50 Yoga Quotes for Inspiration and Motivation

Ready to get your namaste’ on, but are needing a little push? These 50 yoga quotes will inspire you to get off the couch and on the mat!

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“Change is not something that we should fear. Rather, it is something that we should welcome. For without change, nothing in this world would ever grow or blossom, and no one in this world would ever move forward to become the person they’re meant to be.”

-B.K.S Iyengar

“There is always room for change, but you have to be open to that change.”

-Kathryn Budig

“The very heart of yoga practice is ‘abyhasa’ – steady effort in the direction you want to go.”

-Sally Kempton

“Yoga means addition – addition of energy, strength and beauty to body, mind and soul.”

-Amit Ray

“A photographer gets people to pose for him. A yoga instructor gets people to pose for themselves.”

T. Guillemets

“You will never influence the world by trying to be like it.”


“True meditation is about being fully present with everything that is–including discomfort and challenges. It is not an escape from life.”

Craig Hamilton

Anyone who practices can obtain success in yoga but not one who is lazy. Constant practice alone is the secret of success.

Hatha Yoga Pradipika

The body is your temple. Keep it pure and clean for the soul to reside in.

B.K.S Iyengar

“Yoga is not just repetition of few postures – it is more about the exploration and discovery of the subtle energies of life.”

Amit Ray

“Inhale the future. Exhale the past.”


“Most people have no idea how good their body is designed to feel.”

-Kevin Trudeau

“Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self.”

The Bhagavad Gita

“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

“I was looking for someone to inspire me, motivate me, support me, keep me focused… Someone who would love me, cherish me, make me happy, and I realized all along that I was looking for myself.”


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

Peace Pilgrim

Yoga exists in the world because everything is linked.


“Calming the mind is yoga. Not just standing on the head.”

Swami Satchidananda

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“Quiet your mind.  Free your body.”

“Yoga is a light, which once lit, will never dim. The better your practice, the brighter the flame.”

B.K.S lyengar

“Although yoga has its origins in ancient India, its methods and purposes are universal, relying not on cultural background, faith or deity, but simply on the individual. Yoga has become important in the lives of many contemporary Westerners, sometimes as a way of improving health and fitness of the body, but also as a means of personal and spiritual development.”

Tara Fraser

“Yoga is the perfect opportunity to be curious about who you are.”

Jason Crandell

Yoga is 99% practice and 1% theory.

-Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois

Yoga is the fountain of youth. You’re only as young as your spine is flexible.

Bob Harper

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Yoga is invigoration in relaxation. Freedom in routine. Confidence through self-control. Energy within and energy without.

-Ymber Delecto

“Yoga is a dance between control and surrender — between pushing and letting go — and when to push and to let go becomes part of the creative process, part of the open-ended exploration of your well-being.”

Joel Kramer

“Yoga is not about tightening your ass.  It’s about getting your head out of it.”

Eric Paskel

“Yoga takes you into the present moment.  The only place where life exists.”


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“Yoga is not about touching your toes. It is what you learn on the way down.”

-Jigar Gor

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“The pose begins when you want to get out of it.”

Baron Baptiste

“Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured.”

B.K.S Iyengar

“The nature of yoga is to shine the light of awareness into the darkest corners of the body.”

Jason Crandell

“Yoga does not remove us from the reality or responsibilities of everyday life but rather places our feet firmly and resolutely in the practical ground of experience. We don’t transcend our lives; we return to the life we left behind in the hopes of something better.”

Donna Farhi 

“Take care of your body, it’s the only place you have to live.”

-Jim Rohn

“All kidding aside, if everyone did yoga, we would have world peace.”

Rory Freedman

“The future depends on what we do in the present.”

Mahatma Gandhi

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


“Inner peace begins the moment you choose not to allow another person or event to control your emotions.”


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“Your body can do it.  It’s your mind you need to convince.”

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“Yoga does not just change the way we see things, it transforms the person who sees.”

B.K.S Iyengar

“A flower does not think of competing to the flower next to it.  It just blooms.”

Zen Shin

“Doing anything with attention to how you feel is doing yoga.”

Jean Couch

“Yoga allows you to find an inner peace that is not ruffled and riled by the endless stresses and struggles of life.”

B.K.S Iyengar

“Yoga is about clearing away whatever is in us that prevents our living in the most full and whole way. With yoga, we become aware of how and where we are restricted — in body, mind, and heart — and how gradually to open and release these blockages. As these blockages are cleared, our energy is freed. We start to feel more harmonious, more at one with ourselves. Our lives begin to flow — or we begin to flow more in our lives.”

Cybele Tomlinson

“You cannot always control what goes on outside, but you can always control what goes on inside.”

Wayne Dyer

“The study of asana is not about mastering posture.  It’s about using posture to understand and transform yourself.”

B.K.S Iyengar

“Yoga is a way of moving into stillness in order to experience the truth of who you are.”

-Erich Schiffmann

“Yoga teaches you how to listen to your body.”

Mariel Hemingway

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“The universe does this thing… where it aligns you with people, things, and situations that match the energy you put out.  The more you improve yourself and raise your vibration, the more you will see things that are beneficial to your well-being.”


Source: @yogspiration

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  1. Thanks for great tips. I really wish you could have all yourmeditation sessions as an ‘app’ to download on iphone. Perhaps I missed or you are planning to have one?

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