200+ Yoga Quotes – Inspirational Quotes About Yoga

(Last Updated On: January 28, 2024)

Welcome to a world of inspiration and tranquility with our collection of Best Yoga Quotes. Discover the knowledge that has helped countless people on their yogic path.

These motivational yoga quotes capture this age-old discipline’s profound core and speak to newcomers and seasoned practitioners. People turn to these quotes in a hectic world as solace, finding strength and inner peace. These timeless words offer more than motivation; they guide self-discovery, encouraging individuals to embrace challenges and cultivate mindfulness.

Join us as we explore the significance of these yoga quotes and discover why they serve as beloved guides on the road to wellness.

Best Yoga Quotes

Yoga begins right where I am, not where I was yesterday or where I long to be. – Linda Sparrowe


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

All I’m saying is that to liberate the potential of your mind, body and soul, you must first expand your imagination. You see, things are always created twice: first in the workshop of the mind and then, and only then, in reality. I call this process ‘blueprinting’ because anything you create in your outer world began as a simple blueprint in your inner world. – Robin Sharma


Yoga is the unifying art of transforming dharma into action, be it through inspired thought, properly nurturing our children, a painting, a kindness, or an act of peace that forever moves humanity forward. — Micheline Berry


When this body has been so magnificently and artistically created by God, it is only fitting that we should maintain it in good health and harmony by the most excellent and artistic science of Yoga. – Geeta Iyengar


Yoga is 99% Practice & 1% theory. – Sri K. Pattabhi Jois


Don’t move the way fear makes you move. Move the way love makes you move. Move the way joy makes you move. – Osho


Silence is not silent.  Silence speaks  It speaks most eloquently.  Silence is not still.  Silence leads.  It leads most perfectly. – Sri Chinmoy

The most important pieces of equipment you need for doing yoga are your body and your mind. –Rodney Yee


If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.  – Booker T. Washington


Anyone who practices can obtain success in yoga but not one who is lazy.  Constant practice alone is the secret of success. – Hatha Yoga Pradipika


An attitude of gratitude brings great things. – Yogi Bhajan


All things in the universe are of divine origin and deserve to be loved; it has, however, to be borne in mind that the love of the whole includes the love of the parts. ― Swami Vivekananda


If you can control the rising of the mind into ripples, you will experience yoga. ― Patanjali


Every shortcut is an illusion. –T.K.S Desikachar

I have been a seeker and I still am, but I stopped asking the books and the stars. I started listening to the teaching of my Soul. – Rumi


When you inhale, you are taking the strength from God. When you exhale, it represents the service you are giving to the world. – B.K.S. Iyengar


I don’t do yoga to look good. I do it to feel good. And then you look good in the end. — Lea Michele


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


In the beginning, there was Desire, which was the first seed of mind. — The Rig Veda


Through the practices of yoga, we discover that concern for the happiness and well being of others, including animals, must be an essential part of our own quest for happiness and well being. The fork can be a powerful weapon of mass destruction or a tool to create peace on Earth. – Sharon Gannon

Yoga is not a religion. It is a science, a science of well-being, a science of youthfulness, a science of integrating body, mind and soul. – Amit Ray


Before, if I’d had a stressful day, I’d go to meet my friends in the pub and have a moan. Now I go to yoga. –  Caroline Flack


Yoga is really the art of waking up. Getting back to the true you. It can be that simple. – ADRIENE MISHLER


Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self. – The Bhagavad Gita


The harmonizing of opposing forces is a key aspect of yoga — hot energy is united with a cool energy, strong with soft, and masculine with feminine. – Tara Fraser


Yoga does not transform the way we see things; it transforms the person who sees. – B.K.S. Iyengar


Yoga is a skill in action.-  The Bhagavad Gita

Yoga is the ultimate practice. It simultaneously stimulates our inner light and quiets our overactive minds. It is both energy and rest. Yin and Yang. We feel the burn and find our bliss. — Elise Joan


Exercises are like prose, whereas yoga is the poetry of movements. Once you understand the grammar of yoga; you can write your poetry of movements. ― Amit Ray


Meditation is a way for nourishing and blossoming the divinity within you. ― Amit Ray


Yoga is the fountain of youth. You’re only as young as your spine is flexible. – Bob Harper


The body benefits from movement, and the mind benefits from stillness. – Sakyong Mipham


