Benefits of Yoga Quotes, Captions

These yoga quotes cover a wide range of thoughts from famous yogis, authors, philosophers, and teachers—providing yoga lovers with insight into the wisdom behind the practice.

Here are just a few of the many ways these sayings can be used:

  • Personal inspiration – Find your favorite quote and make it your mantra for motivation.
  • Yoga instructors – Introduce students to a new concept or philosophy at the start or end of yoga class.
  • Signage and wall art – Put your crafting skills to work by creating a visual reminder of your favorite yoga quote to hang on the wall.
  • Social media – Yoga quotes make great captions for Instagram and other social media site posts.
  • Share with friends – These sayings make perfect conversation starters over a cup of tea with yoga partners!

Yoga quotes for a well-balanced life

Let’s start this list of yoga quotes with ten of our favorites.

Top 10 best yoga quotes

1.) Yoga is the space where flower blossoms.
Amit Ray, Indian author and spiritualist

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

3.) Yoga does not transform the way we see things, it transforms the person who sees.
B.K.S. Iyengar, yoga instructor

4.) The body benefits from movement, and the mind benefits from stillness.
Sakyong Mipham, Shambhala International

5.) The nature of yoga is to shine the light of awareness into the darkest corners of the body.
Jason Crandell, yoga and meditation expert

6.) 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.
Amit Ray

7.) Yoga is the practice of quieting the mind.
Patanjali, ancient Indian sage

8.) Yoga is the golden key that unlocks the door to peace, tranquility, and joy.
B.K.S. Iyengar

9.) Yoga is the dance of every cell with the music of every breath that creates inner serenity and harmony.
Ewnetu Bereda, author

10.) Yoga is not about touching your toes, it’s about what you learn on the way down.
Dr. Jigar Gor, Ayurveda physician

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Funny yoga sayings

I do yoga so that I can stay flexible enough to kick my own arse if necessary.
Betsy Cañas Garmon

Yoga is not about tightening your ass. It’s about getting your head out of it.
Eric Paskel

It would be a shame to lose the precious jewel of liberation in the mud of ignorant bodybuilding.
Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois

Yoga. Because punching people is frowned upon.

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

Best fitness quotes and sayings.

Short quotes

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

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

To perform every action artfully is yoga.
Swami Kripalu

Inhale the future. Exhale the past.

Yoga adds years to your life and life to your years.

Go from a human being doing yoga to a human being yoga.
Baron Baptiste

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

Yoga claims limbs to give lives.
Mantaranjot Mangat

All kidding aside, if everyone did yoga, we’d have world peace.
Rory Freedman

The attitude of gratitude is the highest yoga.
Yogi Bhajan

What you think, you become.

Yoga is the science of reality.
Sushil Singh

There are many goals but one path—the path of compassion.
Amit Ray

The pose begins when you want to get out of it.
Baron Baptiste

Yoga exists in the world because everything is linked.
T. K. V. Desikachar

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Yoga quotes about change, renewal, and new beginnings

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

The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.

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

I had discovered something; there was a pleasure in becoming something new. You could will yourself into a fresh shape. Now all I had to do was figure out how to do it out there, in my life.
Claire Dederer, Poser: My Life in Twenty-three Yoga Poses

Yoga does not just change the way we see things, it transforms the person who sees.
B.K.S Iyengar

Let go of something to gain everything; let go of fraction to gain the whole.

Letting go is the hardest asana.

Remember, it doesn’t matter how deep into a posture you go. What does matter is who you are when you get there.
Max Storm

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Meditation quotes

Yoga and Meditation have the power to change our physical and mental existence.
Purvi Raniga

So what is a good meditator? A good meditator meditates.
Allan Lokos

With the everyday practice of Meditation, we learn to create equilibrium and balance within.
Purvi Raniga

Meditation brings wisdom; lack of meditation leaves ignorance. Know well what leads you forward and what holds you back, and choose the path that leads to wisdom.

True meditation is about being fully present with everything that is including discomfort and challenges. It is not an escape from life.
Craig Hamilton

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

If every eight-year-old in the world is taught meditation, we will eliminate violence from the world within one generation.
Dali Lama

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On reflection

Yoga is a mirror to look at ourselves from within.

