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201 Yoga Quotes for inspiration

111 Yoga Quotes

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We have come up with a list of yoga quotes that will help to lead you along the path of this enriching practice.

Anyone who does yoga will tell you that it’s more than just difficult poses and positive affirmations; it’s not about incense and frills. Yoga is a lifestyle and approach to positivity which seeks to enlighten the spirit and attune body and mind.

Many yoga classes begin with positive mantras and may even end with uplifting quotes about mindfulness, or positivity. Everyone can use a little motivation when it comes to yoga. I hope you enjoy these yoga quotes.


Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths.

Etty Hittlesum

 

If you seek peace, be still. If you seek wisdom, be silent. If you seek love, be yourself.

Becca Lee


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True yoga is not about the shape of your body, but the shape of your life. Yoga is not to be performed; yoga is to be lived. Yoga doesn’t care about what you have been; yoga cares about the person you are becoming. Yoga is designed for a vast and profound purpose, and for it to be truly called yoga, its essence must be embodied.

Aadil Palkhivala

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When you find peace within yourself, you become the kind of person who can live at peace with others.

– Peace Pilgrim

You either get bitter or get better. It’s that simple. You either take what has been dealt to you and allow it to make you a better person, or you allow it to tear you down. The choice does not belong to fate, it belongs to you.

– Josh Shipp

Yoga begins right where I am – not where I was yesterday or where I long to be.

Linda Sparrowe

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Change is not only inevitable, but always happening. When you truly embrace this concept of change being constant, the only thing left to do is grow, detach, venture inwards, touch the spirit and find your source — the one responsible for keeping you grounded through the ever-changing seasons of life.

Julie Weiland

Don’t move the way fear makes you move. Move the way love makes you move. Move the way joy makes you move.

Osho

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I have been a seeker and I still am, but I stopped asking the books and the stars. I started listening to the teaching of my Soul.

Rumi

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You are the sky, everything else is just the weather.

Pema Chodron

Yoga is not a work-out, it is a work-in. And this is the point of spiritual practice; to make us teachable; to open up our hearts and focus our awareness so that we can know what we already know and be who we already are.

Rolf Gates

It is not arrogant or egotistical to feel good inside. You had nothing to do with it. It’s simply the honest response to clearly perceived Reality.

Erich Schiffman

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I offer you peace. I offer you love. I offer you friendship. I see your beauty. I hear your need. I feel your feelings. My wisdom flows from the Highest Source. I salute that Source in you. Let us work together for unity and love.

Gandhi

Yoga is a light which once lit will never dim, the better your practice the brighter your flame.

B.K.S. Iyengar

If you choose to see everything as a miracle, then where you are right now is perfect. There is nowhere to run to; there is nothing else to do except be in this moment and allow what is to be. From that place of radical acceptance, major change can happen. The first step in any transformational experience is acceptance and surrender to the present moment, the way that it is. From that place we have the awareness, humility and power to change what is.

Mastin Kipp

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Wisdom is knowing we are all One. Love is what it feels like and Compassion is what it acts like.

Ethan Walker III

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

Mindfulness helps you go home to the present. And every time you go there and recognize a condition of happiness that you have, happiness comes.

Thich Nhat Hanh

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In meditation and in our daily lives there are three qualities that we can nurture, cultivate, and bring out. We already possess these, but they can be ripened: precision, gentleness, and the ability to let go.

Pema Chodron

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Inner peace begins the moment you choose not to allow another person or event to control your emotions.

Pema Chodron

Your soul is your best friend. Treat it with care, nurture it with growth, feed it with love.

Ashourina Yalda

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The body benefits from movement, and the mind benefits from stillness.

Sakyong Mipham


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Follow your nature. The practice is really about uncovering your own pose; we have great respect for our teachers, but unless we can uncover our own pose in the moment, it’s not practice — it’s mimicry. Rest deeply in Savasana every day. Always enter that pratyahara (withdrawn state) every day. And just enjoy yourself. For many years I mistook discipline as ambition. Now I believe it to be more about consistency. Do get on the mat. Practice and life are not that different.

Judith Hanson Lasater

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.

Lao Tzu

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Be a lamp to yourself. Be your own confidence. Hold on to the truth within yourself as to the only truth.

Buddha

For every beauty there is an eye somewhere to see it. For every truth there is an ear somewhere to hear it. For every love there is a heart somewhere to receive it.

Ivan Panin

There will always be people who can do it better than you, but that’s a good thing! Start to see competition as inspiration — without envy.

Kathryn Budig

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Accepting means you allow yourself to feel whatever it is you are feeling at that moment. It is part of the isness of the Now. You can’t argue with what is. Well, you can, but if you do, you suffer.

Eckhart Tolle

What you think, you become.

Buddha

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Once you’re in touch with the life force around us, it’s natural to want to help keep it around.

Adi Carter

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Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self.

The Bhagavad Gita

Yoga is a dance between control and surrender – between pushing and letting go – and when to push and when to let go becomes part of the creative process, part of the open-ended exploration of your being.

Joel Kramer

Each of us is a lake of love, yet strangely enough, we are all thirsty.

Swami Kripalu

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Yoga is the perfect opportunity to be curious about who you are.

Jason Crandell

Your life is a sacred journey. It is about change, growth, discovery, movement, transformation, continuously expanding your vision of what is possible, stretching your soul, learning to see clearly and deeply, listening to your intuition, taking courageous challenges at every step along the way. You are on the path… exactly where you are meant to be right now… And from here, you can only go forward, shaping your life story into a magnificent tale of triumph, of healing, of courage, of beauty, of wisdom, of power, of dignity, and of love.

Caroline Adams

The soul is here for its own joy.

Rumi

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The best thing you could do is master the chaos in you. You are not thrown into the fire, you are the fire.

Mama Indigo

The very heart of yoga practice is abhyasa – steady effort in the direction you want to go.

Sally Kempton

Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.

Mother Teresa

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Close your eyes and imagine the best version of you possible. That’s who you really are. Let go of any part of you that doesn’t believe it.

C. Assaad

Go from a human being doing yoga to a human being yoga.

Baron Baptiste

Remember, it doesn’t matter how deep into a posture you go. What does matter is who you are when you get there.

