92 Yoga Inspirational Quotes

The ancient science of yoga has endured extensive evolution and is deeply rooted in our modern world – more relevant, needed and sought than ever.

Yoga nurtures the body and the mind, cultivates resilience and health, builds physical strength and flexibility, guides spiritual and intellectual growth, informs our nervous system and our capacity to rest… And a beautiful part of the practice is self-study or svadhyaya, in Sanskrit.

Of course, self-study entails observing oneself. We also learn from the great masters, sages, saints, poets and current teachers who’ve left us their pearls of wisdom in the form of yoga inspirational quotes.

Through many different perspectives and ways with words, they all agree that yoga is not just exercise, movement, practice, breath or even meditation. It’s a lifestyle, a way of being – and we can all use motivation when it comes to living life to the fullest.

We hope these yoga quotes inspire you – on and off the mat.

In this article, we’ll share yoga sayings of ancient texts, departed gurus, living instructors and anonymous bits of brilliance about:

• Mind

• Body

Presence

• Change and Transformation

• Love and Light

• Flow

• Practice

• Meditation and Mindfulness

95 Yoga Inspirational Quotes

Mind

Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self. – The Bhagavad Gita

When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all of your thoughts break their bonds. Your mind transcends limitations; your consciousness expands in every direction; and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive and you discover yourself to be a greater person than you ever dreamed yourself to be. Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

Undisturbed calmness of mind is attained by cultivating friendliness toward the happy, compassion for the unhappy, delight in the virtuous, and indifference toward the wicked. – Yoga Sutras of Patanjali 

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

Yoga is a method to come to a non-dreaming mind. Yoga is the science to be in the here and now. Osho

Calming the mind is yoga. Not just standing on the head. – Swami Satchidananda

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Like water which can clearly mirror the sky and the trees only so long as its surface is undisturbed, the mind can only reflect the true image of the Self when it is tranquil and wholly relaxed. – Indra Devi 

Quiet the mind, and the soul will speak. – Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati

Yoga is the perfect opportunity to be curious about who you are. Jason Crandell

Body

My body is my temple and asanas are my prayers. B.K.S. Iyengar

Yoga does not just change the way we see things, it transforms the person who sees. – B.K.S. Iyengar

Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured. – B.K.S. Iyengar

The soul reveals itself to itself. Through movement, energy-infused undulations and gestures. Of hand, foot, spine, face, and form. The invisible loves the visible. – Radiance Sutras 

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Don’t move the way fear makes you move. Move the way love makes you move. Move the way joy makes you move. – Osho

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

My favourite action to teach is embodying Spirit. We don’t necessarily think of Spirit being connected to our cell tissue, but it can be. Learning how to spread your Spirit through that whole vast amount of space, into the dance of particles of the body and being able to feel it, is amazing. Sometimes, it begins a little quiver. That’s the start. Ana Forrest

Presence

Your body exists in the past and your mind exists in the future. In yoga, they come together in the present. – B.K.S. Iyengar

Live quietly in the moment and see the beauty of all before you. The future will take care of itself. Paramahansa Yogananda

Release from anguish comes with the personal acknowledgment and resolve: we are here together very briefly, so let us accept reality fully and take care of one another while we can. – Buddha

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Stop and sink into this timeless moment. Mooji

Yoga is a mirror to look at ourselves from within. – Anonymous

Every moment is a fresh beginning. – T.S. Eliot

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

Yoga takes you into the present moment. The only place where life exists. – Anonymous

Yoga begins right where I am – not where I was yesterday or where I long to be. Linda Sparrowe

Svadhyaya is about noticing and then reflecting on what you notice. It’s not really a prescription for change; it’s an invitation to discover who you already are so you can move forward with confidence and clarity. Becoming self-aware allows you to enter into a relationship with your past, but it also encourages you to be fully present to your interactions and reactions, as they are happening. There may be times in which what begins to surface proves to be too much to handle. That’s okay too. Acknowledge what’s coming up, bring it to light, and ask it for more time. Seane Corn

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In truth yoga doesn’t take time — it gives time. Ganga White

I try to make my mood uplifting and peaceful, then watch the world around me reflect that mood. – Yaya DaCosta

When we actually bring a pause into our life, we can start to be more effective with our energy and with the use of our time. Kia Miller

Samadhi, which translates to ‘neutral vision.’ Sama means ‘even’ or ‘neutral’, and dhi means ‘vision’ or ‘seeing.’ Neutral vision means to see without judging. No appreciating nor condemning; simply looking. Baron Baptiste

