We owe it to ourselves to practice as much as possible both on and off the mat. Yoga pushes our boundaries of flexibility, balance, and strength, physically and emotionally. On an even deeper level, it cultivates awareness, patience, humility, and compassion. And spiritually, it ultimately leads us to divine bliss. But sometimes, yoga challenges us in every conceivable way. Check these 108 yoga quotes for inspiration and motivation.

When the easy thing to do is walk away, the masters would tell us that a great challenge presents an even greater opportunity. If you are feeling discouraged or lost, look to the wise. Their words reflect their own unique experiences, yet the messages are always universal. Yoga represents the profound interconnectedness between us all. With these quotes, remind yourself why you practice, and channel that vision into what you do every day. To truly do yoga is to fully embrace the present moment with compassion. So, what are you waiting for? Take it to the mat!


These quotes about yoga practice and yoga philosophy will inspire you to be a more authentic yogi.

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

That’s why it’s called a practice. We have to practice a practice if it is to be of value.
Allan Lokos

Yoga will always be transformational, even when it stops being cool.
Victoria Moran

To perform every action artfully is yoga.
Swami Kripalu

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

Yoga will always be transformational, even when it stops being cool.Victoria Moran

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

To perform every action artfully is yoga.Swami Kripalu

Yoga is the perfect vehicle for change of yourself. First by creating a strong and powerful body and mind. It is a starting point from which you can begin to realize your human spirit.Bikram Choudhury

The breath is the key to unlocking your body’s potential.Baron Baptiste

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

Falling out of a posture means you are human; getting back into the posture means you are a yogi.Bikram Choudhury

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

Yoga is a lifestyle and not just a mere kind of exercise to stay fit and healthy. It is a science which unfolds the endless potentials of our mind and soul.Anamika Mishra

Letting go is the hardest asana.Unknown

Be soft in your practice. Think of the method as a fine silvery stream, not a raging waterfall.Sheng Yen

Do yoga in order to know what to do when you’re not doing yoga.Rod Stryker

You have to do something two hundred times before the fear will disperse.Ana Forrest

Yoga is the practice of tolerating the consequences of being yourself.Bhagavad Gita

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

Asanas performed with a deep sensitivity to the breath are ten times more beneficial than those without breath awareness.Swami Kripalu

What I love about yoga is that it permeates all of life. It teaches awareness and connection – it’s about developing relationships, both internally and externally.Shiva Rea

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

The posture becomes perfect, when the effort of achieving it vanishes.Yoga Bhashya

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

Yoga is the artwork of awareness on the canvas of body, mind, and soul.Amit Ray

Yoga does not ask you to be more than you are. But it does ask you to be all that you are.Bryan Kest

Yoga is the process of eliminating pain – pain from the body, mind and the society.Amit Ray

For me, my yoga practice is like putting a one in front of a lot of zeros. Without my practice, everything quickly becomes chaotic.MC Yogi

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

The attitude of gratitude is the highest yoga.Yogi Bhajan

It’s not your history but your presence on your mat that matters.Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois

Yoga is a way to freedom. By its constant practice, we can free ourselves from fear, anguish and loneliness.Indra Devi

A true yogi may remain dutifully in the world; there, he is like butter on water and not like the easily-diluted milk of unchurned and undisciplined humanity.Paramahansa Yogananda

Listen to your body and your practice will evolve.Sue Fuller

Yoga is the joining of our mind, body and spirit. It is like nature, everything is always recycled and brought full circle. I find that I can heal myself if I do what nature does. It’s taken away stress and has helped me through crisis.Tao Porchon-Lynch

Yoga does not change the way we see things, it transforms the person who sees.B.K.S. Iyengar

For those wounded by civilization, yoga is the most healing salve.T. Guillemets

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

Do your practice and all is coming.Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois

Yoga allows you to rediscover a sense of wholeness in your life, where you do not feel like you are constantly trying to fit broken pieces together.B.K.S. Iyengar

Yoga is a dance between control and surrender.Joel Kramer

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


Spirituality is a large component in yoga philosophy. Practicing a spiritual life can help you thrive in your relationships with yourself, your loved ones, and the Universe.

