Yoga Quotes: Inspirational, Funny, Deep

As you read through our yoga quotes, just breathe. (Sorry, couldn’t resist). This collection of yoga quotations and sayings features something for everyone: some funny, some inspirational. Selections address balance, meditation, gratitude, and love.

You might also be interested in our good yoga captions for Instagram after the yoga sayings.

Inspirational Yoga Quotes

Yoga and world peace quotations.

1.) All kidding aside, if everyone did yoga, we would have world peace.

Rory Freedman speaks to the higher goals that yoga tries to instill. And seriously, if world leaders all practiced the art, everyone would be more relaxed and less likely to generate conflict. How do we make that happen?

Peace within saying.

2.) Sky above, earth below, peace within.

Yoga is all about finding inner peace. Work inside out to conquer the challenges in your world.

Smiling is mouth yoga.

3.) Smiling is mouth yoga.

When Thich Nhat Hanh wrote this, he captured a feeling that many folks who practice yoga can relate to. Exercising the muscles in your face to smile comes easier when you practice yoga (we think).

Yoga is the journey of the self image.

4.) Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self.

Bhagavad Gita’s insight into yoga practice highlights the importance of self-control and mastery. It is another one of his great yoga sayings.

Meditation is hanging out with your soul quote.

5.) Meditation is hanging out with your soul.

Probably at no other time are you in a more direct connection with your inner soul than when you meditate.

Expect nothing; appreciate everything.

6.) Expect nothing; appreciate everything.

Gratitude is a consistent theme for those who want to live a happy life.

Loving people change the world.

7.) Loving people can change the world.

Yoga isn’t just about stretching and getting into good physical shape. This yoga quote reflects that sentiment.

Best yoga quote on transformation.

8.) Yoga does not just change the way we see things; it transforms the person who sees.

One of the best yoga quotes by B.K.S. Iyengar comes back to the concept of the self-journey that one embarks on when practicing yoga.

Each of is a lake quote.

9.) Each of us is a lake of love, yet strangely enough, we are all thirsty.

When Swami Kripalu wrote these words, he captured the thought that loving attitudes begin from within.

The attitude of gratitude.

10.) The attitude of gratitude is the highest yoga.

Yogi Bhajan echoes a critical building block of yoga: gratitude is vitally essential in everyday life.

Funny Yoga Quotes

Some days you eat salads and do yoga. Someday you eat cupcakes and refuse to put on pants. It’s called balance.

Any yoga I do is “hot yoga.” Just sayin’.

Yoga: because punching people is frowned upon.

Sometimes in yoga, I feel like a graceful swan. Other times, I feel like a baby giraffe learning to use its legs.

I do yoga to relieve stress. Just kidding, I drink wine in yoga pants.

I do yoga to burn off the crazy.

Drop and give me zen.

Yoga: I’m down, dog.

If you fall, I’ll be there. Signed, Mat.

I bend so I don’t break.

More stretching, less stressing.

I’m sorry for what I said before I yoga-ed.

Never underestimate a woman with a yoga mat.

Sometimes you need yoga. Other times you need wine. Sometimes you need both.

A photographer gets people to pose for him. A yoga instructor gets people to pose for themselves.

Meditation: Because Google can’t answer some questions.

Yoga Quotes On Balance

Everything in the universe is within you. Ask all of yourself.

Let your practice be a celebration of life.
Seido Lee de Barros (one of our favorite yoga quotes)

Your soul is your best friend. Treat it with care, nurture it with growth, and feed it with love.
Ashourina Yalda

Remember the emphasis on the heart. The mind lives in doubt, and the heart lives in trust. When you trust, suddenly, you become centered.

The body is your temple. Keep it pure and clean for the soul to reside in.
B.K.S. Iyengar

Yoga is the practice of quieting the mind.

Anyone can practice. The young man can practice. The old man can practice. Very old men can practice. Man who is sick, he can practice. A man who doesn’t have strength can practice. Except for lazy people, lazy people can’t practice Ashtanga yoga.
Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois

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

On Mindfulness

Yoga is 99% practice and 1% theory.
Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois

Anyone who practices can obtain success in yoga but not one who is lazy. Constant practice alone is the secret of success.