Max Storm

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Yoga is not about touching your toes, it’s about what you learn on the way down.

Jigar Gor

Yoga does not change the way we see things, it transforms the person who sees.

B.K.S Iyengar

Live life as if everything is rigged in your favour.

Rumi

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Meditation is a way for nourishing and blossoming the divinity within you.

Amit Ray

People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing. That’s why we recommend it daily.

– Zig Ziglar


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First, have a definite, clear practical ideal; a goal, an objective. Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends; wisdom, money, materials, and methods. Third, adjust all your means to that end.

– Aristotle

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When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.

– Helen Keller

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

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The ultimate goal of yoga is to always observe things accurately, and therefore never act in a way that will make us regret our actions later.

– T.K.V. Desikachar

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The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.

– Jimmy Johnson

May today there be peace within. May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith in yourself and others. May you use the gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you. May you be content with yourself just the way you are. Let this knowledge settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. It is there for each and every one of us.

– Saint Terese of Liseaux

Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.

– Buddha

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When I was five years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.

– John Lennon

The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.

– C.G. Jung

The body is your temple. Keep it pure and clean for the soul to reside in.

– Geeta Iyengar

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Yoga is possible for anybody who really wants it. Yoga is universal…. But don’t approach yoga with a business mind looking for worldly gain.

– Sri Pattabhi Jois

Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built.

– Rumi

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– Rolf Gates

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My sole literary ambition is to write one good novel, then retire to my hut in the desert, assume the lotus position, compose my mind and senses, and sink into meditation, contemplating my novel.

– Edward Abbey

Yoga is about clearing away whatever is in us that prevents our living in the most full and whole way. With yoga, we become aware of how and where we are restricted — in body, mind, and heart — and how gradually to open and release these blockages. As these blockages are cleared, our energy is freed. We start to feel more harmonious, more at one with ourselves. Our lives begin to flow — or we begin to flow more in our lives.

– Cybele Tomlinson

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.

– Henry David Thoreau

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, “Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?” Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

– Marianne Williamson

If you hear a voice within you say, “you cannot paint,” then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.

– Vincent Van Gogh

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Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

– Maya Angelou

When you are looking in the mirror, you are looking at the problem. But, remember, you are also looking at the solution.

– Anonymous


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There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.

– Aldous Huxley

In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.

– Camus

The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.

– Willy Wonka

Make each day your masterpiece.

– John Wooden

Every moment is a fresh beginning.

– T.S. Eliot

When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.

– Lao Tzu

A human being is part of a whole, called by us the ‘Universe’ — a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts, and feelings, as something separated from the rest— a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.

– Albert Einstein

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I close my eyes in order to see.

– Paul Gauguin

Success is going from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.

– Winston Churchill

Light tomorrow with today.

– Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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

A photographer gets people to pose for him. A yoga instructor gets people to pose for themselves.

– Terri Guillemets

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Anyone who practices can obtain success in yoga but not one who is lazy. Constant practice alone is the secret of success.

– Svatmarama

Before you’ve practiced, the theory is useless. After you’ve practiced, the theory is obvious.

– David Williams

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


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Yoga is really trying to liberate us from… shame about our bodies. To love your body is a very important thing — I think the health of your mind depends on your being able to love your body.

– Rodney Yee

Yoga is almost like music in a way; there’s no end to it.

– Sting

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The gift of learning to meditate is the greatest gift you can give yourself in this lifetime.

– Sogyal Rinpoche

To perform every action artfully is yoga.

– Swami Kripalu

The peace of God is with them whose mind and soul are in harmony, who are free from desire and wrath, who know their own soul.

– Hagavad Gita

Raise your words, not voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.

– Rumi

If I’m losing balance in a pose, I stretch higher and God reaches down to steady me. It works every time, and not just in yoga.

– Terri Guillemets

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When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all of your thoughts break their bonds. Your mind transcends limitations; your consciousness expands in every direction; and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive and you discover yourself to be a greater person than you ever dreamed yourself to be.

– Patanjali

One of the fundamental principles of yoga: a small action done repeatedly can make an enormous difference.

– Dr. Timothy McCall

Anyone can practice. Young man can practice. Old man can practice. Very old man can practice. Man who is sick, he can practice. Man who doesn’t have strength can practice. Except lazy people; lazy people can’t practice Ashtanga yoga.

– Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois

Clinging to life, flowing by its own potency [due to past experience], exists even in the wise.

– Patanjali

By cultivating attitudes of friendliness toward the happy, compassion for the unhappy, delight in the virtuous, and disregard toward the wicked, the mind-stuff retains its undisturbed calmness.

– Patanjali

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

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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

Yoga, as a way of life and a philosophy, can be practiced by anyone with inclination to undertake it, for yoga belongs to humanity as a whole. It is not the property of any one group or any one individual, but can be followed by any and all, in any corner of the globe, regardless of class, creed or religion.

– Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois

Remember the emphasis on the heart. The mind lives in doubt and the heart lives in trust. When you trust, suddenly you become centered.

– Osho

Hope is not a prediction of the future, it’s a declaration of what is possible.

– Yogi Bhajan

The purpose of life is to watch and experience living. To enjoy living every moment of it. And to live in environments, which are calm, quiet, slow, sophisticated, elegant. Just to be. Whether you are naked or you have a golden robe on you, that doesn’t make any difference. The ideal purpose of your life is that you are grateful – great and full – that you are alive, and you enjoy it.

– Yogi Bhajan

The harmonizing of opposing forces is a key aspect of yoga — hot energy is united with cool energy, strong with soft, and masculine with feminine.

– Tara Fraser

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

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The aim of yoga is to eliminate the control that material nature exerts over the human spirit, to rediscover through introspective practice what the poet T.S. Eliot called ‘the still point of the turning world.

– Barbara Stoler Miller

You cannot do yoga. Yoga is your natural state. What you can do are yoga exercises, which may reveal to you where you are resisting your natural state.

– Sharon Gannon

Yoga does not remove us from the reality or responsibilities of everyday life but rather places our feet firmly and resolutely in the practical ground of experience. We don’t transcend our lives; we return to the life we left behind in the hopes of something better.

– Donna Farhi


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Practicing yoga during the day is a matter of keeping your eyes on the road and one ear turned toward the infinite.

