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15 Jan 2021 - Aimée Kuntz

1400+ yoga quotes - PART 3

We all need inspiration or motivation from time to time. Also for something that helps us as well as yoga. I have collected more than 1400 inspiring yoga quotes for you. 

 

Examples of how to use these yoga quotes:

  • Use your intuition to choose a yoga quote and be inspired by this quote throughout the day.
  • Reflect on one of the yoga quotes by journaling about it. So that you can use them to go more inward and explore your yoga path with more true dept.
  • Use a yoga quote as your intention at the beginning of your meditation.

 

What is your favorite yoga quote? Please let me know in a comment (at the bottom of the page)? I would really appreciate it!

 

I have found so many beautiful yoga quotes for you that they didn't fit in one blog post. Here you will find the rest :

 

  1. “Like the practice of breath control, meditation on the forms of God, repetition of mantras, food restrictions, etc., are but aids for rendering the mind quiescent.” ~ Ramana Maharshi

 

  1. “I hate having to do small talk. I’d rather talk about deep subjects. I’d rather talk about meditation, or the world, or the trees or animals, than small, inane, you know, banter.” ~  Ellen DeGeneres

 

  1. “A studio is like a meditation room where music is created. And a live performance is the place where the creation of the studio is taken ahead. I love both.” ~ Shreya Ghoshal

 

  1. “We should so provide for old age that it may have no urgent wants of this world to absorb it from meditation on the next. It is awful to see the lean hands of dotage making a coffer of the grave.” ~ Pearl S. Buck

 

  1. “Exercise, prayer, and meditation are examples of calming rituals. They have been shown to induce a happier mood and provide a positive pathway through life’s daily frustrations.” ~ Chuck Norris

 

  1. “Soon silence will have passed into legend. Man has turned his back on silence. Day after day he invents machines and devices that increase noise and distract humanity from the essence of life, contemplation, meditation.” ~ Jean Arp

 

  1. “Prayer is a form of meditation, isn’t it? It’s laws of attraction: whatever you put out into the universe is what it receives. It’s just kind of putting your thoughts out into the universe.” ~ Anthony Joshua

 

  1. “I believe that painting should come through the avenues of meditation rather than the canals of action.” ~ Mark Tobey

 

  1. “This life that has been given to us as a gift, as such a precious gift. To really try to understand it, really try to recognize it, is the greatest meditation. Through the media of this Knowledge we can tap into our inner sources that are so beautiful.” ~ Prem Rawat

 

  1. “The first recipe for happiness is: avoid too lengthy meditation on the past.” ~ Andre Maurois

 

  1. “I think most people see drawing as subservient to the subject, a sort of meditation, a studying, a searching observation, in my case, for its own sake.” ~ Peter Wright

 

  1. “Yoga is not just doing some exercise, it is much more. It is to expand your awareness, sharpen your intellect and enhance your intuitive ability.” ~ Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

 

  1. “The chakras are very intelligent. They are like the software of the whole computer body.” ~ Dharma Mittra

 

  1. “The practice of Yoga brings us face to face with the extraordinary complexity of our own being.” ~ Sri Aurobindo

 

  1. “The primary aim of yoga is to restore the mind to simplicity and peace, and free it from confusion and distress.” ~ B.K.S. Iyengar

 

  1. “Yoga is like music: the rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind, and the harmony of the soul create the symphony of life.” ~ B.K.S. Iyengar

 

  1. “You cannot always control what goes on outside. But you can always control what goes on inside.” ~ Wayne Dyer

 

  1. “When we feel like there isn’t enough time in the day for us to get everything done. We wish for more time. But we don’t actually need more time. We need more stillness.” ~ unknown

 

  1. “If you seek peace, be still. If you seek wisdom, be silent. If you seek love, be yourself.” ~ Becca Lee

     

  1. “Yoga must not be practiced to control the body: It is the opposite, it must bring freedom to the body, all the freedom it needs.” ~ Vanda Scaravelli

 

  1. “Yoga is the methodology with which to unveil the miracle that exists right in front of our faces and inside ourselves.” ~ Rodney Yee

   

  1. “Calming the mind is yoga. Not just standing on the head.” ~ Swami Satchidananda

 

  1. “True yoga is not about the shape of your body, but the shape of your life. Yoga is not to be performed; yoga is to be lived. Yoga doesn’t care about what you have been; yoga cares about the person you are becoming. Yoga is designed for a vast and profound purpose, and for it to be truly called yoga, its essence must be embodied.” ~ Aadil Palkhivala

