Yoga Quotes

We've searched our database for all the quotes and captions related to Yoga. Here they are! All 200 of them:

β€œ
Nothing was ever in tune. People just blindly grabbed at whatever there was: communism, health foods, zen, surfing, ballet, hypnotism, group encounters, orgies, biking, herbs, Catholicism, weight-lifting, travel, withdrawal, vegetarianism, India, painting, writing, sculpting, composing, conducting, backpacking, yoga, copulating, gambling, drinking, hanging around, frozen yogurt, Beethoven, Back, Buddha, Christ, TM, H, carrot juice, suicide, handmade suits, jet travel, New York City, and then it all evaporated and fell apart. People had to find things to do while waiting to die. I guess it was nice to have a choice.
”
”
Charles Bukowski (Women)
β€œ
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.
”
”
Kripalvanandji
β€œ
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)
β€œ
Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life; dream of it; think of it; live on that idea. Let the brain, the body, muscles, nerves, every part of your body be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success, and this is the way great spiritual giants are produced.
”
”
Swami Vivekananda (Vedanta Philosophy: Lectures by the Swami Vivekananda on Raja Yoga Also Pantanjali's Yoga Aphorisms, with Commentaries, and Glossary of Sanskrit Terms)
β€œ
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 (Yoga and Vipassana: An Integrated Life Style)
β€œ
Yoga means addition - addition of energy, strength and beauty to body, mind and soul.
”
”
Amit Ray (Meditation: Insights and Inspirations)
β€œ
Don't Worry Be Happy
”
”
Meher Baba
β€œ
Yoga is the art work of awareness on the canvas of body, mind, and soul.
”
”
Amit Ray (Yoga and Vipassana: An Integrated Life Style)
β€œ
I shall no longer be instructed by the Yoga Veda or the Aharva Veda, or the ascetics, or any other doctrine whatsoever. I shall learn from myself, be a pupil of myself; I shall get to know myself, the mystery of Siddhartha." He looked around as if he were seeing the world for the first time.
”
”
Hermann Hesse (Siddhartha)
β€œ
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.
”
”
PataΓ±jali (The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali (Sacred Teachings))
β€œ
I like the posture, but not the yoga. I like the inebriated morning, but not the opium. I like the flower but not the garden, the moment but not the dream. Quiet, my love. Be still. I am sleeping.
”
”
Roman Payne
β€œ
Meditation is a way for nourishing and blossoming the divinity within you.
”
”
Amit Ray (Meditation: Insights and Inspirations)
β€œ
We are not going to change the whole world, but we can change ourselves and feel free as birds. We can be serene even in the midst of calamities and, by our serenity, make others more tranquil. Serenity is contagious. If we smile at someone, he or she will smile back. And a smile costs nothing. We should plague everyone with joy. If we are to die in a minute, why not die happily, laughing? (136-137)
”
”
Swami Satchidananda (The Yoga Sutras)
β€œ
You are a cosmic flower. Om chanting is the process of opening the psychic petals of that flower.
”
”
Amit Ray (Om Chanting and Meditation)
β€œ
It is easy to mourn the lives we aren't living. Easy to wish we'd developed other other talents, said yes to different offers. Easy to wish we'd worked harder, loved better, handled our finances more astutely, been more popular, stayed in the band, gone to Australia, said yes to the coffee or done more bloody yoga. It takes no effort to miss the friends we didn't make and the work we didn't do the people we didn't do and the people we didn't marry and the children we didn't have. It is not difficult to see yourself through the lens of other people, and to wish you were all the different kaleidoscopic versions of you they wanted you to be. It is easy to regret, and keep regretting, ad infinitum, until our time runs out. But it is not lives we regret not living that are the real problem. It is the regret itself. It's the regret that makes us shrivel and wither and feel like our own and other people's worst enemy. We can't tell if any of those other versions would of been better or worse. Those lives are happening, it is true, but you are happening as well, and that is the happening we have to focus on.
”
”
Matt Haig (The Midnight Library)
β€œ
PTSD is a whole-body tragedy, an integral human event of enormous proportions with massive repercussions.
”
”
Susan Pease Banitt
β€œ
Exercises are like prose, whereas yoga is the poetry of movements.
”
”
Amit Ray (Yoga and Vipassana: An Integrated Life Style)
β€œ
Yoga is not just repetation of few postures - it is more about the exploration and discovery of the subtle energies of life.
”
”
Amit Ray (Yoga and Vipassana: An Integrated Life Style)
β€œ
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 (Meditation: Insights and Inspirations)
β€œ
Self-observation is the first step of inner unfolding.
”
”
Amit Ray (Yoga and Vipassana: An Integrated Life Style)
β€œ
Yoga is the cessation of the movements of the mind. Then there is abiding in the Seer's own form.
”
”
PataΓ±jali (The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali (Sacred Teachings))
β€œ
You become [a] writer by writing. It is a yoga.
”
”
R.K. Narayan
β€œ
There are many goals but one path - the path of compassion.
”
”
Amit Ray (Nonviolence: The Transforming Power)
β€œ
Yoga is the effort to experience one's divinity personally and then to hold on to that experience forever.
”
”
Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love)
β€œ
A long time ago, before I even met you, someone replaced my chest with a broken record. For years, it’s been stammering through the same old tune. I want you to know I’m trying. I quit smoking. I’m doing yoga. And those days I wake up wishing for death are getting fewer and farther apart. No, I’m not ok. But I haven’t been ok since I was 11, maybe 12. I am still here though. I’m still breathing. For me, sometimes, that will have to be enough
”
”
Clementine von Radics
β€œ
As I often tell my students, the two most important phrases in therapy, as in yoga, are β€œNotice that” and β€œWhat happens next?” Once you start approaching your body with curiosity rather than with fear, everything shifts.
”
”
Bessel van der Kolk (The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma)
β€œ
Demonic activity levels? Do they have a device that measures whether the demons inside the house are doing power yoga?” -Simon, pg.340-
”
”
Cassandra Clare (City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1))
β€œ
We all are so deeply interconnected; we have no option but to love all. Be kind and do good for any one and that will be reflected. The ripples of the kind heart are the highest blessings of the Universe.
”
”
Amit Ray (Yoga and Vipassana: An Integrated Life Style)
β€œ
I wish we were all hippies and did yoga, lived in cottages, smoked weed, accepted everyone for who they are, and listened to wonderful music. I wish money didn't make us who we are. I just wish we could redo society.
”
”
Bob Marley
β€œ
Yoga is like music: the rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind, and the harmony of the soul create the symphony of life.
”
”
B.K.S. Iyengar
β€œ
Our stresses, anxieties, pains, and problems arise because we do not see the world, others, or even ourselves as worthy of love. (9)
”
”
Prem Prakash (The Yoga of Spiritual Devotion A Modern Translation of the Narada Bhakti Sutras (Transformational Book Circle))
β€œ
When you catch yourself slipping into a pool of negativity, notice how it derives from nothing other than resistance to the current situation.
”
”
Donna Quesada (Buddha in the Classroom: Zen Wisdom to Inspire Teachers)
β€œ
Aunt B walked out onto the helipad wearing loose yoga pants. β€œI’m just here to stretch. Kate, want to help?” β€œSure.” Thirty seconds later, as I was flying through the air, I decided that this wasn’t the best idea.
”
”
Ilona Andrews (Magic Rises (Kate Daniels, #6))
β€œ
Food," I suggested. "Sleep. That's what I need. To get the hell away from here." Cole frowned at me, as if I'd suggested "ducks" and "yoga".
”
”
Maggie Stiefvater (Forever (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #3))
β€œ
The man who sees me in everything and everything within me will not be lost to me, nor will I ever be lost to him. He who is rooted in oneness realizes that I am in every being; wherever he goes, he remains in me. When he sees all being as equal in suffering or in joy because they are like himself, that man has grown perfect in yoga.
”
”
Anonymous (The Bhagavad Gita)
β€œ
True discipline is really just self-remembering; no forcing or fighting is necessary.
”
”
Charles Eisenstein (The Yoga of Eating: Transcending Diets and Dogma to Nourish the Natural Self)
β€œ
For those who have an intense urge for Spirit and wisdom, it sits near them, waiting.
”
”
PataΓ±jali (The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali)
β€œ
We all are so deeply interconnected; we have no option but to love all.
”
”
Amit Ray (Yoga and Vipassana: An Integrated Life Style)
β€œ
Yoga does not just change the way we see things, it transforms the person who sees.
”
”
B.K.S. Iyengar (Light on Life)
β€œ
Was there ever a more horrible blasphemy than the statement that all the knowledge of God is confined to this or that book? How dare men call God infinite, and yet try to compress Him within the covers of a little book!