– Erich Schiffmann

Yoga is a way of moving into stillness in order to experience the truth of who you are.

– Erich Schiffmann

Yoga is the unifying art of transforming dharma into action, be it through inspired thought, properly nurturing our children, a painting, a kindness or an act of peace that forever moves humanity forward.

– Micheline Berry

Mountain pose is an affirmation. You can conquer anything with your natural boldness and resolute strength. Only you can reach the peak of your success.

– Terri Guillemets

The reward for doing yoga well is simple—you get to do a better job at living a fulfilling life.

– Randal Williams

I was in yoga the other day. I was in full lotus position. My chakras were all aligned. My mind is cleared of all clatter and I’m looking out of my third eye and everything that I’m supposed to be doing. It’s amazing what comes up, when you sit in that silence. Mama keeps whites bright like the sunlight, Mama’s got the magic of Clorox.

– Ellen DeGeneres

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Concentrating on poses clears the mind, while focusing on the breath helps the body shift out of fight or flight mode.

– Melanie Haiken

The autonomic nervous system is divided into the sympathetic system, which is often identified with the fight-or-flight response, and the parasympathetic, which is identified with what’s been called the relaxation response. When you do yoga – the deep breathing, the stretching, the movements that release muscle tension, the relaxed focus on being present in your body – you initiate a process that turns the fight or flight system off and the relaxation response on. That has a dramatic effect on the body. The heartbeat slows, respiration decreases, blood pressure decreases. The body seizes this chance to turn on the healing mechanisms.

– Richard Faulds


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This calm steadiness of the senses is called yoga. Then one should become watchful, becomes yoga comes and go.

– Katha Upanishad

Your hand opens and closes and opens and closes. If it were always a fist or always stretched open, you would be paralyzed. Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding, the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated as bird wings.

– Rumi

Better indeed is knowledge than mechanical practice. Better than knowledge is meditation. But better still is surrender of attachment to results, because there follows immediate peace.

– Bhagavad Gita

Understanding without practice is better than practice without understanding. Understanding with practice is better than understanding without practice. Residing in your true nature is better than understanding or practice.

– Upanishads

This yoga is not possible, for the one who eats too much, or who does not eat at all; who sleeps too much, or who keeps awake.

– Bhagavad Gita

The more you meditate, the more helpful you can be to others, and the more deeply you will be in tune with God.

– Paramahansa Yogananda

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Silence is not silent. Silence speaks. It speaks most eloquently. Silence is not still. Silence leads. It leads most perfectly.

– Sri Chinmoy

The perennial wisdom of the Bhagavad Gita can teach us how to transform our character, conduct and consciousness to meet the challenges of everyday life.

– Leonard Perlmutter

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.

– Baba Muktananda

Mountain pose teaches us, literally, how to stand on our own two feet…. teaching us to root ourselves into the earth…. Our bodies become a connection between heaven and earth.

– Carol Krucoff

The attitude of gratitude is the highest yoga.

– Yogi Bhajan

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 is 99 percent practice and one percent theory.

– Sri Pattabhi Jois

Yoga is the practice of quieting the mind.

– Patanjali

What yoga philosophy and all the great Buddhist teachings tells us is that solidity is a creation of the ordinary mind and that there never was anything permanent to begin with that we could hold on to. Life would be much easier and substantially less painful if we lived with the knowledge of impermanence as the only constant.

– Donna Farhi

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Everyone has in him something divine, something his own, a chance of perfection and strength in however small a sphere which God offers him to take or refuse. The task is to find it, develop it & use it. The chief aim of education should be to help the growing soul to draw out that in itself which is best and make it perfect for a noble use.

– Sri Aurobindo

If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.

– Jack Kornfield

Yoga accepts. Yoga gives.

– April Vallei

Every waking moment we talk to ourselves about the things we experience. Our self-talk, the thoughts we communicate to ourselves, in turn control the way we feel and act.

– John Lembo

Habits allow us to not think about what we’re doing . . . giving us the illusion of ease. When we are under the illusion of ease, not thinking about what we’re doing. Breathing the same old way, moving the same old way, thinking the same old way we check out of the present, out of happiness itself.

– Alex Levin

Yoga is 99 percent practice and one percent theory.

– Sri Pattabhi Jois

This world is your body. This world is a great school, This world is your silent teacher.

– Swami Sivananda

All I’m saying is that to liberate the potential of your mind, body and soul, you must first expand your imagination. You see, things are always created twice: first in the workshop of the mind and then, and only then, in reality. I call this process ‘blueprinting’ because anything you create in your outer world began as a simple blueprint in your inner world.

– Robin Sharma

Basketball is an endurance sport, and you have to learn to control your breath; that’s the essence of yoga, too. So, I consciously began using yoga techniques in my practice and playing. I think yoga helped reduce the number and severity of injuries I suffered. As preventative medicine, it’s unequaled.

– Kareem Abdul Jabbar

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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.

– Swami Satchidananda

Yoga is the fountain of youth. You’re only as young as your spine is flexible.

– Bob Harper

For those wounded by civilization, yoga is the most healing salve.

– T. Guillemets

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.

– Krishnamacharya

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

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

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.

– Patañjali

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.

– Ravi Ravindra


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A person experiences life as something separated from the rest – a kind of optical delusion of consciousness. Our task must be to free ourselves from this self-imposed prison, and through compassion, to find the reality of Oneness.

– Albert Einstein

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The practice of Yoga brings us face to face with the extraordinary complexity of our own being.

– Sri Aurobindo

Do your practice and all is coming.

– Sri Pattabhi Jois

Feel good, be good, and do good.

– Yogi Bhajan

Everything is sorrow for the wise.

– Patañjali

When you inhale, you are taking the strength from God. When you exhale, it represents the service you are giving to the world.

– B. K. S. Iyengar

The meaning of our self is not to be found in its separateness from God and others, but in the ceaseless realization of yoga, of union.

– Rabindranath Tagore

Yoga, an ancient but perfect science, deals with the evolution of humanity. This evolution includes all aspects of one’s being, from bodily health to self realization. Yoga means union – the union of body with consciousness and consciousness with the soul. Yoga cultivates the ways of maintaining a balanced attitude in day to day life and endows skill in the performance of one’s actions.

