Inspirational Yoga Quotes


Knowledge is the process of piling up facts,
wisdom lies in their simplification.

~ Marin A. Fischer


Nothing is so strong as gentleness and nothing is so gentle as real strength.
~ Ralph Sockman

Never mistake knowledge for wisdom.
One helps you make a living.
The other helps you make a life.

~ Sandra Carey


Deep in their roots all flowers keep their light.
~ Theodore Roethke


Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way around or through it.

If nothing within you says rigid outward things will disclose themselves.

A goal is not always meant to be reached, ti often serves simply as something to aim at.
~ Bruce Lee


The Ego is impatient because it knows its time is limited.

The Spirit is patient because it knows its eternal.


The difference between the amoeba and Einstein is that although both make use of the method of trial and error elimination, the amoeba dislikes erring while Einstein is intrigued by it.
~ Carl Popper


Praise and blame, gain and loss, pleasure and sorrow come and go like the wind.

To be happy, rest like a giant tree in the midst of them all.
~ Buddha


By taking the time to stop and appreciate who you are and what you have accomplished and perhaps learned through a few mistakes, stumbles and losses – you actually can enhance everything about you.

Self-acknowledgment and appreciation are what give you the insights and awareness to move forward toward higher goals and accomplishments.
~ Jack Cornfield


“We are travelers on a cosmic journey, stardust, swirling and dancing in the eddies and whirlpools of Infinity. Life is Eternal. But the expressions of life are ephemeral, momentary, transient.

This existence of ours is as transient as autumn clouds. To watch the birth and death of beings is like looking at the movements of a dance. A lifetime is like a flash of lightning in the sky, rushing by like a torrent down a steep mountain.

We have stopped for a moment to encounter each other, to meet, to love, to share. This is a precious moment, but it is transient. It is a little parenthesis in eternity. If we share with caring, lightheartedness, and love, we will create abundance and joy for each other. And then this moment will have been worthwhile.”


“The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.”
~John Milton, Paradise Lost


Man must rise above the Earth – to the top of the atmosphere and beyond – for only thus will he fully understand the world in which he lives.
~ Socrates


The roots of all goodness lies in the soil of appreciation for goodness.
~ Dalai Lama


“Oh Arjuna!
Happiness and unhappiness comes and goes. Strive toward equanimity. Indeed the person untroubled by these opposites, the wise person for whom these are the same, that one is prepared for Ultimate Freedom.”
~ Bhagavad Gita 2:14 -15


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

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


“It is better to live your own destiny imperfectly than to live an imitation of somebody else’s life with perfection.”
~ Bhagavad Gita


Yoga is a journey of the self, through the self, to the self.
~ Bhagavad Gita


“Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it, or because it is spoken and rumored by many.

Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books or merely on the authority of your teachers and elders.

Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations.

But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.”
~ The Buddha, from the Kālāma Sūtra


“The study of asana is not about mastering the posture. It’s about using the posture to understand and transform yourself.”
~ Gary Kraftsow


“Yoga practice is not simply a variety of techniques for self improvement but is also a highly refined means of discovering that which, in all of us, needs no improvement.”
~ Sonya Nelson


Yoga is the martial art of the soul, and the opponent is the strongest you have ever faced: your ego.


You should sit in meditation 20 minutes a day. Unless you are too busy, then you should sit for an hour.
~ Zen proverb


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


“The goal is not to tie ourselves in knots- we are 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


By hearing, thinking, and meditating, the light of the Self is kindled.
Once this light of Self is kindled, the individual “I” becomes free from all impurities and begins to shine forth as the universal “I,” in the same way as gold shines when it is purified by fire.
~ Atma Bodha, verse 66, translation by Shri Brahmananda Sarasvati


He who is rooted in oneness
realizes that I am
in every being, wherever
he goes, he remains in me.

When he sees all beings as equal
in suffering or in joy
because they are like himself,
that man has grown perfect in yoga.

~ Bhagavad Gita


“When we shed all of our stories, with their limiting roles and confining identities, and become a mystery unto ourselves, we’re practicing nonattachment.”
~ The Four Insights


 People say walking on water is a miracle, but to me walking peacefully on earth is the real miracle.

~Thich Nhat Hanh


I am an old man and have know a great many troubles. But most of them never happened.
~Mark Twain


To dwell in the here and now does not mean you never think about the past, or responsibly plan for the future. The idea is simply not to allow yourself to get lost in regrets about the past or worries about the future.
Thich Nhat Hahn


If you don’t step our of your comfort zone and face your fears, the number of situation that make you uncomfortable will keep growing.
~Theo Pistorius


Although it is difficult to pin point the physical base or location of awareness, it is perhaps the most precious thing concealed in our brains. And ti is something that the individual alone can feel and experience. Each of us cherishes it highly, yet it is private.
~Dalai Lama


Without ambition one starts nothing.
Without work one finishes nothing.
The prize will not be sent to you. You have to earn it.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson