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Last Update August 21, 2014 (New Quotes will be added at top with designation as **New**)


  1. **New** “Undisturbed calmness of mind is attained by cultivating friendliness toward the happy, compassion for the unhappy, delight in the virtuous, and indifference toward the wicked.” ~ Patanjali, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

  2. "Blessed are the flexible for they shall not be bent out of shape."  ~ Unknown

  3. “When you catch yourself slipping into a pool of negativity, notice how it derives from nothing other than resistance to the current situation.” ~ Donna Quesada

  4. “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.” ~ Krishnamacharya ‎

  5. "I offer you peace. I offer you love. I offer you friendship. I see your beauty. I hear your need. I feel your feelings. My wisdom flows from the Highest Source. I salute that Source in you. Let us work together for unity and love.” ~ Gandhi

  6. “Be the Change you wish to see in the World.” ~ Often Attributed to Gandhi    "If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. … We need not wait to see what others do.” ~ Gandhi

  7. “When you find your path, you must not be afraid. You need to have sufficient courage to make mistakes. Disappointment, defeat, and despair are the tools God uses to show us the way.” ~ Paulo Coelho, Brida

  8. “I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.” ~ Mother Teresa

  9. "Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die." ~ Buddah

  10. "The heart is the hub of all sacred places.  Go there and roam....."  ~ Bhagawan Nityananda

  11. "I think it's very healthy to spend time alone.  You need to know how to be alone and not defined by another person."  ~Oscar Wilde

  12. "People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness.  Just because they're not on your road does not mean they are lost."  ~Dalai Lama

  13. "Your work is not to drag the world kicking and screaming into a new awareness.  Your job is to simply do your work...Sacredly, Secretly, and Silently....and those with 'eyes to see and ears to hear' will respond."  ~ The Arcturians

  14. "Our prime purpose in life is to help others.  And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them." ~ Dali Lama

  15. "Your past mistakes are meant to guide you, not define you." ~ Anonymous

  16. "Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace."  ~ Dalai Lama

  17. “One becomes firmly established in practice only after attending to it for a long time, without interruption and with an attitude of devotion.” ~ Yoga Sutra I.14

  18. “Samskara saksat karanat purvajati jnanam. Through sustained focus and meditation on our patterns, habits, and conditioning, we gain knowledge and understanding of our past and how we can change the patterns that aren’t serving us to live more freely and fully.” ~ Yoga Sutra III.18

  19. “The attitude of gratitude is the highest yoga.” ~ Yogi Bhajan

  20. “When we walk like rushing, we print anxiety and sorrow on the earth. We have to walk in a way that we only print peace and serenity on the earth... Be aware of the contact between your feet and the earth. Walk as if you are kissing the earth with your feet.”  ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

  21. "For me, yoga is not just a workout – it’s about working on yourself.” ~ Mary Glover

  22. "Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured.” ~ B.K.S. Iyengar

  23. "Have only love in your heart for others. The more you see the good in them, the more you will establish good in yourself…” ~ Paramahansa Yogananda

  24. "Yoga is the perfect opportunity to be curious about who you are.” ~ Jason Crandell

  25. "Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle." ~ Napoleon Hill

  26. Do, or do not....there is no try."  ~ Yoda, Star Wars

  27. "You've always had the power my dear, you just had to learn it for yourself."  ~Glinda the Good Witch, Adapted from the Wizard of Oz   Actual Quote ~ Dorothy: "Oh, will you help me? Can you help me?" Glinda, the Good Witch "You don’t need to be helped any longer. You’ve always had the power to go back to Kansas." Dorothy "I have?" Scarecrow "Then why didn’t you tell her before?" Glinda, the Good Witch "Because she wouldn’t have believed me. She had to learn it for herself."

  28. “ Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built.” ~ Rumi

  29. “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 ‎

  30. “If you make time for silence, the sacred will unfold” ~ Rod Stryker

  31. “Everyone can do Ashtanga. Except lazy people.” Sharath Jois

  32. “Just breathe.”