– B.K.S. Iyengar

Vogue and Self are putting out the message of yoginis as buff and perfect. If you start doing yoga for those reasons, fine. Most people get beyond that and see that it’s much, much more.

– Patricia Walden

For me, yoga is not just a workout – it’s about working on yourself.

– Mary Glover

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By embracing your mother wound as your yoga, you transform what has been a hindrance in your life into a teacher of the heart.

– Phillip Moffitt

Don’t move the way fear makes you move. Move the way love makes you move. Move the way joy makes you move.

– Osho

True yoga is not about the shape of your body, but the shape of your life. Yoga is not to be performed; yoga is to be lived. Yoga doesn’t care about what you have been; yoga cares about the person you are becoming. Yoga is designed for a vast and profound purpose, and for it to be truly called yoga, its essence must be embodied.

– Aadil Palkhivala

Yoga is the cessation of the movements of the mind. Then there is abiding in the Seer’s own form.

– Patañjali

Penetration of our mind is our goal, but in the beginning to set things in motion, there is no substitute for sweat.

– B. K. S. Iyengar

Meditation is a way for nourishing and blossoming the divinity within you.

– Amit Ray

True meditation is about being fully present with everything that is–including discomfort and challenges. It is not an escape from life.

– Craig Hamilton

Yoga is not just repetition of few postures – it is more about the exploration and discovery of the subtle energies of life.

– Amit Ray

Inhale the future. Exhale the past.

– Unknown

Most people have no idea how good their body is designed to feel.

– Kevin Trudeau

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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 Räisänen

I was looking for someone to inspire me, motivate me, support me, keep me focused… Someone who would love me, cherish me, make me happy, and I realized all along that I was looking for myself.

Unknown

That’s why it’s called a practice. We have to practice a practice if it is to be of value.

– Peace Pilgrim

Yoga exists in the world because everything is linked.

– Desikashar

Calming the mind is yoga. Not just standing on the head.

– Swami Satchidananda

Although yoga has its origins in ancient India, its methods and purposes are universal, relying not on cultural background, faith or deity, but simply on the individual. Yoga has become important in the lives of many contemporary Westerners, sometimes as a way of improving health and fitness of the body, but also as a means of personal and spiritual development.

– Tara Fraser

Yoga is the fountain of youth. You’re only as young as your spine is flexible.

– Bob Harper

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Yoga is invigoration in relaxation. Freedom in routine. Confidence through self-control. Energy within and energy without.

– Ymber Delecto

A flower does not think of competing to the flower next to it. It just blooms.

– Zen Shin

The study of asana is not about mastering posture. It’s about using posture to understand and transform yourself.

– B.K.S Iyengar

All I’m saying is that to liberate the potential of your mind, body and soul, you must first expand your imagination. You see, things are always created twice: first in the workshop of the mind and then, and only then, in reality. I call this process ‘blueprinting’ because anything you create in your outer world began as a simple blueprint in your inner world.

– Robin Sharma

Through practice, I’ve come to see that the deepest source of my misery is not wanting things to be the way they are. Not wanting myself to be the way I am. Not wanting the world to be the way it is. Not wanting others to be the way they are. Whenever I’m suffering, I find this war with reality to be at the heart of the problem.

– Stephen Cope

Your hand opens and closes and opens and closes. If it were always a fist or always stretched open, you would be paralyzed. Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding, the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated as bird wings.

Rumi

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.

– Baba Muktananda

There is always room for change but you have to be open to that change.

– Kathryn Budig


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    July 6, 2017 at 4:57 am

    I am not so perfect in yoga…but I promise to bring a change in my life.Thanks for your inspiration.

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    July 16, 2018 at 6:46 pm

    Great work!

    This source is really helpful for yoga lovers.

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5 Reasons Everyone With Tight Muscles Should Do Yoga

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Fitness is important. You can be a runner with tight muscles or hitting the gym. Either way, you have one goal, you want your body to be fit and healthy. It is great to do workouts. There are so many ways to keep your body fit and one of these is Yoga. Yoga includes meditating and proper breathing. If you have tight muscles from your workout routine, you also need yoga for your total wellness. Here are some reasons why people with tight muscles also need yoga.

Yoga has more going for it than just the comfy pants. Here’s why, if you’re a runner, you should be doing yoga:

1. You’ll build flexibility for your tight muscles.

This one’s kind of obvious, but your goal isn’t to look like the bendy model in a Lululemon catalog. Yoga can mitigate excessive tightness that affects your gait or range of motion and increases injury risk, especially if it’s more pronounced on one side of your body.

2. You’ll breathe better.

In yoga, you learn to breathe from your diaphragm, which oxygenates your blood better than shallow breaths. Carry that over to running for an extra boost with every inhalation.

3. You’ll train your brain.

The ability to remain present and avoid dwelling on discomfort can help you avoid panicking or tensing up when a run gets tough.

4. You’ll learn about your body.

Doing every pose on both sides helps you reveal potential injury-causing imbalances in strength or flexibility you might not have noticed while running.

 

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5. You’ll get strong all over.

Yoga requires upper-body strength that running does not. Additionally, poses that require balance strengthen hip and core muscles that protect the lower body from misalignment and injury.

So now that you know why you should do it, here’s how to make your yoga habit actually happen.

Start slowly.

If you’re a total noob, begin by trying out a few key poses like pigeon, revolved low lunge, and legs up the wall at home. Supplement with a five-minute meditation to build focus and mindfulness—several apps offer guided options.

Sample the offerings. 

You can take an in-person class—if you’re starting out, choose one marked for beginners—or try one of the many routines offered online. If you don’t love a style or instructor, keep searching until you find your match.

Chill out. 

Yoga isn’t a race, so don’t try to compete with your classmates. Focus on what you’re doing, and ignore everyone else—except the instructor, who can ensure you’re doing the poses correctly. When in doubt, opt for a shallower stretch—you don’t want to hurt yourself.

Avoid overdoing it. 

You can do restorative yoga pretty much whenever you want, but avoid power or advanced varieties the day before a hard or long running workout or race.

 

5 reasons all with tight muscles should do yoga

 

Takeaway:

Yoga is indeed an important exercise. If you have tight muscles, you need yoga for flexibility. when you are flexible, your body tend to relax more. Doing exercise does not only stop when you already have tight muscles, but you also need to train yourself on the proper breathing.