 

  1. “The success of yoga does not lie in the ability to perform postures but in how it positively changes the way we live our life and our relationships.” ~ T.K.V. Desikachar

 

  1. “My yoga mat is a magic carpet when I am on it; I discover places within me I never knew existed.” ~ unknown

 

  1. “Change only happens in the present moment. The past is already done. The future is just energy and intention.” ~ Kino MacGregor

  

  1. “Yoga is like a geologist for the soul; it can show you where to dig, and what to dig for, but the digging you must do yourself.” ~ unkown

 

  1. “When the breath wanders, the mind also is unsteady. But when the breath is calmed the mind too will be still, and the yogi achieves long life. Therefore, one should learn to control the breath.” ~ Hatha Yoga Pradipika

 

  1. “Yoga is the stilling of the fluctuations of the mind.” ~ Patanjali

 

  1. “Yoga is possible for anybody who really wants it. Yoga is universal… But don’t approach yoga with a business mind looking for worldly gain.” ~ Sri Pattabhi Jois

 

  1. “Yoga is about clearing away whatever is in us that prevents our living in the most full and whole way. With yoga, we become aware of how and where we are restricted — in body, mind, and heart — and how gradually to open and release these blockages. As these blockages are cleared, our energy is freed. We start to feel more harmonious, more at one with ourselves. Our lives begin to flow — or we begin to flow more in our lives.” ~ Cybele Tomlinson

 

  1. “Concentrating on poses clears the mind, while focusing on the breath helps the body shift out of fight or flight mode.” ~ Melanie Haiken

 

  1. “Yoga is a dance between control and surrender – between pushing and letting go – and when to push and when to let go becomes part of the creative process, part of the open-ended exploration of your being.” ~ Joel Kramer

 

  1. “Don’t rush anything. When the time is right, it will happen.” ~ unknown

 

  1. “Silence is not silent. Silence speaks. It speaks most eloquently. Silence is not still. Silence leads. It leads most perfectly.” ~ Sri Chinmoy

 

  1. “Yoga is not an ancient myth buried in oblivion. It is the most valuable inheritance of the present. It is the essential need of today and the culture of tomorrow.” ~ Satyananda Saraswati

 

  1. “No work is stressful. It is your inability to manage your body, mind, and emotions that makes it stressful.” ~ Sadhguru

 

  1. “Yoga is a mirror to look at ourselves from within.” ~ B.K.S. Iyengar

  

  1. “Essentially, yoga means dissolving your identity.” ~ Sadhguru

 

  1. “The sun shines down, and its image reflects in a thousand different pots filled with water. The reflections are many, but they are each reflecting the same sun. Similarly, when we come to know who we truly are, we will see ourselves in all people.” ~ Mata Amritanandamayi

 

  1. “Don’t practice yoga to get better at yoga; practice yoga to get better at living.” ~ unknown

 

  1. “In dream yoga we use the etheric double and go beyond the confines of the physical, it’s very ecstatic.” ~ Frederick Lenz

 

  1. “You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you, none can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul.” ~ Swami Vivekananda

 

  1. “Yoga is not a new path to follow but a way to become conscious of the original impetus of life. Yoga is the movement and evolution of Life itself.” ~ David Frawley

 

  1. “Yoga is the art and science of living.” ~ Indra Devi

  

  1. “Practicing yoga during the day is a matter of keeping your eyes on the road and one ear turned toward the infinite.” ~ Erich Schiffmann

 

  1. “Ultimate life hack: Yoga.” ~ unknown

 

  1. “More stretching, less stressing.” ~ unknown

  

  1. “If you can breathe you can do yoga.” ~ Krishnamacharya

 

  1. “Yoga allows you to find an inner peace that is not ruffled and riled by the endless stresses and struggles of life.” ~ B.K.S Iyengar

 

  1. “Your body can do it. It’s your mind you need to convince.” ~ Unknown

 

  1. “Quiet your mind. Free your body.” ~ unknown

 

  1. “Yoga is 99% practice and 1 % theory.” ~ Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois

 

  1. “With yoga, not only your body should become flexible – your mind and emotions, and above all your consciousness should become flexible.” ~ Sadhguru

 

  1. “The rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind and the harmony of the soul create the symphony of life.” ~ B.K.S. Iyengar

