Yoga Quotes (81) Spiritual Sayings


Summary: Definition of Yoga. A Hindu spiritual and ascetic discipline, a part of which, including breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures, is widely practiced for health and relaxation



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“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


“Yoga is the cessation of the movements of the mind. Then there is abiding in the Seer's own form.”
~ Patañjali, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

“Yoga is the space where flower blossoms.”
~ Amit Ray, Yoga The Science of Well-Being


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


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


Yoga is the golden key that unlocks the door to peace, tranquility and joy.
~ B.K.S. Iyengar


Illuminated emancipation, freedom, unalloyed and untainted bliss await you, but you have to choose to embark on the Inward Journey to discover it
~ B.K.S. Iyengar


Hatha Yoga teaches us to use the body as the bow, asana as the arrow, and the soul the target.
~ B.K.S. Iyengar


It is through your body that you realize you are a spark of divinity.
~ B.K.S. Iyengar


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


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


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.
~ Tirumalai Krishnamacharya


You cannot do yoga. Yoga is your natural state.
~ Sharon Gannon


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


When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It's to enjoy each step along the way.
~ Wayne Dyer


Body is not stiff, mind is stiff.
~ K. Pattabhi Jois


Health is wealth. Peace of mind is happiness. Yoga shows the way.
~ Vishnudevananda Saraswati


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


Would you rather suffer 90 minutes or 90 years?
~ Bikram Choudhury


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.
~ K. Pattabhi Jois


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


When you inhale, you are taking the strength from God. When you exhale, it represents the service you are giving to the world.
~ B.K.S. Iyengar


What yoga philosophy and all the great Buddhist teachings tells us is that solidity is a creation of the ordinary mind and that there never was anything permanent to begin with that we could hold on to. Life would be much easier and substantially less painful if we lived with the knowledge of impermanence as the only constant.
~ Donna Farhi


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 99% practice and 1% theory.
~ K. Pattabhi Jois


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


A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.
~ Phyllis Diller


Yoga has brought me to the part of religion I really like - the positive sides of religion, the parts we all share, rather than the things that create separation.
~ Christy Turlington


I do Ashtanga yoga three times a week, and I run a couple of times a week, too. I really like yoga; I enjoy the actual doing of it, so it doesn't feel like the agony of the gym felt like to me.
~ Julianne Moore


For someone like me, who loves to sweat and push herself, it's a challenge to slow down, to sit, to breathe and hold poses.
~ Ellen DeGeneres


You know the bodysuit that I built my line on? . . .That was about me being able to go directly from work to yoga class. It just wasn't as accepted to talk about then.
~ Donna Karan


The enjoyment of life is only possible if the world could get connected to the spirit... you become the spirit as Christ has said in simple words that you have to be born again.
~ Nirmala Srivastava


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.
~ Kripalvananda


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


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


Be a lamp to yourself. Be your own confidence. Hold on to the truth within yourself as to the only truth.
~ Gautama Buddha


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


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


Exercises are like prose, whereas yoga is the poetry of movements.
~ 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


What we're trying to do in yoga is to create a union, and so to deepen a yoga pose is to actually increase the union of the pose, not necessarily put your leg around your head.
~ Rodney Yee


The ultimate essence of yoga is the contact and the union between the individual consciousness and the divine consciousness.
~ Raphael


The principle of Yoga is the turning of one or of all powers of our human existence into a means of reaching divine Being.
~ Sri Aurobindo


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.
~ B.K.S. Iyengar


I have been practising yoga for over a decade now, and it is a very important part of my life. It doesn't matter where I am or what I am doing, yoga gives me the opportunity to switch off and focus entirely on my body and my breath. Yoga allows me to meditate and reflect on what's important in my life. It is also great for core strength and maintaining agility.
~ Miranda Kerr


Yoga is not a means to get SOMEWHERE as if you were not SOMEWHERE already. It is your direct and intimate participation with Life.
~ Mark Whitwell


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 Besant


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


The enjoyment of life is only possible if we could get connected to the spirit.
~ Nirmala Srivastava


Yoga in Mayfair or Fifth Avenue, or in any other place which is on the telephone, is a spiritual fake.
~ Carl Jung


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


In truth, it matters less what we do in practice than how we do it and why we do it. The same posture, the same sequence, the same meditation with a different intention takes on an entirely new meaning and will have entirely different outcomes.
~ Donna Farhi


If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.
~ Jack Kornfield


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


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.
~ B.K.S. Iyengar


Meditation is that dimension of science which focuses on creating the right kind of interior, so that you can live a peaceful and joyous life.
~ Jaggi Vasudev


Yoga is a science, and not a vague dreamy drifting or imagining.
~ Annie Besant


By embracing your mother wound as your yoga, you transform what has been a hindrance in your life into a teacher of the heart.
~ Phillip Moffitt


When this body has been so magnificently and artistically created by God, it is only fitting that we should maintain it in good health and harmony by the most excellent and artistic science of Yoga.
~ Geeta Iyengar


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


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.
~ K. Pattabhi Jois


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


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


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


Don't move the way fear makes you move. Move the way love makes you move. Move the way joy makes you move.
~ Rajneesh


The Self in you is the same as the Self Universal. Whatever powers are manifested throughout the world, those powers exist in germ, in latency, in you.... If you realize the unity of the Self amid the diversities of the Not-Self, then Yoga Will not seem an impossible thing to you.
~ Annie Besant


Master your breath, let the self be in bliss, contemplate on the sublime within you.
Tirumalai Krishnamacharya


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


My workout is my meditation.
~ Kyle MacLachlan


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


The true purpose of yoga is to discover that aspect of your being that can never be lost.
~ Deepak Chopra


Yoga doesn't ask you to be more than you are. But it does ask you to be all that you are.
~ Bryan Kest


Yoga is not about touching your toes. It's about unlocking your ideas about what you want, where you think you can go, and how you will achieve it when you get there.
Cyndi Lee


You are only as young as your spine is flexible.
~ Joseph Pilates


The pose begins when you want to leave it.
~ B.K.S. Iyengar


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