Anyone who does yoga will tell you that it’s more than just difficult poses and positive affirmations; it’s not about incense and frills. Yoga is a lifestyle and approach to positivity which seeks to enlighten the spirit and attune body and mind.
Many yoga classes begin with positive mantras and may even end with uplifting quotes about mindfulness, or positivity. Everyone can use a little motivation when it comes to yoga, and that’s why I’ve come up with a list of yoga quotes that will lead you to the path of this enriching practice.
Many of these quotes will have you reflect on the potential of inviting this deep practice into your lives. It’s time to get yoga-vated!
“All I’m saying is that to liberate the potential of your mind, body and soul, you must first expand your imagination. You see, things are always created twice: first in the workshop of the mind and then, and only then, in reality. I call this process ‘blueprinting’ because anything you create in your outer world began as a simple blueprint in your inner world.” – Robin Sharma
“Through practice, I’ve come to see that the deepest source of my misery is not wanting things to be the way they are. Not wanting myself to be the way I am. Not wanting the world to be the way it is. Not wanting others to be the way they are. Whenever I’m suffering, I find this war with reality to be at the heart of the problem.” – Stephen Cope
“A person experiences life as something separated from the rest – a kind of optical delusion of consciousness. Our task must be to free ourselves from this self-imposed prison, and through compassion, to find the reality of Oneness.” – Albert Einstein
“Your hand opens and closes and opens and closes. If it were always a fist or always stretched open, you would be paralyzed. Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding, the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated as bird wings.” – Rumi
“You may think that only you are a prisoner, but other people are also prisoners. You are in a small prison, but others are in the big prison outside. When will they be released? Think that you are a yogi and that you are pursuing your sadhana in this particular place and at this particular moment. Immediately you will experience great joy. If you change your understanding, you will be free in a minute.” – Baba Muktananda
“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
“Yoga is the perfect opportunity to be curious about who you are.” – Jason Crandell
“Yoga is a journey of the self, through the self, to the self.” – The Bhagavad Gita
“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