 

  1. “The word ‘yoga’ literally means ‘union’. When you experience everything as one in your consciousness, then you are in yoga.” ~ Sadhguru

 

  1. “The heart of all spiritual teaching is simple. Be love. Be peace. Be harmony. Be compassion. Be joy.” ~ unknown

 

  1. “The methods and technologies of how to experience that which is beyond the physical is what is known as the science of Yoga.” ~ Sadhguru

 

  1. “For me, yoga is not just a workout – it’s about working on yourself.” ~ Mary Glover

 

  1. “Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape. ~ Unknown

 

  1. “I have been a seeker and I still am, but I stopped asking the books and the stars. I started listening to the teaching of my Soul.” ~ Rumi

 

  1. “True meditation is about being fully present with everything that is–including discomfort and challenges. It is not an escape from life.” ~ Craig Hamilton

 

  1. “Do your practice and all is coming.” ~ Sri K Patthabi Jois

 

  1. “Healthy plants and trees yield abundant flowers and fruits. Similarly, from a healthy person, smiles and happiness shine forth like the rays of the sun.” ~ B.K. S Iyengar

 

  1. “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” ~ Viktor E. Frankl

 

  1. ”The more we sweat in peace the less we bleed in war.” ~ Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit

 

  1. “Loka Samasta Sukhino Bhavantu. May all beings everywhere be happy and free and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all.”

 

  1. “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” ~ Gandhi

 

  1. “We all wish for world peace, but world peace will never be achieved unless we first establish peace within our own minds.” ~ Geshe Kelsang Gyatso 

 

  1. “Meditation brings wisdom; lack of meditation leaves ignorance. Know well what leads you forward and what holds you back, and choose the path that leads to wisdom.” ~ Buddha 

 

  1. ”Everyday is a great day for yoga!” ~ unknown

 

  1. ”The body is your temple. Keep it pure and clean for the soul to reside in.” ~ B.K.S Iyengar 

 

  1. ”Yoga happens beyond the mat, anything you do with attention to how you feel is doing yoga.” ~ unknown

 

  1. ” It’s not about being good at something, it’s about being good to yourself” ~ unknown

 

  1. ”It doesn’t matter if things aren’t perfect. My practice is my time to feel alive, loved and free.” ~ unknown

 

  1. ”Yoga adds years to your life, and life to your years.” ~ unknown

 

  1. ”Yoga is the artwork of awareness on the canvas of body, mind, and soul.” ~ unknown

 

  1. ”Meditation can help us embrace our worries, our fear, our anger; and that is very healing. We let our own natural capacity of healing do the work.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

 

  1. ”Life’s too fast…Slow down and do yoga.” ~ unknown

 

  1. ”Travel light, live light, spread the light, be the light.” ~ Yogi Bhajan

 

  1. ”Your body exists in the past and your mind exists in the future. In yoga, they come together in the present.” ~ B.K.S.Iyengar

 

  1. “Balancing in yoga and life is a reflection of our inner state.” ~ Shiva Rea

 

  1. “My body is my temple and asanas are my prayers.” ~ Sri. B.K.S. Iyengar

 

  1. ”When breath control is correct, mind control is possible.” ~ Pattabhi Jois

 

  1. “Yoga is the space where flower blossoms.” ~ Amit Ray

 

  1. “I am standing on my own altar. The poses are my prayers” ~ B.K.S. Iyengar   

 

  1. “Yoga is a light, which once lit will never dim. The better your practice, the brighter your flame.” — B.K.S. Iyengar

 

  1. “Move your joints every day. You have to find your own tricks. Bury your mind deep in your heart, and watch the body move by itself.” ~ Sri Dharma Mittra

 

  1. “The nature of yoga is to shine the light of awareness into the darkest corners of the body.” ~ Jason Crandell

 

  1. “I had discovered something; there was a pleasure in becoming something new. You could will yourself into a fresh shape. Now all I had to do was figure out how to do it out there, in my life.” ~ Claire Dederer, Poser: My Life in Twenty-three Yoga Poses (In Dutch: Claire, Dederer, POSES: het inspirerende verhaal van een vrouw die zoekt naar Balans in haar drukke leven).

