Spiritual Yoga

How to transcend our human consciousness to Universal consciousness

Non-Fiction - Autobiography
62 Pages
Reviewed on 12/22/2019
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Spiritual Yoga: How to transcend our human consciousness to Universal consciousness is a work of non-fiction on the themes of spiritual guidance and autobiographical experience, and it was penned by author Paul Ardennes. This concise but interesting account of a personal journey into exploring the true nature of God provides readers with the circumstances and exploration undertaken by the author since the age of nineteen, and from there he invites readers to join him on this journey. The key factors include discovering what the author terms ‘stillness’ or ‘silentness’ within, allowing them to access a higher level of consciousness and understand the nature of the universe on a new level.

Author Paul Ardennes presents a narrative that is very open and not at all prescriptive, which is great for a book that offers new perspectives on spiritual belief and the path to true enlightenment. Because it is not preachy or heavily religion-specific in any way, the narrative reads like an autobiography for the most part and invites readers to understand Ardennes’s perspective. In an age of definitive answers and attempts to ‘crack the code’, the organization of this book as an open life story with the potential to guide others really works, and presents a laid-back but informative style of spiritual advice. What results is a work that is easy to read and well written, and though its ideas may not be suited to all, I would certainly recommend it to anyone with an open mind seeking a higher level of peace.

Marta Tandori

Nurturing one’s spiritual self comes in many different forms and Spiritual Yoga by Paul Ardennes is one of them. Popular culture has elevated yoga, in some respects, to wearing cute yoga pants, doing different poses on a mat along with others in dedicated yoga classes and even posting shots of impressive poses on Instagram accounts for others to like. According to Webster's dictionary, yoga is "a Hindu theistic philosophy teaching the suppression of all activity of body, mind, and will in order that the self may realize its distinction from them and attain liberation; and a system of exercises for attaining bodily or mental control and well-being.” In Sanskrit, the word “yoga” itself means “union” of the individual consciousness or soul with the broader Universal Consciousness or Spirit. In other words, yoga is as much about spirituality as it is about good health through physical exercise. The author defines “spiritual yoga” as the discipline that enables the mind to transcend its energies to divine consciousness until it reaches the state of stillness/silentness.

Spiritual Yoga reads more like a diary of personal introspections than like a book. Booklet length, it’s divided into various chapters that include a course map, The 9 Christ Letters, Emptying the Box, My Time in Meditation, Making Time for Prayers, Fasting and the author’s daily routine as well as a chart of the various chakras. There is an intimacy in Ardennes’ narrative – almost as though he’s sharing a very personal and intimate aspect of his life with the reader, which makes for an engaging read. At certain points, like in the section on fasting, he’s very matter-of-fact (as only the French can be) as to why he fasts – to achieve spiritual goals of higher demand. Whether one believes in the fasting route which he espouses is not the point. It is a lifestyle that he has chosen – not one he’s advising others to try. Enlightening spiritually and intellectually, Spiritual Yoga is for those who seek to find grounding and spiritual enlightenment as a life’s discipline.

Amy Raines

Spiritual Yoga: How to transcend our human consciousness to Universal consciousness by Paul Ardennes is so much more than simple exercises that keep the body limber, loose and in good shape. It is exactly what the title suggests, a way of understanding how our lives (past and present) are interlaced and how to repair the tears we put in our souls during our previous existences as well as this one. When a soul passes from one life to the next, tears are formed due to the things we have done through each life. The only way to heal the soul is by first acknowledging that the soul can be repaired, then gaining knowledge about how to do so.

Spiritual Yoga by Paul Ardennes is a wonderful guide that will help any reader discover new truths about themselves, their soul, as well as the effects on and from the world around them. After going from home to home as a child, the author realized several important things about himself. He was not angry nor did he feel neglected or poor. Ardennes explains the nine letters of Christ and how they can help us understand our body and soul more clearly. Meditation, fasting, and prayer are very important parts of deep development that help the individual discover the wounds in the soul and how to begin repairing them. Ardennes also discusses what attracts and repels different souls and how to attract the ones we seek. I recommend Spiritual Yoga to anyone who wants to achieve a higher state of understanding of how to nurture and mend their soul as well as their physical form.