21 Inspiring Quotes That Sum Up Yoga

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The journey that is yoga is made up of practice, patience, and countless readings and quotes. A quote can spark discussion as well as capture a moment.

A quote is also worth a thousand interpretations. With so many to choose from it is hard to pick just a few, but here are 21 inspiring quotes that perfectly sum up yoga:

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1. “Go inward, find your inner space and suddenly you will find an explosion of light, of beauty, of ecstasy.” – Osho

2. “Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion.” – Rumi

3. “We don’t set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people’s hearts.” – Pema Chödrön


4. “The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.” – Carl Rogers

5. “No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.” – Buddha

6. "There is no need to struggle to be free. The absence of struggle is in itself freedom." – Chogyam Trungpa

7. “Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

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8. “The thoughts that come often unsought, and, as it were, drop into the mind, are commonly the most valuable of any we have.” – John Locke

9. “Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.” – Buddha

10. “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” – John Lennon


11. “Do your practice and all is coming.” – Sri K Patthabi Jois

12. “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” – Dalai Lama

13. “Often the hands will solve a mystery that the intellect has struggled with in vain.” – Carl Jung

14. “All situations teach you, and often it’s the tough ones that teach you best.” – Pema Chödrön


15. “Healthy plants and trees yield abundant flowers and fruits. Similarly, from a healthy person, smiles and happiness shine forth like the rays of the sun.” – B.K.S. Iyengar

16. “Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured" – B.K.S. Iyengar

17. “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” – Albert Einstein


18. “Be – don’t try to become. Being is enlightenment, becoming is ignorance.” – Osho

19. “In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.” – Robert Frost


20. “The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread” – Mother Teresa

21. “A single moment of love is equal to the whole eternity of love.” – Osho

While 21 may be blackjack gold, there are still so many wonderful quotes that sum up yoga, please share your favorites below!

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