 

  1. “Yoga is not a work-out, it is a work-in. And this is the point of spiritual practice; to make us teachable; to open up our hearts and focus our awareness so that we can know what we already know and be who we already are.” ~ Rolf Gates

 

  1. “I think it’s interesting that the opposite of being active in yoga is not being passive. It’s being receptive.” ~ Cyndi Lee

 

  1. “Yoga begins with listening. When we listen, we are giving space to what is.” ~ Richard Freeman

 

  1. “If we practice yoga long enough, the practice changes to suit our needs. It’s important to acknowledge that the practice isn’t meant to be one practice for everybody. The beautiful thing about yoga is that there are so many different approaches. As we go through our life cycles, hopefully we are able to find a practice that suits us. And if you practice yoga long enough, that will change many times. What exactly that looks like is going to be different for each person.” ~ Tiffany Cruikshank, founder of Yoga Medicine

 

  1. “My biggest struggles have been my biggest teachers.” ~ Kathryn Budig

 

  1. “Yoga is the perfect opportunity to be curious about who you are” ~ Jason Crandell

 

  1. “In asana practice we learn to cherish each breath, to cherish every cell in our bodies. The time we spend on the mat is love in action” ~ Rolf Gates

 

  1. “The yoga pose you avoid the most you need the most.” ~ unknown

 

  1. “…just enjoy yourself. For many years I mistook discipline as ambition. Now I believe it to be more about consistency. Do get on the mat. Practice and life are not that different.” ~ Judith Hanson Lasater

 

  1. “I bend so I don’t break.” ~ unknown

 

  1. “That’s exactly how it is in yoga. The places where you have the most resistance are actually the places that are going to be the areas of the greatest liberation.” ~ Rodney Yee

 

  1. “Throw your hair in a bun, downward dog like a boss, and handle it.” ~ unknown

 

  1. “Remember, it doesn’t matter how deep into a posture you go – what does matter is who you are when you get there.” ~ Max Strom

 

  1. “Sometimes in yoga I feel like a graceful swan. Other times I feel like a baby giraffe trying to use its legs.” ~ unknown

 

  1. “Yoga is not for the flexible. It’s for the willing.” ~ unknown

 

  1. “Balancing in yoga and life is a reflection of our inner state. Can we dance with change? Can we fall and try again with playfulness? Do we have the focus, skill, and attunement to find the still point within it all?” ~ Shiva Rea

 

  1. “Yoga. Because punching people is frowned upon.” ~ unknown

 

  1. “When we push for immediate results and instant healing, we never inhabit the important in-between phase, which is where much of the learning and growth actually happen.” ~ Bo Forbes, Yoga for Emotional Balance

 

  1. “The yoga pose is not the goal. Becoming flexible is not the goal. Standing on your hands is not the goal. The goal is serenity. Balance. Truly finding peace in your own skin.” ~ Rachel Brathen, Yoga Girl

 

  1. “Here and now is where yoga begins” ~ Patanjali, the Yoga Sutras

 

  1. “Yoga exists in the world because everything is linked.” ~ T. K. V. Desikachar

 

  1. “Yoga is not a religion. It is a science, science of well-being, science of youthfulness, science of integrating body, mind and soul.” ~ Amit Ray, Yoga and Vipassana: An Integrated Life Style

 

  1. “Yoga is the ultimate practice. It simultaneously stimulates our inner light and quiets our overactive minds. It is both energy and rest. Yin and Yang. We feel the burn and find our bliss.” ~ Elise Joan

 

  1. “Yoga is not a work-out; it is a work-in. And this is the point of spiritual practice, to make us teachable, to open up our hearts, and focus our awareness so that we can know what we already know and be who we already are.” ~ Rolf Gates

 

  1. “Learning to be present with yourself and to abide in that which is steady and comfortable does not allow space for self-judgment. When you live this way, you are practicing yoga: you are living fully.” ~ Judith Hanson Lasater, Living Your Yoga: Finding the Spiritual in Everyday Life

 

  1. “The body benefits from movement, and the mind benefits from stillness.” ~ Sakyong Mipham

 

  1. “Yoga does not transform the way we see things; it transforms the person who sees.” ~ B.K.S. Iyengar

 

  1. “The very heart of yoga practice is ‘abyhasa’ ~ steady effort in the direction you want to go.” ~ Sally Kempton

 

  1. “When we have the confidence to be truly, unabashedly, and radically ourselves, we breathe life into who we were meant to be. We burn with a desire to ecstatically share our unique and priceless gifts with the world.” ~ Elise Joan

 

  1. “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” ~ Dr. Seuss

 