If you seek peace, be still. If you seek wisdom, be silent. If you seek love, be yourself. – Becca Lee


Change is not something that we should fear. Rather, it is something that we should welcome. For without change, nothing in this world would ever grow or blossom and no one in this world would ever move forward to become the person they’re meant to be. – B.K.S Iyengar

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


The true miracle lies in our eagerness to allow, appreciate, and honor the uniqueness, and freedom of each sentient being to sing the song of their heart.― Amit Ray


Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths. – Etty Hittlesum


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


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


The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.. ― SOCRATES


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

I offer you peace. I offer you love. I offer you friendship. I see your beauty. I hear your need. I feel your feelings. My wisdom flows from the Highest Source. I salute that Source in you. Let us work together for unity and love. –  Gandhi


Through practice, I’ve come to see that the deepest source of my misery is not wanting things to be the way they are. Not wanting myself to be the way I am. Not wanting the world to be the way it is. Not wanting others to be the way they are. Whenever I’m suffering, I find this war with reality to be at the heart of the problem. – Stephen Cope


Yoga is not gymnastics or a competition. The goal is not to achieve an outwardly perfect form through excessive ambition but rather to experience your own spirituality and the interaction of body and mind in each pose. – Athanasios Karta Singh


The yoga mat is a good place to turn when talk therapy and antidepressants aren’t enough. – Amy Weintraub


We all wish for world peace, but world peace will never be achieved unless we first establish peace within our own minds. ― Geshe Kelsang Gyatso


You are the sky, everything else is just the weather. – Pema Chodron


When we do yoga, we put controlled stress on ourselves so that we can learn how to react to the stresses of life. – Leslie Kaminoff

Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much. – Helen Keller


Do your practice and all is coming . – Sri K Patthabi Jois


Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. – Marcel Proust


You are loved just for being who you are, just for existing. You don’t have to do anything to earn it. Your shortcomings, your lack of self-esteem, physical perfection, or social and economic success—none of that matters. No one can take this love away from you, and it will always be here. ― Ram Dass


Perform every action with your heart fixed on the Supreme Lord. Renounce attachment to the fruits. Be even-tempered in success and failure: for it is this evenness of temper which is meant by yoga. ― The Bhagavad Gita


Love begets courage, moderation creates abundance and humility generates power. Courage without love is brutish. Abundance without moderation leads to over-indulgence and decay. Power without humility breeds arrogance and tyranny. – B.K.S Iyengar


Wisdom is knowing we are all One. Love is what it feels like and Compassion is what it acts like. – Ethan Walker III

Yoga is the practice of quieting the mind. – Patanjali


Yoga kind of helps you prepare for everything, honestly. It’s like meditation. It allows anything that’s coming at you at the end of the day to be doable. —Jennifer Aniston


The hardness of a diamond is part of its usefulness, but its true value is in the light that shines through it. –  B.K.S. Iyengar


The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you. Don’t go back to sleep. — Jalaluddin Rumi


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


For me, yoga is not just a workout – it’s about working on yourself. – Mary Glover


People on a spiritual path – personal growth, spiritual practice, recovery, yoga and so forth – are the last people who should be sitting out the social and political issues of our day. – Marianne Williamson


Just teaching the physical aspect of yoga is like having a stillborn baby. It is not only inefficient; it is a tragedy. – SADHGURU

You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you, none can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul. – SWAMI VIVEKANANDA


Yoga takes us to the present moment, the only place where life exists. – Ellen Brenneman


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


In truth, Yoga doesn’t take time – it gives time. – Ganga White


The nature of yoga is to shine the light of awareness into the darkest corners of the body. — Jason Crandell


Yoga does not start or end on your mat, but is present in every breath you take. ― Evita Ochel


PTSD is a whole-body tragedy, an integral human event of enormous proportions with massive repercussions. ― Susan Pease Banitt


Yoga is the dance of every cell with the music of every breath that creates inner serenity and harmony. – Debasish Mridha

Yoga begins with listening. When we listen, we are giving space to what is. – Richard Freeman


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


There is always room for change, but you have to be open to that change. – Kathryn Budig


Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind. — DR. SEUSS


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


Surrender to Yoga, for where, is the conflict when the truth is known. – Sri T.Krishnamacharya


I had discovered something; there was a pleasure in becoming something new. You could 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


