39 Inspirational Quotes About Yoga That Will Give You Fitness Goals

Nowadays, yoga is one of those hot buzz words that are doing the rounds. To some, it is a fashionable trend to follow to prove to the world how “cool” they are. But to treat yoga as some trivial fashion fad is nothing short of blasphemy! Yoga is not a health related buzz word, nor a trend. It is a group of physical, mental, and spiritual practices or disciplines that are believed to date back to pre-Vedic Indian traditions as it is mentioned in the Rigveda. It is most likely that yoga was developed in ancient India's ascetic and śramaṇa movements, probably around the sixth and fifth centuries BCE.

Some of the most popular types of yoga are Hatha yoga and Rāja yoga, with Hatha yoga texts emerging around the 11th century with origins in tantra. With time, yoga became popularized in the west as well, especially from the late 19th and early 20th century. By the late 20th century, yoga had become popular as a system of physical exercise across the Western world. However, yoga is more than physical exercise, it has a meditative and spiritual core.

If you practice yoga or are planning to take it, these yoga quotations may be the motivation you need!

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

- Yoga and Vipassana: An Integrated Life Style, Amit Ray

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

- Meditation: Insights and Inspirations, Amit Ray

Undisturbed calmness of mind is attained by cultivating friendliness toward the happy, compassion for the unhappy, delight in the virtuous, and indifference toward the wicked.

- The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Patañjali

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.

- Yoga and Vipassana: An Integrated Life Style, Amit Ray

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.

- Meditation: Insights and Inspirations, Amit Ray

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

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

- Susan Pease Banitt

Yoga means addition - addition of energy, strength and beauty to body, mind and soul.

- Meditation: Insights and Inspirations, Amit Ray

There are many goals but one path - the path of compassion.

- Nonviolence: The Transforming Power, Amit Ray

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

- Buddha in the Classroom: Zen Wisdom to Inspire Teachers, Donna Quesada

Yoga is the art work of awareness on the canvas of body, mind, and soul.

- Yoga and Vipassana: An Integrated Life Style, Amit Ray

Yoga is the cessation of the movements of the mind. Then there is abiding in the Seer's own form.

- The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Patañjali

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.

- Buddha in the Classroom: Zen Wisdom to Inspire Teachers, Donna Quesada

Exercises are like prose, whereas yoga is the poetry of movements.

- Yoga and Vipassana: An Integrated Life Style, Amit Ray

We all are so deeply interconnected; we have no option but to love all.

- Yoga and Vipassana: An Integrated Life Style, Amit Ray

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

- Yoga and Vipassana: An Integrated Life Style, Amit Ray

Everything is sorrow for the wise.

- The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Patañjali

Kindness and awareness work together. Through awareness we understand the underlying beauty of everything and every being.

- Nonviolence: The Transforming Power, Amit Ray

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

- Nonviolence: The Transforming Power, Amit Ray

Compassion is the religion of the heart.

- The 11 Karmic Spaces: Choosing Freedom from the Patterns That Bind You, Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati

Courage is often associated with aggression, but instead should be seen as a willingness to act from the heart.

- Buddha in the Classroom: Zen Wisdom to Inspire Teachers, Donna Quesada

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

Micro meditations should be performed with very little activity. These practices should not be associated with any goal, concept or belief.

- Yoga and Vipassana: An Integrated Life Style, Amit Ray

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

- Patience: The Art of Peaceful Living, Allan Lokos

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.

- Poser: My Life in Twenty-three Yoga Poses, Claire Dederer

The Stone of Guilt in the River of the Mind, the block in the flow of intelligence. ~ Paramahamsa Nithyananda

- Living Enlightenment, Paramahamsa Nithyananda

Please always see the bright side of everything.

- P.R. Sarkar (Shrii Shrii A’nandamu’rti)

[I]t 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. . . . (20)

- The Wisdom of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras: A New Translation and Guide by Ravi Ravindra, Ravi Ravindra

To the yogi, all experience is seen as one, as a means to help him cultivate devotion. All experiences have equal meaning and value. (154)

- The Yoga of Spiritual Devotion A Modern Translation of the Narada Bhakti Sutras, Prem Prakash

Don't wait for a better world. Start now to create a world of harmony and peace. It is up to you, and it always has been. You may even find the solution at the end of your fork.

- Yoga and Vegetarianism: The Path to Greater Health and Happiness, Sharon Gannon

Yoga will always be transformational, even when it stops being cool. (350)

- Younger by the Day: 365 Ways to Rejuvenate Your Body and Revitalize Your Spirit, Victoria Moran

Providence knows best.

- Michael Beloved

Yoga is the space where flower blossoms.

- Yoga The Science of Well-Being, Amit Ray

Feed Everyone

- Neem Karoli Baba

So what is a good meditator? A good meditator meditates.

- Patience: The Art of Peaceful Living, Allan Lokos

Teaching yoga itself is great karma yoga, because it reconnects people to the source.

- Yoga The Science of Well-Being, Amit Ray

I learned early on that most yoga poses are about showing off. You find something amazing you can do, and suddenly, Shazam—you're a guru, ready for your groupies.

- Downward Dog, Edward Vilga

Vibration is the core of the spirit. It is the breath of life.

- Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem, Suzy Kassem

The purpose of karma yoga is to transcend the bondage of selfish genes through the service of others.

- Yoga The Science of Well-Being, Amit Ray

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