Words can be awfully inspiring!
Yes, many of us get our daily yoga inspiration from amazing yoga photos across social media. However, a few powerful yoga quotes can also help move us to action. Of course, just like photos, there are many yoga quotes.
Hopefully you’ve found a few quotes that move your soul, but if you’re still looking, perhaps a few of our favorite yoga quotes will resonate.
Feel free to pass along your thoughts about what the quotes mean to you!
“Anyone who practices can obtain success in yoga but not one who is lazy. Constant practice alone is the secret of success.”
So, like so many things in life, yoga becomes better with practice and dedication.
This quote comes from a fifteenth-century Sanskrit manual on Hatha yoga called Pradipika.
“Inhale the future. Exhale the past.”
Any yoga teacher worth their salt will tell you that your breath is critical to your practice of yoga. Of course, learning to control your breath is also vital to everyday life situations as well. Having control of your breath is especially useful during meditation when the goal is to truly focus on the breath and achieve quiet. However, breath is also instrumental during flow, learning to breathe during the poses will make them much more attainable.
Naturally, in everyday life we all experience stress, sometimes to point that we lose control of our breath and breathe too quickly. So, as the quote states, slow the breath, inhale the future and let the past slip away with the exhale.
“Most people have no idea how good their body is designed to feel.”
This quote is a good reminder that many people probably don’t feel as wonderful as they could, with just a little effort. Yoga can make you realize two things very quickly, you’re not in as good of shape as you imagined, and it can provide a physical and mental rush that makes you feel better than ever.
For instance, my first yoga class left me bewildered. I was shocked at how challenging the simplest poses proved to be, it was way more than just meditating, but I felt great afterwards!
Chances are, if you start practicing yoga, you will be surprised at how good you can feel.
This quote is credited to Kevin Trudeau.
“Calming the mind is yoga. Not just standing on the head.”
This quote is a nice way to remember that yoga is also a spiritual and mental journey as well, it’s not just about standing on your head, doing handstands and building physical strength. It’s also about the mind!
In this current age of Instagram and selfies, it’s easy to get caught up in the photos of handstands, and beautiful poses, but try not to forget the mind. Yoga can also be used to calm the mind, find stillness and relaxation.
As a matter of fact, the entire purpose of the 8 Limbs of Yoga is to truly attain enlightenment or bliss. Actually, only one of the eight limbs are dedicated to the postures.
This quote is credited to Swami Satchidananda.
“Yoga is 99% practice and 1% theory”
It’s awfully easy to get caught up in the idea of winning. We all want to come out on top. Yoga can help keep us humble as it’s a perfect example of the art of practicing a skill. Even yogis who have practiced for decades will tell you they never escape the need to practice.
A yoga practice isn’t meant to be perfected, it’s meant to be practiced.
So, the next time you’re on your mat, remember this quote and focus on the art of practicing and try to escape the idea of competing.
This quote is credited to Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois.
“Yoga is the fountain of youth. You’re only as young as your spine is flexible.”
There’s no doubt that for many, yoga can provide amazing benefits to the back. Almost none of us are total strangers to back issues. Sooner or later, almost everyone experiences the frustration of back pain or injuries.
Spine flexibility not only protects us from back injuries, it also makes many everyday tasks easier. So, it’s no accident that some of the most popular yoga classes are focused on back related issues. Of course, if you’re considering yoga as way to help your back, check with your doctor beforehand.
Keep in mind, it’s not necessary to pursue those eye-popping deep backbends in order to gain benefits. There are many simple beginner levels yoga poses that can aid your back and spine.
This quote is credited to Bob Harper.
“The pose begins when you want to get out of it.”
Sometimes we need to remind ourselves not to escape the pose too soon. It doesn’t take long to realize that many yoga poses offer a challenge and the challenge heightens as you hold the pose longer. However, the challenge isn’t just physical, it’s also mental.
When we want to get out of the pose, we need to fall back on the mind and our breath. If you can control your breath, you have a better chance of clearing the mind and finding focus.
The next time you’re ready to leave a pose, think of this quote and remember that maybe this is where the real pose begins.
Of course, never force yourself past your limits and listen to your body, find a balance.
This quote is credited to Baron Baptiste.