Yoga Quotes

10 Zen Quotes to Help Bring out Your Inner Yogi

Whenever I see people who have a calm and easy demeanor about them, I’m pretty jealous. I’m always laid-back, but my mind is guilty of some frazzled moments. Today is International Yoga Day and every time I meet a yogi I’m in awe. How are they so calm? How are they so relaxed? Are they well?! 


After taking a semester-long yoga class one year in college I realized why they are the way they are. Yoga is a beautiful practice that actually combines the body, mind, spirit and your emotions. To see yourself slowly improve and reach points you never thought you’d get to is so exhilarating. I was so green at the beginning of my course; by the end, I really did feel like a better version of myself. It got me through a rough patch and put everything into perspective. For all you yogis out there or those looking for a little serenity, here are ten quotes to reach your inner yogi.


1. “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, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali



2. “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, Yoga and Vipassana: An Integrated Life Style



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, The Buddha in the Classroom: Zen Wisdom to Inspire Teachers



4. “Exercises are like prose, whereas yoga is the poetry of movements.” ― Amit Ray, Yoga and Vipassana: An Integrated Life Style



5. “A healer’s power stems not from any special ability, but from maintaining the courage and awareness to embody and express the universal healing power that every human being naturally possesses.”
― Eric Micha’el Leventhal



6. “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 D. LeClaire



7. “I had discovered something; there was a pleasure in becoming something new. You could will yourself into a fresh shape. Now all I had to do was figure out how to do it out there, in my life.”
― Claire Dederer, Poser: My Life in Twenty-three Yoga Poses



8. “That’s why it’s called a practice. We have to practice a practice if it is to be of value.”
― Allan Lokos, Patience: The Art of Peaceful Living


9. “To the yogi, all experience is seen as one, as a means to help him cultivate devotion. All experiences have equal meaning and value. (154)”
― Prem Prakash, The Yoga of Spiritual Devotion A Modern Translation of the Narada Bhakti Sutras



10. “A strong life force can be seen in physical vitality, courage, competent judgment, self-mastery, sexual vigor, and the realization of each person’s unique talents and purpose in life. To maintain a powerful life force, forget yourself, forget about living and dying, and bring your full attention into this moment.”
― H.E. Davey, Japanese Yoga: The Way of Dynamic Meditation







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