”
”
Swami Vivekananda (Raja-Yoga)
β€œ
I think there's a secret part of me that would like to drop my entire life off a cliff and watch it break into a million pieces
”
”
Suzanne Morrison (Yoga Bitch: One Woman's Quest to Conquer Skepticism, Cynicism, and Cigarettes on the Path to Enlightenment)
β€œ
Meditate, Visualize and Create your own reality and the universe will simply reflect back to you.
”
”
Amit Ray (Yoga and Vipassana: An Integrated Life Style)
β€œ
What is discipline? Discipline means creating an order within you. As you are, you are a chaos.
”
”
Osho (Yoga: The Alpha and the Omega Volume 10)
β€œ
Compassion is all inclusive. Compassion knows no boundaries. Compassion comes with awareness, and awareness breaks all narrow territories.
”
”
Amit Ray (Nonviolence: The Transforming Power)
β€œ
Someday I will have revenge. I know in advance to keep this to myself, and everyone will be happier. I do understand that I am expected to forgive N and his girlfriend in a timely fashion, and move on to a life of vegetarian cooking and difficult yoga positions and self-realization, and make this so much easier and more pleasant for all concerned.
”
”
Suzanne Finnamore (Split: A Memoir of Divorce)
β€œ
The smell of good bread baking, like the sound of lightly flowing water, is indescribable in its evocation of innocence and delight... [Breadmaking is] one of those almost hypnotic businesses, like a dance from some ancient ceremony. It leaves you filled with one of the world's sweetest smells... there is no chiropractic treatment, no Yoga exercise, no hour of meditation in a music-throbbing chapel. that will leave you emptier of bad thoughts than this homely ceremony of making bread.
”
”
M.F.K. Fisher (The Art of Eating)
β€œ
Truth is the same always. Whoever ponders it will get the same answer. Buddha got it. Patanjali got it. Jesus got it. Mohammed got it. The answer is the same, but the method of working it out may vary this way or that. (115)
”
”
Swami Satchidananda (The Yoga Sutras)
β€œ
[T]he period between four and six in the morning is called the Brahmamuhurta, the Brahmic time, or divine period, and is a very sacred time to meditate. (140)
”
”
Swami Satchidananda (The Yoga Sutras)
β€œ
The one you confront in Yoga is yourself. All that is rigid and stiff in you, all that says 'No.
”
”
FrΓ©dΓ©rick Leboyer
β€œ
Yoga is the space where flower blossoms.
”
”
Amit Ray (Yoga The Science of Well-Being)
β€œ
No yoga exercise, no meditation in a chapel filled with music will rid you of your blues better than the humble task of making your own bread.
”
”
M.F.K. Fisher (The Art of Eating)
β€œ
Yoga practice can make us more and more sensitive to subtler and subtler sensations in the body. Paying attention to and staying with finer and finer sensations within the body is one of the surest ways to steady the wandering mind. (39)
”
”
Ravi Ravindra (The Wisdom of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras: A New Translation and Guide by Ravi Ravindra)
β€œ
When you blame, you open up a world of excuses, because as long as you're looking outside, you miss the opportunity to look inside, and you continue to suffer.
”
”
Donna Quesada (Buddha in the Classroom: Zen Wisdom to Inspire Teachers)
β€œ
At various points in our lives, or on a quest, and for reasons that often remain obscure, we are driven to make decisions which prove with hindsight to be loaded with meaning. (225)
”
”
Swami Satchidananda (The Yoga Sutras)
β€œ
Searching outside of you is Samsara (the world). Searching within you leads to Nirvana.
”
”
Amit Ray (Yoga and Vipassana: An Integrated Life Style)
β€œ
I like that: a little pressure on the understood boundaries of yourself. Sounded like something out of a self-awareness class, probably with yoga. See what kind of a pretzel you can tie yourself into and press on the understood... I was raving, if only to myself.
”
”
Robin McKinley (Sunshine)
β€œ
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 (Light on Life)
β€œ
Yoga allows you to find a new kind of freedom that you may not have known even existed.
”
”
B.K.S. Iyengar (Light on Life)
β€œ
Kindness and awareness work together. Through awareness we understand the underlying beauty of everything and every being.
”
”
Amit Ray (Nonviolence: The Transforming Power)
β€œ
Mere philosophy will not satisfy us. We cannot reach the goal by mere words alone. Without practice, nothing can be achieved. (3)
”
”
Swami Satchidananda (The Yoga Sutras)
β€œ
Why they always look so serious in Yoga? You make serious face like this, you scare away good energy. To meditate, only you must smile. Smile with face, smile with mind, and good energy will come to you and clean away dirty energy. Even smile in your liver. Practice tonight at hotel. Not to hurry, not to try too hard. Too serious, you make you sick. You can calling the good energy with a smile. (From Ketut Liyer, the Balinese healer)
”
”
Elizabeth Gilbert
β€œ
If you have done something meritorious, you experience pleasure and happiness; if wrong things, suffering. A happy or unhappy life is your own creation. Nobody else is responsible. If you remember this, you won’t find fault with anybody. You are your own best friend as well as your worst enemy. (99)
”
”
Swami Satchidananda (The Yoga Sutras)
β€œ
Self-care is how you take your power back.
”
”
Lalah Delia
β€œ
When I write I feel like I can breathe. It’s like yoga for the brain.
”
”
Elise Stokes (Cassidy Jones and the Secret Formula (Cassidy Jones Adventures, #1))
β€œ
A healer's power stems not from any special ability, but from maintaining the courage and awareness to embody and express the universal healing power that every human being naturally possesses.
”
”
Eric Micha'el Leventhal
β€œ
But every time she tried yoga she found herself silently chanting her own mantra: I’m so boooored, I’m so boooored.
”
”
Liane Moriarty (Big Little Lies)
β€œ
But depression wasn't the word. This was a plunge encompassing sorrow and revulsion far beyond the personal: a sick, drenching nausea at all humanity and human endeavor from the dawn of time. The writhing loathsomeness of the biological order. Old age, sickness, death. No escape for anyone. Even the beautiful ones were like soft fruit about to spoil. And yet somehow people still kept fucking and breeding and popping out new fodder for the grave, producing more and more new beings to suffer like this was some kind of redemptive, or good, or even somehow morally admirable thing: dragging more innocent creatures into the lose-lose game. Squirming babies and plodding, complacent, hormone-drugged moms. Oh, isn't he cute? Awww. Kids shouting and skidding in the playground with no idea what future Hells await them: boring jobs and ruinous mortgages and bad marriages and hair loss and hip replacements and lonely cups of coffee in an empty house and a colostomy bag at the hospital. Most people seemed satisfied with the thin decorative glaze and the artful stage lighting that sometimes, made the bedrock atrocity of the human predicament look somewhat more mysterious or less abhorrent. People gambled and golfed and planted gardens and traded stocks and had sex and bought new cars and practiced yoga and worked and prayed and redecorated their homes and got worked up over the news and fussed over their children and gossiped about their neighbors and pored over restaurant reviews and founded charitable organizations and supported political candidates and attended the U.S. Open and dined and travelled and distracted themselves with all kinds of gadgets and devices, flooding themselves incessantly with information and texts and communication and entertainment from every direction to try to make themselves forget it: where we were, what we were. But in a strong light there was no good spin you could put on it. It was rotten from top to bottom.
”
”
Donna Tartt (The Goldfinch)
β€œ
When even one virtue becomes our nature, the mind becomes clean and tranquil. Then there is no need to practice meditation; we will automatically be meditating always. (151)
”
”
Swami Satchidananda (The Yoga Sutras)
β€œ
Take Risks in Your Life If u Win, U Can Lead! If u Lose, U Can Guide!
”
”
Swami Vivekananda (Raja-Yoga)
β€œ
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 RΓ€isΓ€nen
β€œ
Yoga is bringing fitness in body, calmness in mind, kindness in heart and awareness in life.
”
”
Amit Ray (Yoga The Science of Well-Being)
β€œ
Man is an onion made up of a hundred integuments, a texture made up of many threads. The ancient Asiatics knew this well enough, and in the Buddhist Yoga an exact technique was devised for unmasking the illusion of the personality. The human merry-go-round sees many changes: the illusion that cost India the efforts of thousands of years to unmask is the same illusion that the West has labored just as hard to maintain and strengthen.
”
”
Hermann Hesse (Steppenwolf)
β€œ
Everything is sorrow for the wise.
”
”
PataΓ±jali (The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali)
β€œ
We dance to seduce ourselves. To fall in love with ourselves. When we dance with another, we manifest the very thing we love about ourselves so that they may see it and love us too.
