How do you keep the momentum and enthusiasm going to wake up for your morning yoga practice? A simple and easy way to inspire you to get up and get on your mat is a collection of morning yoga quotes. You have probably heard your yoga instructor read some inspirational yoga quotes, as these are powerful tools to create success in yoga. The power of a good quote is undeniable; it helps to get you through the rough parts and helps you focus on the positive. We’ve compiled a list of the best morning yoga quotes that offer wise words of wisdom to help you start your practice and your day with a positive attitude and a healthy outlook.
Our favorite good morning yoga quotes
Once you’ve had your morning coffee, read one or more of these morning yoga quotes help you roll out your mat with enthusiasm and joy. You can use these quotes to motivate yourself to wake up and get on your yoga mat, as well as to promote a positive mindset before you head out the door.
- A few minutes of yoga each morning teaches our body to stretch and adapt, so that when life stretches us we don’t break. — Jason Garner
- All power is within you; you can do anything and everything. Believe in that, do not believe that you are weak; do not believe that you are half-crazy lunatics, as most of us do nowadays. You can do anything and everything, without even the guidance of anyone. Stand up and express the divinity within you. — Swami Vivekananda
- Arise, awake, stop not till the goal is reached. — Swami Vivekananda
- Before embarking on important undertakings sit quietly, calm your senses and thoughts and meditate deeply. You will then be guided by the great creative power of Spirit. — Paramahansa Yogananda
- Be not afraid of anything. You will do marvellous work. It is fear that is the great cause of misery in the world. It is fear that is the greatest of all superstitions. It is fear that is the cause of all our woes, and it is fearlessness that brings heaven even in a moment. Therefore, arise, awake and stop not until the goal is reached — Swami Vivekananda
- Change is not something that we should fear. Instead, it is something that we should welcome. For without change, nothing in this world would ever grow or blossom and no one in this world would ever move forward to become the person they’re meant to be. — B.K.S Iyengar
- Change only happens in the present moment. The past is already done. The future is just energy and intention. — Kino MacGregor
- Concentrating on poses clears the mind, while focusing on the breath helps the body shift out of fight or flight mode. —Melanie Haiken
- Every morning I offer my body, my mind and any ability that I posses, to be used by Thee, O infinite creator, in whatever way Thou dost choose to express Thyself through me. I know that all work is Thy work, and that no task is too difficult or too menial when offered to Thee in loving service. — Paramahansa Yogananda
- Good morning, my pain, my sorrow, my fear. I see you. I am here. Don’t worry. — Thich Nhat Hanh
- He who struggles is better than he who never attempts. — Swami Vivekananda
- If you practice Yoga for small, selfish reasons, you will remain the same, bound by your beliefs about what you can and cannot do. Let go and offer your effort to limitless potential. Dedicate yourself to the happiness of all beings. — Sharon Gannon
- If you retain the joyous aftereffects of meditation throughout the day, or part of the day, you will see that this joy will correctly guide you in everything. Saints are guided by this joy, in the consciousness of which no erroneous actions are possible. Retain the acquired joy of meditation throughout the day. — Paramhansa Yogananda
- If you seek peace, be still. If you seek wisdom, be silent. If you seek love, be yourself. — Becca Lee
- If you want to know how to get through the growing pains in life, start by practicing how to become comfortable with discomfort. That’s the way of the Yogi — Jaima Mavity
- Learning to be present with yourself and to abide in that which is steady and comfortable does not allow space for self-judgment. When you live this way, you are practicing yoga: you are living fully. — Judith Hanson Lasater
- Live each moment completely and the future will take care of itself. Fully enjoy the wonder and beauty of each moment. — Paramahansa Yogananda
- Live in a way that encourages deep happiness in yourself and others. You can vow to bring joy to one person in the morning and to help relieve the suffering of one person in the afternoon. Ask yourself, Who can I make smile this morning? This is the art of creating happiness. — Thich Nhat Hanh
- Morning is an important time of day, because how you spend your morning can often tell you what kind of day you are going to have. — Lemony Snicket
- Move your joints every day. You have to find your own tricks. Bury your mind deep in your heart, and watch the body move by itself. — Sri Dharma Mittra