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

The quality of our breath expresses our inner feelings. ― T.K.V. Desikachar


Remember, it doesn’t matter how deep into a posture you go. What does matter is who you are when you get there. – Max Storm


One becomes firmly established in practice only after attending to it for a long time, without interruption and with an attitude of devotion. – Yoga Sutra I.14


A person experiences life as something separated from the rest – a kind of optical delusion of consciousness. Our task must be to free ourselves from this self-imposed prison, and through compassion, to find the reality of Oneness. – ALBERT EINSTEIN


Yoga involves a lot more than just striking poses. Traditional yoga has eight parts (angas or limbs). There are four practices and four experiences for which one should strive. — Regan Gurung


The yogi will tell you that you feel and look as young as your spine is elastic. – Richard Hittleman


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


Have only love in your heart for others. The more you see the good in them, the more you will establish well in yourself… – Paramahansa Yogananda


What we want out of yoga is ourselves, not something better than ourselves. – Douglas Brooks

If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.  – Isaac Newton


Yoga is not about touching your toes, it’s about what you learn on the way down. – Judith Lasate


Reflect upon your present moment blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes of which all men have some. – Charles Dickens


Find the love you seek, by first finding the love within yourself. Learn to rest in that place within you that is your true home. ― Sri Sri Ravi Shankar


Through selfless service, you will always be fruitful and find the fulfillment of your desires. ― The Bhagavad Gita


The less you open your heart to others, the more your heart suffers.  – Deepak Chopra


I have chosen to be happy because it‘s good for my health. – Voltaire


Calming the mind is yoga. Not just standing on the head. – Swami Satchidananda


I’m on my way to (hot yoga) class. I hope I see people I know, but really I just want my body to be as top as my mind. —Tiffany Haddish

The peace of God is with them whose mind and souls are in harmony, who are free from desire and wrath, who know their own soul. – Bhagavad Gita


There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called yesterday and the other is called tomorrow; so today is the right day to love, believe, do and mostly live. — DALAI LAMA


A photographer gets people to pose for him. A yoga instructor gets people to pose for themselves. – T. Guillemets


Yoga does not remove us from the reality or responsibilities of everyday life but rather places our feet firmly and resolutely in the practical ground of experience. We don’t transcend our lives; we return to the life we left behind in the hopes of something better. – Donna Farhi


I do yoga, I do Bikram and I run, and I eat really healthy. – Lady Gaga


This, then, is the first definition of yoga: walking through the fire of refusing our first reactions, knowing that while we might not choose our circumstances, we can choose our responses to them. – SWAMI AMBIKANANDA SARASWATI


The asanas are useful maps to explore yourself, but they are not the territory.  – Donna Farhi


Yoga is about clearing away whatever is in us that prevents our living in the most full and whole way. – Cybele Tomlinson


Yoga is not about what you do. It is about how you do it. – Adriene Mishler

Yoga teaches you how to listen to your body. – Mariel Hemingway


Yoga is not a work-out; it is a work-in. And this is the point of spiritual practice, to make us teachable, to open up our hearts, and focus our awareness so that we can know what we already know and be who we already are. — Rolf Gates


There is more ability to meditate in a rabbit than in one thousand Buddhists. ― Daniel Marques


I like the posture, but not the yoga. I like the inebriated morning, but not the opium. I like the flower but not the garden, the moment but not the dream. Quiet, my love. Be still. I am sleeping. ― Roman Payne


Yoga is not only a process of the integration of the soul, mind, and body for self-improvement, it is a process of self -realization and self -acceptance. – Debasish Mridha


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


Most people have no idea how good their body is designed to feel. – Kevin Trudeau


Yoga is invigoration in relaxation. Freedom in routine. Confidence through self-control. The energy within and energy without. – Ymber Delecto


First, have a definite, clear practical ideal; a goal, an objective. Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends; wisdom, money, materials, and methods. Third, adjust all your means to that end. — ARISTOTLE

Take care of your body, it’s the only place you have to live. –  Jim Rohn


You either get bitter or get better. It’s that simple. You either take what has been dealt to you and allow it to make you a better person, or you allow it to tear you down. The choice does not belong to fate, it belongs to you. – Josh Shipp


Change only happens in the present moment. The past is already done. The future is just energy and intention.  ― Kino MacGregor


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


Peace cannot be kept by force it can be achieved by understanding. ― Albert Einstein


