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51 Quotes About Yoga to Inspire Your Daily Practice

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Quotes about yoga tend to repeat themes. There are three overarching themes: happiness with yourself, mindfulness reduces suffering, and change originates from yourself.

 

It may sound easy to be present and breathe, but yoga requires conscious work. Don’t expect immediate gratification; instead, mull over how these quotes apply to you and your practice.

Happiness and Joy

Yoga quotes never give a precise formula for joy, but that is by design. These happy yoga quotes focus on nurturing your inner life to achieve a sense of peace rather than excitement.

Achieving Happiness With Yoga

1. “Mind is a flexible mirror, adjust it, to see a better world.” — Amit Ray

2. “Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” — Buddha

3. “Authentic joy is not a euphoric state or a feeling of being high. Rather, it is a state of appreciation that allows us to participate fully in our lives. We train in rejoicing in the good fortune of self and others.” ― Pema Chodron

4. “In deep, conscious involvement with everything around you, there is no entanglement—there is just joy.” — Sadhguru

5. “Judge nothing, you will be happy. Forgive everything, you will be happier. Love everything, you will be happiest.” ― Sri Chinmoy

6. “When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.” — Helen Keller

“When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.” — Helen Keller

Inner Peace and Wisdom

7. “Mindfulness helps you go home to the present. And every time you go there and recognize a condition of happiness that you have, happiness comes.” — Thich Nhat Hanh

8. “Calming the mind is yoga. Not just standing on the head.” — Swami Satchidananda

9. “Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.” — Thich Nhat Hanh

10. “Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh

11. “When you are excited you are not peaceful. True happiness is based on peace.” — Thich Nhat Hanh

12. “Every breath we take, every step we take, can be filled with peace, joy, and serenity.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh

13. “If your own mental attitude is correct, even if you remain in a hostile atmosphere, you feel happy.” — H.H. the Dalai Lama

14. “A river is flowing in and through you carrying the message of joy. This divine joy is the sole purpose of life.” ― Sri Chinmoy

15. “Yoga makes you harmonious with nature and teaches you to be joyfully curious about your inner world.” — Debashish Mridha

16. “Yoga is when every cell of the body sings the song of the soul.” — B.K.S. Iyengar

17. “Paradise is not a place; it’s a state of consciousness.” — Sri Chinmoy

18. “Meditation is a way for nourishing and blossoming the divinity within you.” — Amit Ray

“Meditation is a way for nourishing and blossoming the divinity within you.” — Amit Ray
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The mind is a flexible mirror, adjust it to see a better world

Yoga as a Conscious Practice

As aforementioned, yoga is a practice that requires discipline and intent. Dedication is half the battle with yoga.

Staying Dedicated

19. “For many years I mistook discipline as ambition. Now I believe it to be more about consistency. Do get on the mat. Practice and life are not that different.” — Judith Hanson Lasater

20. “That’s why it’s called a practice. We have to practice a practice if it is to be of value.” — Peace Pilgrim

21. “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing. That’s why we recommend it daily.” — Zig Ziglar

22. “The pose begins when you want to get out of it.” — Baron Baptiste

23. “So what is a good meditator? A good meditator meditates.” — Allan Lokos

24. “Submit to a daily practice. Your loyalty to that is a ring at the door. Keep knocking, and the joy inside will eventually open a window and look out to see who’s there.” — Rumi

25. “Mindfulness isn’t difficult, we just need to remember to do it.” — Sharon Salzberg

“Mindfulness isn’t difficult, we just need to remember to do it.” — Sharon Salzberg

Yoga Quotes on Gratitude and Attitude

Yoga can be a powerful shaping force for your ability to withstand difficult times. Consider these yoga quotes on gratitude the next time you’re facing something difficult or struggling to accept reality.

Fostering a Resilient Attitude With Yoga

26. “You cannot always control what goes on outside, but you can always control what goes on inside.” — Wayne Dyer

27. “When you are self-conscious you are really showing symptoms that you don’t know who you are. Your very self-consciousness indicates that you have not come home yet.” — Osho

28. “Inner peace begins the moment you choose not to allow another person or event to control your emotions.” — Pema Chödrön

29. “Learning to be present with yourself and to abide in that which is steady and comfortable does not allow space for self-judgment.” ― Judith Hanson Lasater

30. “Yoga is not about touching your toes, it’s about what you learn on the way down.” — Jigar Gor

31. “If failure has the strength to turn your life into bitterness itself, then patience has the strength to turn your life into the sweetest joy.” ― Sri Chinmoy

32. “You are the sky. Everything else is just the weather.” — Pema Chödrön

33. “Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know.” — Pema Chödrön

34. “Every morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.” — Buddha

35. “There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.” — Aldous Huxley

36. “In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.” — Albert Camus

37. “True meditation is about being fully present with everything that is— including discomfort and challenges. It is not an escape from life.” — Craig Hamilton

Acceptance of Reality 44. “To think in terms of either pessimism or optimism oversimplifies the truth. The problem is to see reality as it is.” — Thich Nhat Hanh 45. “You cannot control the results, only your actions.” — Allan Lokos 46. “A few simple tips for life: feet on the ground, head to the skies, heart open . . . quiet mind.” — Rasheed Ogunlaru 47. “The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.” — Rabindranath Tagore 48. “Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have.” — Eckhart Tolle 49. “The ultimate goal of yoga is to always observe things accurately, and therefore never act in a way that will make us regret our actions later.” — T.K.V. Desikachar 50. "The ability to observe without evaluating is the highest form of intelligence." — Jiddu Krishnamurti 51.“The soul is here for its own joy.” — Rumi

Yoga and Gratitude

38. “The attitude of gratitude is the highest yoga.” — Yogi Bhajan

39. “Take care of your body, it’s the only place you have to live.” ― Jim Rohn

40. “Notice the silence. Notice your heart. Still beating. Still fighting. You made it, after all. You made it, another day. And you can make it one more. You’re doing just fine.” ― Charlotte Eriksson

41. “The path to wholeness starts by loving yourself. It always starts there. If you love yourself, you will do whatever it takes to restore your health and happiness.” — Dashama Konah Gordon

42. “Mindfulness is a way of befriending ourselves and our experience.” — Jon Kabat-Zinn

43. “Your soul is your best friend. Treat it with care, nurture it with growth, feed it with love.” — Ashourina Yalda

"Your soul is your best friend. Treat it with care, nurture it with growth, feed it with love

Acceptance of Reality

44. “To think in terms of either pessimism or optimism oversimplifies the truth. The problem is to see reality as it is.” — Thich Nhat Hanh

45. “You cannot control the results, only your actions.” — Allan Lokos

46. “A few simple tips for life: feet on the ground, head to the skies, heart open . . . quiet mind.” — Rasheed Ogunlaru

47. “The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.” — Rabindranath Tagore

48. “Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have.” — Eckhart Tolle

49. “The ultimate goal of yoga is to always observe things accurately, and therefore never act in a way that will make us regret our actions later.” — T.K.V. Desikachar

50. “The ability to observe without evaluating is the highest form of intelligence.” — Jiddu Krishnamurti

51.“The soul is here for its own joy.” — Rumi

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