It takes practice to master the art of breathing. doing the proper yoga poses will help ease your tight muscles. The tips here are worth keeping especially if you are a runner with tight muscles. Keep moving and be healthy all the time. Having a daily exercise for your tight muscles will make your body fit. You’ll feel healthier than before. Keep practising and keep exercising. Loosen up those tight muscles.

Original article by Meghan Kita. She is a writer, editor, and runner who has finished 17 marathons in 10 states. She once held the Guinness World Record for fastest marathon dressed as a fast food item…

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Unexpected Benefits of Yoga For Athletes 

201 Yoga Quotes to Inspire your Daily Rituals

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5 Easy Steps to Mindful Eating

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Let eating be a happy part of your day. Practice gratifood. Learn wbout mindful eating and its positive effects on your health…

“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

What people usually mean when they say “gratifood” is the process of applying gratitude to food. Infusing appreciation into what we eat, being mindful every step of the way, and practicing awareness that food is something to be thankful for.

Learn about the steps to mindful eating here…

5 easy steps to mindful eating

 

Step 1: Get connected to each step of the process.

Gratifood begins before you start cooking. It begins before you decide what’s for dinner. It begins in your mind as a mental checklist of all the things that have to happen for you to be able to eat.

If you think for a moment about all the steps food takes before it ends up on your plate, you will instantly feel more connected to the process. Taking it a step further, if you specifically think about each step your food has taken to get to you, the more and more and more you will feelappreciation.

AJ Jacobs, author of “Thanks a Thousand,” realized how much he took for granted his morning cup of coffee. So, he set out on a journey to thank all the people that make his morning ritual possible. What he quickly realized is that the amount of people to thank is infinite: every person he thanked would not have been able to do what they do without the help of countless other people.

Everyone from the cashier that rings him up at the grocery store, to the roaster, to the farmer, to the truck driver, to the workers who maintain the roads. He thanks a thousand people in the book, and the ultimate moral of the story is that there are far more people to thank than he possibly could in one lifetime. And that’s just for one small daily ritual–coffee.

Getting connected to the process starts by asking, “If I trace this food—say it’s peanut butter—back to where it began, where does that take me?” As AJ found out, there is an infinite number of components to thank, and there’s no need to do this process of thankfulness ad-nauseum. At some point during the process of cooking, remember to bring to mind the fact that it’s a series of small miracles that you have the variety and quality of food that you do.

When you become aware of the infinite level of thanks you can give for any given food item, and you begin to apply that level of gratitude to the many ingredients you use in any given meal, you can begin to feel an appropriate level of appreciation for the food you’re about to eat.

Step 2: Pour your heart’s loving energy into the food.

Even if it means taking longer to cook, allowing your day’s pent-up positive energy to overflow into the process of cooking can transform the way you make food. Cooking can be a structured outlet into which you can process those positive emotions. And yes, positive emotions need to be processed too!

By creating a meal this way, you can transfer your positive emotions into a new form–food–and experience them all over again! One of the most powerful positive emotions you can use to enhance this effect is gratitude. It’s not necessarily about what you eat as much as it is about how you eat.

Eating starts before you take the first bite. We all know this and if we need proof, all we have to do is conjure up the image of a brimming mug of hot chocolate and imagine touching it to our lips for the first foamy sip, tasting the sweet cocoa powder and cinnamon.


Enjoying this article on mindful eating so far? Try reading some tips on curbing your sugar cravings here: 7 Tips To Dramatically Curb Your Sugar Cravings.


Step 3: Curate your dining environment.

At this point we’ve learned to put appreciation, love and thanks into the different steps of cooking in order to create a meal that’s infused with gratifood. Now it’s time to set the stage. It’s encouraged to create a space in which you feel comfortable eating. A place where you can complete the act of eating with full presence and little distraction. It’s important to consider everything from ambiance, lighting and decor to the types of utensils you eat with.

Did you ever consider you might appreciate your meal more simply by changing the dishware you’re using? It makes sense that you would enjoy your morning beverage more if you are drinking it from a mug that you bought specifically because looking at it brings you joy!

You should be able to tell the story of everything you own, and especially the items you use to eat with. Because unlike a baseball glove or pair of pants, you are ingesting the energy of that plate or bowl every time you eat.

And just because the word energy is used, that doesn’t it make it woo-woo. Extending your mindfulness about eating to what you cook with and eat off of can have measurable health benefits. Did you know that changing the type of pan you cook with can help oxygenate your blood? Every time you cook with a cast iron pan you’re boosting your iron intake.

Since iron is an essential nutrient that every cell in the body needs to transport oxygen in the blood and myoglobin in muscles, it’s safe to say that the type of pan you cook with has the power to make you a healthier person.

Step 4: Eat with others and if you are eating alone, eat alone.

Now that the meal is ready and the stage is set, it’s a good time to customize the gratifood experience based around who you are eating with.

If you are eating alone, make sure to commit fully to eating alone. Understand that you can experience gratifood just as much alone as you can at a communal meal. Make sure to eliminate distractions. There’s some gray area here and use your good judgment. If you are going to consume content while eating, make sure whatever music you are playing or podcast you are listening to contributes to the feelings of gratitude and appreciation you’ve cultivated thus far.

Remember, digestion starts before taking the first bite. Having content playing in the background, especially video can change your focus in way that inhibits proper digestion. Think about it. Ever watched a suspenseful movie and actually felt it in your body? You’re hanging on the edge of your seat with a pit in your stomach and breathing shallowly.

You’ve experienced how the type of content you’re consuming can have real effects on your physiology. And if the content puts you in a fight or flight physiological response, you can see how it would disrupt digestion, which occurs optimally when the body is in a rest and relaxation state.

If you have nothing to distract yourself with, your food becomes your company. You will chew your food well, enjoy every bite to the maximum, and significantly slow the rate at which you eat. You will get to know your food like a close friend.

Did you know it can take up to twenty minutes for the body to send signals of satiety? Most people’s meals don’t even last that long! If you eat slowly, you will probably end up eating less, which in most cases is a good thing. Mindful eating allows you to more appropriately gauge when you should stop eating based off the body’s satiety versus the default gauge people usually use, which is stomach fullness.

