20 Inspirational Quotes from Yoga Gurus

img_1_240x240june18International Day of Yoga is to be celebrated all over the world on 21st July. While there are numerous events happening around the world, here is a little motivation from our end to get you going!

Yoga is known to be a way of life and has proven to bring multiple health benefits. So why not get inspired by what famous Yoga gurus have to say and start today?

Quotes from T Krishnamacharya, popularly known as The Father of Modern Yoga

  • “You have to practice in such a way that day to day the breath gets longer and longer.” – From his composition, the Yoga Rahasya
  • “In the practice of Yoga one can emphasize the body, the mind or the self and hence the effort can never be fruitless.”
  • “Where is the delusion when truth is known? Where is the disease when the mind is clear? Where is death when the Breath is controlled? Therefore surrender to Yoga.”

Quotes from Yogacharya B.K.S Iyengar, founder of Iyengar Yoga:

  • “Healthy plants and trees yield abundant flowers and fruits. Similarly, from a healthy person, smiles and happiness shine forth like the rays of the sun.”
  • “It is through your body that you realize you are a spark of divinity.”
  • “Yoga is like music: the rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind, and the harmony of the soul create the symphony of life.”
  • “Yoga does not just change the way we see things, it transforms the person who sees.” ― in his book Light on Life
  • “Yoga allows you to find an inner peace that is not ruffled and riled by the endless stresses and struggles of life.” ― in his book Light on Life
  • 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. – in Astadala Yogamala

Quotes from Geeta Iyengar:

Geeta Iyengar, eldest daughter of B. K. S Iyengar, has been known as the World’s leading female Yoga teacher. She has adapted various yoga techniques to suit women. She has beautifully described why we need to practice yoga:

  • “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.”

crop5_240x240_30may14Quotes from Sri Pattabhi Jois, Mysore Ashtanga Yoga Guru:

  • “Yoga is 99 percent practice and one percent theory.”
  • “Do your practice and all is coming.”
  • “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.”

Quotes from Swami Sivananda, founder of Sivananda Yoga:

  • “Live in the present, forget the past. Give up hopes of future.”
  • “This world is your body. This world is a great school, This world is your silent teacher.”
  • “Put you heart, mind, intellect and soul even into your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.”

Quotes from Sri Sri Ravishankar, spiritual leader and founder of Art of Living:

  • “Difference between motivation and inspiration – Motivation is external and short lived. Inspiration is internal and lifelong”
  • “What do meditation and the spiritual practices do? They bring out the four ‘I’s – innovation, intuition, inspiration and intelligence.”

Quotes from Patanjali:

  • “Yoga is the practice of quieting the mind.”

Quotes from Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, Indian yogi, mystic, philanthropist, founder of Isha Foundation (a non-profit organisation which offers yoga programs around the world):

  • “Any method to heighten the presence of that which is the source of creation within you, is yoga.”

Resolutions aren’t meant only to be taken during the beginning of a new year. It is never too late to start! Take a resolution to start practicing yoga (under the guidance of a trained instructor) for all the right reasons!