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.— K. Pattabhi Jois
Cheerful Yoga And Life quotations
You don't have a soul. You are a Soul. You have a body.
Recognize that you have the courage within you to fulfill the purpose of your birth. Summon forth the power of your inner courage and live the life of your dreams.
When you live your life with an appreciation of coincidences and their meanings, you connect with the underlying field of infinite possibilities.
You can have calmness of mind at all times by the practice of yoga.
You can have restful sleep. You can have increased energy, vigour, vitality, longevity, and a high standard of health. You can turn out efficient work within a short space of time. You can have success in every walk of life.
Move, but don't move the way fear makes you move.
Yoga does not remove us from the reality or responsibilities of everyday life but rather places our feet firmly and resolutely in the practical ground of experience. We don't transcend our lives; we return to the life we left behind in the hopes of something better.
When you find your path, you must not be afraid.
You need to have sufficient courage to make mistakes. Disappointment, defeat, and despair are the tools God uses to show us the way.
Live, travel, adventure, bless, and don't be sorry.
The success of Yoga does not lie in the ability to perform postures but in how it positively changes the way we live our life and our relationships.
The man who sat on the ground in his tipi meditating on life and its meaning, accepting the kinship of all creatures and acknowledging unity with the universe of things, was infusing into his being the true essence of civilization.
Yoga believes in transforming the individual before transforming the world.
Whatever change we want to happen outside should happen within. If you walk in peace and express that peace in your very life, others will see you and learn something.
If you look deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all generations of your ancestors. All of them are alive in this moment. Each is present in your body. You are the continuation of each of these people.
There are three values: Feel good, be good and do good.
You are an aperture through which the universe is looking at and exploring itself.
Love is the bridge between you and everything.
I hoped to get instruction in Yoga, expected wonderful teachings, but what the teacher did was mainly to force me to face the darkness within myself and it almost killed me.... I was beaten down in every sense until I had to come to terms with that in me which I kept rejecting all my life.
Yoga is the practice of quieting the mind.
Practicing yoga does not eliminate life’s challenges, and neither does it provide us with a convenient trap-door to escape from life’s distractions. Instead, Yoga gives us the skills to meet life head-on with dignity and poise.
There will always be people who can do it better than you, but that's a good thing! Start to see competition as inspiration — without envy.
We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves; otherwise, we harden.
Mind is everything. What we think, we become.
As a longtime practitioner of yoga and a person who's been involved in physical fitness my whole life, I can tell you, yoga helps you achieve altered states of consciousness. It is not just stretching. The only way you can say that it's stretching is if you haven't done it, or that you haven't done it rigorously for a long period of time.
Mysticism—Magic and Yoga—is the means, therefore, to a new universal life, richer, greater and more full of resource than ever before, as free as sunlight, as gracious as the unfolding of a rose. It is for man (and woman) to take.
Meditate. Live purely. Be quiet. Do your work with mastery. Like the moon, come out from behind the clouds! Shine.
Yoga is your direct intimacy with the nurturing power of Life.
It is the practical means adapted to personal needs, age, health and all cultures.
The most important pieces of equipment you need for doing yoga are your body and your mind.
Whatever you do in life, yoga shows you how to do it better.
Yoga is like music: the rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind, and the harmony of the soul create the symphony of life.
Change is not something that we should fear.
Rather, it is something that we should welcome. For without change, nothing in this world would ever grow or blossom, and no one in this world would ever move forward to become the person they're meant to be.
While everything around me is ever changing, ever dying, there is underlying that change a living power that is changeless, that holds all together, that creates, dissolves and recreates.... For I can see in the midst of death, life persists, in the midst of untruth, truth persists, in the midst of darkness light persists.
Respect yourself and others will respect you.
The asanas are useful maps to explore yourself, but they are not the territory.
Wear gratitude like a cloak and it will feed every corner of your life.
What yoga philosophy and all the great Buddhist teachings tells us is that solidity is a creation of the ordinary mind and that there never was anything permanent to begin with that we could hold on to. Life would be much easier and substantially less painful if we lived with the knowledge of impermanence as the only constant.