International Day of Yoga is celebrated on 21 June annually. Yoga provides a holistic approach to health and well-being, it aims at building better individual lifestyles. Below are some motivational quotes to encourage you to give Yoga a try:
1- “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.”
2- "Through the practices of yoga, we discover that concern for the happiness and well being of others, including animals, must be an essential part of our own quest for happiness and well being. The fork can be a powerful weapon of mass destruction or a tool to create peace on Earth."
3- "You cannot do yoga. Yoga is your natural state. What you can do are yoga exercises, which may reveal to you where you are resisting your natural state."
4- "A photographer gets people to pose for him. A yoga instructor gets people to pose for themselves."
5- "Yoga has a sly, clever way of short circuiting the mental patterns that cause anxiety."
6- "Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured."
7- "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."
8- "Yoga is a light, which once lit, will never dim. The better your practice, the brighter the flame."
9- "The yoga mat is a good place to turn when talk therapy and antidepressants aren't enough."
10- "Yoga is the fountain of youth. You're only as young as your spine is flexible."
14- "For me, yoga is not just a workout - it's about working on yourself."
16- "Vogue and Self are putting out the message of yoginis as buff and perfect. If you start doing yoga for those reasons, fine. Most people get beyond that and see that it's much, much more."
18- "Anyone who practices can obtain success in yoga but not one who is lazy. Constant practice alone is the secret of success."
20- "Yoga is the perfect opportunity to be curious about who you are."
23- "Yoga accepts. Yoga gives."
28- "In Karma yoga no effort is ever lost, and there is no harm. Even a little practice of this discipline protects one from great fear of birth and death."
30- “Exercises are like prose, whereas yoga is the poetry of movements. Once you understand the grammar of yoga; you can write your poetry of movements.”
36- "Your mind is your instrument. Learn to be its master and not its slave."
39- "Yoga is a way to freedom. By its constant practice, we can free ourselves from fear, anguish and loneliness."
40- "Yoga is almost like music in a way; there's no end to it."
41- "Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self."
42- “You cannot do yoga. Yoga is your natural state. What you can do are yoga exercises, which may reveal to you where you are resisting your natural state.”
43- “True yoga is not about the shape of your body, but the shape of your life. Yoga is not to be performed; yoga is to be lived. Yoga doesn’t care about what you have been; yoga cares about the person you are becoming. Yoga is designed for a vast and profound purpose, and for it to be truly called yoga, its essence must be embodied.”
44- “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.”
45- “Yoga is not a work-out, it is a work-in. And this is the point of spiritual practice; to make us teachable; to open up our hearts and focus our awareness so that we can know what we already know and be who we already are.”
46- "Yoga began with the first person wanting to be healthy and happy all the time."
47- "I do yoga so that I can stay flexible enough to kick my own arse if necessary."
50- “The yoga pose that you avoid the most you need the most.”