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Quotations about Hatha Yoga


Yoga is the fountain of youth. You're only as young as your spine is flexible. ~Bob Harper

The beauty is that people often come here for the stretch, and leave with a lot more. ~Liza Ciano, co-owner and co-director of Yoga Vermont,

I like the physical part, but I'm also drawn to the spiritual. For me, yoga is not just a workout — it's about working on yourself. ~Mary Glover, “Health Profile: Yoga leaves aches and pains behind,” The Arizona Republic, 2004

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. ~Geeta S. Iyengar, Yoga: A Gem for Women, 1983

Nothing happens in the mind that doesn't happen in the body. They are one. Within our bodies we hold the mental, emotional, and tactile experiences of our past and present... By manipulating the body with hatha yoga, we release buried negative emotions that are crippling to our spiritual progress, and we guide the crooked course of our inherent tendencies straight... Our spiritual intent realigns our misaligned emotional body. ~Max Strom, A Life Worth Breathing: A Yoga Master's Handbook of Strength, Grace, and Healing, 2012

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-realisation. 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. ~B.K.S. Iyengar

I'd go to yoga,
But they don't serve donuts there.
Namaste right here.
~Kate Miller-Wilson, "Yoga Haiku," 20 Funny Haiku Poems,, 2020

No one can "do yoga"... Yoga is who you are. It is your natural state. What we can do are practices that, by revealing to us our resistance to existing in our natural state, may lead us to it. ~Sharon Gannon and David Life, Jivamukti Yoga: Practices for Liberating Body and Soul, 2002

I believe our hunger for yoga, and our eagerness to embrace yoga as a spiritual practice, are a testament to our growth and our desire for change. In the aftermath of the bloodbath that was the twentieth century, and in the presence of threats posed by more recent events, there is a pressing need for what Buddhist scholar Robert Thurman describes as a "cold revolution." We need a new paradigm, one that will replace our present attachment to imbalance. Yoga is the study of balance, and balance is the aim of all living creatures; it is our home. ~Rolf Gates, Meditations from the Mat: Daily Reflections on the Path of Yoga, 2002

It has been a task in my practice of yoga to feel the unlimited aspects of Self as well as to explore and challenge the physical aspects — both pleasant and painful. This challenge is emotional, intellectual, psychological, physical, and spiritual. ~Sting, 2002

Yoga has a sly, clever way of short-circuiting the mental patterns that cause anxiety. ~Baxter Bell, quoted in “Worry Thwarts,” Yoga Journal, March 2006

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

I do yoga so that I can stay flexible enough to kick my own arse if necessary. ~Betsy Cañas Garmon, @wildthyme, tweet, 2009,

I believe that yoga has provided me with energy and focus that I would not have possessed otherwise. ~Sting, 2002

The awareness that we cultivate is what makes yoga a practice, rather than a task or a goal to be completed. Your body will most likely become much more flexible by doing yoga, and so will your mind. ~Cyndi Lee, "Yoga 101: A Beginner's Guide to Practice, Meditation, and the Sutras,", 2014

Yoga is the perfect opportunity to be curious about who you are. ~Jason Crandell, quoted in Yoga Journal, November 2005

Hatha yoga is a powerful tool for self-transformation. It asks us to bring our attention to our breath, which helps us to still the fluctuations of the mind and be more present in the unfolding of each moment. ~Cyndi Lee, "Yoga 101: A Beginner's Guide to Practice, Meditation, and the Sutras,", 2014

To me, when a pose is deeper, it doesn't mean that you're stretching more intensely... Deeper to me is when there's more synchronicity between the breath, the body, and the mind. What we're trying to do in yoga is to create a union, and so to deepen a yoga pose is to actually increase the union of the pose, not necessarily put your leg around your head. ~Rodney Yee, Yoga: The Poetry of the Body, 2002

Remember, it doesn't matter how deep into a posture you go — what does matter is who you are when you get there. ~Max Strom, A Life Worth Breathing: A Yoga Master's Handbook of Strength, Grace, and Healing, 2012

That's exactly how it is in yoga. The places where you have the most resistance are actually the places that are going to be the areas of the greatest liberation. ~Rodney Yee, Yoga: The Poetry of the Body, 2002

Sun salutations can energize and warm you, even on the darkest, coldest winter day. ~Carol Krucoff

Mountain pose teaches us, literally, how to stand on our own two feet... teaching us to root ourselves into the earth... Our bodies become a connection between heaven and earth. ~Carol Krucoff