”
”
Kamand Kojouri
β€œ
The word "yoga" literally means "uniting", because when you're doing it you are uniting your mind and your body. You can tell this almost immediately because your mind will be thinking, "Ouch, that hurts," and your body will say, "I know." And your mind will think, "You have to get out of this position." And your body will say, "I agree with you, but I can't right now. I think I'm stuck.
”
”
Ellen DeGeneres (Seriously... I'm Kidding)
β€œ
If you do not pour water on your plant, what will happen? It will slowly wither and die. Our habits will also slowly wither and die away if we do not give them an opportunity to manifest. You need not fight to stop a habit. Just don’t give it an opportunity to repeat itself. (67)
”
”
Swami Satchidananda (The Yoga Sutras)
β€œ
Concentration attracts luck factor.
”
”
Amit Ray (Yoga and Vipassana: An Integrated Life Style)
β€œ
You been asleep, baby." My body went still at his words. Tack kept talking. "Green tea. Yoga. No TV. Placemats for your coffee table. Thursday night takeaway. You got a night for takeaway. Scheduled. A narrow, little world. Fuck me. Crazy. Fuckin' whacked. I woke you up, opened your eyes to a bigger world and scared you shitless.
”
”
Kristen Ashley (Motorcycle Man (Dream Man, #4))
β€œ
You have the right to work, but for the work's sake only. You have no right to the fruits of work. Desire for the fruits of work must never be your motive in working. Never give way to laziness, either. Perform every action with you heart fixed on the Supreme Lord. Renounce attachment to the fruits. Be even-tempered in success and failure: for it is this evenness of temper which is meant by yoga. Work done with anxiety about results is far inferior to work done without such anxiety, in the calm of self-surrender. Seek refuge in the knowledge of Brahma. They who work selfishly for results are miserable.
”
”
Bhagavad Gita
β€œ
Vipassana meditation is an ongoing creative purification process. Observation of the moment-to-moment experience cleanses the mental layers, one after another.
”
”
Amit Ray (Yoga and Vipassana: An Integrated Life Style)
β€œ
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
β€œ
The Tapas and the other hard Yogas that were practiced in other Yugas do not work now. What is needed in this Yuga is giving, helping others.
”
”
Swami Vivekananda
β€œ
Yoga is, as I can readily believe, the perfect and appropriate method of fusing body and mind together so that they form a unity which is scarcely to be questioned. This unity creates a psychological disposition which makes possible intuitions that transcend consciousness.
”
”
Paramahansa Yogananda (Autobiography of a Yogi)
β€œ
There’s no value in digging shallow wells in a hundred places. Decide on one place and dig deep. Even if you encounter a rock, use dynamite and keep going down. If you leave that to dig another well, all the first effort is wasted and there is no proof you won’t hit rock again. (52)
”
”
Swami Satchidananda (The Yoga Sutras)
β€œ
Micro meditations should be performed with very little activity. These practices should not be associated with any goal, concept or belief.
”
”
Amit Ray (Yoga and Vipassana: An Integrated Life Style)
β€œ
Vittoria slipped off her robe. 'You've never been to bed with a yoga master, have you?
”
”
Dan Brown (Angels & Demons (Robert Langdon, #1))
β€œ
From the most sacred ancient text of Yoga: Oh Krishna, the mind is restless, turbulent, strong, and unyielding. I consider it as difficult to subdue as the wind.
”
”
Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love)
β€œ
The culture of Rome just doesn't match the culture of Yoga, not as far as I can see. In fact, I've decided that Rome and Yoga don't have anything in common at all. Except for the way they both kind of remind you of the word toga.
”
”
Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love)
β€œ
Shapeshifting requires the ability to transcend your attachments, in particular your ego attachments to identity and who you are. If you can get over your attachment to labeling yourself and your cherishing of your identity, you can be virtually anybody. You can slip in and out of different shells, even different animal forms or deity forms.
”
”
Zeena Schreck
β€œ
Each place is the right place--the place where I now am can be a sacred space. (3)
”
”
Ravi Ravindra (The Wisdom of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras: A New Translation and Guide by Ravi Ravindra)
β€œ
A human is not a being; he is a becoming. He is an ongoing process – a possibility. For this possibility to be made use of, there is a whole system of understanding the mechanics of how this life functions and what we can do with it, which we refer to as yoga.
”
”
Sadhguru (Body the Greatest Gadget)
β€œ
Life is made up of a collection of moments that are not ours to keep. The pain we encounter throughout our days spent on this earth comes from the illusion that some moments can be held onto. Clinging to people and experiences that were never ours in the first place is what causes us to miss out on the beauty of the miracle that is the now. All of this is yours, yet none of it is. How could it be? Look around you. Everything is fleeting. To love and let go, love and let go, love and let go...it's the single most important thing we can learn in this lifetime.
”
”
Rachel Brathen
β€œ
The very reason for nature's existence is for the education of the soul.
”
”
Swami Vivekananda (Karma Yoga: the Yoga of Action)
β€œ
You must purge yourself before finding faults in others. When you see a mistake in somebody else, try to find if you are making the same mistake. This is the way to take judgment and to turn it into improvement. Do not look at others' bodies with envy or with superiority. All people are born with different constitutions. Never compare with others. Each one's capacities are a function of his or her internal strength. Know your capacities and continually improve upon them.
”
”
B.K.S. Iyengar (Light on Life)
β€œ
Science of yoga and ayurveda is subtler than the science of medicine, because science of medicine is often victim of statistical manipulation.
”
”
Amit Ray
β€œ
I meditate, I do yoga and I have a lot of friends who are healers.....And if none of that works, I go by a chocolate bar and a bottle of cognac.
”
”
Susan Strasberg
β€œ
It is only when the correct practice is followed for a long time, without interruptions and with a quality of positive attitude and eagerness, that it can succeed.
”
”
PataΓ±jali (Yoga-Sutras)
β€œ
I think the first thing we need to talk about is you not running around in tight T-shirts and yoga pants.” β€œFine. I’ll stop doing that as soon as you shave.” Jack ran his hand along his jaw and grinned. β€œYou like the scruff, huh?” Did she ever.
”
”
Julie James (Something About You (FBI/US Attorney, #1))
β€œ
If your body goes in search of a relationship, we call this sexuality. If your mind goes in search of relationships, we call this companionship. If your emotion goes in search of relationships, we call this love. If your energies go in search of relationship, we call this yoga.
”
”
Sadhguru (Life and Death in One Breath)
β€œ
Compassion is the religion of the heart.
”
”
Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati (The 11 Karmic Spaces: Choosing Freedom from the Patterns That Bind You)
β€œ
Yoga will always be transformational, even when it stops being cool. (350)
”
”
Victoria Moran (Younger by the Day: 365 Ways to Rejuvenate Your Body and Revitalize Your Spirit)
β€œ
Of course, the Big Bad Wolf does yoga, Sabrina thought. Why did I even bother to ask?
”
”
Michael Buckley (The Unusual Suspects)
β€œ
What kind of a world do we live in that has room for dog yoga but not for Esperanto?
”
”
Arika Okrent (In the Land of Invented Languages: Esperanto Rock Stars, Klingon Poets, Loglan Lovers, and the Mad Dreamers Who Tried to Build a Perfect Language)
β€œ
Wherever you go, there you are. Your emptiness goes with you. Maddening. Things that help: writing, reading, water, walks, forgiving myself every other minute, practicing easy yoga, taking deep breaths, and petting my dogs. These things don't fill me completely, but they remind me that it is not my job to fill myself. It's just my job to notice my emptiness and find graceful ways to live as a broken, unfilled human... If there's a silver lining to the emptiness, here it is: the unfillable is what brings people together. I've never made a friend by bragging about my strengths, but I've made countless by sharing my weakness and my emptiness.
”
”
Glennon Doyle Melton (Carry On, Warrior: Thoughts on Life Unarmed)
β€œ
Courage is often associated with aggression, but instead should be seen as a willingness to act from the heart.
”
”
Donna Quesada (Buddha in the Classroom: Zen Wisdom to Inspire Teachers)
β€œ
[I]t is important not to abandon the practice [of yoga] because we believe it is driven by the wrong motivation. The practice of yoga itself transforms. Yoga has a magical quality. . . . (20)
”
”
Ravi Ravindra (The Wisdom of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras: A New Translation and Guide by Ravi Ravindra)
β€œ
Nowadays, people resort to all kinds of activities in order to calm themselves after a stressful event: performing yoga poses in a sauna, leaping off bridges while tied to a bungee, killing imaginary zombies with imaginary weapons, and so forth. But in Miss Penelope Lumley's day, it was universally understood that there is nothing like a nice cup of tea to settle one's nerves in the aftermath of an adventure- a practice many would find well worth reviving.
”
”
Maryrose Wood (The Hidden Gallery (The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place #2))
β€œ
Be inspired but not proud.