One of the fundamental principles of yoga: a small action done repeatedly can make an enormous difference.
Dr. Timothy McCall

The nature of yoga is to shine the light of awareness into the darkest corners of the body.

Yoga is not a religion. It is a science, science of well-being, science of youthfulness, science of integrating body, mind, and soul.
Amit Ray

Yoga Quotes About Love

Raise your words, not voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.

The purpose of life is to watch and experience living. To enjoy living every moment of it. And to live in environments which are calm, quiet, slow, sophisticated, and elegant. Just to be. Whether you are naked or you have a golden robe on you, that doesn’t make any difference. The ideal purpose of your life is that you are grateful – great and full – that you are alive, and you enjoy it.
Yogi Bhajan

Yoga is not just a repetition of a few postures – it is more about the exploration and discovery of the subtle energies of life.
Amit Ray

Center your body and mind, and stretch the possibilities.

In truth, yoga doesn’t take time – it gives time.
Ganga White

The very heart of yoga practice is “abyhasa” – a steady effort in the direction you want to go.
Sally Kempton

Be grateful for whoever comes because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.

The body benefits from movement, and the mind benefits from stillness.
Sakyong Mipham

Meditation is a way for nourishing and blossoming the divinity within you.
Amit Ray

To conquer the unknown, you must trust.
Yogi Bhajan

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Yoga Motivation Quotes

When you listen to yourself, everything comes naturally. It comes from inside, like a kind of will to do something. Try to be sensitive. That is yoga.
Petri Raisanen

Inner peace begins the moment you choose not to allow another person or event to control your emotions.
Pema Chodron

When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all of your thoughts break their bonds. Your mind transcends limitations; your consciousness expands in every direction; and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties, and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person than you ever dreamed yourself to be.
Patanjali, The Yoga Sutras

The asanas are useful maps to explore yourself, but they are not the territory.
Donna Farhi

Where there is love, there is no question.
Yogi Bhajan

It doesn’t matter what exactly you choose to do with your beautiful life, but I hope that whatever you choose, you go all in.
Nikki Banas

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Through sustained focus and meditation on our patterns, habits, and conditioning, we gain knowledge and understanding of our past and how we can change the patterns that aren’t serving us to live more freely and fully.
Yoga Sutra 111.18

Be a lamp to yourself. Be your own confidence. Hold on to the truth within yourself as to the only truth.

Although yoga has its origins in ancient India, its methods and purposes are universal, relying not on cultural background, faith, or deity but simply on the individual. Yoga has become important in the lives of many contemporary Westerners, sometimes as a way of improving the health and fitness of the body but also as a means of personal and spiritual development.
Tara Fraser

No one who does good work will ever come to a bad end, either here or in the world to come.
Bhagavad Gita

Have only love in your heart for others. The more you see the good in them, the more you will establish good in yourself.
Paramahansa Yogananda

Gratitude Sayings

Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths.
Etty Hittlesum

Yoga begins right where I am – not where I was yesterday or where I long to be.
Linda Sparrowe

Your mind is your instrument. Learn to be its master and not its slave.

Yoga is not a workout. 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.
Rolf Gates

Don’t move the way fear makes you move. Move the way love makes you move. Move the way joy makes you move.

To perform every action artfully is yoga.
Swami Kripalu

Quotations About Change

Change is not something that we should fear. Rather, it is something that we should welcome. 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.

Yoga is not the flexible. It’s for the willing.

Move your joints every day. You have to find your own tricks. Bury your mind deep in your heart, and watch the body move by itself.
Sri Dharma Mittra

The most important pieces of equipment you need for doing yoga are your body and your mind.
Rodney Yee

Yoga is about clearing away whatever is in us that prevents our living in the most full and whole way. With yoga, we become aware of how and where we are restricted – in body, mind, and heart – and how gradually to open and release these blockages. As these blockages are cleared, our energy is freed. We start to feel more harmonious, more at one with ourselves. Our lives begin to flow – or we begin to flow more in our lives.
Cybele Tomlinson

Yoga accepts. Yoga gives.
April Vallei

All problems are illusions of the mind.
Eckhart Tolle

Deep Yoga Thoughts About Life

Yoga teaches you how to listen to your body.

