Quotables: Yoga

Sunday, April 17th, 2011

In honor of all the great yoga teachers at Mahasukha, this month’s selection of quotes will focus on yoga philosophy on and off the mat. What follows are snippets from some of the world’s greatest religious texts, advice from leading yogis today, as well as a few quotes showing us that yogis can have a sense of humor.

“Health is wealth. Peace of mind is happiness. Yoga shows the way.” -~Swami Vishnu-Devananda

Undisturbed calmness of mind is attained by cultivating friendliness toward the happy, compassion for the unhappy, delight in the virtuous, and indifference toward the wicked. ~Pantanjali, Yoga Sutra

Anyone who practices can obtain success in yoga but not one who is lazy. Constant practice alone is the secret of success. ~Svatmarama,Hatha Yoga Pradipika

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. ~B.K.S. Iyengar, Astadala Yogamala

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

Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape. ~Author Unknown

The man of yoga is greater than ascetics, or the learned, or those who perform the rituals; therefore be a man of yoga my son. Practice yoga sincerely, with single-minded devotion, love me with perfect faith, bring your whole self to me. ~ Krisha to Arjuna, Bhagavad Gita.

“Yoga believes in transforming the individual before transforming the world.” ~ Sri Swami Satchidananda

“I wish that the message of Peace may be experienced through Yoga, which is not only a culture of the body but the evolution of the Self.” ~Yogacharya B.K.S. Iyengar

The yoga mat is a good place to turn when talk therapy and antidepressants aren’t enough. ~Amy Weintraub

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

If it seems like everything is coming at you, maybe you’re in the wrong lane. ~Author Unknown

When the breath wanders the mind also is unsteady. But when the breath is calmed the mind too will be still, and the yogi achieves long life. Therefore, one should learn to control the breath. ~ Svatmarama, Hatha Yoga Pradipika

“Yoga began with the first person wanting to be healthy and happy all the time.” – Sri Swami Satchidananda

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