”
”
B.K.S. Iyengar (Light on Life)
β€œ
I was scared for her, which was kind of a new feeling for me because I never really pay that much attention to anyone. Aves was just so destroyed after New Year’s Eve that I couldn’t help myself. I was either stepping up as the role of overprotective big brother, or I’d developed an impossible crush and was pissed off that someone dared hurt my woman. I had no idea which it was. Turns out I was every bit as tangled up in our warped relationship as Avery and Aiden. Thanks a lot, moms. Prenatal yoga classes should be illegal.
”
”
Kelly Oram (The Avery Shaw Experiment (Science Squad, #1))
β€œ
Learning how to love is the goal and the purpose of spiritual lifeβ€”not learning how to develop psychic powers, not learning how to bow, chant, do yoga, or even meditate, but learning to love. Love is the truth. Love is the light.
”
”
Surya Das
β€œ
Seeds of past karma cannot germinate if they are roasted in the fires of divine wisdom.
”
”
Paramahansa Yogananda (Autobiography of a Yogi)
β€œ
As spiritual searchers we need to become freer and freer of the attachment to our own smallness in which we get occupied with me-me-me. Pondering on large ideas or standing in front of things which remind us of a vast scale can free us from acquisitiveness and competitiveness and from our likes and dislikes. If we sit with an increasing stillness of the body, and attune our mind to the sky or to the ocean or to the myriad stars at night, or any other indicators of vastness, the mind gradually stills and the heart is filled with quiet joy. Also recalling our own experiences in which we acted generously or with compassion for the simple delight of it without expectation of any gain can give us more confidence in the existence of a deeper goodness from which we may deviate. (39)
”
”
Ravi Ravindra (The Wisdom of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras: A New Translation and Guide by Ravi Ravindra)
β€œ
[Let] go of your attachments: your attachment to being right, to having total control, or to living forever. This process of letting go is integral to the process of becoming whole.
”
”
Judith Hanson Lasater
β€œ
I don't always change my clothes just because I'm leaving the house. I wear yoga pants 99 percent of the time, and I pretend that other people don't notice that I'm wearing my pajamas in public.
”
”
Shauna Niequist (Bittersweet: Thoughts on Change, Grace, and Learning the Hard Way)
β€œ
How had she become one of those people who wears yoga pants all day? She used to make fun of those people. With their happiness maps and their gratitude journals and their bags made out of recycled tire treads. But now it seems possible that the truth about getting older is that there are fewer and fewer things to make fun of until finally there is nothing you are sure you will never be.
”
”
Jenny Offill (Dept. of Speculation)
β€œ
[C]ontinence is a very important part of yoga. If a handful of people come forward with strong wills, nothing is impossible. One Buddha changed half the globe; one Jesus, three quarters of the world. We all have that capacity. (140)
”
”
Swami Satchidananda (The Yoga Sutras)
β€œ
The five points of yama, together with the five points of niyama, remind us of the Ten Commandments of the Christtian and Jewish faiths, as well as of the ten virtues of Buddhism. In fact, there is no religion without these moral or ethical codes. All spiritual life should be based on these things. They are the foundation stones without which we can never build anything lasting. (127)
”
”
Swami Satchidananda (The Yoga Sutras)
β€œ
When a person gives you a book to read, he's asking you to look into his soul.
”
”
Suzanne Morrison (Yoga Bitch: One Woman's Quest to Conquer Skepticism, Cynicism, and Cigarettes on the Path to Enlightenment)
β€œ
It is useful to study different traditions in order to be free of attachment to any one way of expressing what is beyond expression. (x)
”
”
Ravi Ravindra (The Wisdom of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras: A New Translation and Guide by Ravi Ravindra)
β€œ
Joy is found when you focus your energy on improving human dignity, human capacity and human values.
”
”
Amit Ray (Yoga The Science of Well-Being)
β€œ
A need for approval lies behind all efforts of evangelism. If someone else can be convinced, that will show us that we are on the right path. The attempt to convince someone of anything is a mark of insecurity. (173)
”
”
Ravi Ravindra (The Wisdom of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras: A New Translation and Guide by Ravi Ravindra)
β€œ
Yoga says instinct is a trace of an old experience that has been repeated many times and the impressions have sunk down to the bottom of the mental lake. Although they go down, they aren’t completely erased. Don’t think you ever forget anything. All experiences are stored in the chittam; and, when the proper atmosphere is created, they come to the surface again. When we do something several times it forms a habit. Continue with that habit for a long time, and it becomes your character. Continue with that character and eventually, perhaps in another life, it comes up as instinct. (92)
”
”
Swami Satchidananda (The Yoga Sutras)
β€œ
A balanced inner calmness radiates from a peaceful centre. It neither craves others' approval nor rejects others' presence. It neither pulls towards nor pushes away. It has a reverent attitude towards life and all its inhabitants.
”
”
Donna Goddard (The Love of Devotion)
β€œ
You’re never too old, never too bad, never too late and never too sick to start from the scratch once again.
”
”
Bikram Choudhury
β€œ
In the holy solipsism of the young Now I can't walk thru a city street w/out eying each single pedestrian. I feel thier vibe thru my skin, the hair on my neck --- it rises.
”
”
Jim Morrison (Wilderness: The Lost Writings, Vol. 1)
β€œ
Breath is the king of mind.
”
”
B.K.S. Iyengar (Light on Yoga)
β€œ
Incidentally, sir, while we're on the topic of yoga - may I just say that an hour of deep breathing, yoga, and meditation in the morning constitutes the perfect start to the entrepreneur's day. How I would handle the stresses of this fucking business without yoga, I have no idea. Make yoga a must in all Chinese schools - that's my suggestion.
”
”
Aravind Adiga (The White Tiger)
β€œ
Each soul has its own note to sing in the divine chorus and no voice is more important than another. (94)
”
”
Prem Prakash (The Yoga of Spiritual Devotion A Modern Translation of the Narada Bhakti Sutras (Transformational Book Circle))
β€œ
When life is foggy, path is unclear and mind is dull, remember your breath. It has the power to give you the peace. It has the power to resolve the unsolved equations of life.
”
”
Amit Ray (Beautify your Breath - Beautify your Life)
β€œ
Science of happiness lies in our understanding. The secrets of happiness lie in our capacity to expand our heart.
”
”
Amit Ray (Yoga and Vipassana: An Integrated Life Style)
β€œ
That's why it's called a practice. We have to practice a practice if it is to be of value.
”
”
Allan Lokos (Patience: The Art of Peaceful Living)
β€œ
The Tantric sages tell us that our in-breath and out-breath actually mirror the divine creative gesture. With the inhalation, we draw into our own center, our own being. With the exhalation, we expand outward into the world.
”
”
Sally Kempton (Awakening Shakti: The Transformative Power of the Goddesses of Yoga)
β€œ
Every soul innately yearns for stillness, for a space, a garden where we can till, sow, reap, and rest, and by doing so come to a deeper sense of self and our place in the universe. Silence is not an absence but a presence. Not an emptiness but repletion A filling up.
”
”
Anne D. LeClaire
β€œ
If we only look within, we will see he Light as if we were seeing our own image in a mirror. (122)
”
”
Swami Satchidananda (The Yoga Sutras)
β€œ
The Stone of Guilt in the River of the Mind, the block in the flow of intelligence. ~ Paramahamsa Nithyananda
”
”
Paramahamsa Nithyananda (Living Enlightenment)
β€œ
Dance less in motion and more in spirit; awaken the dreamer within.
”
”
Shah Asad Rizvi
β€œ
First she got Jesus, probably fifteen years ago, and that didn’t work out, so she tried Scientology, and that didn’t help, but it cost a lot of money, so she tried Buddhism and yoga, and those didn’t work, so she started drinking. I think that helped, because she’s still drinking.
”
”
John Sandford (Buried Prey (Lucas Davenport, #21))
β€œ
I've been accustomed to mysteries, holy and otherwise, since I was a child. Some of us care for orphans, amass fortunes, raise protests or Nielsen ratings; some of us take communion or whiskey or poison. Some of us take lithium and antidepressants, and most everyone believes these pills are fundamentally wrong, a crutch, a sign of moral weakness, the surrender of art and individuality. Bullshit. Such thinking guarantees tradgedy for the bipolar. Without medicine, 20 percent of us, one in five, will commit suicide. Six-gun Russian roulette gives better odds. Denouncing these medicines makes as much sense as denouncing the immorality of motor oil. Without them, sooner or later the bipolar brain will go bang. I know plenty of potheads who sermonize against the pharmaceutical companies; I know plenty of born-again yoga instructors, plenty of missionaries who tell me I'm wrong about lithium. They don't have a clue.
