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Top Yoga Quotes...Ever!

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I love quotes.  I find so much inspiration in them.  I have a couple books of quotations, and when I’m having an especially trying day, I pick up one of these books, turn to a random page and read the quote on that page.  And almost always, the words lift my spirit up instantly and carry me throughout the day. 

I have collected a few yoga quotes over the years, and here are 130 100 40 38 35 32 25 of my favorite yoga quotes (I've added to the list thanks to some of your suggestions!):

Yoga Quotes

  1. After the demands of the ego and its greed surrendered, the struggle for fulfillment of personal desires lessens; life takes on a new zest like a breath of fresh air.  Swami Sivananda Radha
  2. When we think of failure; failure will be ours. If we remain undecided nothing will ever change. All we need to do is want to achieve something great and then simply to do it. Never think of failure, for what we think, will come about. Maharashi Mahesh
  3. A mind free from all disturbances is Yoga. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
  4. Hatha Yoga teaches us to use the body as the bow, asana as the arrow, and the soul the target.  B.K.S. Iyengar
  5. Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape.  Author Unknown
  6. Yoga philosophy teaches that real man is not his body, but that the immortal I, of which each human being is conscious to some degree according to his mental evolution, is not the body but merely occupies and uses the body as an instrument.  Swami Vishnu-devananda
  7. Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured.  B.K.S. Iyengar
  8. 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
  9. Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions.
    Watch your actions; they become habits.
    Watch your habits; they become character.
    Watch your character; for it becomes your destiny.  Upanishads
  10. Yoga aims to remove the root cause of all diseases, not to treat its symptoms as medical science generally attempts to do.  Swami Vishnu-devananda
  11. 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
  12. Those who consciousness is unified abandon all attachment to the results of action and attain all peace.  But those whose desires are fragmented, who are selfishly attached to the results of their work, are bound in everything they do. Bhagavad Gita
  13. A student went to his meditation teacher and said, "My meditation is horrible! I feel so distracted, or my legs ache, or I'm constantly falling asleep. It's just horrible!"

    "It will pass," the teacher said matter-of-factly.

    A week later, the student came back to his teacher. "My meditation is wonderful! I feel so aware, so peaceful, so alive! It's just wonderful!"

