12 Inspirational Yoga Quotes

If there’s one thing we learned in YJ’s first 40 years, it’s that yoga tradition and philosophy are chock-full of inspirational words and wise advice. Here, a dozen quotes on life, practice, and the path to turn to in moments calling for renewed motivation. 

“The very heart of yoga practice is abhyasa – steady effort in the direction you want to go” -Sally Kempton

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“The soul is here for its own joy” -Rumi

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“Yoga is the stilling of the fluctuations of the mind”

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“Yoga is the perfect opportunity to be curious about who you are” – Jason Crandell

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“OM – the sound of the universe”

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“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

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“To perform every action artfully is yoga” – Swami Kripaivananda

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“Here and now is where yoga begins” – Yoga Sutra

See also Kino MacGregor’s Yoga Practice for Deep Presence

“In asana practice we learn to cherish each breath, to cherish every cell in our bodies. The time we spend on the mat is love in action” – Rolf Gates

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“Self-discipline, self-study, and devotion are yoga in the form of action” – Yoga Sutra II

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“Aim true”

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“Once you’re in touch with the life force around us, its natural ti want to help keep it around.” – Adi Carter

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