”
”
David Lovelace (Scattershot: My Bipolar Family)
β€œ
Thinking goes on in your head. It is not really deep into the roots of your being; it is not your totality.
”
”
Osho (Yoga: The Alpha and the Omega Volume 10)
β€œ
What we most love is not what we know, but what knows us and draws us. . . . (78)
”
”
Ravi Ravindra (The Wisdom of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras: A New Translation and Guide by Ravi Ravindra)
β€œ
Don't wait for a better world. Start now to create a world of harmony and peace. It is up to you, and it always has been. You may even find the solution at the end of your fork.
”
”
Sharon Gannon (Yoga and Vegetarianism: The Path to Greater Health and Happiness)
β€œ
Health is a state of complete harmony of the body, mind and spirit. When one is free from physical disabilities and mental distractions, the gates of the soul open.
”
”
B.K.S. Iyengar
β€œ
Sloane shook his head. He pushed Dex from behind, guiding him into the lobby,β€œGet in the damn truck before I shoot you.” β€œYou know, you should try yoga. Find a way to channel all that aggression.” Sloane gave Dex another push. β€œI have found a way. It’s called shoving my foot up your ass.” β€œThat doesn’t sound very relaxing.
”
”
Charlie Cochet (Hell & High Water (THIRDS, #1))
β€œ
. . . I feel we don’t really need scriptures. The entire life is an open book, a scripture. Read it. Learn while digging a pit or chopping some wood or cooking some food. If you can’t learn from your daily activities, how are you going to understand the scriptures? (233)
”
”
Swami Satchidananda (The Yoga Sutras)
β€œ
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)
”
”
Swami Satchidananda (The Yoga Sutras)
β€œ
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)
β€œ
A strong life force can be seen in physical vitality, courage, competent judgment, self-mastery, sexual vigor, and the realization of each person’s unique talents and purpose in life. To maintain a powerful life force, forget yourself, forget about living and dying, and bring your full attention into this moment.
”
”
H.E. Davey (Japanese Yoga: The Way of Dynamic Meditation)
β€œ
What is it that dies? A log of wood dies to become a few planks. The planks die to become a chair. The chair dies to become a piece of firewood, and the firewood dies to become ash. You give different names to the different shapes the wood takes, but the basic substance is there always. If we could always remember this, we would never worry about the loss of anything. We never lose anything; we never gain anything. By such discrimination we put an end to unhappiness. (118-119)
”
”
Swami Satchidananda (The Yoga Sutras)
β€œ
I honor you for every time this year you: got back up vibrated higher shined your light and loved and elevated beyond β€”the call of duty.
”
”
Lalah Delia
β€œ
Inner Knowledge -- You want to become wise in one lesson: First become a real human being.
”
”
Idries Shah (Caravan of Dreams)
β€œ
Even the most thorough change happens once choice at a time
”
”
Charles Eisenstein (The Yoga of Eating: Transcending Diets and Dogma to Nourish the Natural Self)
β€œ
We do not learn for the benefit of anyone, we learn to unlearn ignorance.
”
”
Michael Bassey Johnson
β€œ
Yogis are not against pleasure. It is just that they are unwilling to settle for little pleasures. They are greedy.
”
”
Sadhguru (Of Mystics & Mistakes)
β€œ
A yogi is much more disciplined in his speech. Yogic tradition has it that speech must pass before three barriers prior to being uttered aloud. These barriers come in the form of three questions: Is it kind? Is it true? Is it necessary? (112-113)
”
”
Prem Prakash (The Yoga of Spiritual Devotion A Modern Translation of the Narada Bhakti Sutras (Transformational Book Circle))
β€œ
Corpse Pose sounds like no big deal, right? Then what’s so difficult about this spiritualized snooze? Forget about getting your feet behind your head. Just try lying still for ten minutes. With nothing left to do, you’re finally forced to come face to face with yourself.
”
”
Edward Vilga (Downward Dog)
β€œ
Jesus, you never fail to surprise me, baby.” He’s supporting the heavy bike, and us, with his strong legs braced on either side. He reaches between us and rips my yoga pants at the seam of my crotch. Holy fucking shit! My panties are next, and before I know it, he’s lowered the waist of his pants and is filling me.
”
”
Kristen Proby (Fight with Me (With Me in Seattle, #2))
β€œ
Reading all the quotes in the world won’t make you or me into Plato, Gandhi Or Einstein, just like watching hundreds games of soccer won’t make you a soccer player or taking a yoga class will make u a yogini, or reading a golf book will make you a golfer. We need to put the Knowledge to practice and that is the challenge. Put it to work for you, make the effort to Follow Through
”
”
Pablo
β€œ
You need not worry or make yourself sleepless about the world; it will go on without you.
”
”
Swami Vivekananda (Karma Yoga: The Yoga of action (art of living))
β€œ
Balance is key. In everything you do. Dance all night long and practice yoga the next day. Drink wine but don’t forget your green juice. Eat chocolate when your heart wants it and kale salad when your body needs it. Wear high heels on Saturday and walk barefoot on Sunday. Go shopping at the mall and then sit down and meditate in your bedroom. Live high and low. Move and stay still. Embrace all sides of who you are and live your authentic truth! Be brave and bold and spontaneous and loud and let that complement your abilities to find silence and patience and modesty and peace. Aim for balance. Make your own rules and don’t let anybody tell you how to live according to theirs.
”
”
Rachel Brathen
β€œ
Please always see the bright side of everything.
”
”
P.R. Sarkar (Shrii Shrii A’nandamu’rti)
β€œ
The mind and the breath are the king and queen of human consciousness".
”
”
Leonard D. Orr
β€œ
Each one of us needs to discover the proper balance between the masculine and feminine energies, between the active and the receptive. (104)
”
”
Ravi Ravindra (The Wisdom of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras: A New Translation and Guide by Ravi Ravindra)
β€œ
There's a limit to my patience with anything that smacks of metaphysics. I squirm at the mention of "mind expansion" or "warm healing energy." I don't like drum circles, public nudity or strangers touching my feet.
”
”
Koren Zailckas (Fury: A Memoir)
β€œ
As I explore the wilderness of my own body, I see that I am made of blood and bones, sunlight and water, pesticide residues and redwood humus, the fears and dreams of generations of ancestors, particles of exploded stars.
”
”
Anne Cushman
β€œ
[O]ur own bodies are changing every second. Yet we take the body to be our Self; and, speaking in terms of it, we say, β€œI am hungry” or β€œI am lame”; β€œI am black” or β€œI am white.” These are all just the conditions of the body. We touch the truth when we say, β€œMy body aches,” implying the body belongs to us and that therefore we are not that. (87)
”
”
Swami Satchidananda (The Yoga Sutras)
β€œ
Om is the things, Om is the ingredient, Om is the container and the content of this universe.
”
”
Banani Ray (Glory of OM: A Journey to Self-Realization)
β€œ
Because we cannot scrub our inner body we need to learn a few skills to help cleanse our tissues, organs, and mind. This is the art of Ayurveda.
”
”
Sebastian Pole (Discovering the True You with Ayurveda: How to Nourish, Rejuvenate, and Transform Your Life)
β€œ
By means of personal experimentation and observation, we can discover certain simple and universal truths. The mind moves the body, and the body follows the mind. Logically then, negative thought patterns harm not only the mind but also the body. What we actually do builds up to affect the subconscious mind and in turn affects the conscious mind and all reactions.
”
”
H.E. Davey (Japanese Yoga: The Way of Dynamic Meditation)
β€œ
Yoga talks about cat-pose, dog-pose, camel-pose, monkey-pose, bird-pose etc. Why there are so many animal poses? Animals release their emotions and tensions by movements based on their body sensations. But our amygdala in the brain is carrying the β€œfight or flight response”; it has forgotten the art of releasing the tensions. As human beings, when we are aware about the sensations, we can release that by aware, slow movements. If you do not give movements to the body parts, energy will be stuck and blood circulation will be disturbed. Gradually, that creates chronic physical and mental health problems.
”
”
Amit Ray (Yoga and Vipassana: An Integrated Life Style)
β€œ
There are two types of empathy: the positive empathy and the negative empathy. When we are fully carried away by the unaware activities of the mirror neurons, we are under the trap of negative empathy. The negative empathy generates attachments. Out of these attachments suffering follows. Negative empathy is a kind of reaction to a situation, whereas positive empathy is internal response of peace love and tranquility.... In positive empathy, your deep tranquility, joy and peace activates the mirror neurons of the others, whereas in negative empathy your mirror neurons are activated by the disturbance of others.