    "It will pass," the teacher replied matter-of-factly. Unknown
  14. Understanding without practice is better than practice without understanding. Understanding with practice is better than understanding without practice. Residing in your true nature is better than understanding or practice."   Upanishads
  15. The yoga pose that you avoid the most you need the most.  Unknown
  16. When there is no mind, you are in yoga; when there is mind you are not in yoga. So you may do all the postures, but if the mind goes on functioning, if you go on thinking, you are not in yoga. Yoga is the state of no-mind. If you can be without the mind without doing any posture, you have become a perfect yogi. It has happened to many without doing any postures, and it has not happened to many who have been doing postures for many lives.  Osho
  17. If you don't follow through on your creative ideas, someone else will pick them up and use them. When you get an idea of this sort, you should jump in with both feet, not just stick your toe in the water...Be daring, be fearless, and don't be afraid that somebody is going to criticize you or laugh at you. If your ego is not involved no one can hurt you. Guru R.H.H
  18. And a gift given to the wrong person, at the wrong time and the wrong place, or a gift, which comes not from the heart, and is given with proud contempt, is a gift of darkness. The Bhagavad Gita
  19. Detachment is not indifference.  it is the prerequisite for effective involvement.  Often what we think is best for others is distorted by our attachments to our opinions. We want others to be happy in the way we think they should be happy.   It is only when we want nothing for ourselves that we are able to see clearly into others needs and understand how to serve them.  Mahatma Ghandi
  20. That one I love who is incapable of ill will, and returns love for hatred.  Living beyond the reach of I and mind, and of pain and pleasure, full of mercy, contented, self-controlled, with all his heart and all his mind given to Me—such a one I am in love.  Bhagavad Gita
  21. 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
  22. Yoga is a science, and not a vague dreamy drifting or imagining. It is an applied science, a systematized collection of laws applied to bring about a definite end. It takes up the laws of psychology, applicable to the unfolding of the whole consciousness of man on every plane, in every world, and applies those rationally in a particular case. This rational application of the laws of unfolding consciousness acts exactly on the same principles that you see applied around you every day in other departments of science.   Annie Wood Besant
  23. Your hand opens and closes and opens and closes. If it were always a fist or always stretched open, you would be paralyzed. Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding, the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated as bird wings. Rumi
  24. Change is not something that we should fear. Rather, it is something that we should welcome. For without change, nothing in this world would ever grow or blossom, and no one in this world would ever move forward to become the person they’re meant to be.  Anonymous
  25. Yoga is existential, experiential, experimental. No belief is required, no faith is needed – only courage to experience. And that’s what’s lacking. You can believe easily because in belief you are not going to be transformed. Belief is something added to you, something superficial. Your being is not changed; you are not passing through some mutation.  Osho
  26. The most important purpose of Yoga is to bring about a deep transformation of the individual--an awakening of intelligence that is free of dependencies and romantic beliefs and ready to meet the accelerating challanges of the 21st century. Ganga White
  27. And then, in that regal silence, finally - I began to meditate on (and with) God. Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love)
  28. The purpose of Yoga is to facilitate the profound inner relaxation that accompanies fearlessness. The release from fear is what finally precipitates the full flowering of love. Eric Schiffmann
  29. Tradition is important just as history is important-- not as a vice to squeeze the present into, but rather as a stepping stone to grow from. Joel Kramer
  30. Intelligence comes into being when the mind, the heart, and the body are really harmonious. J Krishnamurti
  31. One must know oneself as one is, not as one wishes to be, which is merely an ideal and therefore fictitious, unreal; it is only that which is that can be transformed, not that which you wish to be. J Krishnamurti
  32. A man should look for what is, and not for what should be. Albert Einstein
  33. The purpose of yoga is awareness, not perfected poses, beliefs, or any kind of attainment. Awareness from moment to moment requires quiet strength, flexibility, and balance. A good Yoga practice develops exactly these characteristics. Jim Gaudette
  34. The best we can response to our incomprehensible and dangerous world, is to practice holding equilibrium internally - no matter what insanity is transpiring out there.  Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love)
  35. When you live your life with an appreciation of coincidences and their meanings, you connect with the underlying field of infinite possibilities.  Deepak Chopra (The Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire)
  36. The man who sat on the ground in his tipi meditating on life and its meaning, accepting the kinship of all creatures and acknowledging unity with the universe of things, was infusing into his being the true essence of civilization. Luther Standing Bear
  37. Each breath is transforming me into thine image. J. Krishnamurti
  38. If we want to overcome fear, we must mentally deny fear and concentrate on the opposite quality, courage.  The positive always overcomes the negative. Swami Vishnu-devananda
  39. The more we sweat in peace the less we bleed in war. Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit
  40. The most important pieces of equipment you need for doing yoga are your body and your mind. Rodney Yee
  41. Better indeed is knowledge than mechanical practice. Better than knowledge is meditation. But better still is surrender of attachment to results, because there follows immediate peace. Bhagavad Gita

  42. Our bodies are our gardens—our wills are our gardeners. Shakespeare

  43. It is health that is the real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver. Mahatma Gandhi

  44. Wellness is a connection of paths: knowledge and action. Joshua Welch

  45. He who takes medicine and neglects to diet wastes the skill of his doctors. Chinese Proverb

  46. Nobody can hurt me without my permission. Gandhi

  47. The gift of learning to meditate is the greatest gift you can give yourself in this lifetime. Sogyal Rinpoche

  48. The part can never be well unless the whole is well. Plato

  49. What each of us believes in is up to us, but life is impossible without believing in something. Kentetsu Takamori

  50. Learning to let go should be learned before learning to get. Life should be touched, not strangled. You’ve got to relax, let it happen at times, and at others move forward with it. Ray Bradbury

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  51. You only lose what you cling to. Siddhartha Gautama Buddha

  52. If while on your way you meet no one your equal or better, steadily continue on your way alone. There is no fellowship with fools. Dhammapada

  53. Do not ask for less responsibility to be free and relaxed—ask for more strength! Shengyan

  54. We don’t realize that, somewhere within us all, there does exist a supreme self who is eternally at peace. Eat, Pray Love

