58 of the Most Inspiring Yoga Quotes

Part of yoga is about linking your body and mind, sometimes it may be difficult for a person to become fully aware of themselves. Every person is different and we all move at our own pace.

Some people may become really good at practicing yoga and make a good start on creating this link in just a few classes, but some others may find it difficult and struggle to create that link.

Here is a list of truly inspiring yoga quotes that will hopefully help you or a friend get inspired to keep trying and motivated to not give up.

Inspirational Yoga Quotes

  1. “You either get bitter or get better. It’s that simple. You either take what has been dealt to you and allow it to make you a better person, or you allow it to tear you down. The choice does not belong to fate, it belongs to you.” – Josh Shipp
  2. “Anybody can breathe. Therefore anybody can practice yoga.” – T.K.V. Desikachar
  3. “Yoga is a light, which once lit will never dim. The better your practice, the brighter your flame.” – B.K.S. Iyengar
  4. “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 Raisanen
  5. ”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
  6. “I offer you peace. I offer you love. I offer you friendship. I see your beauty. I hear your need. I feel your feelings. My wisdom flows from the highest source. I salute that source in you. Let us work together for unity and love” – Gandhi
  7. “It’s not life that matters, it’s the courage you bring to it.” – Yogi Bhajan
  8. “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 forwards to become the person they’re meant to be.” – B.K.S. Iyengar
  9. “Yoga is the ultimate practice. It simultaneously stimulates our inner light and quiets our overactive minds. It is both energy and rest. Yin and Yang. We feel the burn and find our bliss.” – Beachbody Yoga Expert Elise Joan
  10. “Yoga takes you into the present moment. The only place where life exists.“ – Unknown
  11. ”The very heart of yoga practice is ‘abyhasa’ steady effort in the direction you want to go.” – Sally Kempton
  12. “Yoga is not about what you do. It is about how you do it.” – Adriene Mishler
  13. “Yesterday I was clever so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise so I am changing myself.” – Rumi
  14. “The nature of yoga is to shine the light of awareness into the darkest corners of the body.” – Jason Crandell
  15. “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
  16. ”Yoga means addition. Addition of energy, strength and beauty to body, mind and soul.” – Amit Ray
  17. “I was looking for someone to inspire me, motivate me, support me, keep me focused… Someone who would love me, cherish me, make me happy, and I realized all along that I was looking for myself.” – Unknown
  18. “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing. That’s why we recommend it daily.”- Zig Ziglar
  19. “I had discovered something; there was a pleasure in becoming something new. You could will yourself into a fresh shape. Now all I had to do was figure out how to do it out there, in my life.” – Claire Dederer, Poser: My Life in Twenty-three Yoga Poses
  20. “True meditation is about being fully present with everything that is including discomfort and challenges. It is not an escape from life.” – Craig Hamilton
  21. ”Most people have no idea how good their body is designed to feel.” – Kevin Trudeau
  22. “In karma yoga no effort is ever lost, and there is no harm. Even a little practice of this discipline protects one from great fear of birth and death.” – Bhagavad Gita
  23. “What you think, you become.” – Buddha
  24. “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
  25. “Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self.” – The Bhagavad Gita
  26. ”Yoga exists in the world because everything is linked.” – Desikashar
  27. “Without proper breathing, the yoga postures are nothing more than calisthenics.” – Rachel Schaeffer
  28. “It is better to live your own destiny imperfectly than to live an imitation of somebody else’s life with perfection.” – Bhagavad Gita
  29. “Change only happens in the present moment. The past is already done. The future is just energy and intention.” – Kino MacGregor
  30. ”Yoga is the dance of every cell with the music of every breath that creates inner serenity and harmony.” – Unknown
  31. ”The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” – Socrates
  32. “I am standing on my own altar; The poses are my prayers” – B.K.S. Iyengar
  33. “Do your practice and all is coming.” – Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois
  34. “I think it’s interesting that the opposite of being active in yoga is not being passive. It’s being receptive.” – Cyndi Lee
  35. ”In truth yoga doesn’t take time – it gives time.” – Ganga White
  36. ”Once you’re in touch with the life force around us, it’s natural to want to help keep it around.” – Adi Carter
  37. “Yoga is the study of balance, and balance is the aim of all living creatures: it is our home.” – Rolf Gates
  38. “Remember the emphasis on the heart. The mind lives in doubt and the heart lives in trust. When you trust, suddenly you become centred.” – Osho
  39. “Yoga begins with listening. When we listen, we are giving space to what is.” – Richard Freeman
  40. ”Yoga is invigoration in relaxation. Freedom in routine. Confidence through self-control. Energy within and energy without.” – Unknown
  41. ”Let your practice be a celebration of life” – Seido lee deBarros
  42. “Yoga has sly, clever ways of short circuiting the mental patterns that cause anxiety.” – Baxter Bell
  43. “If you seek peace, be still. If you seek wisdom, be silent. If you seek love, be yourself.” – Becca Lee
  44. “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
  45. ”The body is your temple. Keep it pure and clean for the soul to reside in.” – B.K.S Iyengar
  46. ”The most important pieces of equipment you need for doing yoga are your body and your mind.” – Rodney Yee
  47. “The chakras are very intelligent. They are like the software of the whole computer body.” – Dharma Mittra
  48. “Anyone who practices can obtain success in yoga but not one who is lazy. Constant practice alone is the secret of success.” – Svatmarama
  49. “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
  50. ”The body benefits from movement, and the mind benefits from stillness” – Unknown
  51. ”To perform every action artfully is yoga.” – Swami Kripalu
  52. “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
  53. “One of the fundamental principles of yoga: a small action done repeatedly can make an enormous difference.” – Dr Timothy McCall
  54. “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, Yoga for Emotional Balance
  55. ”Yoga happens beyond the mat, anything you do with attention to how you feel is doing yoga.” – Unknown
  56. “The attitude of gratitude is the highest yoga.” – Yogi Bhajan
  57. “Practicing yoga during the day is a matter of keeping your eyes on the road and one ear turned toward the infinite.” – Erich Schiffmann
  58. “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
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Use some of these quotes in your yoga classroom to inspire your students, send a couple of these quotes to those couple of students that you think are struggling with their path, or use them for yourself if you are struggling with your own path.

These quotes can help bring inspiration to those that read them and aid them on their path to enlightening their soul.


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