Sometimes all we need are illustrating statements. Through yoga quotes, passages and phrases we learn about the knowledge and life experience of the many wise people who have lived before us. Quotes motivate us; they inspire and encourage us. They can even change us, or at least our current state of mind. Thus, we looked back into history and have collected quotes that will awaken in you different perspectives that bring depth to the surface of things.

The best signs of success are a decreasing of self-centeredness and the easing of mental afflictions.Gampopa

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

Proper effort is not the effort to make something particular happen. It is the effort to be aware and awake each moment.Ajahn Chah

Yoga is the practice of quieting the mind.Patanjali

The non-created, self-radiant wisdom being actionless, immaculate, and transcendent over acceptance and rejection, is itself the perfect practice.Padmasambhava

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

Thoughts are mind-itself. If you wish to abandon them, they will increase. Since they are unborn, they should not be rejected.Gampopa

Only one book is worth reading, the heart.Ajahn Chah

Grant your blessing so that my mind may become one with the dharma. Grant your blessing so that the dharma may go along the path. Grant your blessing so that the dharma may clarify confusion. Grant your blessing so that confusion may dawn as wisdom.Gampopa

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

When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.Tenzin Gyatso

A hundred things may be explained, a thousand told, But one thing only should you grasp. Know one thing and everything is freed – Remain within your inner nature, your awareness.Padmasambhava

To be a meditator doesn’t simply mean to live in a cave; it means to train oneself in the true meaning [of the natural state].Padmasambhava

The true Way is sublime. It can’t be expressed in language. Of what use are scriptures?  But someone who sees his own nature finds the Way, even if he can’t read a word.

Just know what is happening in your mind: not happy or sad about it, not attached. If you suffer, see it, know it and be empty.

Know and watch your heart. It’s pure but emotions come to colour it.Ajahn Chah

Within the body there are billions of different particles. Similarly, there are many different thoughts and a variety of states of mind. It is wise to take a close look into the world of your mind and to make the distinction between beneficial and harmful states of mind. Once you can recognize the value of good states of mind, you can increase or foster them.Tenzin Gyatso

Become the person of no rank. Become the noble soul, and live in this awakened way, not imitating anyone. Whatever the circumstances your life asks of you, respond to them in your own individual Zen-spirited way.Sherry Chayat

Practicing yoga and learning about yourself is like entering a big dark room and turning the lights on one by one. People want instant transformation. Yoga is not for these people. It is for people who are patient and willing to work hard to overcome their limitations.Swami Niranjanananda

Having lots of money while not having inner peace is like dying of thirst while bathing in the ocean.Paramahansa Yogananda

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

Any belief, whatever it is, is counterproductive in the context of the practice of yoga. One holds a belief instead of knowing. For example, you wouldn’t say you believe in your right ear, since you know your ear, no belief is required. Believing always excludes knowing. When jnana (supreme knowledge) comes through the practice of yoga, you will know. Do not be satisfied with believing.Gregor Maehle

Be at least as interested in what goes on inside you as what happens outside. If you get the inside right, the outside will fall into place.Eckhart Tolle

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

If you love a flower, don’t pick it up. Because if you pick it up it dies and it ceases to be what you love. So if you love a flower, let it be. Love is not about possession. Love is about appreciation.Osho


 Which of these life and yoga quotes is your favorite?

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