59 Best Yoga Quotes To Inspire Your Practice

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A good yoga quote can go a long way. A little jewel of wisdom to understand, commit to memory, and draw upon when you need it most.

In this article we have compiled 56 of the best yoga quotes to leave you feeling inspired, peaceful, joyful, and excited to deepen your yoga practice.

We will dive into:

  • 11 Yoga Quotes On Practice
  • 6 Yoga Quotes On Play And Joy
  • 7 Yoga Quotes On Union
  • 7 Yoga Quotes On Peace
  • 8 Yoga Quotes On The Breath
  • 7 Yoga Quotes On Yoga Off The Mat
  • 13 Yoga Quotes On Meditation
 a woman meditating at sunset

11 Yoga Quotes On Practice

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

2. ”Move your joints every day. You have to find your own tricks. Bury your mind deep in your heart, and watch the body move by itself.” — Sri Dharma Mittra

3. “Anyone who practices can obtain success in yoga but not one who is lazy. Constant practice alone is the secret of success.” — Svātmārāma

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

5. “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

6. ”The yoga pose you avoid the most you need the most.” — Anonymous

7. “Anyone who practices can obtain success in yoga but not one who is lazy. Constant practice alone is the secret of success.” — Svātmārāma

8. ”Yoga is 99% practice and 1% theory.” Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois

9. ”When the breath control is correct, mind control is possible.”  Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois

10. ”It would be a shame to lose the precious jewel of liberation in the mud of ignorant body building.”  Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois

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

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6 Yoga Quotes On Play And Joy

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

2. ”Let your practice be a celebration of life”  Seido lee de Barros

3. “When Sun rises Up and you get another beautiful day! Make sure you live it in a beautiful way.”  Vivek Kalura

4. “Balancing in yoga and life is a reflection of our inner state. Can we dance with change? Can we fall and try again with playfulness? Do we have the focus, skill, and attunement to find the still point within it all?” Shiva Rea

5. “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

6. “You may not be able to control the whole world, but you may learn to control your inner world through yoga.” — Debasish Mridha

a woman doing a difficult yoga pose on a rock in front of the sea

7 Yoga Quotes On Union

1. ”Yoga means addition – addition of energy, strength and beauty to body, mind and soul.” —Amit Ray

2. ”Yoga exists in the world because everything is linked.” Desikashar

3. “At this moment, you are seamlessly flowing with the cosmos. There is no difference between your breathing and the breathing of the rain forest, between your bloodstream and the world’s rivers, between your bones and the chalk cliffs of Dover.” Deepak Chopra

4. “The meaning of yoga is connection of mind, body and spirit.” Bikram Choudhury

5. “Yoga literally means union, to obliterate the boundaries of individuality. Once you obliterate the basic number – one, that is me – million, billion or zillion means nothing, everything is a zero.” Sadhguru

6. “Yoga means union, in all its significances and dimensions.” — Indra Devi

7. “Yoga is to find union – between mind and body, between the individual and her God, between our thoughts and the source of our thoughts, between teacher and student.” Elizabeth Gilbert

a woman meditating with the sun shining through her chest

7 Yoga Quotes On Peace

1. ”When you find peace within yourself, you become the kind of person who can live at peace with others.”  Peace Pilgrim

2. ”Inner peace begins the moment you choose not to allow another person or event to control your emotions.”  Pema Chodron

3. “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.” Patañjali

4. ”For those wounded by civilization, yoga is the most healing salve.”  T. Guillemets

5. “All kidding aside, if everyone did yoga, we would have world peace.” — Rory Freedman

6. “Yoga allows you to find an inner peace that is not ruffled and riled by the endless stresses and struggles of life.” — B.K.S. Iyengar

7. “Yoga is the golden key that unlocks the door to peace, tranquility, and joy.”  B. K. S. Iyengar

a woman doing a restful, restorative yoga practice with a yoga bolster

8 Yoga Quotes On The Breath

1. “Breath is your link to life; the direct connection to your spirit.”  Konah Gordon

2. “If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.”  Dr. Amit Ray

3. “…what is essential in the practice of yoga is the breath because each pose, each movement, originates from there.” ― T.K.V. Desikachar

4. ”When the breath control is correct, mind control is possible.”―  Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois

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

6. “When the breath wanders, the mind is also unsteady. But when the breath is calmed, the mind too will be still.”  Hatha Yoga Pradipika

7. “I am never alone wherever I am. The air itself supplies me with a century of love. When I breathe in, I am breathing in the laughter, tears, victories, passions, thoughts, memories, existence, joys, moments, and the hues of the sunlight on many tones of skin; I am breathing in the same air that was exhaled by many before me. The air that bore them life. And so how can I ever say that I am alone?” C. JoyBell C.

8. “Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths.”  Etty Hillesum

a woman doing a yoga stretch on a decking in front of a body of water

7 Yoga Quotes On Yoga Off The Mat

1. ”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

2. ”To perform every action artfully is yoga.”  Swami Kripalu

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

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

5. ”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

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

7. “Doing anything with attention to how you feel is doing yoga.” Jean Couch

a man meditating in a grassy field

13 Yoga Quotes On Meditation

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

2. “Yoga is the settling of the mind into silence.” Patanjali

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

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

5. ”Through sustained focus and meditation on our patterns, habits, and conditioning, we gain knowledge and understanding of our past and how we can change the patterns that aren’t serving us to live more freely and fully.”  Yoga Sutra

6. “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

7. ”The gift of learning to meditate is the greatest gift you can give yourself in this lifetime.” — Sogyal Rinpoche

8. ”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

9. ”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

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

11. ”Yoga is the stilling of the changing states of the mind.” —  Patanjali, The Yoga Sutras

12. ”Yoga reveals to you the beauty of mindfulness and takes you into the essence of an endless present moment.” — Debasish Mridha

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

Inspired by the wisdom?

Why not learn a little about the lives and teachings of the many gurus who have come before us, from Ramana Maharshi to Tirumalai Krishnamacharya to Yogananda.

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Maria Andrews is a 200h Registered Yoga Teacher, long distance runner, and adventure lover.

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