”
”
Amit Ray (Yoga and Vipassana: An Integrated Life Style)
β€œ
Temples and churches have become social centers. They have lost their original purpose because the minds of the people are more attracted to worldly things than to prayer. The lips repeat the prayer mechanically like a phonograph record, but the mind wanders to other places. (23-24)
”
”
Swami Satchidananda (The Yoga Sutras)
β€œ
Samadhi is the journey from individual to collective consciousness. The steps of Samadhi are the steps towards reaching the collective consciousness. In meditation, the more we radiate love, compassion, peace, harmony and tranquility, the more is our contribution towards the collective consciousness. The more we positively contribute towards the collective consciousness the more is our progress in Samadhi.
”
”
Amit Ray (Yoga and Vipassana: An Integrated Life Style)
β€œ
Quoting from Thomas Merton Dialogues With Silence The true contemplative is not one who prepares his mind for a particular message that he wants or expects to hear, but is one who remains empty because he knows that he can never expect to anticipate the words that will transform his darkness into light. He does not even anticipate a special kind of transformation. He does not demand light instead of darkness. He waits on the Word of God in silence, and, when he is answered it is not so much by a word that bursts into his silence. It is by his silence itself, suddenly, inexplicably revealing itself to him as a word of great power, full of the voice of God. (17)
”
”
Stephen Cope (The Wisdom of Yoga: A Seeker's Guide to Extraordinary Living)
β€œ
We don’t exhaust the Bible even after reading it hundreds of times. Each time we read it we see it in a new light. That is the greatness of the holy scriptures. They are that way because they were created by holy prophets who experienced the truth. Each time we read these works we elevate ourselves to see a little more. (81)
”
”
Swami Satchidananda (The Yoga Sutras)
β€œ
The LSD phenomenon, on the other hand, isβ€”to me at leastβ€”more interesting. It is an intentionally achieved schizophrenia, with the expectation of a spontaneous remissionβ€”which, however, does not always follow. Yoga, too, is intentional schizophrenia: one breaks away from the world, plunging inward, and the ranges of vision experienced are in fact the same as those of a psychosis. But what, then, is the difference? What is the difference between a psychotic or LSD experience and a yogic, or a mystical? The plunges are all into the same deep inward sea; of that there can be no doubt. The symbolic figures encountered are in many instances identical (and I shall have something more to say about those in a moment). But there is an important difference. The differenceβ€”to put it sharplyβ€”is equivalent simply to that between a diver who can swim and one who cannot. The mystic, endowed with native talents for this sort of thing and following, stage by stage, the instruction of a master, enters the waters and finds he can swim; whereas the schizophrenic, unprepared, unguided, and ungifted, has fallen or has intentionally plunged, and is drowning.
”
”
Joseph Campbell (Myths to Live By)
β€œ
Whoever is full of wisdom is naturally compassionate; in fact we recognize that someone has gained spiritual wisdom by seeing their compassionate behavior. . . . Individuals and countries with power need to develop wisdom and compassion, for without these attributes, there is a danger that the power will be used to oppress and exploit others. (31)
”
”
Ravi Ravindra (The Wisdom of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras: A New Translation and Guide by Ravi Ravindra)
β€œ
The Self says β€˜I AM’–as in the very grand sayings of Christ, especially in the Gospel of John, in which he says in the state of onenenss with Yahweh (which in Hebrew means β€˜I AM’), I AM is the way and the truth and the life–but the ego says β€˜I am this’ or β€˜I am that,’ thus attaching itself only to a small portion of the Vastness. (62)
”
”
Ravi Ravindra (The Wisdom of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras: A New Translation and Guide by Ravi Ravindra)
β€œ
It is a common belief that we breathe with our lungs alone, but in point of fact, the work of breathing is done by the whole body. The lungs play a passive role in the respiratory process. Their expansion is produced by an enlargement, mostly downward, of the thoracic cavity and they collapse when that cavity is reduced. Proper breathing involves the muscles of the head, neck, thorax, and abdomen. It can be shown that chronic tension in any part of the body's musculature interferes with the natural respiratory movements. Breathing is a rhythmic activity. Normally a person at rest makes approximately 16 to 17 respiratory incursions a minute. The rate is higher in infants and in states of excitation. It is lower in sleep and in depressed persons. The depth of the respiratory wave is another factor which varies with emotional states. Breathing becomes shallow when we are frightened or anxious. It deepens with relaxation, pleasure and sleep. But above all, it is the quality of the respiratory movements that determines whether breathing is pleasurable or not. With each breath a wave can be seen to ascend and descend through the body. The inspiratory wave begins deep in the abdomen with a backward movement of the pelvis. This allows the belly to expand outward. The wave then moves upward as the rest of the body expands. The head moves very slightly forward to suck in the air while the nostrils dilate or the mouth opens. The expiratory wave begins in the upper part of the body and moves downward: the head drops back, the chest and abdomen collapse, and the pelvis rocks forward. Breathing easily and fully is one of the basic pleasures of being alive. The pleasure is clearly experienced at the end of expiration when the descending wave fills the pelvis with a delicious sensation. In adults this sensation has a sexual quality, though it does not induce any genital feeling. The slight backward and forward movements of the pelvis, similar to the sexual movements, add to the pleasure. Though the rhythm of breathing is pronounced in the pelvic area, it is at the same time experienced by the total body as a feeling of fluidity, softness, lightness and excitement. The importance of breathing need hardly be stressed. It provides the oxygen for the metabolic processes; literally it supports the fires of life. But breath as "pneuma" is also the spirit or soul. We live in an ocean of air like fish in a body of water. By our breathing we are attuned to our atmosphere. If we inhibit our breathing we isolate ourselves from the medium in which we exist. In all Oriental and mystic philosophies, the breath holds the secret to the highest bliss. That is why breathing is the dominant factor in the practice of Yoga.
”
”
Alexander Lowen (The Voice of the Body)
β€œ
yoga soul today. instant resonation. Spring Somewhere a black bear has just risen from sleep and is staring down the mountain. All night in the brisk and shallow restlessness of early spring I think of her, her four black fists flicking the gravel, her tongue like a red fire touching the grass, the cold water. There is only one question: how to love this world. I think of her rising like a black and leafy ledge to sharpen her claws against the silence of the trees. Whatever else my life is with its poems and its music and its cities, it is also this dazzling darkness coming down the mountain, breathing and tasting; all day I think of her – her white teeth, her wordlessness, her perfect love.
”
”
Mary Oliver
β€œ
Zen Buddhism is a way and a view of life which does not belong to any of the formal categories of modern Western thought. It is not religion or philosophy; it is not a psychology or a type of science. It is an example of what is known in India and China as a β€œway of liberation,” and is similar in this respect to Taoism, Vedanta, and Yoga. As will soon be obvious, a way of liberation can have no positive definition. It has to be suggested by saying what it is not, somewhat as a sculptor reveals an image by the act of removing pieces of stone from a block.
”
”
Alan W. Watts (The Way of Zen)
β€œ
Emotional baggage,” which is carried over from the past, colors our perceptions. Likewise, past conclusions and beliefs, based on reasoning that may or may not have been accurate, also tint our perception of reality. Retaining our capacity for reason is common sense, but definite conclusions and beliefs keep us from seeing life as it really is at any given moment. Emotional reactions can be unreasonable, and reason can be flawed. It’s difficult to have deep confidence in either one, especially when they’re often at war with each other. But the universal mind exists in the instant, in a moment beyond time, and it sees the universe as it literally is. It’s the universe perceiving itself. It is, moreover, something we can have absolute confidence in, and with that confidence, we can maintain a genuinely positive attitude.
”
”
H.E. Davey (Japanese Yoga: The Way of Dynamic Meditation)
β€œ
To be enlightened is not a condition of certainty. It is to move from limited knowing to boundless unknowing, from gravitas to grace. It is to awaken to a condition of borderless ignorance, of limitless uncertainty. When you are no longer bound by the limitations of creation, you are blessed with the freedom of the Creator. The
”
”
Sadhguru (Adiyogi: The Source of Yoga)
β€œ
If we fail to realize our full potential as human beings, we live more on an animalistic level. This is fine for dogs, cats, and chimpanzees but doesn’t work quite so well for women and men. Without the capacity to freely shape our own lives, much as a sculptor might carve stone, we inevitably slip into negativity and depression.
”
”
H.E. Davey (Japanese Yoga: The Way of Dynamic Meditation)
β€œ
Perhaps this war will make it simpler for us to go back to some of the old ways we knew before we came over to this land and made the Big Money. Perhaps, even, we will remember how to make good bread again. It does not cost much. It is pleasant: one of those almost hypnotic businesses, like a dance from some ancient ceremony. It leaves you filled with peace, and the house filled with one of the world's sweetest smells. But it takes a lot of time. If you can find that, the rest is easy. And if you cannot rightly find it, make it, for probably there is no chiropractic treatment, no Yoga exercise, no hour of meditation in a music-throbbing chapel, that will leave you emptier of bad thoughts than this homely ceremony of making bread.
