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It can be easy sometimes, in the hustle and bustle of the modern world and all its distractions, to lose connection to yourself. Yoga was designed to bring you back to yourself, but sometimes, you can look at the world of Yoga and wonder if that too has become disconnected from itself. As seemingly ever more random gimmicks are added to entice people into classes, you might be forgiven for thinking that Yoga is nothing more than a gimmick itself. In the world of goat and beer Yoga, what does Yoga have to offer for personal growth and self discovery?

Well, of course, the answer is LOTS! Yoga is a powerful gift for you if you want to explore life deeper, to gain greater self understanding, and to be the very best that you can be.

Here are 30 powerful quotes from ancient and modern Yoga wisdom to enhance your practice and remind you why you do it!

Share in the comments below which is your favourite, and how you use it to keep yourself centred and inspired…..

 

Yoga is not just repetition of few postures – it is more about the exploration and discovery of the subtle energies of life - Amit Ray

Yoga is the perfect opportunity to be curious about who you are – Jason Crandell

Yoga is not just repetition of few postures – it is more about the exploration and discovery of the subtle energies of life - Amit Ray

Yoga is not just repetition of few postures – it is more about the exploration and discovery of the subtle energies of life – Amit Ray

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

Yoga means addition – addition of energy, strength and beauty to body, mind and soul – Amit Ray

True meditation is about being fully present with everything that is–including discomfort and challenges. It is not an escape from life - Craig Hamilton

True meditation is about being fully present with everything that is–including discomfort and challenges. It is not an escape from life – Craig Hamilton

Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self. - The Bhagavad Gita

Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self. – The Bhagavad Gita

The nature of yoga is to shine the light of awareness into the darkest corners of the body - Jason Crandell

The nature of yoga is to shine the light of awareness into the darkest corners of the body – Jason Crandell

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 is not a religion. It is a science, science of well-being, science of youthfulness, science of integrating body, mind and soul – Amit Ray

The very heart of yoga practice is ‘abyhasa’ – steady effort in the direction you want to go - Sally Kempton

The very heart of yoga practice is ‘abyhasa’ – steady effort in the direction you want to go – Sally Kempton

The study of asana is not about mastering posture.  It’s about using posture to understand and transform yourself - B.K.S. Iyengar

The study of asana is not about mastering posture.  It’s about using posture to understand and transform yourself – B.K.S. Iyengar

In every change, in every falling leaf there is some pain, some beauty. And that's the way new leaves grow - Amit Ray

In every change, in every falling leaf there is some pain, some beauty. And that’s the way new leaves grow – Amit Ray

All kidding aside, if everyone did yoga, we would have world peace - Rory Freedman

All kidding aside, if everyone did yoga, we would have world peace – Rory Freedman

If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath - Amit Ray

If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath – Amit Ray

You are never alone. You are eternally connected with everyone - Amit Ray

You are never alone. You are eternally connected with everyone – Amit Ray

Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured - B.K.S. Iyengar

Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured – B.K.S. Iyengar

Yoga is not about touching your toes. It is what you learn on the way down - Jigar Gor

Yoga is not about touching your toes. It is what you learn on the way down – Jigar Gor

Yoga is not about tightening your ass.  It’s about getting your head out of it. - Eric Paskel

Yoga is not about tightening your ass.  It’s about getting your head out of it. – Eric Paskel

Yoga exists in the world because everything is linked - Desikachar

Yoga exists in the world because everything is linked – Desikachar

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

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

Calming the mind is yoga. Not just standing on the head - Swami Satchitananda

Calming the mind is yoga. Not just standing on the head – Swami Satchitananda

Yoga is invigoration in relaxation. Freedom in routine. Confidence through self-control. Energy within and energy without - Ymber Delecto

Yoga is invigoration in relaxation. Freedom in routine. Confidence through self-control. Energy within and energy without – Ymber Delecto

The future depends on what we do in the present - Mahatma Gandhi

The future depends on what we do in the present – Mahatma Gandhi

Yoga does not just change the way we see things, it transforms the person who sees - B.K.S. Iyengar

Yoga does not just change the way we see things, it transforms the person who sees – B.K.S. Iyengar

A flower does not think of competing to the flower next to it.  It just blooms - Zen Shin

A flower does not think of competing to the flower next to it.  It just blooms – Zen Shin

Yoga allows you to find an inner peace that is not ruffled and riled by the endless stresses and struggles of life - B.K.S. Iyengar

Yoga allows you to find an inner peace that is not ruffled and riled by the endless stresses and struggles of life – B.K.S. Iyengar

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony - Mahatma Gandhi

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony – Mahatma Gandhi

A photographer gets people to pose for him. A yoga instructor gets people to pose for themselves - T. Guillemets

A photographer gets people to pose for him. A yoga instructor gets people to pose for themselves – T. Guillemets

That’s why it’s called a practice. We have to practice a practice if it is to be of value - Allan Lokos

That’s why it’s called a practice. We have to practice a practice if it is to be of value – Allan Lokos

Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths - Etty Hittlesum

Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths – Etty Hittlesum

Yoga begins right where I am – not where I was yesterday or where I long to be - Linda Sparrowe

Yoga begins right where I am – not where I was yesterday or where I long to be – Linda Sparrowe

Yoga is 99% practice and 1% theory - Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois

Yoga is 99% practice and 1% theory – Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois

 

 

 

 

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Esther Nagle
Teacher, writer, speaker at Balance and Breathe
Esther is a former alcoholic, smoker and all round stressed out mess. She found the path to health, happiness, freedom and joy through Yoga. She is a passionate advocate for the power of Yoga, and time in Nature, in bringing balance to life, and giving you control over your health, happiness and wellbeing.

Esther is a powerful public speaker, writer and author. Her first book, Bent Back into Shape, Beating Addiction Through Yoga, has gained many 5 star reviews and has helped many people along their recovery journey.

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