Yoga philosophy speaks of timeless beauty and wisdom, and the practice itself is how we get to know the beauty and wisdom within ourselves. These yoga quotes capture the graceful essence of this ancient practice, which has transformed the lives of so many.
“The rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind & the harmony of the soul create the symphony of life.” – B.K.S. Iyengar
Yoga poses, referred to as asanas, constitute the physical aspect of yoga, which represents only one the eight limbs (also called rungs, or steps) of yoga. The eight branches of yoga entail:
- Yama: codes of restraint, abstinences
- Niyama: observances, self-training
- Asana: meditation posture
- Pranayama: expansion of breath and prana
- Pratyahara: withdrawal of the senses
- Dharana: concentration
- Dhyana: meditation
- Samadhi: deep absorption
For me, yoga has been an integral part of my healing and has strengthened my ability to enjoy life to the fullest.
The following yoga quotes, spoken by yogic sages and modern practitioners, speak of the purpose and impact of a well-rounded personal and spiritual practice applied to daily life.
Both yogis and non-yogis alike can find something brilliant to embrace in this collection, because yoga truly is about unity, peace, and love. I hope you find something that speaks to you here.
40 Enlightening Yoga Quotes Highlighting the Practice of Peace and Love
“The harmonizing of opposing forces is a key aspect of yoga — hot energy is united with cool energy, strong with soft, and masculine with feminine.” – Tara Fraser
“Yoga takes us to the present moment, the only place where life exists.” – Ellen Brenneman
“The asanas are useful maps to explore yourself, but they are not the territory.” – Donna Farhi
“The practice of Yoga brings us face to face with the extraordinary complexity of our own being.” – Sri Aurobindo
“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
“Words fail to convey the total value of yoga. It has to be experienced.” – BKS Iyengar
“The aim of yoga is to eliminate the control that material nature exerts over the human spirit, to rediscover through introspective practice what the poet T.S. Eliot called ‘the still point of the turning world.’” – Barbara Stoler Miller
“Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured.” – B.K.S. Iyengar
“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 and Vipassana: An Integrated Life Style
“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 essentially a practice for your soul, working through the medium of your body.” – Tara Fraser
“In our uniquely human capacity to connect movement with breath and spiritual meaning, yoga is born.” – Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa
“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
“The ultimate essence of yoga is the contact and the union between the individual consciousness and the divine consciousness.” – Raphael, Essence and Purpose of Yoga: The Initiatory Pathways to the Transcendent
“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
“Practicing yoga during the day is a matter of keeping your eyes on the road and one ear turned toward the infinite.” – Erich Schiffmann
“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
“Yoga teaches us that we can have whatever we may want in life if we are willing to provide it for others first.” ― Sharon Gannon
“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
“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
“Mountain pose is an affirmation. You can conquer anything with your natural boldness and resolute strength. Only you can reach the peak of your success.” – Terri Guillemets
“The very heart of yoga practice is abhyasa – steady effort in the direction you want to go.” – Sally Kempton
“Yoga accepts. Yoga gives.” – April Vallei
“Yoga is a way to freedom. By its constant practice, we can free ourselves from fear, anguish and loneliness.” – Indra Devi
“The reward for doing yoga well is simple—you get to do a better job at living a fulfilling life.” — Randal Williams
“Yoga is 99% practice and 1% theory.” – K. Pattabhi Jois
“Yoga is the art work of awareness on the canvas of body, mind, and soul.” ― Amit Ray, Yoga and Vipassana: An Integrated Life Style
“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 journey of the self, through the self, to the self.” – The Bhagavad Gita
“Yoga is for internal cleansing, not external exercising. Yoga means true self-knowledge.” – Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois
“The post begins when you want to get out of it.” – Baron Baptiste
- If you practice yoga, how have you grown since the beginning of your practice?
- Are there any lessons you’ve learned through your practice, which you’ve applied to your daily life?
- Why do you love yoga?
Please share your thoughts, favorite yoga quotes, lessons learned through your practice, your love for the practice, and any inspiring stories with me in the comments.
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I honor the place in you which is the same in me.
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