  33. "Few things are more powerful than learning to trust that your path to a fulfilled life -- and the glorious destiny that you are meant to share with the world -- is part of your soul's blueprint." ~Rod Stryker

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

  35. “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” ~ Viktor E. Frankl ‎

  36. "Any individual or society that fails to honor or provide the opportunity for women to fully exert their power can never truly prosper.  All creativity, growth, imagination, nurturing ~ All possibilities are born within the female womb of the Devine Feminine.  To deny Her a rightful place, either within ourselves or in the world in which we live, is to do irreparable harm and endure the loss of countless joys."  ~Rod Stryker

  37. "The rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind & the harmony of the soul create the symphony of life.” ~ B.K.S. Iyengar

  38. “Undisturbed calmness of mind is attained by cultivating friendliness toward the happy, compassion for the unhappy, delight in the virtuous, and indifference toward the wicked.” ~ Yoga Sutras

  39. “Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace.” ~Dalai Lama

  40. "The quality of your practice is ultimately measured by its effect on the quality of your life. In other words, mastery in yoga is mastery of life."  ~Rod Stryker

  41. “In stillness all conflict must end.” ~ Phillip Urso ‎

  42. "To perform every action artfully is yoga.” ~ Swami Kripalu

  43. "Be at least as interested in what goes on inside you as what happens outside. If you get the inside right, the outside will fall into place.” ~ Eckhart Tolle

  44. “If you don’t love yourself, you cannot love others. You will not be able to love others. If you have no compassion for yourself then you are not able of developing compassion for others.” ~Dalai Lama

  45. "There is no doubt that the foundation of being a great yoga teacher is being a great yoga student." ~ Rod Stryker

  46. "The more we sweat in peace the less we bleed in war.” ~ Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit

  47. “A photographer gets people to pose for him. A yoga instructor gets people to pose for themselves.” ~ Jay Fields

  48. "Stop trying to distinguish the joy of meditation from the messiness of life. Begin to see the divine in everything. She is in the joy just as much as the misery." ~ Rod Stryker

  49. "Welcome to your body." ~Bryan Kest

  50. “Loka Samasta Sukhino Bhavantu. May all beings everywhere be happy and free and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all.”

  51. “The most important pieces of equipment you need for doing yoga are your body and your mind.” ~ Rodney Yee

  52. "Yoga doesn't ask you to be more than you are. But it does ask you to be all that you are." ~Bryan Kest

  53. “Stirum sukham asanam. Seated posture should be steady and comfortable.” ~ Yoga Sutra

  54. “When you inhale, you are taking the strength from God. When you exhale, it represents the service you are giving to the world.” ~ B.K.S. Iyengar

  55. "From a yogic perspective, stillness, coupled with expanded awareness, is by far the most powerful medium by which you can affect your destiny." ~ Rod Stryker

  56. “When you think everything is someone else’s fault, you will suffer a lot. When you realize that everything springs only from yourself, you will learn both peace and joy.” ~ Dalai Lama

  57. "People bring their shit into yoga and turn yoga into shit."  ~ Bryan Kest

  58. “When we can remove the masks of our own making, then the one who has been longing to be seen sees itself unbounded, just as it is.” ~Unknown

  59. “You cannot always control what goes on outside. But you can always control what goes on inside.”  ~ Wayne Dyer

  60. "Life is 10% of what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it!" ~John Maxwell

  61. "We live in a world that we cannot control that often tosses obstacles our way. While we cannot control the world around us, we can each control our response to it! Choose to respond to stressful situations with calm, to fearful situations with courage, and to challenges with an "I can and I will" attitude! See how much of a difference your perception of a situation and your response to it can make in your ability to enjoy each and every day to the fullest!"  ~Melanie Snyder

  62. "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit." ~Aristotle 

  63. "The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible." ~Arthur C. Clarke

  64. "You are your own limitation! Unleash yourself!" ~ Melanie Snyder

  65. "Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall. ~Confucius

  66. “The pose begins when you want to leave it.” ~Unknown

  67. “The wisdom obtained in the higher states of consciousness is different from that obtained by inference and testimony as it refers to particulars.” ~ Yoga Sutra

  68. “Let your practice be a celebration of life” ~ Seido lee deBarros

  69. "No matter who you are, no matter what you do, you absolutely, positively do have the power to change." ~Bill Phillips

  70. "There are no shortcuts to growth, but there are moments of rapid acceleration." ~unknown

