Quotes which inspire and motivate me as a yoga teacher and student (listed alphabetically by Author)
Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.
I bend so I don’t break.
The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.
Don’t let your happiness depend on something you may lose.
The best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.
The Bhagavad Gita
Yoga is the journey of the self. Through the self. To the self.
The meaning of life is to discover your gift. The purpose of life is to give your gift away.
The nature of yoga is to shine the light of awareness into the darkest corners of the body.
We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.
Our anxiety does not come from thinking about the future, but from wanting to control it.
Lama Thubten Yeshe
Happiness: It’s Here, But We’re Looking Over There.
Stand in front of your past and let it be.
Often the pain we feel is the breaking of the shell that encloses us.
Happiness is when what you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony.
You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.
It’s not too late at all. You just don’t know yet what you are capable of.
You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.
Nobody can hurt me without my permission.
You must learn a new way to think before you can master a new way to be.
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
Love is what we were born with. Fear is what we learned here.
Martin Luther King Jr.
Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.
Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
The hottest place in Hell is reserved for those who remain neutral in times of great moral conflict.
Honor the space between no longer and not yet.
Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go, they merely determine where you start.
When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all 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 by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you someone else is the greatest accomplishment.
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
We are all walking each other home.
In most of our human relationships, we spend much of our time reassuring each other that our costumes of identity are on straight.
We’re fascinated by the words, but where we meet is in the silence behind them.
What you seek is seeking you.
Silence is the language of God. All else is poor translation.
The cure of pain is in the pain.
Respond to every call that excites your spirit.
Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere. They’re in each other all along.
Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.
Thich Nhat Hanh
Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.
People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar.
When you love someone, the best thing you can offer is your presence.
How can you love if you are not there?
Every thought you produce, anything you say, any action you do, it bears your signature.
Unknown (for Healing/ dealing with Trauma)
When you can tell a story and it doesn’t bring up any pain, you know it is healed.
Worry is like a rocking chair: it gives you something to do but never gets you anywhere.
Vincent Van Gogh
Normality is a paved road: It’s comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow on it.
William Arthur Ward
The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.