  55. 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

  56. Diseases of the soul are more dangerous and more numerous than those of the body. Cicero

  57. Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it. Plato

  58. You can set yourself up to be sick, or you can choose to stay well. Wayne Dyer

  59. A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book. Irish Proverb

  60. The affairs of the world will go on forever. Do not delay the practice of meditation. Milepa

  61. Yoga is the fountain of youth. You’re only as young as your spine is flexible. Bob Harper

  62. Yoga is 99% practice and 1% theory. Sri Pattabhi Jois

  63. The beauty is that people often come here for the stretch, and leave with a lot more. Liza Ciano

  64. To perform every action artfully is yoga. Swami Kripalu

  65. Yoga has a sly, clever way of short circuiting the mental patterns that cause anxiety. Baxter Bal

  66. Yoga is invigoration in relaxation. Freedom in routine. Confidence through self control. Energy within and energy without. Ymber Delecto

  67. 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. Krishnamacharya

  68. Anyone who practices can obtain success in yoga but not one who is lazy. Constant practice alone is the secret of success. Hatha Yoga Pradipika

  69. You control your happiness, no one else. Author Unknown

  70. Yoga is the practice of quieting the mind. Patanjali

  71. Yoga is the perfect opportunity to be curious about who you are. Jason Crandell

  72. Yoga exists in the world because everything is linked. Desikashar

  73. Through meditation and by giving full attention to one thing at a time, we can learn to direct attention where we choose. Eknath Easwaran

  74. The groundwork for all happiness is good health. Leigh Hunt

  75. The ability to be in the present moment is a major component of mental wellness. Abraham Maslow

  76. Happiness is a state of inner fulfillment, not the gratification of inexhaustible desires for outward things. Matthieu Ricard

  77. Garbage in garbage out. George Fuechsel

  78. Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live. Jim Rohn

  79. Live, travel, adventure, bless and don’t be sorry. Jack Kerouac

  80. All of man’s difficulties are caused by his inability to sit, quietly, in a room by himself. Blaise Pascal

  81. Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask if you want to be a prisoner of the past, or a pioneer of the future. Deepak Chopra

  82. In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you. Deepak Chopra

  83. You must find the place inside yourself where nothing is impossible. Deepak Chopra

  84. Happiness is a state of inner fulfillment. Matthieu Ricard

  85. Fear less, hope more; eat less, chew more; whine less, breathe more; talk less, say more; hate less, love more; and all good things are yours. Swedish Proverb

  86. Your health is a state of mind. Author Unknown

  87. Sleep is the best meditation. Dalai Lama

  88. Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without. Gautama Buddha

  89. To keep the body in good health is a duty, otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear. Buddha

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

  91. Yoga science is not just a scholarly pursuit. It is a moment by moment and thought by thought practical guide for living. Leonard Perlmutter

  92. This yoga should be practiced with firm determination and perseverance, without any mental reservation or doubts. Bhagavad Gita

  93. We all wish for world peace, but world peace will never be acheived unless we first establish peace within our own minds. Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

  94. We are not going in circles, we are going upwards. The path is a spiral; we have already climbed many steps. Hermann Hesse

  95. It is my conviction that there is no way to peace—peace is the way. Thich Nhat Hanh

  96. Without inner peace, outer peace is impossible. Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

  97. A man is not called wise because he talks and talks again; but if he is peaceful, loving and fearless then he is in truth called wise. Siddhārtha Gautama Buddha