”
”
M.F.K. Fisher (How to Cook a Wolf)
β€œ
Are you kidding me?' Shan asked, slightly drunk, slightly dramatic, and now sitting yoga style on the floor. 'You can't write an honest novel about race in this country. If you write about how people are really affected by race, it'll be too obvious. Black writers who do literary fiction in this country, all three of them, not the ten thousand who write those bullshit ghetto books with the bright covers, have two choices: they can do precious or they can do pretentious. When you do neither, nobody knows what to do with you. So if you're going to write about race, you have to make sure it's so lyrical and subtle that the reader who doesn't read between the lines won't even know it's about race...' p.335
”
”
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Americanah)
β€œ
A positive attitude is most easily arrived at through a deliberate and rational analysis of what’s required to manifest unwavering positive thought patterns. First, reflect on the actual, present condition of your mind. In other words, is the mind positive or not? We’ve all met individuals who perceive themselves as positive people but don’t appear as such. Since the mind is both invisible and intangible, it’s therefore easier to see the accurate characteristics of the mind through a person’s words, deeds, and posture. For example, if we say, β€œIt’s absolutely freezing today! I’ll probably catch a cold before the end of the day!” then our words expose a negative attitude. But if we say, β€œThe temperature is very cold” (a simple statement of fact), then our expressions, and therefore attitude, are not negative. Sustaining an alert state in which self-awareness becomes possible gives us a chance to discover the origins of negativity. In doing so, we also have an opportunity to arrive at a state of positiveness, so that our words and deeds are also positive, making others feel comfortable, cheerful, and inspired.
”
”
H.E. Davey
β€œ
Our past cannot be changed, and to be preoccupied with it is inefficient in time and effort. Likewise, by fretting over the future, we only exhaust ourselves, making us less able to effectively respond when the future is actually upon us. By worrying about a mishap that may or may not take place, we’re forced to undergo the event twiceβ€”once when imagining it and once again if and when we actually experience it.
”
”
H.E. Davey (Japanese Yoga: The Way of Dynamic Meditation)
β€œ
And even beyond the flaws, there are just some simple differences between Felipe and me that we will both have to accept. He will neverβ€”I promise youβ€”attend a yoga class with me, no matter how many times I may try to convince him that he would absolutely love it. (He would absolutely not love it.) We will never meditate together on a weekend spiritual retreat. I will never get him to cut back on all the red meat, or to do some sort of faddish fasting cleanse with me, just for the fun of it. I will never get him to smooth out his temperament, which burns at sometimes exhausting extremes. He will never take up hobbies with me, I am certain of this. We will not stroll through the farmer’s market hand in hand or go on a hike together specifically to identify wildflowers. And although he is happy to sit and listen to me talk all day long about why I love Henry James, he will never read the collected works of Henry James by my sideβ€”so this most exquisite pleasure of mine must remain a private one.
”
”
Elizabeth Gilbert (Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage)
β€œ
It is true that the subliminal in man is the largest part of his nature and has in it the secret of the unseeen dynamisms which explain his surface activities. But the lower vital subconscious which is all that this psycho-analysis of Freud seems to know, - and of that it knows only a few ill-lit corners, - is no more than a restricted and very inferior portion of the subliminal whole... to begin by opening up the lower subconscious, risking to raise up all that is foul or obscure in it, is to go out of one's way to invite trouble.
”
”
Sri Aurobindo (Integral Yoga: Teaching and Method of Practice)
β€œ
In the world of my imagination, Esther was still my companion, and her love gave me the strength to go forward and explore all my frontiers. In the real world, she was pure obsession, sapping my energy, taking up all the available space, and obliging me to make an enormous effort just to continue with my life. How was it possible that, even after two years, I had still not managed to forget her? I could not bear having to think about it anymore, analyzing all the possibilities, and trying various ways out: deciding simply to accept the situation, writing a book, practicing yoga, doing some charity work, seeing friends, seducing women, going out to supper, to the cinema (always avoiding adaptations of books, of course, and seeking out films that had been specially written for the screen), to the theater, the ballet, to soccer games. The Zahir always won, though; it was always there, making me think, "I wish she was here with me.
”
”
Paulo Coelho (The Zahir)
β€œ
Spiritual literature can be a great aid to an aspirant, or it can be a terrible hindrance. If it is used to inspire practice, motivate compassion, ad nourish devotion, it serves a very valuable purpose. If scriptural study is used for mere intellectual understanding, for pride of accomplishment, or as a substitute for actual practice, then one is taking in too much mental food, which is sure to result in intellectual indigestion. (152)
”
”
Prem Prakash (The Yoga of Spiritual Devotion A Modern Translation of the Narada Bhakti Sutras (Transformational Book Circle))
β€œ
In Japan, a number of time-honored everyday activities (such as making tea, arranging flowers, and writing) have traditionally been deeply examined by their proponents. Students study how to make tea, perform martial arts, or write with a brush in the most skillful way possible to express themselves with maximum efficiency and minimum strain. Through this efficient, adroit, and creative performance, they arrive at art. But if they continue to delve even more deeply into their art, they discover principles that are truly universal, principles relating to life itself. Then, the art of brush writing becomes shodoβ€”the β€œWay of the brush”—while the art of arranging flowers is elevated to the status of kadoβ€”the β€œWay of flowers.” Through these Ways or Do forms, the Japanese have sought to realize the Way of living itself. They have approached the universal through the particular.
”
”
H.E. Davey (Japanese Yoga: The Way of Dynamic Meditation)
β€œ
Kundalini means, according to Zeena β€˜She Who is Hidden,’ and points to the dormant goddess in every human being’s body. While the kundalini force is found in muladharachakra, she hypnotizes humans, like maya herself, and renders them slaves to the illusory. Kundalini can only awaken people if she travels up along the spine.' --About Zeena Schreck by Malin Fitger 'Contemporary notions of Kundalini, its background and role within new Western religiosity,' University of Stockholm, 2004
”
”
Zeena Schreck (Demons of the Flesh: The Complete Guide to Left Hand Path Sex Magic)
β€œ
most cherished desires of present-day Westerners are shaped by romantic, nationalist, capitalist and humanist myths that have been around for centuries. Friends giving advice often tell each other, β€˜Follow your heart.’ But the heart is a double agent that usually takes its instructions from the dominant myths of the day, and the very recommendation to β€˜follow your heart’ was implanted in our minds by a combination of nineteenth-century Romantic myths and twentieth-century consumerist myths. The Coca-Cola Company, for example, has marketed Diet Coke around the world under the slogan β€˜Diet Coke. Do what feels good.’ Even what people take to be their most personal desires are usually programmed by the imagined order. Let’s consider, for example, the popular desire to take a holiday abroad. There is nothing natural or obvious about this. A chimpanzee alpha male would never think of using his power in order to go on holiday into the territory of a neighbouring chimpanzee band. The elite of ancient Egypt spent their fortunes building pyramids and having their corpses mummified, but none of them thought of going shopping in Babylon or taking a skiing holiday in Phoenicia. People today spend a great deal of money on holidays abroad because they are true believers in the myths of romantic consumerism. Romanticism tells us that in order to make the most of our human potential we must have as many different experiences as we can. We must open ourselves to a wide spectrum of emotions; we must sample various kinds of relationships; we must try different cuisines; we must learn to appreciate different styles of music. One of the best ways to do all that is to break free from our daily routine, leave behind our familiar setting, and go travelling in distant lands, where we can β€˜experience’ the culture, the smells, the tastes and the norms of other people. We hear again and again the romantic myths about β€˜how a new experience opened my eyes and changed my life’. Consumerism tells us that in order to be happy we must consume as many products and services as possible. If we feel that something is missing or not quite right, then we probably need to buy a product (a car, new clothes, organic food) or a service (housekeeping, relationship therapy, yoga classes). Every television commercial is another little legend about how consuming some product or service will make life better. 18. The Great Pyramid of Giza. The kind of thing rich people in ancient Egypt did with their money. Romanticism, which encourages variety, meshes perfectly with consumerism. Their marriage has given birth to the infinite β€˜market of experiences’, on which the modern tourism industry is founded. The tourism industry does not sell flight tickets and hotel bedrooms. It sells experiences. Paris is not a city, nor India a country – they are both experiences, the consumption of which is supposed to widen our horizons, fulfil our human potential, and make us happier. Consequently, when the relationship between a millionaire and his wife is going through a rocky patch, he takes her on an expensive trip to Paris. The trip is not a reflection of some independent desire, but rather of an ardent belief in the myths of romantic consumerism. A wealthy man in ancient Egypt would never have dreamed of solving a relationship crisis by taking his wife on holiday to Babylon. Instead, he might have built for her the sumptuous tomb she had always wanted. Like the elite of ancient Egypt, most people in most cultures dedicate their lives to building pyramids. Only the names, shapes and sizes of these pyramids change from one culture to the other. They may take the form, for example, of a suburban cottage with a swimming pool and an evergreen lawn, or a gleaming penthouse with an enviable view. Few question the myths that cause us to desire the pyramid in the first place.
