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Friday, June 15, 2018

25 Inspirational Quotes to Celebrate International Yoga Day

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If you've ever done yoga, you know it involves more than headstands and other challenging poses. It's a beneficial activity that strengthens our bodies, enriches our minds, and prompts relaxation. My girls and I do yoga regularly because it helps us stay physically, mentally, and emotionally strong, and we invite you and your kids to join us as we participate in International Yoga Day on June 21. In celebration, I compiled 25 of my favorite inspirational yoga quotes. Hopefully, they will encourage and motivate you in your yoga journey.

  1. "Go from a human being doing yoga to a human being yoga." (Baron Baptiste)
  2. "There will always be people who can do it better than you, but that's a good thing! Start to see competition as inspiration, without envy." (Kathryn Budig)
  3. "Yoga is the perfect opportunity to be curious about who you are." (Jason Crandell)
  4. "The ultimate goal of yoga is to always observe things accurately and therefore never act in a way that will make us regret our actions later." (T.K.V. Desikachar)
  5. "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)
  6. "Yoga is not a workout, 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)
  7. "Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self." (the Bhagavad Gita)
  8. "Yoga is not about touching your toes; it's about what you learn on the way down." (Jigar Gor)
  9. "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)
  10. "A photographer gets people to pose for him. A yoga instructor gets people to pose for themselves." (Terri Guillemets)
  11. "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)
  12. "Yoga is a light which once lit will never dim; the better your practice, the brighter your flame." (B.K.S. Iyengar)
  13. "The very heart of yoga practice is abhyasa, steady effort in the direction you want to go." (Sally Kempton)
  14. "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)
  15. "One of the fundamental principles of yoga: A small action done repeatedly can make an enormous difference." (Dr. Timothy McCall)
  16. "The body benefits from movement, and the mind benefits from stillness." (Sakyong Mipham)
  17. "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)
  18. "Yoga means addition: addition of energy, strength, and beauty to body, mind, and soul." (Amit Ray)
  19. "It is not arrogant or egotistical to feel good inside. You had nothing to do with it. It's simply the honest response to clearly perceived reality." (Erich Schiffmann)
  20. "Yoga begins right where I am, not where I was yesterday or where I long to be." (Linda Sparrowe)
  21. "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)
  22. "Anyone who practices can obtain success in yoga, but not one who is lazy. Constant practice alone is the secret of success." (Svatmarama)
  23. "Most people have no idea how good their body is designed to feel." (Kevin Trudeau)
  24. "Your soul is your best friend. Treat it with care; nurture it with growth; feed it with love." (Ashourina Yalda)
  25. "Yoga is really trying to liberate us from … shame about our bodies. To love your body is a very important thing: I think the health of your mind depends on your being able to love your body." (Rodney Yee)

These 25 inspirational yoga quotes encourage and motivate me to practice this activity consistently. I hope they inspire you to join us in celebrating International Yoga Day on June 21 this year.

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