More about mindful eating here…

 

5 easy steps to mindful eating

 

Step 5: Dedicate the first 10 bites you take for mindful eating.

I’m going to step in to the first person here for a moment and tell you a little story. It takes place in a rural county in Virginia, at an off-the-beaten-path retreat center called Yogaville. I stayed there for one month during the summer of 2015. Everyone living at the facility and doing the work trade program ate communal meals together.

The big meals would be served in a dining hall, and prior to taking the first bite, we would usually go around in a circle and everyone would dedicate the first bite of their meal. This was our version of gratifood. Sometimes we would go around in the circle and we’d do several of these very slow, grateful bites before we started eating at a normal pace. This allowed us to thoroughly infuse each bite with appreciation.

Know that if you take nothing else from this article, if you remember the 10 bites rule, you will be practicing gratitude. Before beginning to eat at your normal pace, eat ten bites mindfully and slowly. Between each bite, bring to mind someone or something you are grateful for and dedicate that bite accordingly.

The five steps to practicing gratifood are your friend. Start small, but make sure to start somewhere. A great place to start is by choosing one of the five steps that resonate most with you and apply it to one of your meals this week. When done on a regular basis, mindful eating has the power to change your thoughts, emotional state, and physical health.

Mindful eating is important. This article by Tim Brogan helps us listen to our body while we eat. Practice gratifood through mindful eating.

Original article by Tim Brogan. Tim is currently an Ithaca-based yogi and traveler whose motto is “step into your purpose and share it with clarity.”

 

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How To Build Muscle Fast The Right Way

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Want a perfect body? It is important to be fit. You need to get the right amount of exercise to achieve the body you want. Here are some tips from experts on how to build muscle fast. Sweat it out now…

You’re not the only one riding this struggle bus.

If it’s any comfort, you’re not the only one riding this struggle bus—Hannah Davis, CSCS, and creator of Body By Hannah, says she sees this happen all the time. There’s a number of factors that could be stifling your fitness progress; it’s just a matter of honing in on the problem.

Read on to know how to build muscle fast…

How intense are your workouts to build muscle fast?

It’s one thing to go through the motions of a workout, and it’s another to actually challenge your body. “I have many clients who are fearful of lifting heavier, but you really need to be training at a higher intensity in order to see progress,” she says. So if you’ve been sticking with those 10 pound dumbbells for upper body exercises, stop underestimating yourself—grab those heavier weights.

She notes that you’ll eventually hit a point where you feel you’ve hit your maximum weight, but you’ll probably be surprised by how much weight you can actually handle. You’ll know you’re lifting enough when the last two reps of every set (Hannah recommends 8 to 20 reps, btw) feel like a struggle. “Don’t be scared if it’s a little rough—get uncomfortable!”

How to Build Muscle Fast the Right Way

Are you training consistently to build muscle fast?

“Two days of [strength training] is great, one day is fine, but I recommend women train three to five days a week,” says Davis. “It’s really important that you’re giving your body that much consistency, especially if you notice you’re not getting stronger.”

And while there are a number of ways to split up your weekly workouts, Davis is a fan of doing an efficient, full-body routine during each of those three to five training days. “Most people are not going to overdo it doing upper body a few days a week,” she says. “That said, if there’s a part of your body that feels sore, steer clear of it in the next workout to avoid overtraining.”

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And consistency doesn’t need to mean hour long workouts five days a week. “If it’s three days a week, stick to an hour; five days a week 45 minutes; if it’s every day, go for 20 or 30 minutes,” she recommends. Another tip: You don’t need to complete all of your fitness minutes in one sesh: Try doing half the time in the morning and half at night, if that’s easier to squeeze in.

Are you choosing the right movements to build muscle fast?

While regularly cranking out any strength training exercises is great, if you’re not seeing a lot of muscle gains, turn your attention to the move selection in your routine. Davis says that while it’s great to do exercises that focus on specific muscles if you have the time—like biceps curls and leg extensions—you shouldn’t prioritize them.

Instead, go for multi-joint (multiple muscle group) movements. “The number one example is deadlift—it works your core, back, posterior chain,” says Davis. “Pair that with a pushup or dumbbell press. That’s your entire body right there.”

She adds that lower body movements are always going to help you build more muscle overall—so deadlifts, squats, and lunges are prime. Then add presses (chest press, overhead press, pushup) and any kind of pull (lat pulldown) to round out your total-body workout.
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Are you really doing enough?

Ultimately, Davis says it all comes down to volume, or the amount you’re working all parts of your body. For example, if you’re trying to build your legs, “but you’re only doing one leg movement in a week, that’s probably not enough volume to see results.” The solution: Throw more exercises training your legs into your week. Or, if you are doing a decent number of moves, be sure that your rep and weight count are challenging enough.

Are you taking care of your body outside of the gym?

If you’re doing all of the above correctly, and still struggling to build muscle, it may have nothing to do with your actual strength training. “Then we need to look at your stress,” says Davis. “That encompasses nutrition and sleep. Those components cannot be overlooked, because they can trump all of your training.”

“Skipping sleep is only going to hurt your progress.”

For nutrition, that means drinking plenty of water and eating enough healthy, nutrient-dense foods throughout the day to help fuel your workouts. Davis says she often sees clients who barely eat all day long, and then eat a big meal before bed. “Not eating enough will prevent you from building muscle—you need protein and carbs to get stronger,” she says. You don’t necessarily need to fuel right before a workout (although if you do, Davis says an apple is her go-to), but you do need to eat enough to keep your body energized, and promote muscle-building.

Sleep is also crucial for your body’s recovery and performance. Davis recommends putting screens away an hour before bed, keeping you room dark and cool, and aiming for six to eight hours of quality sleep per night. That means, don’t cut out a few hours of sleep to make time for a morning workout: “Skipping sleep is only going to hurt your progress.”

Original article by KRISTINE THOMASON. She is a  Fitness & Wellness Editor at Women’s Health, where she edits, writes, and helps oversee the food and fitness sections of the website and magazine.

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Yoga Poses to Boost Your Confidence With a Strong Core

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Yoga originated in ancient India. It is a group of physical, mental, and spiritual disciplines. To practice yoga, you need to know yoga poses. This is a discipline that helps boost your confidence. Learn more about this unique way of exercising your body and mind here.

