115 of the Best Yoga Quotes to Inspire Your Yoga Practice

Struggling to feel thankful? Taking yourself too seriously? Got too much on your mind to meditate? Relax! You’re sure to find something that resonates with you in this list of funny yoga quotes, yoga sayings and inspirational yoga quotes. From B.K.S. Iyengar to Albert Einstein, Pattabhi Jois to Oprah, T.K.V. Desikachar to Joan Rivers, I have a yoga quote for every mood.

Gratitude Yoga Quotes to Ground Your Yoga Practice 

One of the most wonderful benefits of yoga is how it can instil gratitude and thankfulness in our hearts. A thankfulness for our bodies, our minds, and our practice. Gratitude is a powerful force. It can improve your mental health and your physical wellbeing. By appreciating each moment, movement and breath, yogis can truly embrace life.  

The trouble is, when life gets us down, it can be hard to concentrate on the positives, rather than the negatives. That’s why I’ve curated a collection of 42 gratitude quotes, yoga quotes and yoga sayings, to inspire even the most pessimistic yogi to give a little R-E-S-P-E-C-T—to  themselves, to others, and to life.  

Gratitude doesn’t just belong on the mat. Yogis who practice gratitude radiate positivity, finding enjoyment in even the smallest moments, living every day with an attitude of gratitude that lifts the lives of those around them, too. 


My 42 favourite gratitude quotes 

1. “An attitude of gratitude brings great things” – Yogi Bhajan 

2. “Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom” – Marcel Proust 

3. “Reflect upon your present moment blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes of which all men have some” – Charles Dickens 

4. “Wear gratitude like a cloak and it will feed every corner of your life”  –  Rumi 

5. “You open the door through gratitude” – Deepak Chopra 

6. “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them” – John F. Kennedy 

7. “Have gratitude for the things you’re discarding. By giving gratitude, you’re giving closure to the relationship with that object, and by doing so, it becomes a lot easier to let go” – Marie Kondo 

8. “Gratitude is the sign of noble souls” – Aesop 

9. “In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.” – Camus 

10. “Peace begins with a smile.”  –  Mother Teresa 

11. “So, go ahead. Fall down. The world looks different from the ground.”  –  Oprah Winfrey 

12. “There is no way to happiness—happiness is the way.”  –  Thich Nhat Hanh 

13. “When you stop and really look, you see that you are supported continuously in literally countless ways. This is the highest lesson of yoga, the truth of interbeing, of no separation.”  –  Frank Jude Boccio 

14. “Gratitude is a powerful catalyst for happiness. It’s the spark that lights a fire of joy in your soul.” – Amy Collette 

15. “Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.”  –  Dr Seuss 

16. “If you only say one prayer in a day, make it thank you” – Rumi  

17. “I’m grateful for always this moment, the now, no matter what form it takes” – Eckhart Tolle 

18. “I was complaining that I had no shoes, until I met a man who had no feet” – Confucius 

19. “Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” – Melody Beattie 

20. “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle” – Albert Einstein 

21. “The attitude of gratitude is the highest yoga” – Yogi Bhajan 

22. “Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance” – Eckhart Tolle 

23. “Hear blessings dropping their blossoms around you” – Rumi 

24. “There are always flowers for those who want to see them” – Henri Matisse 

25. “When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love” – Marcus Aurelius 

26. “It is through gratitude for the present moment that the spiritual dimension of life opens up” – Eckhart Tolle 

27. “Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts.” – Henri Frederic Amiel 

28. “In ordinary life, we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer 

29. “Gratitude is when memory is stored in the heart and not in the mind.” – Lionel Hampton 

30. “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues but the parent of all others.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero 

31. “Happiness cannot be traveled to owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.” – Denis Waitley 

32. “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more.” – Melody Beattie 

33. “Joy is the simplest form of gratitude.” – Karl Barth 

34. “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 (Indian yogi and guru) 

35. "Keep your face to the sun and you will never see the shadows."  –  Helen Keller 

36. “Light tomorrow with today.” – Elizabeth Barrett Browning 

37. “Gratitude will shift you to a higher frequency, and you will attract much better things.” – Rhonda Byrne 

38. “When I started counted my blessings, my whole life turned around.” – Willie Nelson 

39. “Gratitude is an opener of locked – up blessings” – Marianne Williamson 

40. “Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for” – Epicurus 

41. “Earth's crammed with heaven... But only he who sees, takes off his shoes.” – Elizabeth Barrett Browning, from Aurora Leigh 

42. “Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul.” – Henry Ward Beecher

How Meditation Quotes Can Help You Re-Centre and Recharge 

Meditation is a great way to unwind and recharge our batteries. But sometimes, it can be hard to silence the nagging voice in our heads, and we can’t quite connect to the power within us. When we’re stressed at the office or our to-do list seems never-ending, finding the time to think about nothing isn’t exactly easy. 