  1. “The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” ~ Steve Jobs

 

  1. “The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago. The second best time is now.” ~ Chinese Proverb

 

  1. “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” ~ Gandhi

 

  1. “Every moment is a fresh beginning.” ~ T.S. Eliot

 

  1. “Open your eyes, look within. Are you satisfied with the life you’re living?” ~  Bob Marley

 

  1. “No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.” ~ Heraclitus

 

  1. “A calm sea does not make a skilled sailor.” ~ Nathan Gilkarov

 

  1. “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

 

  1. “If you hear a voice within you say, ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.” ~ Vincent Van Gogh

 

  1. “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” ~ Wayne Gretzky

 

  1. “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” ~ Arthur Ashe

 

  1. “How wonderful is it that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world…” ~ Anne Frank

 

  1. “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” ~ Lao Tzu

 

  1. “Teach thy tongue to say, “I do not know,” and thou shalt progress.” ~ Maimonides

 

  1. “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.” ~ Marianne Williamson

 

  1. “The power of imagination makes us infinite.” ~ John Muir

 

  1. “When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” ~ Lao Tzu

 

  1. “It’s never too late to be who you were always meant to be…” ~ unknown

 

  1. “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” ~ C.S. Lewis

 

  1. “Everything is energy and that’s all there is to it. Match the frequency of the reality you want and you cannot help but get that reality. It can be no other way. This is not philosophy. This is physics.” ~ Albert Einstein

 

  1. “Today is your opportunity to make your tomorrow better. If you think of it from the point that your today is the result of your yesterdays, it’s clear that what you are doing today is either moving your forward or moving you backward. That’s why you want to grab today by the horns and make the most of it as you can. Do that enough times and you’ll start to see signs that your todays are getting better, which only sets you up better and better for tomorrow. You can find yourself in negative or positive spiral based on how well you are spending your days. Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.” ~ Dalai Lama

 

  1. “Fall seven times and stand up eight.” ~ Japanese Proverb

 

  1. “Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.” ~ George Addair

 

  1. “When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.” ~ Helen Keller

 

  1. “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” ~ Maya Angelou

 

  1. “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” ~ Pablo Picasso

 

  1. “There is a crack, a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.” ~ Leonard Cohen

 

  1. “We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.” ~ Plato

 

  1. “Love is the Answer. What was the Question?” ~ John Lennon

 

  1. “Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.” ~ Gloria Steinem

 

  1. “Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.” ~ Victor Hugo

 

  1. “Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured.” ~ B.K.S. Iyengar

 

  1. “In truth, Yoga doesn’t take time – it gives time.” ~ Ganga White

 

  1. “Surrender to Yoga, for where is the conflict when the truth is known.” ~ Sri T.Krishnamacharya 

 

  1. “The attitude of gratitude is the highest yoga.” ~ Yogi Bhajan

 

  1. “Just breathe.” ~ unknown

 

  1. Yoga is not about touching your toes. It is what you learn on the way down.” ~ Jigar Gor

 

  1. “Inhale, and God approaches you.  Hold the inhalation, and God remains with you.  Exhale, and you approach God. Hold the exhalation, and surrender to God.” ~ T.Krishnamacharya

 

  1. “Where is the delusion when truth is known? Where is the disease when the mind is clear? Where is death when the Breath is controlled? Therefore surrender to Yoga.” ~ T.Krishnamacharya

 

  1. “Rid your body of its impurities, let your speech be true and sweet, feel friendship for the world, and with humility seek wealth and knowledge.”  ~ T.Krishnamacharya

 

  1. “Teach what is inside you, not as it applies to you, to yourself, but as it applies to the other” ~ T.Krishnamacharya

 

  1. “In the practice of Yoga one can emphasize the body, the mind or the self and hence the effort can never be fruitless.” ~ T.Krishnamacharya

 

  1. “Meditation results in marvels.” ~ T.Krishnamacharya

 

  1. “Master your breath, let the self be in bliss, contemplate on the sublime within you.” ~ T.Krishnamacharya

 

  1. “Nowadays, the practice of yoga stops with just asanas. Very few even attempt dharana and dhyana [deeper meditation] with seriousness. There is a need to search once more and reestablish the practice and value of yoga in modern times.” ~ T.Krishnamacharya

 

  1. “Practice and all is coming.” ~ Sri.K.Pattabhi Jois 

 

