Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace.— Dalai Lama
Colorful Yoga quotations
You are only as young as your spine is flexible.
When you think everything is someone else's fault, you will suffer a lot.
When you realize that everything springs only from yourself, you will learn both peace and joy.
If you want to be sad, no one in the world can make you happy.
But if you make up your mind to be happy, no one and nothing on earth can take that happiness from you.
Anyone can practice. Young man can practice. Old man can practice. Very old man can practice. Man who is sick, he can practice. Man who doesn't have strength can practice. Except lazy people; lazy people can't practice Ashtanga yoga.
It is very important to understand yoga philosophy: without philosophy, practice is not good, and yoga practice is the starting place for yoga philosophy. Mixing both is actually the best.
When one experiences truth, the madness of finding fault with others disappears.
Do your practice and all is coming.
Yoga is for internal cleansing, not external exercising. Yoga means true self-knowledge.
Yoga, as a way of life and a philosophy, can be practiced by anyone with inclination to undertake it, for yoga belongs to humanity as a whole. It is not the property of any one group or any one individual, but can be followed by any and all, in any corner of the globe, regardless of class, creed or religion.
You don't have a soul. You are a Soul. You have a body.
Everyone has in him something divine, something his own, a chance of perfection and strength in however small a sphere which God offers him to take or refuse. The task is to find it, develop it & use it. The chief aim of education should be to help the growing soul to draw out that in itself which is best and make it perfect for a noble use.
If you cannot find the truth right where you are, where else do you expect to find it?
The full ashtanga system practiced with devotion leads to freedom within one's heart.
Being a seeker means no matter what the Vedas said, what Krishna or Shiva said, you have to know the truth in your own experience.
Body is not stiff, mind is stiff.
Inhale, and God approaches you. Hold the inhalation, and God remains with you. Exhale, and you approach God. Hold the exhalation, and surrender to God.
The spiritual journey is individual, highly personal.
It can't be organized or regulated. It isn't true that everyone should follow one path. Listen to your own truth.
Water is fluid, soft, and yielding. But water will wear away rock, which is rigid and cannot yield. As a rule, whatever is fluid, soft, and yielding will overcome whatever is rigid and hard. This is another paradox: what is soft is strong.
Ego says, "Once everything falls into place, I'll feel peace".
Spirit says, "Find your peace, and then everything will fall into place".
If we learn to open our hearts, anyone, including the people who drive us crazy, can be our teacher.
If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.
You are what you want to become. Why search anymore? You are a wonderful manifestation. The whole universe has come together to make your existence possible. There is nothing that is not you. The kingdom of God, the Pure Land, nirvana, happiness, and liberation are all you.
Master your breath, let the self be in bliss, contemplate on the sublime within you.
Yoga is 99% practice and 1% theory.
Rid your body of its impurities, let your speech be true and sweet, feel friendship for the world, and with humility seek wealth and knowledge.
Nowadays, the practice of yoga stops with just asanas.
Very few even attempt dharana and dhyana (deeper meditation) with seriousness. There is a need to search once more and reestablish the practice and value of yoga in modern times.
If we practice the science of yoga, which is useful to the entire human community and which yields happiness both here and hereafter - if we practice it without fail, we will then attain physical, mental, and spiritual happiness, and our minds will flood towards the Self.
Meditation is not a way of making your mind quiet.
It is a way of entering into the quiet that is already there - buried under the 50,000 thoughts the average person thinks every day
The heart is the hub of all sacred places. Go there and roam.
Have only love in your heart for others.
The more you see the good in them, the more you will establish good in yourself.
Light must come from inside. You cannot ask the darkness to leave; you must turn on the light.
The body is your temple. Keep it pure and clean for the soul to reside in.
If you don't love yourself, you cannot love others.
You will not be able to love others. If you have no compassion for yourself then you are not able of developing compassion for others.
The game is not about becoming somebody, it's about becoming nobody.