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Inspirational Yoga Quotes and Reflections

Updated on July 1, 2019
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Sarah is a yoga teacher, custom framer, babysitter, and artist. She loves painting and spending time with her rat, gerbil, and hamster.

The Power of Words

Words are very powerful. Even a simple phrase can uplift, inspire, and positively impact ones mental state. When we read or hear something that connects with us, it sends a beautiful rippling effect throughout the mind and body, allowing us to experience inner calm and wonder. Yoga is also a practice that can induce these same sensations and experiences. Read through the following quotes and passages and allow them to transport you to higher levels of calm and consciousness. You may wish to incorporate any words that really spark something in you into your own yoga practice or simply at the start of your day. Enjoy and see what comes up in your personal experience.

Yoga is not just repetation of few postures - it is more about the exploration and discovery of the subtle energies of life.
Amit Ray

Why they always look so serious in Yoga? You make serious face like this, you scare away good energy. To meditate, only you must smile. Smile with face, smile with mind, and good energy will come to you and clean away dirty energy. Even smile in your liver. Practice tonight at hotel. Not to hurry, not to try too hard. Too serious, you make you sick. You can calling the good energy with a smile.
(From Ketut Liyer, the Balinese healer)
Elizabeth Gilbert

With the most corrupt person, you can be honest; with the most angry person, you can be cool; and with the most insulting person, you can be graceful. If the balance of your personality and your sensitivity can remain under your control and your projection, you have learned the art of living.

Yogi Bhajan

Yoga is the space where flower blossoms.
Amit Ray

I had discovered something; there was a pleasure in becoming something new. You could will yourself into a fresh shape. Now all I had to do was figure out how to do it out there, in my life.
Claire Dederer

Don't be a reflection of your depression, your dark, or your ugly. Reflect what you want. Your light, your beauty, & your strength. Aspire for greatness - reflect who you are; not which deficits you maintain. Showcase the hidden treasures.
Tiffany Luard

When you listen to yourself, everything comes naturally. It comes from inside, like a kind of will to do something. Try to be sensitive. That is yoga.
Petri Räisänen

As I explore the wilderness of my own body, I see that I am made of blood and bones, sunlight and water, pesticide residues and redwood humus, the fears and dreams of generations of ancestors, particles of exploded stars.
Anne Cushman

Crying is one of the highest devotional songs. One who knows crying, knows spiritual practice. If you can cry with a pure heart, nothing else compares to such a prayer. Crying includes all the principles of Yoga.

Kripalvanandji

Do you use text (quotes, poetry, stories, scripture, etc) as a part of your yoga practice?

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