  1. “If we practice the science of yoga, which is useful to the entire human community and which yields happiness both here and hereafter – if we practice it without fail, we will then attain physical, mental, and spiritual happiness, and our minds will flood towards the Self.” ~ Sri.K.Pattabhi Jois

 

  1. “Simply be present with your own shifting energies and with the unpredictability of life as it unfolds.” ~ Sri.K.Pattabhi Jois

 

  1. “In Order to be effective, truth must penetrate like an arrow-and that is likely to hurt.” ~ Sri.K.Pattabhi Jois

 

  1. “Body is not stiff, mind is stiff.” ~ Sri.K.Pattabhi Jois

 

  1. “Action is movement with intelligence. The world is filled with movement. What the world needs is more conscious movement, more action.” ~ Sri.B.K.S.Iyengar

 

  1. “Breath is the king of mind.” ~ Sri.B.K.S.Iyengar

 

  1. “Yoga allows you to find a new kind of freedom that you may not have known even existed.” ~ Sri.B.K.S.Iyengar

 

  1. “Yoga allows you to rediscover a sense of wholeness in your life, where you do not feel like you are constantly trying to fit broken pieces together.” ~ Sri.B.K.S.Iyengar

 

  1. “There is no difference in souls, only the ideas about ourselves that we wear.” ~ Sri.B.K.S.Iyengar

 

  1. “The quality of our breath expresses our inner feelings.” ~ T.K.V.Desikachar

 

  1. “When we follow the breath, the mind will be drawn into the activities of the breath. In this way prāṇāyāma prepares us for the stillness of meditation.” ~ T.K.V.Desikachar

 

  1. “In sum, Patanjali suggests that we channel our curiosity and our mental powers into areas of fruitful interest as a means of calming the mind.” ~ T.K.V.Desikachar

 

  1. “To live the life of Yoga, to repeat, is about a faith that continuously guides the teacher toward practices leading to the harmony of body, mind, and spirit.” ~ T.K.V.Desikachar

 

  1. “Another meaning of the word yoga is “to tie the strands of the mind together.” ~ T.K.V.Desikachar

 

  1. “The first step is to recognize that certain tendencies of our mind are responsible for producing painful effects. If these tendencies are not curtailed, we may reach a point of no return.” ~ T.K.V.Desikachar

 

  1. “The breath relates directly to the mind and to our prāṇa, but we should not therefore imagine that as we inhale, prāṇa simply flows into us. This is not the case. Prāṇa enters the body in the moment when there is a positive change in the mind.” ~ T.K.V.Desikachar

 

  1. “Yoga is a skill in action.” ~ The Bhagavad Gita

 

  1. “The wise man lets go of all results, whether good or bad, and is focused on the actions alone.” ~ The Bhagavad Gita

 

  1. “Yoga is the restraining of the operations of mind born of conditioning.” ~ Patanjali Yoga Sutras 1:2

 

  1. “One becomes firmly established in practice only after attending to it for a long time, without interruption and with an attitude of devotion.” ~ Patanjali, the Yoga Sutra I.14 

 

  1. “Undisturbed calmness of mind is attained by cultivating friendliness toward the happy, compassion for the unhappy, delight in the virtuous, and indifference toward the wicked.” ~ Patanjali, the Yoga Sutra 1.33

 

  1. “Ignorance [avidya] is the root element of all of the other afflictions. Whether it is like or dislike and such, or deep sleep, weakness, dissoluteness or loftiness – no matter what type – all rise out of ignorance.”  ~ Patanjali, the Yoga Sutra 2:4

 

  1. “With non-acceptance of unnecessary things, the knowledge emerges of what I was, what I have become, and what I will be.” ~ Patanjali, the Yoga Sutra 2:39

 

  1. “All of the fruits of the [above-mentioned] yogic powers can be obstacles to samadhi. They will definitely create more karma if used recklessly.” ~ Patanjali, the Yoga Sutra 3:38

 

  1. “The posture becomes perfect, when the effort of achieving it vanishes.” ~ Yogabhashya

 

  1. “Peace comes not from doing, but from undoing; not from getting, but from letting go.” ~ Swami Satchidananda

 

  1. “Let us accept all the different paths as different rivers running toward the same ocean.” ~ Swami Satchidananda

 

  1. “Yoga believes in transforming the individuals before transforming the world. Whatever change we want to  happen outside should happen within.” ~ Swami Satchidananda

