Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured.
The yoga mat is a good place to turn when talk therapy and antidepressants aren't enough.
Yoga is the fountain of youth. You're only as young as your spine is flexible.
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.
Yoga is possible for anybody who really wants it. Yoga is universal.... But don't approach yoga with a business mind looking for worldly gain.
~Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois
By embracing your mother wound as your yoga, you transform what has been a hindrance in your life into a teacher of the heart.
Yoga is 99% practice and 1% theory.
~Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois
Sun salutations can energize and warm you, even on the darkest, coldest winter day.
For me, yoga is not just a workout - it's about working on yourself.
~Mary Glover, "Health Profile: Yoga leaves aches and pains behind," Arizona Republic, 6 April 2004 (page E3, article by Connie Midey)
A photographer gets people to pose for him. A yoga instructor gets people to pose for themselves.
I do yoga so that I can stay flexible enough to kick my own arse if necessary.
~Betsy Cañas Garmon, www.wildthymecreative.com
The beauty is that people often come here for the stretch, and leave with a lot more.
~Liza Ciano, co-owner and co-director of Yoga Vermont, yogavermont.com
The last time I opened my chakra so I could feel my peace, I got thrown right out of the pub.
Yoga in Mayfair or Fifth Avenue, or in any other place which is on the telephone, is a spiritual fake.
Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape.
Vogue and Self are putting out the message of yoginis as buff and perfect. If you start doing yoga for those reasons, fine. Most people get beyond that and see that it's much, much more.
When asked what gift he wanted for his birthday, the yogi replied: "I wish no gifts, only presence."
Yoga is bodily gospel.
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.
Yoga, an ancient but perfect science, deals with the evolution of humanity. This evolution includes all aspects of one's being, from bodily health to self-realization. Yoga means union - the union of body with consciousness and consciousness with the soul. Yoga cultivates the ways of maintaining a balanced attitude in day-to-day life and endows skill in the performance of one's actions.
~B.K.S. Iyengar, Astadala Yogamala
Don't just do something - sit there!
I was in yoga the other day. I was in full lotus position. My chakras were all aligned. My mind is cleared of all clatter and I'm looking out of my third eye and everything that I'm supposed to be doing. It's amazing what comes up, when you sit in that silence. "Mama keeps whites bright like the sunlight, Mama's got the magic of Clorox 2."
Anyone who practices can obtain success in yoga but not one who is lazy. Constant practice alone is the secret of success.
~Svatmarama, Hatha Yoga Pradipika
Yoga is the practice of quieting the mind.
~Patanjali, translated from Sanskrit
Yoga is the perfect opportunity to be curious about who you are.
~Jason Crandell, quoted in Yoga Journal, November 2005
Corpse pose restores life. Dead parts of your being fall away, the ghosts are released.
Yoga doesn't take time, it gives time.
Yoga has a sly, clever way of short-circuiting the mental patterns that cause anxiety.
~Baxter Bell, quoted in "Worry Thwarts," Yoga Journal, March 2006
Concentrating on poses clears the mind, while focusing on the breath helps the body shift out of fight-or-flight mode.
~Melanie Haiken, about yoga and anxiety, "Worry Thwarts," Yoga Journal, March 2006
Warrior pose battles inner weakness and wins focus. You see that there is no war within you. You're on your own side, and you are your own strength.
Mountain pose teaches us, literally, how to stand on our own two feet.... teaching us to root ourselves into the earth.... Our bodies become a connection between heaven and earth.
I tried yoga once but took off for the mall halfway through class, as I had a sudden craving for a soft pretzel and world peace.
All unimportant matters drop off you in ragdoll pose. Very few things are genuinely important. The Truth sways before you.
When you inhale, you are taking the strength from God. When you exhale, it represents the service you are giving to the world.
The autonomic nervous system is divided into the sympathetic system, which is often identified with the fight-or-flight response, and the parasympathetic, which is identified with what's been called the relaxation response. When you do yoga - the deep breathing, the stretching, the movements that release muscle tension, the relaxed focus on being present in your body - you initiate a process that turns the fight-or-flight system off and the relaxation response on. That has a dramatic effect on the body. The heartbeat slows, respiration decreases, blood pressure decreases. The body seizes this chance to turn on the healing mechanisms.
Tree pose grows confidence.
Inhale, and God approaches you. Hold the inhalation, and God remains with you. Exhale, and you approach God. Hold the exhalation, and surrender to God.
For those wounded by civilization, yoga is the most healing salve.
Chair pose is a defiance of spirit, showing how high you can reach even when you're forced down.
Basketball is an endurance sport, and you have to learn to control your breath; that's the essence of yoga, too. So, I consciously began using yoga techniques in my practice and playing. I think yoga helped reduce the number and severity of injuries I suffered. As preventative medicine, it's unequaled.
Before you've practiced, the theory is useless. After you've practiced, the theory is obvious.
~David Williams, an Ashtanga yoga teacher in Maui, Hawaii, quoted from yoga.com