What is YOGA? It’s a question that has many answers – so broad is the scope of Yoga! Compiled here are 7 of the most definitive quotes on Yoga; 3 from the Ancient texts and others by Yoga’s modern Masters.
The texts chosen are the 3 important treatises on Yoga – Patanjali Yoga Sutras, Bhagvad Gita and Hatha Yoga Pradipika. And the Masters represented are Swami Satyananda Saraswati of Sivananda Ashram; and the 2 legendary disciples of Sri Krishnamacharya- BKS Iyengar (Iyengar Yoga) and Pattabhi Jois (Ashtanga Yoga). These people have plyed a big role in taking Yoga across the oceans to a worldwide audience. And then there’s Osho – can any conversation even vaguely connected to spirituality be complete without his opinion?!
(Yoga is the cessation of all the modifications of coinsciousness) – Patanjali Yoga Sutras
(Your only obligation is in acting, never in results. Don’t be the cause of results; and don’t have attachment to inaction) – Bhagavad Gita (Karma Yoga explained as a principle to live our life by)
“Life is the interval between two breaths. A person who does not breathe deeply; does not live fully.” – Hatha Yoga Pradipika
“Yoga is not an ancient myth buried in oblivion. It is the most valuable inheritance of the present. It is the essential need of today and the culture of tomorrow.” – Swami Satyananda Saraswati
“The body is your temple. Keep it pure and simple for your Soul to reside in”
Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured.
– B.K.S. Iyengar
Yoga is 99% practice and 1% theory.
“Do your practice and all is coming“
– Pattabhi Jois
You can enter yoga, or the path of yoga, only when you are totally frustrated with your own mind as it is. If you are still hoping that you can gain something through your mind, yoga is not for you.
Hopefully, these eternal words of wisdom will INSPIRE you to make Yoga the most treasured part of your life!