree Ringnalda says The Law of Dharma is her favorite, because it teaches us the practice of ease, which helps our lives flow more effortlessly, on and off the mat.

“Dharma means purpose,” Ringnalda says. “The reason The Law of Dharma has always been a very effective and great law in my eyes is everything in life has purpose. Nature is in perfect harmony. On or off the mat, the only time that perfect harmony doesn’t exist is when the ego or mind gets overly involved and creates an obstacle for us. We see that on the mat when we are pushing ourselves into a pose, or when we are holding our breath. We see [these obstacles] don’t allow us to unfold into what is possible and ultimately best and healthiest for us.”

Off the mat, we create similar obstacles for ourselves in our relationships, at work, how we talk to ourselves, or when we are pushing too much or over-scheduling ourselves, Ringnalda explains.

“Ease is the key word—practice ease on the mat, and recognize ease off the mat. That’s our guide, our lighthouse that directs us where we ultimately want to go, which is toward our dharma/purpose. We all want that ease of the most purposeful, effective, and fulfilling life. For me personally, practicing ease on the mat rather than forcing gave me a real sensation in my body and my mind of what that felt like, and I hadn’t experienced that a lot in my life. Before, I was like ‘go, go, go; do; achieve.’ Once I was able to practice ease and see my yoga practice advancing, I also saw that my life got better, because when an opportunity was given to me, I could notice the good and the not quite right. I could feel it in body and that gave me this superpower detection device that changed everything in my life. I’ve never been so fulfilled in my practice on or off the mat, because of learning to make my life easier.”

Practice The Law of Dharma with Hip Openers

The purpose of a hip opener like Pigeon is opening the sacrum area to elongate the spine, bring more vitality to the hip joints, and create more lubrication for the joints, Ringnalda says. When you practice Pigeon or other hip openers, apply the Law of Dharma by noticing any resistance or obstacles that push against you. Notice the difference between flowing deeply with full, easy breaths versus pushing into the pose. Notice any shallowness or choppiness in the breath, and use the breath and your ability to soften and ease into the deepest expression of the pose while it’s still very comfortable for you. You can also meditate on the mantra associated with The Law of Dharma: Om Varunam Namah, or My life is in harmony with cosmic law.

Eager to learn more about The Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga? Sign up for Finding Connection Through Yoga: A Workshop on Our Universal Oneness.

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