Do not feel lonely. The entire universe is inside of you.Rumi

Practice until you remember that you are love.Swami Sai Premananda

When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.Paulo Coehlo

Unconditional love really exists in each of us. It is part of our deep inner being.Ram Dass

Truly the wise proclaim that love is the only path, love is the only God, and love is the only scripture. Impress this verse upon your memory and repeat it constantly if you want to realize your dreams of growth.Swami Kripalu

Every person is a God in embryo. Its only desire is to be born.Deepak Chopra

Prana is more powerful than just about anything – food, exercise, skin creams, and Spanx.Danielle LaPorte

My body is my temple and asanas are my prayers.B.K.S. Iyengar

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

When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all of your thoughts break their bonds. Your mind transcends limitations; your consciousness expands in every direction; and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world.Patanjali

Ultimately spiritual awareness unfolds when you’re flexible, when you’re spontaneous, when you’re detached, when you’re easy on yourself and easy on others.Deepak Chopra

The root of suffering is attachment.Buddha

Your greatest awakening comes when you are aware about your infinite nature.Amit Ray

First of all, a soul is not something that you have. It is what you are.Jane Roberts

There is no greater power in Heaven or on Earth than pure, unconditional love. The nature of the God force, the unseen intelligence in all things, which causes the material world and is the center of both the spiritual and physical plane, is best described as pure, unconditional love.Wayne Dyer

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

What I’m looking for is not out there; it is in me.Helen Keller

You are eternally yourself. The rest is only a dream. This is why it is called awakening.Mooji

The soul always knows how to heal itself. The challenge is to silence the mind.Caroline Myss


The practice of meditation is foundational in any yoga practice. These words encourage you to be more mindful in all aspects of life.

The impurity of the mind and the purity of the mind is determined by the stillness of the mind.Bapuji

Remember, the entrance to the sanctuary is inside you.Rumi

Sleep is the best meditation.Dalai Lama

Your mind is the architect of your destiny.Rod Stryker

Meditation means dissolving the invisible walls that unawareness has built.Sadhguru

The thing about meditation is, you become more and more you.David Lynch

I meditate so that I can inundate my entire being with the omnipotent power of peace.Sri Chinmoy

Wisdom, yoga, and meditation are ways to avoid suffering which has not yet come.Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Begin again.Ancient Proverb

Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.Thich Nant Hanh

Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.Oprah Winfrey

Wherever you go, there you are.Jon Kabat Zinn

Master your breath, let the self be in bliss, contemplate on the sublime within you.T. Krishnamacharya

Be here now. Be someplace else later.David M. Bade

You cannot breathe deeply and worry at the same time. Breathe. Let the worry go. Breathe. Allow the love and intuition in.Sonia Choquette

The quieter you become, the more you can hear.Ram Dass

Breathing in, I calm body and mind. Breathing out, I smile. Dwelling in the present moment I know this is the only moment.Thich Naht Hanh

If you are quiet enough, you will hear the flow of the universe. You will feel its rhythm. Go with this flow. Happiness lies ahead. Meditation is key.Buddha

Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content.Helen Keller

Life Philosophy

These inspired thinkers and influencers outline many perspectives and paths on the road to enlightenment.

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.Alan Watts

One hundred year old trees still recycle themselves and come out with new flowers. Recycle yourself. Know that nature gives you the clues to living.Tao Porchon-Lynch

The word “happiness” would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness.Carl Jung

The truth needs so little rehearsal.Barbara Kingsolver

We have never arrived. We are in a constant state of becoming.Bob Dylan

Be Kind. For Everyone Is Fighting a Hard Battle.Plato

The secret of life is to fall seven times and get up eight.Paulo Coehlo

When we empty out, there is so much space for flow to emerge.Yogi Kaliji

To understand everything is to forgive everything.Buddha

Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask if you want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future.Deepak Chopra

Patience is the companion of wisdom.St. Augustine

Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.Aristotle

The season of failure is the best time for sowing the seeds of success.Yogananda

A teacher is never a giver of truth; he is a guide, a pointer to the truth that each student must find for himself.Bruce Lee

Things don’t change, only the way you look at them.Carlos Castaneda

When you blame, you open up a world of excuses, because as long as you’re looking outside, you miss the opportunity to look inside, and you continue to suffer.Donna Quesada

You already possess everything necessary to become great.Native American Crow Proverb

The body never lies.Martha Graham

The only way out is through.Robert Frost

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

The more you practice gratitude, the more you see how much there is to be grateful for, and your life becomes an ongoing celebration of joy and happiness.Don Miguel Ruiz

You are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody.Maya Angelou

You’re never too old, never too bad, never too late, never too sick to start from scratch once again.Bikram Choudhury

You create your own reality.Jane Roberts

Train yourself to let go of everything you fear to lose.Yoda

I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars.Walt Whitman

The only way to spread peace is to have peace inside you.Yogi Vini

You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.Jon Kabat-Zinn

Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are.Chinese Proverb

Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.Rumi

The past has no power over the present moment.Eckhart Tolle

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