Meditation and concentration are the way to a life of serenity.

You cannot always control what goes on outside, but you can always control what goes on inside.
Wayne Dyer

Yoga is a light that, once lit, will never dim: the better your practice, the brighter your flame.
B.K.S. Iyengar

Yoga has a sly, clever way of short-circuiting the mental patterns that cause anxiety.
Baxter Bell

Quiet the mind, and the soul will speak.

Yoga is the perfect opportunity to be curious about who you are.
Jason Crandell

Rule your mind, or it will rule you.

Yoga exists in the world because everything is linked.

What yoga philosophy and all the great Buddhist teachings tell 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.
Donna Farhi

Breathe Sayings

When you own your breath, nobody can steal your peace.

The yoga pose you avoid the most you need the most.

The pose begins when you want to leave it.
Baron Baptiste (One of those deep yoga quotes that make perfect sense)

Change only happens in the present moment. The past is already done. The future is just energy and intention.
Kino MacGregor

For me, yoga is not just a workout – it’s about working on yourself.
Mary Glover

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

Yoga is the perfect opportunity to be curious about who you are.
Jason Crandell

Inhale love, exhale hate.

Yoga Instagram Captions

Now drop and give me zen!

The pose you avoid the most is the one you need the most.

Paradise Found!

I bend so I don’t break.

Inhale the future, exhale the past.

Zen is my superpower.

When in doubt, go to yoga class.

I’m sorry for what I said before going to yoga.

I do yoga on days that end in “y.”

Yoga first, then everything else!

Trust the Universe.

Inhale, Exhale, Repeat.

Embrace messy hair and yoga clothes.

Yoga Dude.

I’m just here for the Savasana.

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I do yoga to burn off the crazy.

Yoga skills.

It’s a nice day for yoga.

Yogi or Yogi the Bear?

Yoga class? I thought you said, “Pour a glass.”

Beware of the one with the yoga mat.

Nama-stay in bed.

Yoga Gangster!

The sky above, earth below, peace within.

Go with the flow.

Let’s Broga!

Home is where your yoga mat is.

Yoga? I’m down, dog!

Yoga people are twisted.

I’m nicer after yoga.

Log out, shut down, and go to yoga.

Be a better you for yourself.

Making myself proud.

Good vibes only.

Meditation is hanging out with your soul.

Yoga Terms To Know

Asana: This refers to the series of physical poses that you’ll use during class. It’s your manner of sitting.

Namaste: This is a salutation usually said at the end of class while one presses their palms together and bows the head. The translation is, “the divine in me acknowledges the divine in you.”

Downward Facing Dog: Even if you haven’t attended a yoga class, you’re probably familiar with this pose’s name, if nothing else. To achieve this pose – kind of an inverted “V” – you place your hands and feet on the ground with your back straight.

Pranayama: This refers to controlled breathing while you practice yoga.

Savasana: Known as the “corpse pose,” lay down with palms up at your side. This pose typically comes at the end of yoga classes.


Here are some frequently asked questions about yoga quotes.

1.) How to use yoga quotes?

Personal Inspiration: Include a favorite yoga quote on the fridge, in your purse, or on an office wall for motivation and as a friendly reminder for your mindfulness.
Group Motivation: Share your favorite yoga quotes with your instructor or class.
Public Awareness: Create a poster or sign with a great yoga quote to remind others of the central point.
Education: Include a series of good yoga quotes in an email or newsletter.
Personal Message: to a Friend: If one of the quotes is a direct fit for a friend, share the quote via a text or conversation.
Social Media: Post one of the best yoga quotes on Facebook or Instagram to make others aware of how you feel.

2.) What are some yoga mantras for meditation?

Mantras are repeated to bring peace and clear the mind. Here are some favorite mantras.
I am enough.
Om shanti shanti shanti.
I am love.
So hum.
Sat nam.
I am here for a purpose.
I am light.

Hope you enjoyed these yoga quotes and captions. Time for yoga.

By Liz Olson

Liz is a poet, writer, and yoga enthusiast who lives in Minneapolis.


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