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40 Yoga Quotes to Inspire Your Practice, and Life

40 Yoga Quotes to Inspire Your Practice, and Life

Yoga philosophy speaks of timeless beauty and wisdom, and the practice itself is a vehicle for unraveling the beauty and wisdom within you. So you can live and love better in the world. If you could use some grace on the mat, read these yoga quotes. Yoga your own way: that's love.

40 Yoga Quotes Highlighting the Practice of Peace and Love

1. “The harmonizing of opposing forces is a key aspect of yoga — hot energy is united with cool energy, strong with soft, and masculine with feminine.” – Tara Fraser

2. “Yoga takes us to the present moment, the only place where life exists.” – Ellen Brenneman

3. “The asanas are useful maps to explore yourself, but they are not the territory.” – Donna Farhi

4. "Yoga is not about touching your toes, it is what you learn on the way down." – Jigar Gor

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

6. “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

7. “Words fail to convey the total value of yoga. It has to be experienced.” – BKS Iyengar

8. “The aim of yoga is to eliminate the control that material nature exerts over the human spirit, to rediscover through introspective practice what the poet T.S. Eliot called ‘the still point of the turning world.’” – Barbara Stoler Miller

9. "Yoga is the perfect opportunity to be curious about who you are." – Jason Crandell

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

11. “Exercises are like prose, whereas yoga is the poetry of movements. Once you understand the grammar of yoga; you can write your poetry of movements.” ― Amit Ray, Yoga and Vipassana: An Integrated Life Style

12. “You cannot do yoga. Yoga is your natural state. What you can do are yoga exercises, which may reveal to you where you are resisting your natural state.” – Sharon Gannon

13. “A photographer gets people to pose for him. A yoga instructor gets people to pose for themselves.” – Terri Guillemets

14. "For those wounded by civilization, yoga is the most healing salve." – Terri Guillemets

15. “Yoga is essentially a practice for your soul, working through the medium of your body.” – Tara Fraser

16. “In our uniquely human capacity to connect movement with breath and spiritual meaning, yoga is born.” – Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa

17. “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

18. “The ultimate essence of yoga is the contact and the union between the individual consciousness and the divine consciousness.” – Raphael, Essence and Purpose of Yoga: The Initiatory Pathways to the Transcendent

19. "To perform every action artfully is yoga." – Swami Kripalvananda

20. “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

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

22. “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

23. “Yoga teaches us that we can have whatever we may want in life if we are willing to provide it for others first.” ― Sharon Gannon

24. "Yoga is not about self-improvement, it’s about self-acceptance." – Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa

25. “Yoga is the unifying art of transforming dharma into action, be it through inspired thought, properly nurturing our children, a painting, a kindness or an act of peace that forever moves humanity forward. ” – Micheline Berry

26. “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

27. “Mountain pose is an affirmation. You can conquer anything with your natural boldness and resolute strength. Only you can reach the peak of your success.” – Terri Guillemets

28. "Yoga is almost like music in a way; there’s no end to it." – Sting

29. “The very heart of yoga practice is abhyasa – steady effort in the direction you want to go.” – Sally Kempton

30. “Yoga accepts. Yoga gives.” – April Vallei

31. “Yoga is a way to freedom. By its constant practice, we can free ourselves from fear, anguish and loneliness.” – Indra Devi

32. “The reward for doing yoga well is simple—you get to do a better job at living a fulfilling life.” — Randal Williams

33. "While doing yoga we are more ourselves, and more than ourselves." – Valerie Jeremijenko

34. “Yoga is 99% practice and 1% theory.” – K. Pattabhi Jois

35. “Yoga is the art work of awareness on the canvas of body, mind, and soul.” ― Amit Ray, Yoga and Vipassana: An Integrated Life Style

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

37. “Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self.” – The Bhagavad Gita

38. "The attitude of gratitude is the highest yoga." – Yogi Bhajan

39. “Yoga is for internal cleansing, not external exercising. Yoga means true self-knowledge.” – Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois

40. “The post begins when you want to get out of it.” – Baron Baptiste

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With love,













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