- Never focus on what you can’t do — only imagine everything you could. — Kathryn Budig
- Practicing yoga does not eliminate life’s challenges, and neither does it provide us with a convenient trap-door to escape from life’s distractions. Instead, Yoga gives us the skills to meet life head-on with dignity and poise. — Donna Farhi
- Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success. — Swami Sivananda
- So build up the body, build up the nerves, and build up the mind until your faith is so strong there is no fear at all and you are the master. — Swami Satchidananda
- Sow love, reap peace… Sow meditation, reap wisdom. — Swami Sivananda
- The goal of yoga science is to calm the mind, that without distortion it may hear the infallible counsel of the Inner Voice. — Paramahansa Yogananda
- The more light you shine into the world, the more you can help others with your very presence. — Max Strom
- The nature of yoga is to shine the light of awareness into the darkest corners of the body. — Jason Crandell
- The point of yoga is to develop a level of clarity and self-understanding so that when we’re done doing our yoga practice we make really good decisions, because that will determine whether we’re fulfilled. Not the quality of our poses. But really the yoga is what happens when we’re done practicing yoga. — Rod Stryker
- The real payoff of a yoga practice, I came to see, is not a perfect handstand or a deeper forward bend—it is the newly born self that each day steps off the yoga mat and back into life. — Rolf Gates
- 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
- The yoga pose is not the goal. Becoming flexible is not the goal. Standing on your hands is not the goal. The goal is serenity. Balance. Truly finding peace in your own skin. — Rachel Brathen
- Things do not grow better; they remain as they are. It is we who grow better, by the changes we make in ourselves. — Swami Vivekananda
- Three mantras you should never say: (1) I don’t know. (2) I’m not ready. (3) I can’t do it. — Yogi Bhajan
- True yoga is not about the shape of your body, but the shape of your life. Yoga is not to be performed; it is to be lived. Yoga doesn’t care about what you have been; it 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
- Waking up this morning, I smile. Twenty-four brand new hours are before me. I vow to live fully in each moment and to look at all beings with eyes of compassion. — Thich Nhat Hanh
- We are responsible for what we are, and whatever we wish ourselves to be, we have the power to make ourselves. If what we are now has been the result of our own past actions, it certainly follows that whatever we wish to be in the future can be produced by our present actions; so we have to know how to act. — Swami Vivekananda
- When life is foggy, path is unclear and mind is dull, remember your breath. It has the power to give you the peace. It has the power to resolve the unsolved equations of life. — Amit Ray
- Yoga allows you to find an inner peace that is not ruffled and riled by the endless stresses and struggles of life. — B.K.S. Iyengar
- Yoga begins right where I am – not where I was yesterday or where I long to be. — Linda Sparrowe
- Yoga is a light, which once lit will never dim. The better your practice, the brighter your flame. — B.K.S. Iyengar
- Yoga is an integral part of my daily routine. That definitely helps me approach all aspects of my life from a place of mindfulness and clarity, through the meditation that usually accompanies this practice. — Christy Turlington
- Yoga is not about self-improvement. It’s about self-acceptance. — Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa
- Yoga is the ultimate practice. It simultaneously stimulates our inner light and quiets our overactive minds. It is both energy and rest. Yin and Yang. We feel the burn and find our bliss. — Elise Joan
How to Use Inspirational Quotes in Your Yoga Practice
Quotes are powerful tools you can use to inspire yourself to action. Each quote is a bite-sized nugget of potent wisdom, often presented in a poetic or otherwise memorable way. Here are a few practical ways to utilize these inspirational morning yoga quotes into your practice:
- Print out the list of quotes and post them where you will see them right before you go to bed and read one or more of them before you go to sleep.
- Create an intention card or small piece of artwork featuring a quote and place it on your personal altar or in your practice space.
- Share your favorite quotes on social media to build communal support for your morning yoga practices.
- Read a few quotes before you practice yoga or meditation to set an intention or mood for your practice or day.
- Use a quote as the seed thought for deep contemplation or journaling.
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