Trust me, I’ve been there. Even the most dedicated yogis have bad days, and you’re not alone. But, the fact is, not only is meditation therapeutic, but it’s also good for your health, helping to boost the immune system, aid heart health and reduce anxiety.  

And the best part? It’s completely free—even cheaper than chocolate, and better for you. Need more convincing? Meditation can be practiced anywhere, anytime – even on the commute home. 

This collection of meditation quotes, yoga quotes and inspirational sayings, will help you put the ‘I’ back into your practice. If you find you just can’t clear your mind, it may be that these wise words guide you to peace, even if it is only for a few minutes… 


My 36 favourite meditation quotes 

1. “Meditation is a way for nourishing and blossoming the divinity within you.” – Amit Ray (Indian author and spiritual master) 

2. “Learn this from the water: loud splashes the brook, but the ocean depths are calm” – Buddha 

3. “The brain is the hardest part of the body to adjust in asanas” – B.K.S Iyengar 

4. “The past has no power over the present moment” – Eckhart Tolle 

5. “Yoga is not a work-out. It is a work-in.” – Rolf Gates 

6. “A mind free from all disturbances is yoga” – Patanjali 

7. “You should sit in meditation for 20 minutes a day, unless you’re too busy; then you should sit for an hour” – Old Zen saying 

8. “Yoga is an effortless dance with breath and gravity” – Vanda Scaravelli 

9. “Surrender to yoga, for where is the conflict when the truth is known?” – Krishna Macharya 

10. “When the chest is opening, the mind is opening, and we feel emotionally shiny, and stability comes” – Vanda Scaravelli 

11. “If you are quiet enough, you will hear the flow of the universe. You will feel its rhythm. Go with this flow. Happiness lies ahead. Meditation is key.”  –  Buddha 

12. “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 

13. “Master your breath, let the self be in bliss, contemplate on the sublime within you” – Shri T Krishnamacharya 

14. “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 

15. “The nature of yoga is to shine the light of awareness into the darkest corners of the body.” – Jason Crandall 

16. “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 

17. “Yoga has a sly, clever way of short circuiting the mental patterns that cause anxiety.”  –  Baxter Bell 

18. “If we only look within, we will see the Light as if we were seeing our own image in a mirror.” ― Swami Satchidananda, The Yoga Sutras 

19. "Sometimes it's the journey that teaches you about the destination."  –  Drake. 

20. “Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.”  –  Buddha 

21. “Plant the seed of meditation and reap the fruit of peace of mind.” – Anonymous 

22. “Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.”  –  Buddha 

23. “Your mind is your instrument. Learn to be its master and not its slave.”  –  Remez Sasson 

24. “Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self.” –  The Bhagavad Gita 

25. “Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal.”  –  Mother Teresa 

26. “It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves”  –  Sir Edmund Hillary 

27. “Nothing can bring you peace but yourself” – Ralph Waldo Emerson 

28. “The sun, the moon, the stars, and all the lights that you can imagine in the entire external world are but fragments of that one great Light that is within you” – Swami Rama 

29. “Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure. “ – Oprah 

30. “You only lose what you cling to”  –  Buddha 

31. “The treasure is carried by you every moment. Every breath you take in or out, the treasure is there. You may not be aware, but you have never missed it.” –  Osho, The Essence of Yoga 

32. “In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you.” – Deepak Chopra 

33. “Breath is your link to life; the direct connection to your spirit.” – Dashama Konah Gordon  

34. “When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” – Lao Tzu  

35. “Silence is not silent. Silence speaks. It speaks most eloquently. Silence is not still. Silence leads. It leads most perfectly.” – Sri Chinmoy  

36. “It is better to conquer yourself than a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken away” – Buddha 

Funny Yoga Quotes—Because Laughter is Good for the Soul 

As you can see, I do love yoga quotes. Sometimes I’m in the mood for something wise—a yoga quote that lifts me, capturing the tranquillity and grace of a centuries old tradition. Sometimes I need something motivating, to get me into my yoga pants and off to class.  

