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50 Inspiring Yoga Quotes That are Worth Reading

Shalu Bhatti
For all our readers who are true yogis/yoginis at heart, here is a wonderful collection of 50 inspirational yoga quotes that are worth reading!

The Purpose Behind Reading these Quotes

We all are aware of the endless reasons as to why yoga is the ultimate source for curbing all kinds of health problems, however, we don't fail to give ourselves excuses as to why we can't start, or, if we have started, not continue with it, right?
Yoga is a practice, and these quotes will just help you go on with it, giving you that extra dose of motivation during the "I'll-do-it-tomorrow days."

Eight Limbs of yoga

Yoga isn't just about flexibility, it is about balance that is not only of the body, but also of the mind and spirit. Remember, we call it 'yoga meditation', because it is about these three aspects that constitute our entire existence. In fact, if we dig a little deeper into what comprises yoga, there comes eight facets to it, called the Eight Limbs of yoga.

Yama (restraints)

Niyama (observances)

Asanas (postures)

Pranayama (breathing)

Pratyahara (withdrawal of senses)

Dharana (concentration)

Dhyana (meditation)

Samadhi (absorption)

In this collection of quotes, there is an author who has compared yoga to music, because it simply doesn't have any end to it! And yes, it is true! Yoga is, in fact, a continuous journey; continuous, but not tiresome or boring, but rather transformational! But every journey needs a push from time to time, and the following quotes are meant to do just that.

The Best Motivational Quotes on Yoga

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.
Swami Satyananda Saraswati
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 teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured.
― B.K.S. Iyengar
Yoga is the fountain of youth. You're only as young as your spine is flexible.
― Bob Harper

Anyone who practices can obtain success in yoga but not one who is lazy. Constant practice alone is the secret of success.
― Svātmārāma
Yoga is not about self-improvement, it's about self-acceptance.
― Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa

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

A photographer gets people to pose for him. A yoga instructor gets people to pose for themselves.
― Terri Guillemets
Yoga is a light, which once lit, will never dim. The better your practice, the brighter the flame.
― B.K.S. Iyengar
For me, yoga is not just a workout - it's about working on yourself.
― Mary Glover

Yoga is the perfect opportunity to be curious about who you are.
― Jason Crandell
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
Yoga is the perfect vehicle for change of yourself. First by creating a strong and powerful body and mind. It is a starting point from which you can then begin to realize your human spirit. Only then can we hope to effect a global healing of the planet.
― Bikram Choudhury
Yoga heals, nourishes, and challenges us. The practice infiltrates every corner of our lives.
― Valerie Jeremijenko

For those wounded by civilization, yoga is the most healing salve.
― Terri Guillemets
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

If yoga didn't exist, I'd invent it.
― Jennifer Aniston
Yoga will always be transformational, even when it stops being cool.
― Victoria Moran

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

The beauty is that people often come here for the stretch, and leave with a lot more.
― Liza Ciano
The goal is not to tie ourselves in knots ― we're already tied in knots.
The aim is to untie the knots in our hearts. The aim is to unite with the
ultimate, loving, and peaceful power in the universe.
― Max Strom
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 K. Pattabhi Jois

Yoga doesn't take time, it gives time.
― Ganga White
Yoga has a sly, clever way of short-circuiting the mental patterns that cause anxiety.
― Baxter Bal

Yoga exists in the world because everything is linked.
― T.K.V. Desikachar
Basketball is an endurance sport, and you have to learn to control your breath; that's the essence of yoga, too. So, I consciously began using yoga techniques in my practice and playing. I think yoga helped reduce the number and severity of injuries I suffered. As preventive medicine, it's unequaled.
― Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
This yoga is not possible, for the one who eats too much, or who does not eat at all; who sleeps too much, or who keeps awake.
― Bhagavad Gita
When I started doing asana, the yoga postures, I had a very strong feeling of many unnecessary things dropping away - especially tension and inadequacy.
― Patricia Sullivan

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
The affairs of the world will go on forever. Do not delay the practice of meditation.
― Milarepa

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
You don't have to be flexible to do yoga, you just have to be willing to shake the dust off and see what happens.
― David Good

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
If I'm losing balance in a pose, I stretch higher and God reaches down to steady me. It works every time, and not just in yoga.
― Terri Guillemets

Do your practice and all is coming.
― Sri K. Pattabhi Jois
Yoga is invigoration in relaxation. Freedom in routine. Confidence through self control. Energy within and energy without.
― Ymber Delecto
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

The yoga pose that you avoid the most you need the most.
― Author Unknown
Through the practices of yoga, we discover that concern for the happiness and well-being of others, including animals, must be an essential part of our own quest for happiness and well-being. The fork can be a powerful weapon of mass destruction or a tool to create peace on Earth.
― Sharon Gannon
Sun salutations can energize and warm you, even on the darkest, coldest winter day.
― Carol Krucoff

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
Yoga is really trying to liberate us from ... shame about our bodies. To love your body is a very important thing -- I think the health of your mind depends on your being able to love your body.
― Rodney Yee
Would you rather suffer 90 minutes or 90 years?
― Bikram Choudhury

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

Most people have no idea how good their body is designed to feel.
― Kevin Trudeau
Each of these quotes touches us at so many different levels, be it the energetic push that we need, to the whole spiritual calmness that we strive for. If you continue this journey of yoga without any excuses, the result will only be positive. So, s-top thinking and start from today itself!