This may be a small book, but it packs a lot of good advice, especially about our physical health. Yoga, 7 Minutes a Day, 7 Days a Week is exactly what the title implies. It organizes a wide range of yoga disciplines into seven manageable practices, one for each day of the week. Each day works with a particular organ system of the human body. When these seven practices are performed regularly a healthier and happier life is created.
The Days of the Week Practices
SUNDAY – Heart and Circulatory System.
MONDAY – Lymph and Water Balance System.
TUESDAY – Muscles and Male Reproductive Organs.
WEDNESDAY – Brain and Nervous Systems.
THURSDAY – Digestive System.
FRIDAY – Balance and Female Reproductive System.
SATURDAY – Bones, Joints and Metabolism.
So how does it work? A sequence of yoga postures is clearly pictured for each day of the week. This practice is followed by a short daily meditation offering a philosophical consideration of the qualities of that day. Things are finished up with a Mantra, a set of sacred words and a Mudra, one those lovely ritualistic hand gestures. And all can easily be accomplished in seven minutes.
What I liked most about this book is the approach. It is kind and encouraging, without being weak or silly in any manner. So often popular information about the days of the week is goofy and without any bearing on life. The daily wisdom has obviously been gained through personal experience, physical movement and thoughtfulness. The energies of the seven days of the week must be integrated into our own lives.
The author, Gertrud Hirschi, teaches yoga at her own yoga school in Zurich, Switzerland. She also holds regular seminars in Switzerland, Germany and Greece. Besides this helpful text she has written four other books. Three explain the yogic mudras in depth. Her fourth book is a set of 84 yoga asanas printed on cards. Hirschi’s publications have been translated into eighteen languages.