  98. My workout is my meditation. Kyle MacLachlan

  99. When you find peace within yourself, you become the kind of person who can live at peace with others. Peace Pilgrim

  100. 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. by Rumi
  101. It is not arrogant or egotistical to feel good inside. You had nothing to do with it. It’s simply the honest response to clearly perceived Reality. Erich Schiffman
  102. Mindfulness helps you go home to the present. And every time you go there and recognize a condition of happiness that you have, happiness comes. Thich Nhat Hanh
  103. All I’m saying is that to liberate the potential of your mind, body and soul, you must first expand your imagination. You see, things are always created twice: first in the workshop of the mind and then, and only then, in reality. I call this process ‘blueprinting’ because anything you create in your outer world began as a simple blueprint in your inner world. Robin Sharma, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari
  104. Be a lamp to yourself. Be your own confidence. Hold on to the truth within yourself as to the only truth. Buddha
  105. Accepting means you allow yourself to feel whatever it is you are feeling at that moment. It is part of the isness of the Now. You can’t argue with what is. Well, you can, but if you do, you suffer. Eckhart Tolle
  106. Your life is a sacred journey. It is about change, growth, discovery, movement, transformation, continuously expanding your vision of what is possible, stretching your soul, learning to see clearly and deeply, listening to your intuition, taking courageous challenges at every step along the way. You are on the path… exactly where you are meant to be right now… And from here, you can only go forward, shaping your life story into a magnificent tale of triumph, of healing, of courage, of beauty, of wisdom, of power, of dignity, and of love. Caroline Adams
  107. 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. Ammachi
  108. 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
  109. True meditation is about being fully present with everything that is–including discomfort and challenges. It is not an escape from life. Craig Hamilton
  110. Do your practice and all is coming. Sri K Patthabi Jois
  111. 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

  112. 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

  113. Habits allow us to not think about what we’re doing. . . giving us the illusion of ease. When we are under the illusion of ease, not thinking about what we’re doing. Breathing the same old way, moving the same old way, thinking the same old way we check out of the present, out of happiness itself. Alex Levin

  114. 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

  115. 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

  116. 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

  117. The true miracle lies in our eagerness to allow, appreciate, and honor the uniqueness, and freedom of each sentient being to sing the song of their heart. Amit Ray

  118. 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

  119. 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

  120. That's why it's called a practice. We have to practice a practice if it is to be of value. Allan Lokos

  121. 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

  122. The Stone of Guilt in the River of the Mind, the block in the flow of intelligence. Paramahamsa Nithyananda

  123. Basically, if the mind stays in the present, it’s impossible to worry. Upon careful consideration, it becomes clear that human beings are capable of worrying only about an event that has already transpired or one that may take place in the future (although the occurrence might have just happened or may be about to happen in the next instant). The present moment contains no time or space for worry. H.E. Davey

  124. Some students are in a hurry to begin "real" pranayama. They go right to the later stages without first laying a quality foundation, and their practice often suffers. First find out what is. This is also part of the answer to the question Who am I? Richard Rosen

  125. By keeping the mind in the present, unless you deliberately want to contemplate the past or future, it’s possible to firmly face life without fear. Then, no thoughts of past failures or future problems will exist in the mind, and a truly positive mental state will result—fudoshin, the “immovable mind. H.E. Davey

  126. A strong life force can be seen in physical vitality, courage, competent judgment, self-mastery, sexual vigor, and the realization of each person’s unique talents and purpose in life. To maintain a powerful life force, forget yourself, forget about living and dying, and bring your full attention into this moment. H.E. Davey

  127. The young should not think of themselves as immature and the elderly need not view themselves as feeble. Our minds control our bodies. Have no age, transcend both past and future, and enter into naka-ima—the “eternal present. H.E. Davey

  128. Yoga is the art work of awareness on the canvas of mind,body and the soul. Amit Ray

  129. Yoga teaches more than postures; it teaches you how to trust. Kathryn E. Livingston

  130. It’s not just about recognizing how ‘precious’ every moment is, or about ‘living for today.’ It’s about finding the sacred center of now, and living there, moment to moment, always. Kathryn E. Livingston

I hope these yoga quotes will help to inspire, motivate and reflect. Keep checking back as we will aim to provide you 1,000 awesome quotes around yoga, meditation, health and wellness!


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Comment by Mikaila on February 16, 2015 at 11:04am

I absolutely LOVE these quotes! I've made yoga a daily practice, but at times I seem to find myself unmotivated. I will read these posts again to remind myself of the importance of self love, discipline and inner peace. Namaste and thank you.

Comment by Marina on July 22, 2013 at 7:19pm

Just added some more quotes...we're up to 40 top yoga quotes.  Feel free to share in the comments your favorite quotes.

Comment by Marina on June 1, 2011 at 9:04pm
Thanks Jim for adding to the list of yoga quotes!
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