Rolf Gates

Top Ten Yoga Quotes

After much debate, I have compiled what I consider to be the top ten yoga quotes.  These quotes include modern-day musings as well as translations of ancient yogic writings (written by a half-man big deal...).  I use these quotes not only to inspire my own passion and practice, but also to read in class and remind my students what is important about their relationship with yoga.  So without further ado...

  • "I searched for God and found only myself. I searched for myself and found only God.” -Rumi
    • “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.” -Patanjali's Yoga Sutras 

    • "Come from a space of peace and you'll find that you can deal with anything."-Michael Singer

    • "Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured." -BKS Iyengar
      • "Yoga is the study of balance, and balance is the aim of all living creatures: it is our home." -Rolf Gates

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      •  “The cause of bandha and moksha (bondage and liberation) is our own minds. If we think we are bound, we are bound. If we think we are liberated, we are liberated. . . . It is only when we transcend the mind that we are free from all these troubles. (117)” -Patanjali's Yoga Sutras 

      •  "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 K. Pattabhi Jois 

      • "The cause of all agitation is the constant modification of mind. The mind easily becomes concentrated and one-pointed through the practice of yoga. When control of the mind is obtained, the kingdom of peace is established." -Swami Kripalu

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