Do you find quotes as comforting as I do?
Something about 'em, right? Like, hearing your own thoughts and feelings phrased in such a succinct and beautiful way. They're not necessarily profound, or even unique, insights but they've got that certain something that triggers within you a resounding "YES!"
So, hand-picked by yours truly … Here are 26 of my favorite quotables – some related to Hot Yoga, some about yoga in general and some just because, well, they're AWESOME! Yours to read whenever you need a lift. Enjoy!
These GLOWING photos are courtesy of Debby Carrigan!!
And let the quoting commence! 😉
The cure for anything is salt water – sweat, tears, or the sea. -Isak Dinesen
To sweat is to pray, to make an offering of your innermost self. Sweat is holy water, prayer beads, pearls of liquid that release your past. Sweat is an ancient and universal form of self healing, whether done in the gym, the sauna, or the sweat lodge … The more you sweat, the more you pray. The more you pray, the closer you come to ecstasy. -Gabrielle Roth
The more we sweat in peace the less we bleed in war. -Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit
Yoga maintains youth long. It keeps the body full of vitality, immune to diseases, even at old, old age. The Yogi never becomes old. -Bishnu Ghosh
Sweat, sweat, sweat! Work and sweat, cry and sweat, pray and sweat! -Zora Neale Hurston
It takes courage and intelligence, you know, to do the stages of Yoga right, and to start with this Hatha Yoga… It's just you and nothing but you, standing in one spot frozen like a statue with no place to go for help or excuse or scapegoat except inward. -Bikram Choudhury
It's all in the hips. – Chubbs (from Happy Gilmore)
In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer. -Albert Camus
Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage. -Anais Nin
Postures strengthen and develop will and body – physical and mental development are intertwined. -Bishnu Ghosh
Suffering is Optional -Unknown
The discipline is to get you to the place where you trust your intuition & the yoga pose is an easy place to practice it. -Erich Schiffmann
I don't like an alarm clock but it's useful to me. I don't like tension but it tells me something needs attending. -Hugh Prather
You cannot always control what goes on outside. But you can always control what goes on inside. -Mr. Yoga
Yoga is the perfect opportunity to be curious about who you are. -Jason Crandell
Yoga exists in the world because everything is linked. -Desikashar
Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; for it becomes your destiny. -Upanishads
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
Yoga is almost like music in a way; there's no end to it. -Sting
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
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
Nothing can steal happiness, peace away from you: if anyone does make you angry, you are the loser; if someone can allow you to lose peace, you are the loser. -Bikram Choudhury
On an airplane, you are always told to put on your oxygen mask first. The same way in life, you need to take care of your health first. If you are not happy and healthy, you cannot make anyone else happy and healthy. -Rajashree Choudhury
Observe the wonders as they occur around you. Don't claim them. Feel the artistry moving through and be silent. -Rumi
Breathe and all will be revealed, love and all will be healed. This is yoga. -Seane Corn
I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart. I am, I am, I am. -Sylvia Plath
Please share your favorites in the comments below.
Photographer: Starry Night Photography
Artist: Queen Luana
Model: Debby Carrigan