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1. “The word yoga comes from Sanskrit, the language of ancient India. It means union, integration, or wholeness. It is an approach to health that promotes the harmonious collaboration of the human being’s three components: body, mind, and spirit.”— Stella Weller

2. “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

3. “The very heart of the practice of yoga is abhyasa—steady effort in the direction you want to go.”— Sally Kempton

4. “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.”— T.K.V. Desikachar

5. “Yoga is invigoration in relaxation. Freedom in routine. Confidence through self control. Energy within and energy without.”— Ymber Delecto

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6. “Yoga has a sly, clever way of short circuiting the mental patterns that cause anxiety.”— Baxter Bell

7. “Yoga is the stilling of the fluctuations of the mind”— Yoga Sutra

8. “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.”— Sharon Gannon

9. “In the practice of Yoga one can emphasize the body, the mind or the self and hence the effort can never be fruitless.”— T. Krishnamacharya

10. “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

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11. “Yoga is the perfect opportunity to be curious about who you are.”— Ason Crandell

12. “When this body has been so magnificently and artistically created by God, it is only fitting that we should maintain it in good health and harmony by the most excellent and artistic science of Yoga.”— Geeta Iyenger

13. “Yoga is possible for anybody who really wants it. Yoga is universal, but don’t approach yoga with a business mind looking for worldly gain.”— K. Pattabhi Jois

14. “Yoga is a way to freedom. By its constant practice, we can free ourselves from fear, anguish and loneliness.”— Indra Devi

15. “Any belief, whatever it is, is counterproductive in the context of the practice of yoga. One holds a belief instead of knowing. For example, you wouldn’t say you believe in your right ear, since you know your ear, no belief is required. Believing always excludes knowing. When jnana (supreme knowledge) comes through the practice of yoga, you will know. Do not be satisfied with believing.” — Gregor Maehle

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16. “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.”— Rolf Gates

17. “Yoga is the unifying art of transforming dharma into action, be it through inspired thought, properly nurturing our children, a painting, a kindness or an act of peace that forever moves humanity forward.”— Micheline Berry

18. “The ultimate goal of yoga is to always observe things accurately, and therefore never act in a way that will make us regret our actions later.”— T.K.V. Desikachar

19. “The practice of Yoga brings us face to face with the extraordinary complexity of our own being.”— Sri Aurobindo

20. “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.”— Donna Farhi

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21. “Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured.”— B.K.S. Iyengar

22. “The meaning of our self is not to be found in its separateness from God and others, but in the ceaseless realization of yoga, of union.”— Rabindranath Tagore

23. “By embracing your mother wound as your yoga, you transform what has been a hindrance in your life into a teacher of the heart.”— Phillip Moffitt

24. “Yoga is not about self-improvement, it’s about self-acceptance.”— Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa

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

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26. “Yoga is a dance between control and surrender – between pushing and letting go – and when to push and when to let go becomes part of the creative process, part of the open-ended exploration of your being.”— Joel Kramer

27. “In our uniquely human capacity of connect movement with breath and spiritual meaning, yoga is born.”— Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa

28. “The wisdom of Yoga transforms one from craving for freedom to recognition of unboundedness, from limited ownership to oneness with the whole.”— Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

29. “Practicing yoga during the day is a matter of keeping your eyes on the road and one ear turned toward the infinite.”— Erich Schiffmann

30. “Yoga exercises are excellent; the speaker does them every day, for an hour or more; but that is merely physical exercise, to keep the body healthy, and so on.”— Jiddhu Krishnamurti

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31. “Yoga is the fountain of youth. You’re only as young as your spine is flexible.”— Bob Harper

32. “Like a flower bud, human life has the potential to blossom fully. Blossoming of human potential to fullness is yoga.”— Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

33. “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