But honestly? Most of the time I just want something funny. A funny quote can get my head out of my ass or make me chuckle, giggle, and forget about life’s worries. Research has long shown that that laughter really is the best medicine. A hearty laugh relieves tension in the muscles and alleviates stress, leaving you feeling relaxed for up to 45 minutes afterwards. And what’s more yogic than that? 

Here are 37 of my favourite funny yoga quotes and jokes because as Osho says, “while you are laughing you cannot be in the past, you cannot be in the future; you have to be here right now.”  


37 of My Favourite Funny Yoga Quotes 

1. “Yoga is not about touching your toes. It’s about what you learn on the way down” – Jigar Gor 

2. “The last time I opened my chakra, so I could feel my peace, I got thrown right out of the pub.” – Terri Guillemets 

3. “My body is a temple. My temple needs redecorating.” – Joan Rivers 

4. “See! Levitation is easy if we all just keep our heads on the ground.” – Anthony T. Hincks 

5. “A photographer gets people to pose for him. A yoga instructor gets people to pose for themselves.”  –  Terri Guillemets 

6. “No chapattis. No strength.”  –  Sharath Rangaswamy 

7. “Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape.”  – Michael McGriffy M.D 

8. “Calming the mind is yoga. Not just standing on the head” – Swami Satchidananda 

9. “A day without sunshine is like, you know, night.”  –  Steve Martin 

10. “A Zen master once said to me, 'Do the opposite of whatever I tell you.' So, I didn't.” – Anonymous 

11. “You should sit in meditation for 20 minutes a day, unless you’re too busy; then you should sit for an hour” – Old Zen saying 

12. “When you hear your inner voice, forget it.”  –  Hyoen Sahn 

13. “Nose is for breathing, mouth is for eating. If you breathe through your mouth, I will feed you through your nose.”  –  BKS Iyengar 

14. “Yoga is 99% waste removal” – T.K.V Desikachar 

15. “Yoga adds years to your life and life to your years” – Alan Finger 

16. “What is mind? No matter. What is matter? Never mind.”  –  George Berkeley 

17. “Be realistic: plan for a miracle.” – Osho 

18. “In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and has been widely regarded as a bad move.”  –  Douglas Adams 

19. “Some people drink from the fountain of knowledge, others just gargle.” – Robert Anthony 

20. “Yoga is not a work-out. It is a work-in.” – Rolf Gates 

21. “Enlightenment comes when your third eye is at one with your turd eye, so you can see through your own shit.”  –  Christopher Wynter 

22. “Breathe in. Breathe out. Forget this and attaining Enlightenment will be the least of your problems.”  –  Anonymous 

23. “How much ego do you need? Just so much that you don't step in front of a bus.”  –  Shunryu Suzuki 

24. “I gained nothing at all from Supreme Enlightenment, and for that very reason it is called Supreme Enlightenment.”  –  Gautama Buddha 

25. “A day without yoga is like a sundae without sprinkles” – Emma Mildon 

26. “Our heads are round so thought can change direction.”  –  Allen Ginsberg 

27. “These are my principles. If you don't like them, I have others.”  –  Groucho Marx 

28. “Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” ― Will Rogers 

29. “The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.”  –  Paul Valery 

30. “A donkey with a load of holy books is still a donkey.”  –  Sufi saying 

31. “Sometimes I believe as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”  –  Lewis Carroll 

32. “Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive.” – Elbert Hubbard 

33. “Yoga. Because punching people is frowned upon”  –  Anonymous 

34. “You can't have everything ... where would you put it?”  –  Steven Wright 

35. “You don’t have to be flexible to do yoga. You just have to be willing to shake the dust off and see what happens” – David Good 

36. “Yoga is the fountain of youth. You're only as young as your spine is flexible.”  –  Bob Harper 

37. “Some days you eat salads and go do yoga, some days you eat cupcakes and refuse to put on pants. It's called balance.”  –  Anonymous 

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Lucy Edge 

is a yoga advocate and writer with three yoga books to her name, including the beloved travel memoir Yoga School Dropout. She writes regularly for the national press, has authored over 150 guides to types of yoga and yoga poses, discovered nearly 250 proven health benefits of yoga through her painstaking classification of 300 clinical studies, and collected more than 500 personal testimonials to the real life benefits of yoga. She is also the creator of our yoga shop – YogaClicks.Store – handpicking yoga brands that are beautifully made by yogis committed to environmental and social sustainability.