114 Yoga Quotes To Inspire And Empower – With Images

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Our team here at Charmed Yoga collected our favorite yoga quotes. We came up with 114 great yoga quotes and we hope that you love them as much as we do. If we missed your favorite quote about yoga or mediation, be sure to leave it in the comments below and we just might add it to our list.

“Here and now is where yoga begins.” The Yoga Sutras

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

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

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

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

“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

“Yoga adds years to your life and life to your years.”

Alan Finger

“The yoga pose you avoid the most you need the most.” Anonymous

”Yoga is the stilling of the changing states of the mind.”  Patanjali, The Yoga Sutras

“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

”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

“Yoga is a mirror to look at ourselves from within” Anonymous

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

“Yoga and Meditation have the power to change our physical and mental existence.” Purvi Raniga

“Crying is one of the highest devotional songs. One who knows crying, knows spiritual practice. If you can cry with a pure heart, nothing else compares to such a prayer. Crying includes all the principles of Yoga.” Kripalvanandji

”Yoga begins right where I am – not where I was yesterday or where I long to be.” Linda Sparrowe

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

“Compassion is all-inclusive. Compassion knows no boundaries. Compassion comes with awareness, and awareness breaks all narrow territories.” Amit Ray

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

“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

”Yoga reveals to you the beauty of mindfulness and takes you into the essence of an endless present moment.” Debasish Mridha

“The body benefits from movement, and the mind benefits from stillness.”

Sakyong Mipham

”When the breath control is correct, mind control is possible.” Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois

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

“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

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

“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

“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

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

”Your body exists in the past and your mind exists in the future. In yoga, they come together in the present.”


”Inner peace begins the moment you choose not to allow another person or event to control your emotions.” Kathryn Budig

“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

“Meditation is a way for nourishing and blossoming the divinity within you.” Amit Ray

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

”Be where you are, not where you think you should be.” Anonymous

“The attitude of gratitude is the highest yoga.”

Yogi Bhajan

”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

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

“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

“There are many goals but one path – the path of compassion.” Amit Ray

“Yoga is not for the flexible. It’s for the willing.” Anonymous

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

“PTSD is a whole-body tragedy, an integral human event of enormous proportions with massive repercussions.” Susan Pease Banitt

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

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

“Letting go is the hardest asana.” Anonymous

“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

“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

”In truth yoga doesn’t take time – it gives time.”

Ganga White

“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

“Yoga will always be transformational, even when it stops being cool.” Victoria Moran

”The longest journey of any person is the journey inward.“ Anonymous

“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

”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

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

“When you catch yourself slipping into a pool of negativity, notice how it derives from nothing other than resistance to the current situation.” Donna Quesada

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

“Yoga does not always cure stress. It neutralizes it through increasing awareness and by changing self-perception.” Debasish Mridha

“A balanced inner calmness radiates from a peaceful center. It neither craves others’ approval nor rejects others’ presence. It neither pulls towards nor pushes away. It has a reverent attitude towards life and all its inhabitants.” Donna Goddard

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

“Yoga is the artwork of awareness on the canvas of body, mind, and soul.” Amit Ray

“Inhale the future. Exhale the past.” Unknown

”Yoga means addition – addition of energy, strength and beauty to body, mind and soul.” Amit Ray

”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

”Body is not stiff. Mind is stiff.” Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois

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

“We all are so deeply interconnected; we have no option but to love all.” Amit Ray

“All kidding aside, if everyone did yoga, we would have world peace.” Rory Freedman

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

”Through sustained focus and meditation on our patterns, habits, and conditioning, we gain knowledge and understanding of our past and how we can change the patterns that aren’t serving us to live more freely and fully.”

Yoga Sutra

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

“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

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

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

“Yoga is not just repetition of few postures – it is more about the exploration and discovery of the subtle energies of life.” Amit Ray

”Yoga takes you into the present moment.  The only place where life exists.” Anonymous

“Micro meditations should be performed with very little activity. These practices should not be associated with any goal, concept or belief.” Amit Ray

“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

“Doing anything with attention to how you feel is doing yoga.” Jean Couch

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

“The 114 chakras, the 84 yoga poses, and the 84 ragas of Indian classical music all work together to bring melody in life.” Amit Ray

“Yoga and Meditation have the power to change our physical and mental existence.” Purvi Raniga

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

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

“I like that: a little pressure on the understood boundaries of yourself. Sounded like something out of a self-awareness class, probably with yoga. See what kind of a pretzel you can tie yourself into and press on the understood…I was raving, if only to myself.” Robin McKinley

”Yoga is invigoration in relaxation, freedom in routine, confidence through self-control, energy within and energy without.” Ymber Delecto

”Most people have no idea how good their body is designed to feel.” Kevin Trudeau

“I bend so I don’t break.” Anonymous

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

“There are countless trillions of ways life could be happening, but not a single way life should be happening.” Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“Anyone who practices can obtain success in yoga but not one who is lazy. Constant practice alone is the secret of success.” Svātmārāma

“We are happy by nature, and are made unhappy by thoughts.”

Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“Thinking protects us against experiencing the overwhelming wonderfulness of life.” Mokokoma Mokhonoana

”Let your practice be a celebration of life” Seido lee deBarros

“Corpse Pose sounds like no big deal, right? Then what’s so difficult about this spiritualized snooze? Forget about getting your feet behind your head. Just try lying still for ten minutes. With nothing left to do, you’re finally forced to come face to face with yourself.” Edward Vilga

”The study of asana is not about mastering posture. It’s about using posture to understand and transform yourself.” Anonymous

“Yoga is not about self-improvement. It’s about self-acceptance.” Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa

“Although yoga has its origins in ancient India, its methods and purposes are universal, relying not on cultural background, faith or deity, but simply on the individual. Yoga has become important in the lives of many contemporary Westerners, sometimes as a way of improving health and fitness of the body, but also as a means of personal and spiritual development.” Tara Fraser

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

“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

“We experience the highest degree of pleasure when our awareness is focused on our awareness.” Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“Yoga. Because punching people is frowned upon.” Anonymous

“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 is the process of eliminating pain – pain from the body, mind, and the society.”

Amit Ray

“Our problems stop existing whenever we stop thinking.” Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“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

”It’s not about being good at something, it’s about being good to yourself” Anonymous

“The present moment is all that reality was, is, and will forever be made of.” Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“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

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

“We have always been, and will forever be, stood up by the future.”

Mokokoma Mokhonoana

”Life’s too fast…Slow down and do yoga.” Anonymous

”The most important pieces of equipment you need for doing yoga are your body and your mind.” Rodney Yee

Charmed Yoga Team

The Charmed Yoga Team is made up of an eclectic group of yoga enthusiasts with a wide range of experience, age, sex, and even how seriously they take their yoga practice. For each article, one team member takes the lead then the team reworks the article to make sure that the information included is on point for all kinds of yogis. ~Namaste

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