June 5, 2021
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When you think about what yoga is, I think most often what comes to mind is likely a physical practice, but yoga is SO MUCH more than just a physical practice. Yoga is a deeply healing and transformative practice that unifies the mind, spirit, body, breath, all while yielding presence, purpose, fulfillment, challenge, curiosity, expansion… the list goes on and on! My own personal practice has done so much for me, but most notably my yoga practice has been an opportunity for me to deepen and strengthen self-love, which I go into detail about in episode 6 of The Yoga Inspired Life Podcast: Yoga + Self-love 💗✨, it has served as a vessel for me to be of service to others via teaching yoga (side note: if you’re a new yoga teacher I share my top tips in episode 17 of The Yoga Inspired Life Podcast: LET’S TALK TEACHING YOGA💗!), my practice helped me heal after leaving an abusive relationship and it has truly given me so much purpose and clarity. Yoga is an all encompassing practice, and if you are willing to show up with an open heart and mind, and surrender to the flow, it has the ability to truly transform your life on a deeper level. To inspire you on your own yoga journey, I wanted to share some of my all-time favorite yoga quotes that reflect the multidimensional aspect of yoga. Most of these yoga quotes are from sacred yogic texts and incredible teachers, but I added one of my own too 😊💫 In addition to the quotes themselves I made some yoga quote graphics that you can repost on Instagram! Make sure to tag me @shaylaquinn so I can connect with you 🥰
I hope these yoga quotes light you up as much as they do me!
“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
Yoga challenges us to expand.
“Yoga does not transform the way we see things; it transforms the person who sees.” -B.K.S. Iyengar
Yoga gives us a new lens in which we view the world.
“Yoga takes us to the present moment, the only place where life exists.” -Ellen Brenneman
Yoga requires us to focus on what’s important.
“True yoga is not about the shape of your body, but the shape of your life. Yoga is not to be performed; it is to be lived. Yoga doesn’t care about what you have been; it 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, Fire of Love
Yoga calls us to reflect on who we are.
“Yoga is a light, which once lit will never dim. The better your practice, the brighter your flame.” -B.K.S. Iyengar
Yoga ignites our souls.
“Yoga is not about self-improvement, it’s about self-acceptance.” -Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa
Yoga asks us to go inward.
“Yoga is not about touching your toes. It is what you learn on the way down.” -Jigar Gor
Yoga is a teacher. Yoga is a journey.
“Yoga is the space where flower blossoms.” -Amit Ray
Yoga allows us to create space for beauty to bloom.
“Yoga is the practice of quieting the mind.” -Patanjali, The Yoga Sutras
Yoga is mental clarity.
“The true purpose of yoga is to discover that aspect of your being that can never be lost.” -Deepak Chopra
Yoga allows you to come home to yourself.
“The nature of yoga is to shine the light of awareness into the darkest corners of the body.” -Jason Crandell
Yoga connects your body to mind.
“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
Yoga is not an outward experience, it’s in inward exploration. Yoga pulls up the answers that already exist inside ourselves.
“Whatever you do in life, yoga shows you how to do it better.” -Chuck Miller
Yoga enhances all areas of life!
“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
Yoga reminds us to enjoy the journey.
“Yoga is the dance of every cell with the music of every breath that creates inner serenity and harmony.” -Debasish Mridha
Yoga provides us peace.
“Yoga is self-discovery in motion.” -Shayla Quinn
Yoga is about uncovering the truest parts of yourself.
“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
Yoga welcomes a beautiful flow of movement into our bodies.
“Yoga is invigoration in relaxation. Freedom in routine. Confidence through self-control. Energy within and energy without.” – Ymber Delecto
Yoga allows us to truly exhale.
“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
Yoga is not so much a doing practice, but a being practice. Yoga guides us back to our true selves and asks us to face what we want to avoid.
“Yoga is not just repetition of a few postures – it is more about the exploration and discovery of the subtle energies of life.” – Amit Ray
Yoga gives us energy for LIFE.
“Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self.” -The Bhagavad Gita
Yoga is a journey of exploration of the self.
Just reading these yoga quotes makes me want to hop on my mat and flow 😍 I hope these yoga quotes inspire you to dive deeper into your own personal practice, and if you have any yoga quotes that you love that you didn’t see in this post drop them in a comment below! I’d love to add to my list 💫