101 Inspirational Yoga Quotes

We all have days when it can be a challenge to get on the mat and so welcome inspiration and motivation to help us become present, grounded and focussed. Here, yoga student and yoga teacher, Angie Newson, shares her favourite 101 inspirational quotes that have helped her on her yoga journey ... 

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I love reading inspirational quotes – they spur me on with positive and determined action when I need that extra boost, they encourage me to slow down when I'm rushing, and they remind me of the important things in life.

We all need a little help sometimes – whether it's to get back to the gym, get on the mat or to stay still and present. 

Hopefully this collection will give you the power they give me​ – and although you may have heard many before, there may well be some new quotes to give you that extra little energising something. Enjoy.  

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Yoga calms me down. It’s a therapy session, a workout, and meditation all at the same time!"

Jennifer Aniston
Actress

The practice of yoga brings us face to face with the extraordinary complexity of our own being."

Sri Aurobindo
Philosopher
funny yoga quotes

Go from a human being doing yoga to a human being yoga."

Baron Baptiste
Yoga Teacher

Yoga has a sly, clever way of short-circuiting the mental patterns that cause anxiety."

Baxter Bell
Yoga Teacher

If you realize the unity of the Self amid the diversities of the not-Self, then yoga will not seem an impossible thing to you."

Annie Besant
Writer
zen quotes

The attitude of gratitude is the highest yoga."

Yogi Bhajan
Spiritual Leader

There will always be people who can do it better than you, but that's a good thing! Start to see competition as inspiration – without envy."

Kathryn Budig
Yoga Teacher
meditation quotes

I do yoga so that I can stay flexible enough to kick my own arse if necessary."

Betsy Cañas Garmon
Author

When you’re in position, you wait for the inner body to settle, like the water in a glass that has been placed on a table."

Glenn Ceresoli
Yoga Teacher

Yoga maintains youth, it keeps the body full of vitality and immune to diseases, even at an old age."

Bikram Choudhury
Yoga Teacher

I think that’s why I got to therapy and yoga at an early age. I realized that I’m accountable. I’m not here for very long on this planet and I want to do this life well, as consciously and mindfully as I can."

Seane Corn
Yoga Teacher
yoga quotes on balance

Doing anything with attention to how you feel is doing yoga"

Jean Couch
Author

Yoga is the perfect opportunity to be curious about who you are."

Jason Crandell
Yoga Teacher
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Yoga is a powerful vehicle for change. As you build strength, you start to believe in your own potential."

Tiffany Cruishank
Yoga Teacher

These days, my practice is teaching me to embrace imperfection: to have compassion for all the ways things haven’t turned out as I planned, in my body and in my life – for the ways things keep falling apart, and failing, and breaking down. It’s less about fixing things, and more about learning to be present for exactly what is."

Anne Cushman
Yoga Teacher

Practising yoga is like being on a body holiday."

Vanda Scaravelli
Yoga Teacher

Maybe more than anything else, yoga teaches you to be still and calm under challenging circumstances."

Chad Dennis
Actor

The path of yoga is the path of self-discovery. As our self-image disintegrates, we contact our true self. Life becomes a great joy."

Amrit Desai
Yoga Teacher
yoga love quotes

Yoga is a way to freedom. By its constant practice, we can free ourselves from fear, anguish and loneliness."

Indra Devi
Yoga Teacher

Asana practice has one meaning: to learn to sit in your own beautiful true nature."

Maty Ezraty
Yoga Teacher

The asanas are useful maps to explore yourself, but they are not the territory."

Donna Farhi
Yoga Teacher

Authentic yoga is always a spiritual discipline ... even when the focus is on the body."

Georg Feuerstein
Author

A photographer gets people to pose for him. A yoga instructor gets people to pose for themselves."

Jay Fields
Yoga Teacher
peace quotes

Yoga adds years to your life and life to your years."

Alan Finger
Yoga Teacher

Yoga is essentially a practice for your soul, working through the medium of your body."

Tara Fraser
Yoga Teacher

Yoga is about awakening … creating a life that brings more love and more beauty into the world."

John Friend
Yoga Teacher

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
Yoga Teacher
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Yoga maintains youth long. It keeps the body full of vitality, immune to diseases, even at old, old age. The yogi never becomes old"

Bishnu Ghos
Yoga Master

For me, yoga is not just a workout – it’s about working on yourself."

Mary Glover
Yoga Teacher

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
Yoga Teacher
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Yoga is not about touching your toes, it is what you learn on the way down."

Jigar Gor
Ayurvedic Doctor

Concentrating on poses clears the mind, while focusing on the breath helps the body shift out of fight-or-flight mode."

