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Yoga is a practice of the body and the mind, with a 5000-year history rooted in ancient Indian philosophy. Yoga is more than physical exercise: it combines physical postures, breathing techniques, and meditation or relaxation. It strengthens the body and quietens the mind for inner peace, harmony, and enhanced well-being. For today’s International Yoga Day, we have compiled more than 30 yoga quotes for you to keep you inspired, balanced and on your way to follow your dreams.

“Usually, when people hear the term Yoga, many of them associate it with various physical exercises where they need to twist, turn and stretch their body in complex ways that are known as Asanas, but this is only one type of Yoga, called “Hatha-Yoga”. In reality, Yoga is an umbrella term for various physical and mental exercises that lead to the overall well-being of a person.”
– Abhijit Naskar

Quotes about Mental Health Benefits

1. Master your breath, let the self be in bliss, contemplate on the sublime within you.

2. The body benefits from movement, and the mind benefits from stillness.
– Sakyong Mipham

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3. 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.
– Patañjali

4. A photographer gets people to pose for him. A yoga instructor gets people to pose for themselves.
– T. Guillemets

5. Yoga is not only a process of the integration of the soul, mind, and body for self-improvement, it is a process of self -realization and self -acceptance.
– Debasish Mridha

6. You may not be able to control the whole world, but you may learn to control your inner world through yoga.
– Debasish Mridha

7. Yoga reveals to you the beauty of mindfulness and takes you into the essence of an endless present moment.
– Debasish Mridha

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8. 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

9. 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

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Quotes about Physical Health Benefits


10. It is never too late; it is never too bad and you are never too old or too sick to start from scratch once again.
– Bikram Choudhury

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11. Yoga is not a work-out, it is a work-in. And this is the point of spiritual practice; to make us teachable; to open up our hearts and focus our awareness so that we can know what we already know and be who we already are.
– Rolf Gates

12. True yoga is not about the shape of your body, but the shape of your life. Yoga is not to be performed; yoga is to be lived. Yoga doesn’t care about what you have been; yoga cares about the person you are becoming. Yoga is designed for a vast and profound purpose, and for it to be truly called yoga, its essence must be embodied.
– Aadil Palkhivala

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

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14. Yoga is the dance of every cell with the music of every breath that creates inner serenity and harmony.
– Debasish Mridha

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15. 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

16. Practice makes comfort. Expand your experiences regularly so every stretch won’t feel like your first.
– Gina Greenlee

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17. Yoga is the process of eliminating pain – pain from the body, mind, and society.
– Amit Ray

18. 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

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

20. Anyone that does not wish or desire to stretch himself will get nowhere in this life. That is just the way life is.
– Sunday Adelaja

21. Yoga begins right where I am – not where I was yesterday or where I long to be.
– Linda Sparrowe

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Yoga quotes about Spiritual Health Benefits


22. Yoga is not a religion. It is a science, science of well-being, science of youthfulness, science of integrating body, mind, and soul.
– Amit Ray

23. With yoga, you go back to your source to bloom again with joy and inner peace.
– Debasish Mridha

24. Yoga is a light which once lit will never dim, the better your practice the brighter your flame.
– B.K.S. Iyengar

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25. Yoga is 99% practice and 1% theory.
– Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois

26. Why [do]they always look so serious in Yoga? [When] you make [a]serious face like this, you scare away good energy. To meditate, only you must smile. Smile with face, smile with the mind, and good energy will come to you and clean away dirty energy.
– Elizabeth Gilbert

27. 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

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28. The true miracle lies in our eagerness to allow, appreciate, and honor the uniqueness, and freedom of each sentient being to sing the song of their heart.
Amit Ray

29. Yoga means addition – addition of energy, strength, and beauty to body, mind, and soul.
Amit Ray

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30. 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

31. All kidding aside, if everyone did yoga, we would have world peace.
Rory Freedman

Are you ready for your next enlightening workout yet and what is your favourite yoga quote?