Mountain pose is an affirmation. You can conquer anything with your natural boldness and resolute strength. Only you can reach the peak of your success. ~Terri Guillemets, "Asana," 2002

Hatha yoga is based on watching animals stretch in nature. I know what you're thinking, "Ellen, I've seen my dog stretch out in certain ways to clean himself and I don't want to do that." That's not the part yoga focuses on. ~Ellen DeGeneres, Seriously… I'm Kidding, 2011

In this fast-paced, constantly moving world, practicing yoga allows me time to stop and just be aware of where I am and how I feel. It is a time to be one with my body, and let go of all the distractions and worries of the outside world. Holding an asana like Warrior One, with my legs stretched in a lunge and my arms reaching up, I feel grounded and free at the same time. I can sense my body acting as a conduit between the earth and the sky, and feel my breath flowing with this sacred energy. ~Jonathan Urla, Yogilates: Integrating Yoga and Pilates for Complete Fitness, Strength, and Flexibility, 2002,

Warrior pose battles inner weakness and wins focus. You see that there is no war within you. You're on your own side, and you are your own strength. ~Terri Guillemets, "Asana," 2002

Tree pose grows confidence. It grounds. It roots us to this world. ~Terri Guillemets, "Asana," 2002

Chair pose is a defiance of spirit, showing how high you can reach even when you're forced down. ~Terri Guillemets, "Asana," 2002

All unimportant matters drop off you in ragdoll pose. Very few things are genuinely important. The Truth sways before you. ~Terri Guillemets, "Asana," 2002

Corpse pose restores life. Dead parts of your being fall away — the ghosts are released. ~Terri Guillemets, "Asana," 2002

Concentrating on poses clears the mind, while focusing on the breath helps the body shift out of fight-or-flight mode. ~Melanie Haiken, “Worry Thwarts,” Yoga Journal, March 2006

In truth, yoga doesn't "take time" — it gives time. ~Ganga White, Yoga Beyond Belief: Insights to Awaken and Deepen Your Practice, 2007

What kind of Yoga do you want to practice, the Yoga of getting or the Yoga of giving?... One enslaves, the other liberates. ~Nisargadatta Maharaj, "Conversations with Nisargadatta Maharaj: Conversation #70," Yoga Journal, 1981

The ultimate essence of yoga is the contact and the union between the individual consciousness and the divine consciousness. ~Raphael, Essence and Purpose of Yoga: The Initiatory Pathways to the Transcendent, 1990, translated

For those wounded by civilization, yoga is a healing salve. ~Terri Guillemets, 2002

It was obvious to me that for optimal fitness, yoga and Pilates belonged together.... Yogilates was born from my desire to create an accessible and effective regimen that contained the best of both techniques and would be ideal for everyone... ~Jonathan Urla, Yogilates: Integrating Yoga and Pilates for Complete Fitness, Strength, and Flexibility, 2002,

Yoga had helped me from sustaining serious injuries throughout most of my career. ~Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, A Season on the Reservation: My Sojourn with the White Mountain Apache, 2000

Hatha is the sanctuary for those suffering every type of pain. It is the foundation for those practicing every type of Yoga. ~Svatmarama, The Hatha Yoga Pradipika, translated from Sanskrit by Brian Dana Akers,

Practicing yoga during the day is a matter of keeping your eyes on the road and one ear turned toward the Infinite. It's about listening inwardly as often as you can for your deepest impulses... ~Erich Schiffmann, Yoga The Spirit And Practice Of Moving Into Stillness, 1996

One succeeds in all Yogas through energetic practice — even if one is young, old, very old, sick, or weak. ~Svatmarama, The Hatha Yoga Pradipika, translated from Sanskrit by Brian Dana Akers,

Yoga practitioners advise the times around sunrise and sunset, well before eating a meal, as the best time for yoga and meditation practice. The science of biometeorology (the study of natural forces on human and animal life) tells us that the sun has a tremendous impact upon the lives of plants, animals, and human beings. Even our blood chemistry changes with the rising and setting of the sun! Therefore, there may be a chemical basis for the thousands of years of belief, in every spiritual tradition, that to meditate and pray at sunrise and sunset is somehow more effective, more auspicious. ~Vimala Schneider McClure, A Woman's Guide to Tantra Yoga, 1997

But yoga in Mayfair or Fifth Avenue, or in any other place which is on the telephone, is a spiritual fake. ~C. G. Jung, translated by R. F. C. Hull, 1958

The last time I opened my chakra so I could feel my peace, I got thrown right out of the pub. ~Terri Guillemets, 2002  [Writing drunk may work for some, but I've not had great results. —tg]

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