Melanie Haiken
Writer

When we are aligned, everything can flow, and life and yoga becomes effortless."

Rebecca Halls
Yoga Teacher

To practice yoga, telling the truth is not enough. We need to practice not lying. Today live with integrity by not lying to yourself about one important thing in your life."

Judith Hanson Lasater
Yoga Teacher
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Yoga is the fountain of youth. You’re only as young as your spine is flexible."

Bob Harper
Personal Trainer

A lot of exercise is mindless; you can have music or the radio on and not be aware. But if you’re aware in anything you do – and it doesn’t have to be yoga – it changes you. Being present changes you."

Mariel Hemingway
Actress

The yogi will tell you that you feel and look as young as your spine is elastic."

Richard Hittleman
Yoga Teacher
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You don’t have to be flexible to do yoga, you just have to be willing to shake the dust off and see what happens."

David Good
Yoga Teacher

Striving for the result of being spiritual or having a perfect physical shape is a destination, and yoga is what happens along that path."

Mandy Ingber
Yoga Teacher

When this body has been so magnificently and artistically created by God, it is only fitting that we should maintain it in good health and harmony by the most excellent and artistic science of yoga."

Geeta Iyengar
Yoga Teacher
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Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured."

B.K.S. Iyengar
Yoga Master

Yoga heals, nourishes, and challenges us. The practice infiltrates every corner of our lives."

Valerie Jeremijenko
Yoga Teacher

Everyone can do Ashtanga. Except lazy people."

Sharath Jois
Yoga Teacher
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Yoga is 99% practice and 1% theory."

Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois
Yoga Master

Yoga in Mayfair or Fifth Avenue, or in any other place which is on the telephone, is a spiritual fake."

Carl Jung
Psychiatrist

Yoga is not about self-improvement, it’s about self-acceptance."

Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa
Yoga Teacher
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The very heart of the practice of yoga is abhyasa – steady effort in the direction you want to go."

Sally Kempton
Yoga Teacher

It doesn't matter what it looks like; it matters what it feels like."

Bryan Kest
Yoga Teacher

I would like for people to realize that yoga is not about touching your toes."

Gary Kraftsow
Author

To perform every action artfully is yoga."

Swami Kripalu
Yoga Master
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Sun salutations can energize and warm you, even on the darkest, coldest winter day."

Carol Krucoff
Yoga Teacher

A lot of times people will think, I’m strong, I’m in shape; why can’t I do this pose? But that’s not the point. There’s nothing to win in yoga. You just do what you can do, one day to the next."

Adam Levine
Singer-songwriter

Yoga is not a religion; it is a school of practical philosophy."

David Life
Yoga Teacher

Yoga's greatest gift is the vulnerability that fills your tender heart after a deep practice session and the spiritual strength that gives you the benefit of unflappable faith and devotion."

Kino MacGregor
Yoga Teacher

One of the fundamental principles of yoga: a small action done repeatedly can make an enormous difference."

Dr. Timothy McCall
Yoga Teacher
yoga-repeat

True yoga was always aimed at recognizing us as that which is eternal, infinite, and unchangeable."

Gregor Maehle
Yoga Teacher

What kind of yoga do you want to practice, the yoga of getting or the yoga of giving? One enslaves, the other liberates."

Nisargadatta Maharaj
Spiritual Teacher

Try to let go of the idea that you need to do yoga perfectly in order to see its benefits. Rather, let it be a process of waking up to who you really are. If you do this, you will know joy. And that joy will be your gift to a world that very much needs our healing,"

Darren Main
Yoga Teacher

I fully expect to be doing yoga for the rest of my life."

Ali McGraw
Actress
yoga breathing

Whatever you do in life, yoga shows you how to do it better."

Chuck Miller
Yoga Teacher

Yoga is the bringing together of that which was never separate."

Richard Miller
Yoga Teacher

The practice itself, done consistently and accurately, is the real teacher."

Tim Miller
Yoga Teacher

Yoga powers. To make oneself invisible or small. To become gigantic and reach to the farthest things. To change the course of nature. To place oneself anywhere in space or time ... in one’s deepest inner mind, or in the minds of others."

Jim Morrison
Singer-songwriter
yoga sadie nardini

Yoga is you living fiercely and without regret."

Sadie Nardini
Yoga Teacher

Practicing yoga and learning about yourself is like entering a big dark room and turning the lights on one by one. People want instant transformation. Yoga is not for these people. It is for people who are patient and willing to work hard to overcome their limitations."