The less effort, the faster and more powerful you will be  – Bruce Lee

From Patanjali’s yoga sutras, we receive the concepts of sthira (effort) and sukha (surrender). Sutra 2.46, sthira sukham asanam, can be translated as “posture (asana) should be steady (sthira) and comfortable (sukha).” Originally transcribed in reference to a formal seated meditation, the theory can be expanded to all contemporary asana. Distilled, the hope is to cultivate a physical practice that is free of aches, pains, and restlessness so that the practitioner can focus on the mind and breath.

There are countless paths and methods that will aid each of us uniquely in dealing with and releasing our aches, pains, and anxieties. As the central part of your body, the physical core is one area of focus that may help many of us become stronger and thus alleviate our aches, pains, and anxieties. Core strength can help boost your confidence (sthira) and ease (sukha) especially working on what you find challenging yoga poses.

What is the physical core?

While there is a general consensus that a strong core is preferable to a weak core, the exact definition of what constitutes the physical core is unclear. In some definitions, the core is comprised of the muscles in the front of the body, which include the rectus abdominis, internal obliques, and external obliques. Other definitions expand to include muscles in the front, back, and sides of the midsection of the body; these muscles include the pelvic floor muscles, transverse abdominis, erector spinae, and latissimus dorsi. In asana practice, cultivating a strong physical core improves posture and balance which assists in boosting a practitioners confidence and ease into whatever pose they may find challenging.

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How would you go about strengthening your core with yoga poses?

Luckily, every asana requires you to work your “core” because every asana invites full body awareness and engagement. However, some asana require more physical core strength to perform. For instance, vasisthasana (side plank pose) is best performed with a strong core to lift the body up and lengthen the spine. Otherwise in side plank pose, weight will be dumped into the supporting should, arm, and wrist, which is painful and can lead to injury. In addition, a strong core is associated with easier breathing and decreased lower back pain.

What are specific asana that are “core strengtheners?”

Core focused asana include navasana (boat pose), chaturanga dandasana (four-limbed staff pose), and bakasana (crane pose). While this article focused on the physical core, it is important to remember that yoga is a practice of the mind and body. And having a strong mental core is also essential for boosting confidence and easing into challenging yoga poses. For instance, it may feel more sensational in the physical core to practice utkatasana (chair pose), but be more mental work to sit still in sukhasana (easy pose).

Fostering a strong core contributes to ease in every single asana. In time, building the strength to find stillness and comfort throughout your practice on and off the mat will revolutionize the way you can practice yoga. Wishing you all the core strength as you work to focus on your mind and breath.

Having a good body posture can boost your confidence. To gain the ideal posture you need to know what yoga poses to apply. It does not only give you a good body, but it also boosts your confidence.

Some other great yoga posts: 

201 Yoga Quotes to Inspire your Daily Rituals

 

7 Yoga poses For Back & Neck Pain

Yoga Standing Poses To Improve Your Practice

Yin Yoga Sequence To Calm You Down

 

Chakra Poses and Affirmations to Reassess Your Life

 

Original article by Ling Beiseker. She is a relational therapist, yoga teacher, and overall wellness advocate

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How to Get Over a Bad Mood by Mindful Breathing

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When you are in a bad mood, all your emotions follow. It is an uneasy feeling. But you can get rid of a bad mood with mindful breathing. Learn more about how our breathing is connected with our emotions.

Yoga is the dance of every cell with the music of every breath that creates inner serenity and harmony.”  – Debashish Mirdha, MD., neurosurgeon & philosopher 

So you’re in a mood.

What do you do?

What are your go-to ways to get over it?

Whatever way you choose to work through your moods, here’s one thing to know:

Moodiness isn’t “good” or “bad.”

It’s neutral.

It provides us with clues about what’s going on underneath the surface of our awareness.

They’re like the tip of the iceberg of our inner world – the world of our thoughts, feelings, beliefs, perceptions, fears, etc.

A particularly bad mood can be like a tape caught on loop and overdrive.

Except the tape is our mind and we tend to loop hard when we’re bothered/ pissed/ annoyed/ disappointed/ overwhelmed/ irritated… you get the idea.

So what do we do?

We start breathing.

We do mindful breathing.

We tune into the breath and use it to help us navigate the waters of mind and emotions.

Yogic sages have known for thousands of years that the breath is the portal through which we can transform stress and anxiety while accessing a state of inner calm and grounded balance.

Our breathing patterns are intimately tied to our emotions.

Influence one, and you also impact the other.

Read on to get to learn more about mindful breathing and how it influences our mood…

They form what’s called the Breath-Emotion Loop:

 

get rid of bad mood-mindful breathing

 

1- Our emotions, thoughts, and moods influence our breathing patterns. 

Next time you’re in a mood pay attention to your breathing pattern. You’ll probably notice it’s short, shallow, erratic and/or quick.

Then notice your breathing next time you feel calm, safe, deep in concentration, or at ease. Notice it’ll probably be slower, longer, even-paced, and/or deeper.

2- Our breathing patterns can influence our mood. 

If you were to start breathing rapidly taking short and shallow breaths you’ll likely start feeling either awake and alert, or anxious and on guard.

And so, if you begin breathing slowly and deeply you will most probably begin to feel less uneasy and more relaxed.

Paying attention to our breathing patterns can tell us a lot about our mood.

Often times we’re not even aware we’re in a mood until something or someone on the outside reflects it back to us and it’s only then that we realize.

We can become more still and present by consciously controlling our inhales and exhales, and that’s how mindful breathing is born. 

And this is also yoga.

You don’t need to use your body or a mat to practice yoga.

You can use only your breath and this is yogic practice (sadhana) too.

The Hatha Yoga Pradipika, a 500-year-old authoritative yogic text states that:

“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.


Learn about the vagal tone in this post: Vagal Tone: Breathing Into Balance


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Cultivating the habit of daily breath awareness is so effective at stilling the ripples of the mind that even Buddha himself taught this practice to monks.

In particular, the Buddhist Anapanasati Sutta, also known as the “Discourse on the Full Awareness of Breathing,” details Buddha’s instructions on how to use the breath to cultivate calm focus and mindfulness (aka Anapana breathing):

“Breathing in, I know I am breathing in. 