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 Räisänen

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Inner-peace yoga quotes

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

We all wish for world peace, but world peace will never be achieved unless we first establish peace within our own minds.
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

Chasing after the world brings chaos. Allowing it all to come to me, brings peace.
Zen Gatha

When you find peace within yourself, you become the kind of person who can live at peace with others.
Peace Pilgrim

You spend so much time in your head in life. And what yoga does is, it asks you to allow your head to be quiet, to allow it to be still, just for an hour and a half. Just deal with your body and your breath.
Colin Farrell, actor

The yoga pose is not the goal. Becoming flexible is not the goal. Standing on your hands is not the goal. The goal is serenity. Balance. Truly finding peace in your own skin.
Rachel Brathen, Yoga Girl

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On contentment

A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it. It just blooms.
Zen Shin

Spiritual awakening is like unfollowing who you think you are.
Frode Gåsland

I think it’s interesting that the opposite of being active in yoga is not being passive. It’s being receptive.
Cyndi Lee

Be where you are, not where you think you should be.

You may not be able to control the whole world, but you may learn to control your inner world through yoga.
Debasish Mridha

You are the sky, everything else is just the weather.
Pema Chodron

The best thing you could do is master the chaos in you. You are not thrown into the fire, you are the fire.
Mama Indigo

About mindfulness

Yoga is the art work of awareness on the canvas of body, mind, and soul.
Amit Ray

Yoga reveals to you the beauty of mindfulness and takes you into the essence of an endless present moment.
Debasish Mridha

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

Yoga is the stilling of the changing states of the mind.
Patanjali, The Yoga Sutras

Mindfulness helps you go home to the present. And every time you go there and recognize a condition of happiness that you have, happiness comes.
Thich Nhat Hanh

Yoga begins right where I am—not where I was yesterday or where I long to be.
Linda Sparrowe, yoga writer and teacher

Body is not stiff. Mind is stiff.
Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois

On mental health

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 and Vipassana: An Integrated Life Style

Yoga is the practice of quieting your mind.
Patanjali, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

Undisturbed calmness of mind is attained by cultivating friendliness toward the happy, compassion for the unhappy, delight in the virtuous, and indifference toward the wicked.

Yoga is the cessation of the movements of the mind. Then there is abiding in the Seer’s own form.

About happiness

Find happiness within nature and yourself. For a healthy and peaceful life, make yoga a habit!
B.K.S Iyengar

Most people have no idea how good their body is designed to feel.
Kevin Trudeau

Yoga is not about self-improvement, it’s about self-acceptance.
Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa, prenatal yoga pioneer

Yoga quotes about love

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

Treat your soul with care. It is your bosom friend. Feed and nurture it with love.
Ashourina Yalda

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

In asana practice we learn to cherish each breath, to cherish every cell in our bodies. The time we spend on the mat is love in action.
Rolf Gates

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

Wisdom is knowing we are all One. Love is what it feels like and Compassion is what it acts like.
Ethan Walker III

If you seek peace, be still—If you seek wisdom, be silent—If you seek love, be yourself.
Becca Lee

Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.
Mother Teresa

About joy

The soul is here for its own joy.

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

The true miracle lies in our eagerness to allow, appreciate, and honor the uniqueness, and freedom of each sentient being to sing the song of their heart.
Amit Ray

It is not arrogant or egotistical to feel good inside. You had nothing to do with it. It’s simply the honest response to clearly perceived Reality.
Erich Schiffman

Positive yoga quotes

Yoga allows you to rediscover a sense of wholeness in your life, where you do not feel like you are constantly trying to fit broken pieces together.
B.K.S. Iyengar


Live life as if everything is rigged in your favour.

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

Yoga has never been about the stretch; it’s always been about the reach.
Seane Corn

About growth

When we push for immediate results and instant healing, we never inhabit the important in-between phase, which is where much of the learning and growth actually happen.
Bo Forbes, Yoga for Emotional Balance

Yoga is essentially a practice for your soul, working through the medium of your body.
Tara Fraser, yoga teacher and author

Energy and light sayings

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

Yoga is invigoration in relaxation. Freedom in routine. Confidence through self-control. Energy within and energy without.
Ymber Delecto

It is through your body that you realize you are a spark of divinity.
B.K.S Iyengar

Yoga is the ultimate practice. It simultaneously stimulates our inner light and quiets our overactive minds. It is both energy and rest. Yin and Yang. We feel the burn and find our bliss.
Elise Joan