”
”
Yuval Noah Harari (Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind)
β€œ
Each action we take is an act of self-expression. We often think of large-scale or important deeds as being indications of our real selves, but even how we sharpen a pencil can reveal something about our feelings at that moment. Do we sharpen the pencil carefully or nervously so that it doesn’t break? Do we bother to pay attention to what we’re doing? How do we sharpen the same pencil when we’re angry or in a hurry? Is it the same as when we’re calm or unhurried? Even the smallest movement discloses something about the person executing the action because it is the person who’s actually performing the deed. In other words, action doesn’t happen by itself, we make it happen, and in doing so we leave traces of ourselves on the activity. The mind and body are interrelated.
”
”
H.E. Davey (Japanese Yoga: The Way of Dynamic Meditation)
β€œ
We have seen that a myth could never approached in a purely profane setting. It was only comprehensible in a liturgical context that set it apart from everyday life; it must be experienced as part of a process of personal transformation. None, of this surely applies to the novel, which can be read anywhere at all witout ritual trappings, and must, if it is any good, eschew the overtly didactic. Yet the experience of reading a novel has certain qualities that remind us of the mythology. It can be seen as a form of mediation. Readers have to live with a novel for days or even weeks. It prljects them into another worl, parallel to but apart from their ordinary lives. They know perfectly well that this fictional realm is not 'real' and yet while they are reading it becomes compelling. A powerful novel bcomes part of the backdrop of lives long after we have laid the book aside. It is an excercise of make-believe, that like yoga or a religious festival breaks down barriers of space and time and extends our sympathies to empathise with others lives and sorrows. It teaches compassion, the ability to 'feel with' others. And, like mythology , an important novel is transformative. If we allow it do so, can change us forever.
”
”
Karen Armstrong (A Short History of Myth)
β€œ
Ms. Terwilliger didn’t have a chance to respond to my geological ramblings because someone knocked on the door. I slipped the rocks into my pocket and tried to look studious as she called an entry. I figured Zoe had tracked me down, but surprisingly, Angeline walked in. "Did you know," she said, "that it’s a lot harder to put organs back in the body than it is to get them out?" I closed my eyes and silently counted to five before opening them again. β€œPlease tell me you haven’t eviscerated someone.” She shook her head. β€œNo, no. I left my biology homework in Miss Wentworth’s room, but when I went back to get it, she’d already left and locked the door. But it’s due tomorrow, and I’m already in trouble in there, so I had to get it. So, I went around outside, and her window lock wasn’t that hard to open, and I—” "Wait," I interrupted. "You broke into a classroom?" "Yeah, but that’s not the problem." Behind me, I heard a choking laugh from Ms. Terwilliger’s desk. "Go on," I said wearily. "Well, when I climbed through, I didn’t realize there was a bunch of stuff in the way, and I crashed into those plastic models of the human body she has. You know, the life size ones with all the parts inside? And bam!" Angeline held up her arms for effect. "Organs everywhere." She paused and looked at me expectantly. "So what are we going to do? I can’t get in trouble with her." "We?" I exclaimed. "Here," said Ms. Terwilliger. I turned around, and she tossed me a set of keys. From the look on her face, it was taking every ounce of self-control not to burst out laughing. "That square one’s a master. I know for a fact she has yoga and won’t be back for the rest of the day. I imagine you can repair the damageβ€”and retrieve the homeworkβ€”before anyone’s the wiser.” I knew that the β€œyou” in β€œyou can repair” meant me. With a sigh, I stood up and packed up my things. β€œThanks,” I said. As Angeline and I walked down to the science wing, I told her, β€œYou know, the next time you’ve got a problem, maybe come to me before it becomes an even bigger problem.” "Oh no," she said nobly. "I didn’t want to be an inconvenience." Her description of the scene was pretty accurate: organs everywhere. Miss Wentworth had two models, male and female, with carved out torsos that cleverly held removable parts of the body that could be examined in greater detail. Wisely, she had purchased models that were only waist-high. That was still more than enough of a mess for us, especially since it was hard to tell which model the various organs belonged to. I had a pretty good sense of anatomy but still opened up a textbook for reference as I began sorting. Angeline, realizing her uselessness here, perched on a far counter and swing her legs as she watched me. I’d started reassembling the male when I heard a voice behind me. "Melbourne, I always knew you’d need to learn about this kind of thing. I’d just kind of hoped you’d learn it on a real guy." I glanced back at Trey, as he leaned in the doorway with a smug expression. β€œHa, ha. If you were a real friend, you’d come help me.” I pointed to the female model. β€œLet’s see some of your alleged expertise in action.” "Alleged?" He sounded indignant but strolled in anyways. I hadn’t really thought much about asking him for help. Mostly I was thinking this was taking much longer than it should, and I had more important things to do with my time. It was only when he came to a sudden halt that I realized my mistake. "Oh," he said, seeing Angeline. "Hi." Her swinging feet stopped, and her eyes were as wide as his. β€œUm, hi.” The tension ramped up from zero to sixty in a matter of seconds, and everyone seemed at a loss for words. Angeline jerked her head toward the models and blurted out. β€œI had an accident.” That seemed to snap Trey from his daze, and a smile curved his lips. Whereas Angeline’s antics made me want to pull out my hair sometimes, he found them endearing.
”
”
Richelle Mead (The Fiery Heart (Bloodlines, #4))
β€œ
As his mind becomes purer and his emotions come under control, his thoughts become clearer and his instincts truer. As he learns to live more and more in harmony with his higher Self, his body's natural intuition becomes active of itself. The result is that false desires and unnatural instincts which have been imposed upon it by others or by himself will become weaker and weaker and fall away entirely in time. This may happen without any attempt to undergo an elaborate system of self-discipline on his part: yet it will affect his way of living, his diet, his habits. False cravings like the craving for smoking tobacco will vanish of their own accord; false appetites like the appetite for alcoholic liquor or flesh food will likewise vanish; but the more deep-seated the desire, the longer it will take to uproot it--except in the case of some who will hear and answer a heroic call for an abrupt change.
”
”
Paul Brunton (The Notebooks of Paul Brunton)
β€œ
Relaxing the shoulders is vital for relaxation in general. However, owing to the effects of gravity, relaxation is problematic unless we let the shoulders remain in their natural place. Let the shoulders drop, or settle in harmony with gravity, into their most comfortable position. It isn’t too difficult to do this for a moment, but to sustain this condition unconsciously in our lives is another matter. We raise our shoulders unnaturally when we lean on a desk or hold the telephone between our shoulders and ears, when we are shocked by a loud noise, and who knows how many other times throughout the day. And the unsettling of the shoulders doesn’t have to be large to produce anxiety, stiff necks, and headaches. Just slightly raising them will create tension, and this tension throws the nervous system out of balance. When do we raise the shoulders in daily life? What are we feeling at that moment and leading up to that moment? Remembering that the body reflects the mind, and that the raising of the shoulders not only creates tension but also is a physical manifestation of psychological tension itself, what are the roots of this tension? Bringing the mind into the moment, let’s observe ourselves in a state free of preconceived ideas or beliefs. Don’t guess at these questions. Observe yourself in relationship to others and the universe
”
”
H.E. Davey (Japanese Yoga: The Way of Dynamic Meditation)
β€œ
The spiritual life (adhyatma-jivana), the religious life (dharma-jivana) and the ordinary human life of which morality is a part are three quite different things and one must know which one desires and not confuse the three together. The ordinary life is that of the average human consciousness separated from its own true self and from the Divine and led by the common habits of the mind, life and body which are the laws of the Ignorance. The religious life is a movement of the same ignorant human consciousness, turning or trying to turn away from the earth towards the Divine, but as yet without knowledge and led by the dogmatic tenets and rules of some sect or creed which claims to have found the way out of the bonds of the earth-consciousness into some beatific Beyond. The religious life may be the first approach to the spiritual, but very often it is only a turning about in a round of rites, ceremonies and practices or set ideas and forms without any issue. The spiritual life, on the contrary, proceeds directly by a change of consciousness, a change from the ordinary consciousness, ignorant and separated from its true self and from God, to a greater consciousness in which one finds one's true being and comes first into direct and living contact and then into union with the Divine. For the spiritual seeker this change of consciousness is the one thing he seeks and nothing else matters.
”
”
Sri Aurobindo (Letters on Yoga, Vol 1)