I love quotes. Especially those insightful quotes that make me think about things in a new way. As a writer, I always appreciate that so much can be expressed through so few words. As a yoga student, I appreciate how one little nugget of wisdom can inspire me and motivate my asana and meditation practice for weeks–and sometimes longer.
I come back to my favorite quotes about yoga whenever I need a quick reminder of the depth and power of the practice. I meditate on these quotes. I develop asana sequences around their themes. Since I’ve drawn so much insight from the following quotes, I thought others might, too.
Here are five of my favorites.
“This yoga should be practiced with firm determination and perseverance, without any mental reservation or doubts.” – Bhagavad Gita
“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
“A photographer gets people to pose for him. A yoga instructor gets people to pose for themselves.” — T. Guillemets
“Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; for it becomes your destiny.” – Upanishads
“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