The power of language can help to elevate us mentally, or emotionally and propel us between the gap of where we are and where we’re looking to go spiritually. There are many powerful quotes that can help build this bridge. Here, we’ve compiled a list of quotes for you to pull from – not just as a source of personal inspiration but also as a potential tool for you to utilize in the classroom as a yoga teacher.

1. A photographer gets people to pose for him. A yoga instructor gets people to pose for themselves. -Terri Guillemets
2. Yoga is a light, which once lit, will never dim. The better your practice, the brighter the flame. -B.K.S. Iyengar
3. Meditation is a way for nourishing and blossoming the divinity within you. –Amit Ray
4. That’s why it’s called a practice. We have to practice a practice if it is to be of value. -Allan Lokos
5. Silence is not silent. Silence speaks. It speaks most eloquently. Silence is not still. Silence leads. It leads most perfectly. -Sri Chinmoy
6. Yoga does not always cure stress. It neutralizes it through increasing awareness and by changing self-perception. -Debasish Mridha
7. It isn’t 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
8. The nature of yoga is to shine the light of awareness into the darkest corners of the body. -Jason Crandell
9. Yoga begins right where I am – not where I was yesterday or where I long to be. -Linda Sparrow
10. Yoga is not a work-out, its 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
11. 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
12. The body benefits from movement, and the mind benefits from stillness. -Sakyong Mipham
13. The mind is everything. What you think, you become. -Buddha
14. There will always be people who can do it better than you, but thats a good thing! Start to see competition as inspiration – without envy. -Kathryn Budig
15. Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self. -The Bhagavad Gita
16. Go from a human being doing yoga to a human being yoga. -Baron Baptiste
17. Yoga is not about touching your toes, its about what you learn on the way down. -Jigar Gor
18. 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
19. Yoga begins with listening. When we listen, we are giving space to what is. -Richard Freeman
20. Remember, it doesn’t matter how deep into a posture you go – what does matter is who you are when you get there. -Max Strom
21. 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. -Patanjali (Yoga Sutras)
22. Body is not stiff, mind is stiff. -Sri K. Jois
23. We have never arrived. We are in a constant state of becoming. -Bob Dylan
24. The yoga mat is a good place to turn when talk therapy and antidepressants aren’t enough. -Amy Weintraub
25. In truth, yoga doesn’t take time – it gives time. -Ganga White
26. You’re only as young as your spine is flexible. -Bob Harper
27. Have only love in your heart for others. The more you see the good in them, the more you will establish good in yourself. -T.K.V. Desikachar
28. Exercises are like prose, whereas yoga is the poetry of movements – Amit Ray
29. By our stumbling the world is perfected. -Sri Aurobindo
30. Yoga is about remembering that we are already one with the divinity and we’ve never left it. -Sri K. Jois
31. If you have time to breathe, you have time to meditate. You breathe when you walk. You breathe when you stand. You breathe when you lie down. -Ajahn Amaro
32. Yoga is the bringing together of that which was never separate. -Richard Miller
33. 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 Pradipik
34. If its weren’t for my mind, my meditate would be excellent -Ani Pema Chodron
35. 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
36. Before you’ve practiced, the theory is useless. After you’ve practiced, the theory is obvious. -David Williams
37. Peace comes from with-in, do not seek it without. -Anonymous
38. Remember that sometimes, not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck. -Dalai Lama
39. The most important pieces of equipment you need for doing yoga are your body and your mind. -Rodney Yee
40. What I’m looking for is not out there; it is in me. -Helen Keller
41. 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
42. What we want out of yoga is ourselves, not something better than ourselves. -Douglas Brooks
43. The most important pieces of equipment you need for doing yoga are your body and your mind. -Rodney Yee
44. Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured. -B.K.S. Iyengar
45. 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
46. You cannot always control what goes on outside. But you can always control what goes on inside –Wayne Dyer
47. 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
48. If you are irritated by every rub, how will your mirror be polished? –Rumi
49. Yoga is the art work of awareness on the canvas of body, mind, and soul. –Amit Ray
50. Beyond meditation there is the experience of now. -Ryan Parenti