Yoga is a way of moving into stillness in order to experience the truth of who you are. – Erich Schiffmann


Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built. – Rumi


Your hand opens and closes and opens and closes. If it were always a fist or always stretched open, you would be paralyzed. Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding, the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated as bird wings. – Rumi


There are many different schools of yoga and also several different aspects, including postures, breathing exercises, and meditation ….yoga can be practiced by people of all shapes and sizes. — Nancy Hine

By embracing your mother wound as your yoga, you transform what has been a hindrance in your life into a teacher of the heart. – Phillip Moffitt


Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without. ― Gautama Buddha


Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength while loving someone deeply gives you courage. – Lao Tzu


Whatever you do in life, yoga shows you how to do it better. – Chuck Miller


The whole is other than the sum of the parts.  – Kurt Koffka


Knowing others is intelligence.  Knowing yourself is true wisdom. – Lao Tse


Wear gratitude like a cloak and it will feed every corner of your life.  –  Rumi


We don’t set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people’s hearts. ― Pema Chodron


Yoga is the science to be in the here and now. ― Osho


The mind is everything. What you think you become.  – Buddha​

Our bodies are our gardens—our wills are our gardeners. –  SHAKESPEARE


The word yoga comes from Sanskrit, the language of ancient India. It means union, integration, or wholeness. It is an approach to health that promotes the harmonious collaboration of the human being’s three components: body, mind, and spirit. –Stella Weller


I have a hard time sitting still. I can be all over the map. Yoga has given me the ability to be more focused and make better decisions that come from a clear place. —Adam Levine


One of the fundamental principles of yoga: a small action done repeatedly can make an enormous difference. –  Dr. Timothy McCall


As all the towering trees do not bear fruits until their due season, one’s tireless efforts won’t be successful until the time of fortune arrives. — Saint Avvaiyar


Yoga has a sly, clever way of short-circuiting the mental patterns that cause anxiety. – Baxter Bell


All unimportant matters drop off you in ragdoll pose. Very few things are genuinely important. The Truth sways before you. – Terri Guillemets


I always say I should do more yoga. Or do yoga – more would mean I do some. I’ve done none. But I always want to do yoga because I’m getting old. Nerves are getting pinched every other day, and I really just gotta get more limber. – Chris Evans

Yoga is ideal for calming the mind and harmonizing with nature. Plus, since this meditation consists of listening to what’s taking place in the instant, it brings the mind into the present, where the body resides, producing unification of mind and body. – H. E. DAVEY


You are what you want to become. Why search anymore? You are a wonderful manifestation. The whole universe has come together to make your existence possible. There is nothing that is not you. -Thich Nhat Hanh


The practice of Yoga brings us face to face with the extraordinary complexity of our own being.  – Sri Aurobindo


Without proper breathing, yoga postures are nothing more than calisthenics. – Rachel Schaeffer


When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. – Lao Tzu


I think it’s interesting that the opposite of being active in yoga is not being passive. It’s being receptive. — Cyndi Lee


Breath is life. ― Gudjon Bergmann


When you catch yourself slipping into a pool of negativity, notice how it derives from nothing other than resistance to the current situation. ― Donna Quesada


[It] is important not to abandon the practice [of yoga]because we believe it is driven by the wrong motivation. The practice of yoga itself transforms. Yoga has a magical quality. – Ravi Ravindra

Once you’re in touch with the life force around us, it’s natural to want to help keep it around. – Adi Carter


Let your practice be a celebration of life. – Seido lee deBarros


Yoga is not about tightening your ass.  It’s about getting your head out of it. – Eric Paskel


Success is going from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm. — Winston Churchill


The only way to do great work is to love what you do. — Steve Jobs


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


It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles… –  Buddha


Learning to be present with yourself and to abide in that which is steady and comfortable does not allow space for self-judgment. When you live this way, you are practicing yoga: you are living fully. ― Judith Hanson Lasater


Balancing in yoga and life is a reflection of our inner state. ― Shiva Rea


Without peace, all other dreams vanish and are reduced to ashes. ― Jawaharlal Nehru


All kidding aside, if everyone did yoga, we would have world peace. – Rory Freedman

Everyone can do Ashtanga. Except for lazy people. –  Sharath Jois


Yoga is like an ocean of wisdom, but we have to go inside to see the beauty of it. An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of theory. — Sharath Rangaswamy


I would like for people to realize that yoga is not about touching your toes. – Gary Kraftsow


Yoga is not about self-improvement, it’s about self-acceptance. ― Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa


For every beauty, there is an eye somewhere to see it. For every truth, there is an ear somewhere to hear it. For every love, there is a heart somewhere to receive it. – Ivan Panin


You are not responsible for the programming you picked up in childhood. However, as an adult, you are one hundred percent responsible for fixing it. – Ken Keyes Jr.


Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment.  – Mahatma Gandhi


They must change often, who would be constant in happiness. – Confucius


You open the door through gratitude. – Deepak Chopra


As soon as you honor the present moment, all unhappiness and struggle dissolve, and life begins to flow with joy and ease. When you act out the present-moment awareness, whatever you do becomes imbued with a sense of quality, care, and love – even the most simple action. ― Eckhart Tolle


A certain darkness is needed to see the stars. ― Osho


Wellness is a connection of paths: knowledge and action. – Joshua Welch


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


Doing yoga five times a week has transformed my body. I love being toned and having muscle; it’s so sexy and beautiful. And I owe it 100 percent to yoga. —Kaley Cuoco


If I’m losing balance in a pose, I stretch higher and God reaches down to steady me. It works every time, and not just in yoga. – Terri Guillemets


Sun salutations can energize and warm you, even on the darkest, coldest winter day. – Carol Krucoff


Tree pose grows confidence. It roots me in this world. – Terri Guillemets


I wanted to get really fit. I wanted to lose some weight. So I’ve been doing Pilates and yoga, trying to lean out my body so I won’t be bulky. – Serena Williams


If you work on yoga, yoga will work on you. – BABA HARI DASS


That’s exactly how it is in yoga. The places where you have the most resistance are actually the places that are going to be the areas of the greatest liberation.  – Rodney Yee


In our uniquely human capacity of connecting movement with breath and spiritual meaning, yoga is born. – Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa


It is health that is the real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver. – MAHATMA GANDHI


Yoga teaches me to be patient and keep practicing. It all happens when the body learns to keep the right balance, with the right strength when the mind learns to be calm in the most uncomfortable position and breath is constant. ― Purvi Raniga


Compassion is all-inclusive. Compassion knows no boundaries. Compassion comes with awareness, and awareness breaks all narrow territories. ― Amit Ray


To the yogi, all experience is seen as one, as a means to help him cultivate devotion. All experiences have equal meaning and value. – Prem Prakash


To perform every action artfully is yoga. – Swami Kripalu


The body is not stiff. The mind is stiff. ―  Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois


The pose begins when you want to get out of it. –Baron Baptiste


There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self. — Aldous Huxley


Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing. – MOTHER TERESA


Live quietly in the moment and see the beauty of all before you. The future will take care of itself… Paramhansa Yogananda


Yoga practice can make us more and more sensitive to subtler and subtler sensations in the body. Paying attention to and staying with finer and finer sensations within the body is one of the surest ways to steady the wandering mind. ― Ravi Ravindra


Chasing after the world brings chaos. Allowing it all to come to me, brings peace. ― Zen Gatha


The reward for doing yoga well is simple, you get to do a better job at living a fulfilling life. – Randal Williams


Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom. –  Viktor E. Frankl


I do yoga so that I can stay flexible enough to kick my own arse if necessary. – Betsy Cañas Garmon


Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion. – Rumi


Love is when you meet someone who tells you something new about yourself. – Andre Breton


Every cell in our body suffers or grows, receives a life impulse or a death impulse, from every thought that enters the mind. You tend to grow into the image of the thing you think about most. – Swami Sivananda


Teamwork is connected with independence.   – David Cottrell


One doesn’t become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious. The latter procedure, however, is disagreeable, and therefore not popular. – Carl Gustav Jung


So, go ahead. Fall down. The world looks different from the ground.  –  Oprah Winfrey


A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book. – Irish Proverb


Thus meditating you will no longer strive to build yourself up in your prejudices, but, forgetting self, you will remember only that you are seeking the Truth. – JAMES ALLEN

Incorporating the wisdom of the Best Yoga Quotes into your journey can foster inner peace and strength. Let these inspirational quotes about yoga remind you to stay mindful, embrace challenges, and nurture self-discovery. With the guidance of these quotes, your yoga practice can become a transformative and uplifting experience.

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