25 Quotes to Inspire Your Yoga Practice

If you’re looking for some inspiration to get on the mat, a reminder of why we practice Yoga or some ideas for your own lesson planning / intention setting then here are some of my absolute favourite quotes!

Inspirational Yoga Quote
“The nature of Yoga is to shine the light of awareness into the darkest corners of the body.” Jason Crandell

“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

“Whatever it is that drags and dims your life force has to die. Whatever you cannot transform, you must either form a new relationship with or shed. That’s my bottom line: evolve or die.” Ana Forrest

“There is a strength that comes from being willing to sit with discomfort, and that’s really the essence of Yoga practice is whatever comes up you are with it, you welcome it. It’s not that you WANT it to be happening and are like woo hoo I’m having such a hard time at the moment. But it is happening, it’s revealing itself, it’s how things are. It’s how it is so you greet the moment fully.” Jo Tastula

“In truth, it matters less what we do in practice than how we do it and why we do it. The same posture, the same sequence, the same meditation with a different intention takes on an entirely new meaning and will have entirely different outcomes.” Donna Farhi

“Good yogis are not perfect human beings but people who have recognised their patterns of suffering and are putting energy into breaking through those patterns.” Nanda Peek

“What yoga philosophy and all the great Buddhist teachings tells us is that solidity is a creation of the ordinary mind and that there never was anything permanent to begin with that we could hold on to. Life would be much easier and substantially less painful if we lived with the knowledge of impermanence as the only constant.” Donna Farhi

“Yoga is about clearing away whatever is in us that prevents our living in the most full and whole way. With yoga, we become aware of how and where we are restricted — in body, mind, and heart — and how gradually to open and release these blockages. As these blockages are cleared, our energy is freed. We start to feel more harmonious, more at one with ourselves. Our lives begin to flow — or we begin to flow more in our lives.” Cybele Tomlinson

“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

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

Inspirational Yoga Quote
“Do not worry that your life is turning upside down. How do you know that the side you are used to is better than the one to come?” Rumi

“Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray.” Rumi

“The nonpermanent appearance of happiness and distress, and their disappearance in due course, are like the appearance and disappearance of winter and summer seasons. They arise from sense perception, and one must learn to tolerate them without being disturbed.” The Bhagavad Gita

Inspirational Yoga Quote
“Meditation practice isn’t about trying to throw ourselves away and become something better. It’s about befriending who we are.” Ani Pema Chodron

“Put on the music and dance now. Your unrestricted, luscious, rich joy serves not only you but the planet. So move those lower chakras, open your heart, and let your life force express itself like the most succulent, juicy fruit, the most redolent and colourful flower, or the loudest and most raucous song. After that, make a commitment to getting rid of all the old emotional toxins that have become stuck inside you so you can live freely and agelessly.” Christiane Northrup

“Every time you don’t follow your inner guidance, you feel a loss of energy, loss of power, a sense of spiritual deadness.” Shakti Gawain

“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

“Change is not only inevitable, but always happening. When you truly embrace this concept of change being constant, the only thing left to do is grow, detach, venture inwards, touch the spirit and find your source — the one responsible for keeping you grounded through the ever-changing seasons of life.” Julie Weiland

“Yoga is like music: the rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind, and the harmony of the soul create the symphony of life.” B.K.S Iyengar

Inspirational Yoga Quote
“Yoga is a dance between control and surrender, between pushing and letting go, and when to push and let go becomes part of the creative process, part of the open-ended exploration of your well-being.” Joel Kramer

“The natural tendency is just to run away when things get tough but the practice of Ashtanga Yoga teaches you how to find your way gracefully through whatever obstacles may arise in your life experience. It just might be a bumpy ride for a little while. Your job is to stay the course and use sound anatomical alignment, deep breathing, and a courageous heart to follow the path.” Kino mcgregor

“The fact that life is a mixture of happiness and sorrow cannot become untrue. It should be so, otherwise life has no meaning…Yoga makes one face both happiness and sorrow with equanimity.” Geeta S. Iyengar

“Yoga gives serenity and composure, an inward unity amidst the diverse struggles of life.” Geeta S. Iyengar

Rachel Brathen Yoga Quote
“The yoga pose is not the goal. Becoming flexible is not the goal. Standing on your hands is not the goal. The goal is to create space where you were once stuck. To unveil the layers of protection you’ve built around your heart. To appreciate your body and become aware of the mind and the noise it creates. To make peace with who you are. The goal is to love, well… You. Come to your yoga mat to feel; not to accomplish. Shift your focus and your heart will grow.” Rachel Brathen
“It was when I stopped searching for home within others and lifted the foundations of home within myself I found there were no roots more intimate than those between a mind and body that have decided to be whole.” Rupi Kaur

With thanks and gratitude to all these wonderful Yogis & Yoginis for their inspiring words on Yoga practice! Plus thanks to poet Rupi Kaur whose poem I ended on, which can be used to beautifully illustrate the union of mind, body and soul experienced through Yoga. Feel free to share the images or comment to add to this list with your own favourite quotes : )



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