Yoga is the practice of quieting the mind.
When you inhale, you are taking the strength from God. When you exhale, it represents the service you are giving to the world.
Yoga is difficult for the one whose mind is not subdued.
The most important pieces of equipment you need for doing yoga are your body and your mind.
The word yoga comes from Sanskrit, the language of ancient India. It means union, integration, or wholeness. It is an approach to health that promotes the harmonious collaboration of the human being’s three components: body, mind, and spirit.
Anyone who practices can obtain success in yoga but not one who is lazy. Constant practice alone is the secret of success.
Svatmarama, Hatha Yoga Pradipika
Yoga is a light, which once lit, will never dim. The better your practice, the brighter the flame.
When the breath wanders the mind also is unsteady. But when the breath is calmed the mind too will be still, and the yogi achieves long life. Therefore, one should learn to control the breath.
Hatha Yoga Pradipika
Thus meditating you will no longer strive to build yourself up in your prejudices, but, forgetting self, you will remember only that you are seeking the Truth.
Yoga is acting in such a way that all of our attention is directed toward the activity in which we are engaged.
Inhale, and God approaches you. Hold the inhalation, and God remains with you. Exhale, and you approach God. Hold the exhalation, and surrender to God.
The body is your temple. Keep it pure and clean for the soul to reside in.
The Self in you is the same as the Self Universal. Whatever powers are manifested throughout the world, those powers exist in germ, in latency, in you…. If you realize the unity of the Self amid the diversities of the Not-Self, then Yoga Will not seem an impossible thing to you.
Annie Wood Besant
Silence is not silent. Silence speaks. It speaks most eloquently. Silence is not still. Silence leads. It leads most perfectly.
You may think that only you are a prisoner, but other people are also prisoners. You are in a small prison, but others are in the big prison outside. When will they be released? Think that you are a yogi and that you are pursuing your sadhana in this particular place and at this particular moment. Immediately you will experience great joy. If you change your understanding, you will be free in a minute.
Yoga is a way to freedom. By its constant practice, we can free ourselves from fear, anguish and loneliness.
Yoga is the cessation of mind.
Many paths are possible; whichever path is sincerely traveled leads to inner peace.
Can you remember what it was like to walk in the midst of a world of miracles? Can you remember ever traveling within a world of pure delight with a joy untainted by craving or aversion? What happened to that world? All yoga, including the Buddha’s yoga, is often called “the path of return” — a return to our true home, which we eventually come to see was never really lost.
Frank Jude Boccio