Yoga means addition—addition of energy, strength, and beauty to body, mind, and soul.
Amit Ray

The very heart of yoga practice is ‘abyhasa’—steady effort in the direction you want to go.
Sally Kempton

About breath

Anybody can breathe, therefore anyone can practice yoga.
T.K.V. Desikachar, yoga teacher and guru

When the breath control is correct, mind control is possible.
Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois

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

Yoga quotes for life

Let your practice be a celebration of life.
Seido lee deBarros

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

Once you’re in touch with the life force around us, it’s natural to want to help keep it around.
Adi Carter

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

Yoga takes you into the present moment. The only place where life exists.

True yoga is not about the shape of your body, but the shape of your life. Yoga is not to be performed; (it) is to be lived. Yoga doesn’t care about what you have been; (it) 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.
Aadil Palkhivala

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

Learning to be present with yourself and to abide in that which is steady and comfortable does not allow space for self-judgment. When you live this way, you are practicing yoga: you are living fully.
Judith Hanson Lasater

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

Crying is one of the highest devotional songs. One who knows crying, knows spiritual practice. If you can cry with a pure heart, nothing else compares to such a prayer. Crying includes all the principles of Yoga.

The wise yogi knows that the process itself is a destination. That life itself—perhaps this very moment—is the ultimate reward.
Nora Isaacs

Yoga teaches us quotes

Your body will most likely become much more flexible by doing yoga, and so will your mind.
Cyndi Lee

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

I have been a seeker and I still am, but I stopped asking the books and the stars. I started listening to the teaching of my Soul.

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

My biggest struggles have been my biggest teachers.
Kathryn Budig

Yoga teaches you how to listen to your body.
Mariel Hemingway

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

For beginners and students

Here and now is where yoga begins.
The Yoga Sutras

Yoga is possible for anybody who really wants it. Yoga is universal.
Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois

You’re only one yoga class away from a good mood.

Yoga begins with listening. When we listen, we are giving space to what is.
Richard Freeman

That’s exactly how it is in yoga. The places where you have the most resistance are actually the places that are going to be the areas of the greatest liberation.
Rodney Yee

One becomes firmly established in practice only after attending to it for a long time, without interruption and with an attitude of devotion.
The Yoga Sutras

You owe it to yourself to be yourself.
Yogi Harbhajan Singh

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

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

Remember, it doesn’t matter how deep into a posture you go—what does matter is who you are when you get there.
Max Strom

Journey quotes

Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self.
The Bhagavad Gita

The longest journey of any person is the journey inward.

The journey of Yoga and Meditation teaches the purpose of human life. Life is enriched with the transformation of body, mind and soul.
Purvi Raniga

Yoga captions for Instagram

Use these fun captions for posting your yoga photos to any social media site.

  • Everyday is a great day for yoga!
  • I bend so I don’t break.
  • If you fall, I’ll be there. Love, Your Yoga Mat.
  • Yoga mom.
  • Sorry for what I said before I yoga-ed.
  • Namaste.
  • I’ve got 99 problems and I’m gonna go to yoga and solve about 53 of them.
  • Live. Love. Yoga.
  • Inhale the future, exhale the past.
  • Real men do yoga.
  • It’s time to do yoga.
  • Inhale. Exhale.
  • Yoga class helps me calm down from the agonizing stress of trying to get to yoga class on time.
  • But first, yoga.Yoga balances your life.
  • I’m not napping. This is savasana!
  • Yoga vibes only.
  • I do yoga to burn off the crazy.
  • Don’t hate—meditate.
  • Peace, love, and yoga.
  • Yoga helps you in maintaining balance in life.
  • Eat more plants. Do more yoga.
  • You had me at namaste.
  • The body achieves what the mind believes.
  • Sky above. Earth below. Peace within.
  • Yoga pants. Because jeans are stressful and you don’t need that in your life.
  • Heavily meditated.
  • You are one yoga class away from a good mood.
  • Throw your hair in a bun, downward dog like a boss, and handle it.

Why do yoga?

The physical benefits of yoga include increased energy, improved strength and balance, and healing.

Just as important are the following emotional and mental-health benefits attributed to practicing yoga:

  • Living in the present
  • Patience
  • Calming
  • Grounding
  • Uplifting
  • Expansion
  • Connection
  • Gratitude

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