  71. “He shining, everything shines through him.” ~ Bhagavad Gita

  72. “Ashtanga yoga is 99 percent practice, one percent theory.” ~ Sri K. Pattabhi Jois

  73. "Every noble work is at first impossible." ~Thomas Carlyle

  74. “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

  75. “Make an attitude to be in gratitude, you will find the whole Universe will come to you.” ~ Yogi Bhajan

  76. “In our struggle for freedom, truth is the only weapon we possess.” ~ Dalai Lama

  77. “The most important pieces of equipment you need for doing yoga are your body and your mind.” ~ Rodney Yee

  78. "The practice of drishti yoga calls for utmost devoutness and tenacity of purpose. The practitioner who assiduously and patiently practices this meditation will discover that the fickleness or unsteadiness of their concentration gradually ceases and their mind becomes tranquil.  It is thus that they shall, with the piercing thrust of their focused gaze, be able to break open the ‘tila dwara’ (Third Eye)." ~ Swami Achyutanand Baba

  79. “Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” ~Dalai Lama

  80. “Any belief, whatever it is, is counterproductive in the context of the practice of yoga. One holds a belief instead of knowing. For example, you wouldn’t say you believe in your right ear, since you know your ear, no belief is required. Believing always excludes knowing. When jnana (supreme knowledge) comes through the practice of yoga, you will know. Do not be satisfied with believing.” ~ Gregor Maehle

  81. “Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive."  ~Dalai Lama

  82. “Breathe through it, and release anything that does not serve you.” ~ Unknown

  83. “First month paining, second month tired, third month flying.” ~ Sharath Jois

  84. “Submit to a daily practice. Your loyalty to that is a ring at the door. Keep knocking, and the joy inside will eventually open a window and look out to see who's there.” ~ Mevlana Rumi

  85. “Practice and all is coming.” ~ Sri K. Pattabhi Jois

  86. “The world is the gymnasium where we come to make ourselves strong.” ~ Swami Vivekananda

  87. “Desire, ask, believe, receive.” ~ Stella Terrill Mann

  88. "Whatever you lost through fate, be certain that it saved you from pain." ~ Mevlana Rumi
  89. "Everyone who has ever overcome hardship or adversity has done so in large part because he or she has chosen, consciously or unconsciously, to "let go" of their past hardship and pain by embracing, what I call, a Miracle Angle -- a way of seeing their circumstances that allowed them to transform their circumstances into a spark for positive change." ~Rod Stryker

  90. “When you blame, you open up a world of excuses, because as long as you're looking outside, you miss the opportunity to look inside, and you continue to suffer.” ~ Donna Quesada

  91. “Yoga is the cessation of the movements of the mind. Then there is abiding in the Seer's own true nature.” ~ Patanjali, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

  92. "Aligning yourself with the intelligence of the universe means coming to understand your life's purpose and applying it fearlessly to life's circumstances." ~ Rod Stryker

  93. "It doesn't matter what it looks like; it matters what it feels like." ~ Bryan Kest

  94. "We can do no great things; only small things with great love." ~ Mother Teresa

  95. “Yoga practice can make us more and more sensitive to subtler and subtler sensations in the body. Paying attention to and staying with finer and finer sensations within the body is one of the surest ways to steady the wandering mind. ” ~ Ravi Ravindra

  96. "In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you."  ~Buddha

  97. “Every soul innately yearns for stillness, for a space, a garden where we can till, sow, reap, and rest, and by doing so come to a deeper sense of self and our place in the universe. Silence is not an absence but a presence. Not an emptiness but repletion A filling up.” ~ Anne Leclaire on Meditation

  98. “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

  99. “With realization of one’s own potential and self-confidence in one’s ability, one can build a better world.” ~ Dalai Lama

  100. “By means of personal experimentation and observation, we can discover certain simple and universal truths. The mind moves the body, and the body follows the mind. Logically then, negative thought patterns harm not only the mind but also the body. What we actually do builds up to affect the subconscious mind and in turn affects the conscious mind and all reactions.” ~ H.E. Davey, Japanese Yoga: The Way of Dynamic Meditation

  101. “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

  102. “Courage is often associated with aggression, but instead should be seen as a willingness to act from the heart.” ~ Donna Quesada, Buddha in the Classroom: Zen Wisdom to Inspire Teachers


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