Swami Niranjanananda
Yoga Teacher

Yoga science is not just a scholarly pursuit. It is a moment by moment and thought by thought practical guide for living."

Leonard Perlmutter
Meditation Teacher

If one is looking for progress, or results, then one is already off the path according to yoga."

Kate Potter
Yoga Teacher

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
Yoga Teacher
yoga-poses

Yoga makes the rough road smooth."

Sri Rama
Hindu Diety

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
Author

Balancing in yoga and life is a reflection of our inner state. Can we dance with change? Can we fall and try again with playfulness? Do we have the focus, skill and attunement to find the stillpont within it all?"

Shiva Rea
Yoga Teacher

The power of yoga is immense and priceless ... I am grateful."

Desirée Rumbaugh
Yoga Teacher

Without proper breathing, the yoga postures are nothing more than calisthenics."

Rachel Schaeffer
Yoga Teacher

Practicing yoga during the day is a matter of keeping your eyes on the road and one ear turned toward the infinite."

Erich Schiffmann
Yoga Teacher
yoga-pranayama

The purpose of yoga is to stop suffering even before it arises."

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
Spiritual Leader

Yoga begins right where I am – not where I was yesterday or where I long to be."

Linda Sparrowe
Yoga Teacher

The aim of yoga is to eliminate the control that material nature exerts over the human spirit, to rediscover through introspective practice what the poet T.S. Eliot called the still point of the turning world."

Barbara Stoler Miller
Author

It doesn’t matter how deep into a posture you go, what matters is who you are when you get there."

Max Strom
Author

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
Yoga Teacher
yoga beginner

Yoga is like peeling an onion. You go through countless layers over a long period of time and maybe shed a few tears along the way."

Anon

When I started doing asana, the yoga postures, I had a very strong feeling of many unnecessary things dropping away – especially tension and inadequacy."

Patricia Sullivan
Yoga Teacher

Man is a creature of habits. When you do yoga, you unlearn your habits."

Bharat Thakur
Yoga Teacher

Yoga is so universal in its principles and so holistically beneficial, it is possible for any person, young or old, religious or agnostic, to embrace and enjoy a practice."

Christy Turlington
Model

Corpse pose sounds like no big deal, right? Then what’s so difficult about this spiritualized snooze? Forget about getting your feet behind your head. Just try lying still for ten minutes. With nothing left to do, you’re finally forced to come face to face with yourself."

Edward Vilga
Author

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."

Patricia Walden
Yoga Teacher
yoga mat

The yoga mat is a good place to turn when talk therapy and antidepressants aren’t enough."

Amy Weintraub
Yoga Teacher

In truth, yoga doesn’t take time – it gives time."

Ganga White
Yoga Teacher

Before you’ve practiced, the theory is useless. After you’ve practiced, the theory is obvious."

David Williams
Yoga Teacher
yoga-bikram

The most important pieces of equipment you need for doing yoga are your body and your mind."

Rodney Yee
Yoga Teacher

Be soft in your practice. Think of the method as a fine silvery stream, not a raging waterfall."

Sheng Yen
Buddhist Monk

One succeeds in all yogas through energetic practice – even if one is young, old, very old, sick, or weak."

Svatmarama
Yoga Sage

Yoga exists in the world because everything is linked."

Desikashar
Yoga Master

You can enter yoga, or the path of yoga, only when you are totally frustrated with your own mind as it is. If you are still hoping that you can gain something through your mind, yoga is not for you."

Osho
Spiritual Leader
yoga anti-aging

Smiling is mouth yoga."

Thich Nhat Hanh
Buddhist Monk

Yoga takes us to the present moment, the only place where life exists."

Anon

Yoga is almost like music in a way; there’s no end to it."

Sting
Muscian

Yoga is a metaphor for life. You have to take it really slowly. You can’t rush. You can’t skip to the next position. You just have to breathe, and let go."

Madonna
Singer-songwriter
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About the author

Angie Newson

Angie Newson is an international wellness and fitness expert – as well as Amazon bestselling author of The Detox Factor. She is also author of Get Fit for Free with Yoga & Pilates, a regular contributor to the UK's national press and women's magazines and has appeared in various health/fitness TV series. Angie has taught over 12,000 classes – from aerobics (back in the day!) and Spinning to Pilates and restorative yoga. She also has extensive experience managing and consulting premier health clubs in the UK and is brand ambassador for the workout retail store, Sweaty Betty. When not teaching, writing or travelling, Angie enjoys “challenges" and has run the New York Marathon, climbed Kilimanjaro and participated in various silent retreats. Angie enjoys time with her dog and loves Indian cuisine. @AngieNewson