50 Yoga Quotes for Inspiration and Personal Growth

I try to share a quote at the end of every yoga class I teach. When I was going through yoga teacher training, I learned much more than the physical poses, or asanas. We were taught to take what we cultivate on the mat and apply it in the rest of our lives. As a teacher, I use quotes in my classes as a way to encourage critical thinking and personal growth. Yes, yoga is amazing for building strength, balance, and flexibility. However, it can also be used as a time to reflect, to enjoy the present moment, and to become a kinder, gentler, and more compassionate person. The emotions, frustrations, joys, and fears that we work out on our mats allow us to approach the world differently when we step off of our mats. It is my hope that students leave a yoga class with renewed optimism, strength, focus, and love for themselves and those around them.

I get a lot of requests to share my quotes. Ask and you shall receive! May these quotes fill you with inspiration!



The most precious gift we can offer anyone is our attention. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers. -Thich Nhat Hanh

Peace does not mean that you will not have problems. Peace means that your problems will not have you. -Tony Evans

You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them. Try to be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud. Do not complain. Make every effort to change things you do not like. If you cannot make a change, change the way you have been thinking. You might find a new solution. -Maya Angelou

Never say that you can’t do something, or that something seems impossible, or that something can’t be done, no matter how discouraging or harrowing it may be; human beings are limited only by what we allow ourselves to be limited by; when we become self-aware to this: absolutely anything in the world is possible. -Mike Norton

When you own your breath, nobody can steal your peace. -Unknown

Sometimes it’s the same moments that take your breath away that breathe purpose and love back into your life. -Steve Maraboli

Breath is the bridge which connects life to consciousness, which unites your body to your thoughts. Whenever your mind becomes scattered, use your breath as the means to take hold of your mind again. -Thich Nhat Hanh

The moment you start watching your thoughts, a higher level of consciousness becomes activated. -Eckhardt Tolle

Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated. -Confucius

If you are irritated by every rub, how will your mirror be polished? -Rumi

Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself. -Rumi

We don’t realize that, somewhere within us all, there does exist a supreme self who is eternally at peace. -Elizabeth Gilbert

Transformation comes not by adding things on but by removing what didn’t belong in the first place. -Baron Baptiste

Change is not something we should fear. Rather, it is something that we should welcome. For without change, nothing in this world would ever grow or blossom, and no one in this world would ever move forward to become the person they’re meant to be. -B.K.S. Iyengar

The universe is change; our life is what our thoughts make it. -Marcus Aurelius

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

You cannot always control what goes on outside, but you can always control what goes on inside. -Wayne Dyer

Yoga is a dance of dealing with what is, and allowing yourself to fully experience whatever you’re experiencing right here, in the moment. In life, we so often resist what we don’t like or don’t want to do. Here, on your mat, is a safe opportunity to see what’s on the other side of that. Physical asana is a measure of some higher possibility. Put your attention on what you want to have happen and be for it, and watch the magic unfold. -Baron Baptiste

Yoga does not remove us from reality or responsibilities of everyday life but rather places our feet firmly and resolutely in the practical ground of experience. We don’t transcend our lives; we return to the life we left behind in the hopes of something better. -Donna Farhi

You have thoughts, but you are not your thoughts — and they definitely don’t have to run the show. -Baron Baptiste

There are no constraints on the human mind, no walls around the human spirit, no barriers to our progress except those we ourselves erect. -Ronald Reagan

The soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts. -Marcus Aurelius

Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: the potential for greatness lives within each of us. -Wilma Rudolph

The yogis say you can never step into the same river twice, because the current is always shifting and changing. You’ve never stepped into this river before today. Not with this body, not with today’s particular energy. Perhaps up until now you haven’t had a breakthrough in this pose, but that was then. What’s possible today? -Baron Baptiste

Human spirit is the ability to face the uncertainty of the future with curiosity and optimism. It is the belief that problems can be solved, differences resolved. -Bernard Beckett

Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakens. -Carl Jung

We don’t live abudant and happy lives in isolation or by being takers. So by giving away your purpose to others, you will find that others want to give it to you, too. -Mastin Kipp

Remember: you are the only person who thinks in your mind! You are the power and authority in your world. -Louise Hay

The moment you change your perception is the moment you rewrite the chemistry of your body. -Dr. Bruce Lipton

Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking. -Marcus Aurelius

Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you. -Nathaniel Hawthorn

Happiness is not something you postpone for the future, it is something you design for the present. -Jim Rohn

Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit. -e.e.cummings

The world is full of full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper. -Bertrand Russell

Happiness often sneaks through a door you didn’t know you left open. -John Barrymore

Life changes very quickly, in a very positive way, if you let it. -Lindsey Vonn

It is always the simple that produces the marvelous. -Amelia Barr

Don’t move the way fear makes you move. Move the way love makes you move. Move the way joy makes you move. -Osho

Getting better requires many things, two of which are a willingness to put in the work and a willingness to fail. -Shauna Harrison

On average, we speak 13,000 words each day. Make sure you’re using some of them to remind yourself of your worth (which is everything, you are everything). -Tyler Kent White

Balance, peace, and joy are the fruit of a successful life. It starts with recognizing your talents and finding ways to serve others by using them. -Thomas Kinkade

The calm and balanced mind is the strong and great mind; the hurried and agitated mind is the weak one. -Wallace D. Wattles

Time and balance: the two most difficult things to have control over, yet they are both the things that we do control. -Catherine Pulsifer

The foundation stones for a balanced success are honesty, character, integrity, faith, life and loyalty. -Zig Ziglar

Balance is not something you find, it’s something you create. -Jana Kingsford

Honor the space between no longer and not yet. -Nancy Levin

Creativity, as has been said, consists largely of rearranging what we know in order to find out what we do not know. Hence, to think creatively, we must be able to look afresh at what we normally take for granted. -George Kneller

Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity. -Simone Weil

Step into giving. Purpose is about cultivating something within you and then giving it away to other people. -Mastin Kipp

You either get bitter or you get better. It’s that simple. You either take what has been dealt to you and allow it to make you a better person, or you allow it to tear you down. The choice does not belong to fate, it belongs to you. -Josh Shipp

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