 

  1. “Whether young or old, very old, sick or feeble, one can attain perfection in all the yogas by practising.” ~ Hatha Yoga Pradipika

 

  1. “If you are quiet enough, you will hear the flow of the universe. You will feel its rhythm. Go with this flow. Happiness lies ahead. Meditation is key.” ~ Buddha

 

  1. “Anything that is troubling you, anything which is irritating you… that is your Teacher.” ~ Buddha

 

  1. “Live quietly in the moment and see the beauty of all before you. The future will take care of itself…” ~ Paramhansa Yogananda

 

  1. “Do not feel lonely. The entire universe is inside you.” ~ Rumi

 

  1. “Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion.” ~ Rumi 

 

  1. “The quieter you become, the more you are able to hear.” ~ Rumi 

 

  1. “The inspiration you seek is already inside you, be silent and listen.” ~ Rumi

 

  1. “This world is your body. This world is a great school. This world is your silent teacher.” ~ Swami Sivananda Saraswati

 

  1. “Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.” ~ Swami Sivananda Saraswati

 

  1. “The harder the struggle, the more glorious the triumph. Self-realization demands very great struggle.” ~ Swami Sivananda Saraswati

 

  1. “Always do good to others. Be selfless. Mentally remove everything and be free. This is divine life. This is the direct way to Moksha or salvation.” ~ Swami Sivananda Saraswati

 

  1. “Tell your body that it is strong, tell your mind that it is strong, and have unbounded faith and hope in yourself.” ~ Swami Vivekananda

 

  1. “…there is a continuity of mind, as the Yogis call it. The mind is universal. Your mind, my mind, all these little minds, are fragments of that universal mind, little waves in the ocean …” ~ Swami Vivekananda

 

  1. “…it is quite necessary that we should find a posture in which we can remain long. That posture which is the easiest for one should be the one chosen.” ~ Swami Vivekananda

 

  1. “He who does so, says the Gita, cannot be a Yogi: He who fasts, he who keeps awake, he who sleeps much, he who works too much, he who does no work, none of these can be a Yogi (Gita, VI, 16).”  ~ Swami Vivekananda 

 

  1. “Yoga is the science to be in the here and now.” ~ Osho

 

  1. “Whatsoever you do with awareness is meditation.” ~ Osho

 

  1. “Yoga means to encounter the reality as it is.” ~ Osho

 

  1. “Yoga means now you will have to be a harmony. You will have to become One.” ~ Osho

 

  1. “You can enter yoga, or the path of yoga, only when you are totally frustrated with your own mind as it is. If you are still hoping that you can gain something through your mind, yoga is not for you.” ~ Osho

 

  1. “Fools live in fear, a wise man lives in strength.” ~ Yogi Bhajan

 

  1. “I close my eyes in order to see.” ~ Paul Gauguin 

 

  1. “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” ~ M.K.Gandhi 

 

  1. “In stillness all conflict must end.” ~ Phillip Urso

 

  1. “A flower does not think of competing to the flower next to it. It just blooms.” ~ Zen Shin

 

  1. “Let your practice be a celebration of life.” ~ Seido lee deBarros

 

  1. “Yoga is a way of moving into stillness in order to experience the truth of who you are.” ~ Erich Schiffmann

 

  1. “If your mind is empty, it is always ready for anything; it is open to everything. In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, in the expert’s mind there are few.” ~ Shunryu Suzuki

 

  1. “Yoga teaches you how to listen to your body.” ~ Mariel Hemingway

 

  1. “Corpse pose restores life. Dead parts of your being fall away, the ghosts are released.” ~Terri Guillemets

 

  1. “Yoga is not about tightening your ass.  It’s about getting your head out of it.” ~ Eric Paskel

 

  1. “Yoga is the dance of every cell with the music of every breath that creates inner serenity and harmony.” ~ Debasish Mridha

 

  1. “Yoga is the cessation of the movements of the mind. Then there is abiding in the Seer’s own form.” ~ Patañjali

 

  1. “Yoga does not remove us from the reality or responsibilities of everyday life but rather places our feet firmly and resolutely in the practical ground of experience. We don’t transcend our lives; we return to the life we left behind in the hopes of something better.” ~ Donna Farhi

 

  1. “Yoga is not only a process of the integration of the soul, mind, and body for self-improvement, it is a process of self -realization and self -acceptance.” ~ Debasish Mridha

