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Inspirational Yoga Quotes and Reflections

Sarah is a certified Hatha, Vinyasa, & Kundalini yoga teacher. She is an artist who believes in the importance of living a creative life.

Artwork by Sarah O’Brien

Artwork by Sarah O’Brien

The Power of Words

Words are very powerful. Even a single word can uplift, inspire, and positively impact ones mental state. When we read or hear something that connects with us, it sends a beautiful rippling effect throughout the mind and body, allowing us to experience inner calm and wonder. Yoga is also a practice that can induce these same sensations and experiences. Read through the following quotes and passages and allow them to transport you to higher levels of calm and consciousness. You may wish to incorporate any words that really spark something in you into your own yoga practice or simply at the start of your day. Enjoy and see what comes up in your personal experience.



Yoga is not just repetation of few postures - it is more about the exploration and discovery of the subtle energies of life.

Amit Ray

My yoga teacher often said to her students, "your yoga mat is your laboratory." By this she meant that yoga can be a practice of experimentation and exploration. Learn what works for you and what doesn't. How do these sensations felt on the mat translate into the bigger picture of my own life? How can I become more flexible in my joints, and more flexible in my relationships? Yoga is a process of self-discovery and there is always more to learn.



Why they always look so serious in Yoga? You make serious face like this, you scare away good energy. To meditate, only you must smile. Smile with face, smile with mind, and good energy will come to you and clean away dirty energy. Even smile in your liver. Practice tonight at hotel. Not to hurry, not to try too hard. Too serious, you make you sick. You can calling the good energy with a smile.
(From Ketut Liyer, the Balinese healer)

Elizabeth Gilbert

Oftentimes yoga is seen as a serious practice, and in some ways it is. However, it is important to remember not to be so serious that you become rigid. Smile, laugh and play! See how many of your muscles relax simply by bringing a gentle smile to your lips.


Stay in Your Center

With the most corrupt person, you can be honest; with the most angry person, you can be cool; and with the most insulting person, you can be graceful. If the balance of your personality and your sensitivity can remain under your control and your projection, you have learned the art of living.

Yogi Bhajan

When you learn how to be centered within yourself, nothing can knock you off your path. Practice being the calm at the center of the storm. See and observe the chaos as it swirls around you, all the while keeping your inner peace.

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Yoga is the space where flower blossoms.

Amit Ray

Allow yourself to bloom into the fullest and most genuine expression of who you truly are. Grace the world with your presence as your inner beauty radiates all around you.


Live Yoga

I had discovered something; there was a pleasure in becoming something new. You could will yourself into a fresh shape. Now all I had to do was figure out how to do it out there, in my life.

Claire Dederer

You may have heard the expression "yoga off the mat." What does it mean to take what you have learned and live this truth? Hold the door open for others, give your server a generous tip, cry, practice compassion when it seems impossible. Can you make your whole life your practice?


Light over Dark

Don't be a reflection of your depression, your dark, or your ugly. Reflect what you want. Your light, your beauty, & your strength. Aspire for greatness - reflect who you are; not which deficits you maintain. Showcase the hidden treasures.

Tiffany Luard

We all have shadows and darkness in the corners of our being. Do not be afraid to compassionate about those places within yourself. Acknowledge every part of who you are, and then allow the light to overcome.


Dive Deeply into Yourself

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

Dive deeply into the well of your being and bring up that reserve of pure clarity. Everything that you need is already within you.



As I explore the wilderness of my own body, I see that I am made of blood and bones, sunlight and water, pesticide residues and redwood humus, the fears and dreams of generations of ancestors, particles of exploded stars.

Anne Cushman

You are everything. Why deny any part of yourself? To say anything is bad, is simply a judgement. Allow yourself to simply be and appreciate everything that you are for truly your existence is remarkable.



Crying is one of the highest devotional songs. One who knows crying, knows spiritual practice. If you can cry with a pure heart, nothing else compares to such a prayer. Crying includes all the principles of Yoga.


Studies have analyzed tears, and do you know what was found contained within them? Toxins. Crying is a positive and healthy form of release. Allow yourself to cry and rinse yourself clean from the inside out.

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