The universe does this thing… where it aligns you with people, things, and situations that match the energy you put out. The more you improve yourself and raise your vibration, the more you will see things that are beneficial to your well-being. ThinkGrowProsper

Sometimes the bravest and most important thing you can do is just show up. – Brené Brown

Change and Transformation

The success of Yoga does not lie in the ability to perform postures but in how it positively changes the way we live our life and our relationships. – T.K.V. Desikachar 

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Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself. – Rumi

Listen my love, illumination is eternal. Now is always evolving. As there are billions of stars, there are billions of steps. As there are billions of souls, there are billions of ways to grow. – Rumi 

You were born with wings, why prefer to crawl through life? – Rumi

Your word has the power to create reality. What you repeat to yourself, the universe will manifest. – Alberto Villoldo

The very heart of yoga practice is ‘abyhasa’ steady effort in the direction you want to go. Sally Kempton 

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

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. – Anais Nin

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One is never afraid of the unknown. One is afraid of the known coming to an end. Krishnamurti

Yoga is not about self-improvement, it’s about self-acceptance. – Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa

When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. – Lao Tzu

Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, magic, and power in it. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

If you feel safe in the area you’re working in, you’re not working in the right area. Always go a little further into the water than you feel you’re capable of being in. Go a little bit out of your depth. And when you don’t feel that your feet are quite touching the bottom, you’re just about in the right place to do something exciting. – David Bowie

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

Love and Light

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

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Don’t you know yet? It is your light that lights the world. – Rumi

Have only love in your heart for others. The more you see the good in them, the more you will establish good in yourself. – Paramahansa Yogananda

Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one’s weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart. – Gandhi

You are loved just for being who you are, just for existing. You don’t have to do anything to earn it. Your shortcomings, your lack of self-esteem, physical perfection, or social and economic success—none of that matters. No one can take this love away from you, and it will always be here. – Ram Dass

May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all. Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu

And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye. – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

I wish I could show you when you are lonely or in darkness the astonishing light of your own being. – Hafiz

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Love the life you live. Live the life you love. Bob Marley

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage. – Lao Tzu

The more you are motivated by love, the more fearless and free your action will be. – Dalai Lama

Ignore the story and see the soul. And remember to love. You will never regret it. – Seane Corn

Flow

Those who flow how life flows, know they need no other force. – Lao Tzu

Everything is energy and that’s all there is to it. Match the frequency of the reality you want and you cannot help but get that reality. It can be no other way. This is not philosophy. This is physics. – Albert Einstein

Let love flow so that it cleanses the world. Then man can live in peace, instead of the state of turmoil he has created through his past ways of life, with all those material interests and earthly ambitions. – Sai Baba

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Be the flow. Jay Z

Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like. – Lao Zi 

Yoga is the dance of every cell with the music of every breath that creates inner serenity and harmony. – Ewnetu Bereda

Practice

Yoga is a light, which once lit will never dim. The better your practice, the brighter your flame. – B.K.S. Iyengar

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Follow your nature. The practise is really about uncovering your own pose; we have great respect for our teachers, but unless we can uncover our own pose in the moment, it’s not practise — it’s mimicry. Rest deeply in Savasana every day. Always enter that pratyahara (withdrawn state) every day. And just enjoy yourself. 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

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

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

Yoga is almost like music in a way; there’s no end to it. – Sting

To perform every action artfully is yoga. – Swami Kripalu

One of the fundamental principles of yoga: a small action done repeatedly can make an enormous difference. Dr Timothy McCall

Yoga is a way of moving into stillness in order to experience the truth of who you are. Erich Schiffmann

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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

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 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

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

Meditation and Mindfulness

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 

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Meditation can help us embrace our worries, our fear, our anger; and that is very healing. We let our own natural capacity of healing do the work. – Thich Nhat Hanh

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 

Inhale, and God approaches you. Hold the inhalation, and God remains with you. Exhale, and you approach God. Hold the exhalation, and surrender to God. – Krishnamacharya 

Breathe in deeply to bring your mind home to your body. – Thich Nhat Hanh

You are not your mind; You are your soul. – Alberto Villoldo

Enter the stillness of your soul. – Alberto Villoldo

Once you change your internal state, you don’t need the external world to provide you with a reason to feel joy, gratitude, appreciation, or any other elevated emotion. Joe Dispenza

Yoga teaches us to live a happier, healthier, less reactive, more loving life — and to liberate ourselves and others. – Seane Corn 

Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible. – Dalai Lama

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