 

  1. “[It] is important not to abandon the practice [of yoga]because we believe it is driven by the wrong motivation. The practice of yoga itself transforms. Yoga has a magical quality.” ~ Ravi Ravindra

 

  1. “Yoga is the process of eliminating pain – pain form the body, mind and the society.” ~ Amit Ray

 

  1. “To the yogi, all experience is seen as one, as a means to help him cultivate devotion. All experiences have equal meaning and value.” ~ Prem Prakash

 

  1. “For those wounded by civilization, yoga is the most healing salve.” ~ T. Guillemets

 

  1. “That’s why it’s called a practice. We have to practice a practice if it is to be of value.” ~ Allan Lokos

 

  1. “You may not be able to control the whole world, but you may learn to control your inner world through yoga.” ~ Debasish Mridha

 

  1. “Practice makes comfort. Expand your experiences regularly so every stretch won’t feel like your first.” ~ Gina Greenlee

 

  1. “Yoga practice can make us more and more sensitive to subtler and subtler sensations in the body. Paying attention to and staying with finer and finer sensations within the body is one of the surest ways to steady the wandering mind.” ~ Ravi Ravindra

 

  1. “Why [do]they always look so serious in Yoga? [When] you make [a]serious face like this, you scare away good energy. To meditate, only you must smile. Smile with face, smile with the mind, and good energy will come to you and clean away dirty energy.” ~ Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat Pray, Love (Dutch: Eten, bidden, beminnen)

 

  1. “Yoga makes you harmonious with nature and teaches you to be joyfully curious about your inner world.” ~ Debasish Mridha

 

  1. “Usually, when people hear the term Yoga, many of them associate it with various physical exercises where they need to twist, turn and stretch their body in complex ways that are known as Asanas, but this is only one type of Yoga, called “Hatha-Yoga”. In reality, Yoga is an umbrella term for various physical and mental exercises that lead to the overall well-being of a person.” ~ Abhijit Naskar

 

  1. “Yoga is the science of reality.” ~ Sushil Singh

 

  1. “Anyone that does not wish or desire to stretch himself will get nowhere in this life. That is just the way life is.” ~ Sunday Adelaja

 

  1. “When you listen to yourself, everything comes naturally. It comes from inside, like a kind of will to do something. Try to be sensitive. That is yoga.” ~ Petri Räisänen

 

  1. “You have to stretch your soul to find your potential strength.” ~ Lailah Gifty Akita

 

  1. “Depending on their psychic makeup, for some people, closing the eyes or being quiet produces anxiety and increases mental agitation. In such situations, it is better to undertake the practice of yoga–whether physical yoga or meditation–with other people with whom one is comfortable and at ease. Gradually, as we see more and more clearly their roots, the fears and the imaginings will diminish. Mental distractions are harder to overcome when practicing alone.” ~ Ravi Ravindra

 

  1. “Each one of you carries the potential to blossom like flowers. When you blossom, petals of your mind open and the fragrance spread far and near.” ~ Banani Ray

 

  1. “Yoga, an ancient but perfect science, deals with the evolution of humanity. This evolution includes all aspects of one’s being, from bodily health to self-realization. Yoga means union – the union of body with consciousness and consciousness with the soul. Yoga cultivates the ways of maintaining a balanced attitude in day to day life and endows skill in the performance of one’s actions.” ~ B.K.S. Iyengar

 

  1. “The purpose of karma yoga is to transcend the bondage of selfish genes through the service of others.” ~ Amit Ray

 

  1. “If the human mind continues to evolve, enlarge, and expand, so that we are able to recognize our kinship with the creations around us, so that we are able to grasp our oneness with the cosmos, and so that we merge in yoga with the Divine, the long cosmic cycle will disclose its cryptic secret, and the long saga of billions of years of evolution will display its profound significance.” ~ Roy J. Mathew

 

  1. “Yoga not only allows you to learn to control your breathing, but it ultimately enhances your abilities to harmonize your thoughts and enhances your inner beauty.” ~ Debasish Mridha

 

  1. “Jonathan’s voice was quiet now. “Thank you for sharing this evening with me. In yoga, we say ‘Namaste,’ which means ‘I bow to the divine in you.'” He bowed his dork-knobbed head and said, “Namaste.” We bowed back and mumbled, “Namaste.” On my tongue, the new word felt as though it contained its own foreign spice.” ~ Claire Dederer

 

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