February 5, 2011

32 Unusual Yoga Quotes that Jolt me Back to Center.

I went on a search for quotes that move me and jolt me back into center.
Some of them I have been lucky enough to hear straight from great yoga teachers.  You will find that not all of them are from people recognized as “yogis” per say, but I would dare say they are all yogis indeed, in their own right.
I confess that #20 is my favorite, which one is yours?

Asana (Poses)

1.- Body is not stiff, mind is stiff.   – Sri K. Pattabhi Jois

2.- You go too fast, don’t do that. – Eddie Stern

3.- If you do a lot of crazy things you become crazy [when talking about not overdoing the asana (poses) part of the practice]. – Sharath Jois

4.- Yoga is learning to say “yes I can”. – I say that

5.- Anybody can breathe. Therefore anybody can practice yoga. – T.K.V. Desikachar

6.- Before you’ve practiced the theory is useless. After you’ve practiced, the theory is obvious. – David Williams

7.- Turn on the lights of the pose. – Richard Freeman

Life as a yogi

8.- Laughter drives shouting away. – Indra Devi

9.- Let your speech be true and sweet. – Sri T. Krishnamacharya

10.- Never be in debt. Never reside near enemies. Never trap your body through disease. Never forget the Lord with his consort who resides in the heart. – Sri T. Krishnamacharya

11.- Bien predica quien bien vive. – (Preaches well who lives well) Don Quijote de la Mancha


12.- Meditation results in marvels. – Sri T. Krishnamacharya

13.- Don’t just do something, sit there! – Unknown


14.- If you want to attract the coolest man in the world, become the coolest woman in the world. – Marianne Williamson


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

16.- As women gather in years aim toward living in ways that are sure to horrify the few and inspire the many. – Clarisa Pinkola Estees

17.- Age considers; youth ventures. – Rabindranath Tagore

18.- It doesn’t interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love for your dream for the adventure of being alive. –  Oriah Mountain Dreamer

Loving ourselves

19.- If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete. – Jack Kornfield

20.- Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? – Marianne Williamson


21.- No army can withstand the strength of an idea whose time has come. – Victor Hugo

22.- My life is my message. – Gandhi

23.- Having faith, vigour, memory and attentive contemplation, the practitioner has to be supremely vigorous and intense in practice. – B.K.S. Iyengar

24.- When one experiences truth, the madness of finding fault with others disappears. – S.N.Goenka.

25.- All that we are is the result of what we have thought. – Buddha

26.- “The earth is enjoyed by heroes” – this is the unfailing truth. Be a hero. Always say, “I have no fear”. – Swami Vivekananda

27.- There is something good in all seeming failures. You are not to see that now. Time will reveal it. Be patient.  – Swami Sivananda

Respecting our Gunas (innate psychological tendencies)

28.- Chancho limpio nunca engorda.- (Clean pig never gets fat) Spanish proverb, unknown author.


29.- Speak a new language so that the world will be a new world. – Rumi

30.- A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool. – William Shakespeare


31.- To one established in non-stealing all wealth comes. – Patanjali


32.- Mastery of yoga is really measured by how it influences our day-to-day living, how it enhances our relationships, how it promotes clarity and peace of mind. – T.K.V. Desikachar


What quotes would you add? Have you made up any of your own? Please share in the comments, I would like to hear which ones do it for you.
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