Breathing out, I know I am breathing out. 

Breathing in, I am aware of my whole body. 

Breathing out, I am aware of my whole body. 

Breathing in, I calm my whole body. 

Breathing out, I calm my whole body” 

Mindfully paying attention to our breath means noticing and observing it without judging it and without having the need to change it in any way.

Just noticing the inhales and exhales.

Becoming so awake, aware, and present that we can actually start to feel the inner waves our breath creates.

Bringing full awareness to the sensation and feeling of the breath coming into the nostrils and coming out of the nostrils.

If a thought comes, (which it will, especially if you’re in a mood!) simply bring your attention back to the breath. 

Each time the mind wanders, just bring it back to the present moment – the moment where you’re breathing just as you are. Right here, right now.

By cultivating this simple daily habit, we can start to shift the way we feel right now, so we can eventually also shift the way we perceive our reality and our experiences. 

This inevitably creates empowering changes in our mood and temperament.

This is how we use our breath and our awareness to get over emotional humps and hurdles more quickly, more efficiently, and more productively.

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Remember:

“When the breath wanders the mind also is unsteady. But when the breath is calmed the mind too will be still.”

You can calm your breath by just starting to pay attention to it.

This simple practice can have powerful exponential effects if it becomes a daily habit.

May you find peace and refuge in your breath.

Sat name.

 

Original article by Osmara Aryal, MBA, the founder of CalmWithYoga.com, a site dedicated to using yogic philosophy, mindfulness, and meditation to increase inner calm, mental focus, vital energy, and quality rest. She’s a Certified Functional Nutrition Practitioner and a Certified Yoga Teacher, specializing in Yoga Nidra, Yin Yoga, and Meditation. Her work has been featured multiple times on CNN and the Miami Herald.  When she’s not exploring corners of the world with her husband, or when her eyes aren’t glued to the computer researching, you’ll find her concocting gut-healing dishes in her kitchen, or cuddling with fur-babies Yodha and Molly. 

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Vagal Tone: Breathing into Balance

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Learn to regulate your vagal tone. Discover the importance of the vagus nerve…

We’ve discovered that breathing more deeply helps us center ourselves, but did you know why? A friend recently emailed me an article by Dr. Shawna Darou, ND in the 11/30/15 issue of UPLIFT magazine, on the mechanics of how it works. Included are exercises that can help us reduce inflammation in the body, as well as jack up a flagging immune system. The secret is to activate the Vagus nerve, which travels all the way from the brain to the digestive system, operating via the parasympathetic nervous system.  So if you or someone you know complains of digestive disturbances, high blood pressure, depression or some inflammatory condition, don’t miss the following information I’ve copied from her article.

What is the vagus nerve?

First of all, the vagus nerve is the longest nerve in the body, which originates in the brain as cranial nerve ten, travels down from the neck and then passes around the digestive system, liver, spleen, pancreas, heart and lungs. This nerve is a major player in the parasympathetic nervous system, which is the ‘rest and digest’ part (opposite to the sympathetic nervous system which is ‘fight or flight’).

Vagal Tone

The tone of the vagus nerve is key to activating the parasympathetic nervous system. Vagal tone is measured by tracking your heart-rate alongside your breathing rate. Your heart-rate speeds up a little when you breathe in, and slows down a little when you breathe out. The bigger the difference between your inhalation heart-rate and your exhalation heart-rate, the higher your vagal tone. Higher vagal tone means that your body can relax faster after stress.

What is high vagal tone associated with?

High vagal tone improves the function of many body systems, causing better blood sugar regulation, reduced risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease, lower blood pressure, improved digestion via better production of stomach basic and digestive enzymes, and reduced migraines. Higher vagal tone is also associated with better mood, less anxiety and more stress resilience.

One of the most interesting roles of the vagus nerve is that it essentially reads the gut microbiome and initiates a response to modulate inflammation based on whether or not it detects pathogenic versus non-pathogenic organisms. In this way, the gut microbiome can have an affect on your mood, stress levels and overall inflammation.

What is low vagal tone associated with?

Low vagal tone is associated with cardiovascular conditions and strokes, depression, diabetes, chronic fatigue syndrome, cognitive impairment, and much higher rates of inflammatory conditions. Inflammatory conditions include all autoimmune diseases (rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, endometriosis, autoimmune thyroid conditions, lupus and more).

Breathing exercises are a great way to tone your vagus nerve.

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How do we increase vagal tone?

In the article above, vagal tone was increased through a device that stimulated the vagus nerve. The good news is that you have access to this on your own, but it does require regular practice. To some degree, you are genetically predisposed to varying levels of vagal tone, but this still doesn’t mean that you can’t change it. Here are some ways to tone the vagus nerve:

  • Slow, rhythmic, diaphragmatic breathing. Breathing from your diaphragm, rather than shallowly from the top of the lungs stimulates and tones the vagus nerve.
  • Humming. Since the vagus nerve is connected to the vocal cords, humming mechanically stimulates it. You can hum a song, or even better repeat the sound ‘OM.’
  • Speaking. Similarly speaking is helpful for vagal tone, due to the connection to the vocal cords.
  • Washing your face with cold water. The mechanism here is not known, but cold water on your face stimulates the vagus nerve.
  • Meditation, especially loving kindness meditation, which promotes feelings of goodwill towards yourself and others. A 2010 study by Barbara Fredrickson and Bethany Kik found that increasing positive emotions led to increased social closeness, and an improvement in vagal tone.
  • Balancing the gut microbiome. The presence of healthy bacteria in the gut creates a positive feedback loop through the vagus nerve, increasing its tone.

Managing the body’s inflammatory response

The implications of such simple and basic practise on your overall health, and in particular on inflammation are far-reaching. If you suffer from an inflammatory condition, digestive upset, high blood pressure or depression, a closer look at vagal tone is highly recommended. We’ve known for years that breathing exercises and meditation are helpful for our health, but it is so fascinating to learn the mechanism by which they work.

 


This article is syndicated from Finding Time for Yourself which invites busy women and men to connect with deeper longings for self-fulfilment as they navigate the stressful demands of daily life.

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