Yoga and creativity both involve expressing and exploring the body, mind, and spirit. They both rely on the mental processes of open-mindedness, awareness, concentration, and introspection. When we engage in these mental processes, our bodies feel open, our prana—or energy—flows freely, and our minds are clear, calm, and focused. Because yoga and creativity share these similarities, it makes sense that we might practice a little yoga or meditation before engaging in creative work to open our minds and get our energy flowing. But don’t take my word for it—plenty of yogis have already discussed the importance of yoga and meditation to the creative process. This list I’ve compiled of my favorite inspirational yoga quotes is proof!
Our Favorite Inspirational Yoga Quotes for Creativity
Yoga and creativity are both about expansion and stretch. Courage in the creative process takes us past the edge of our limitations. Beyond that edge are possibilities we reach only when we trust in our ability to expand and be unattached to the results. Breathe in a feeling of courage, breathe out and move past your perceived limits. In yoga, the breath-in lifts us, when we exhale we extend into a new territory. — Jill Badonsky
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Each full, deep inhale creates more space in your body and mind. Each long, exhale moves you directly into that space. The deeper you breathe, the more opens up. It’s like opening a door and walking through with each breath. The fuller your breaths the more and more doors open on up, leaving you with the space to walk on in! — Tara Stiles
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
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
Creativity arises naturally in states of stillness and presence, which can be elusive when we are distracted by daily preoccupations and scattered thoughts. This is why yoga is such a gift for the artist. When we practice awareness in asana, pranayama, and meditation, we learn to see—and let go of—the distractions of the mind. It is from this place of clear seeing that inspiration springs forth. — Karen Macklin
Yoga gets the energy body moving, and the energy body is the source of creativity. When we take new and expansive shapes with the body we are influenced to take new and expansive shapes with the mind. — Anne Cushman
Yoga’s ultimate intent is to achieve something far deeper and more meaningful than just a better body or less stress and tension. Its ultimate aim is to help you hear your soul’s call so that you can be consistently guided to make the best decisions – the ones that serve your highest state of wellbeing. In the process of doing so, you will necessarily be made more whole and act in such a way as to support the larger world of which you are a part. — Rob Stryker
The more I meditate on the creator the more creative I am. Creativity is like an endless stream, always flowing. Thanks to yoga, everyday I feel myself becoming more and more equipped to harness that creative power. — MC Yogi
Headstand is known as “The King of all poses” because of its incredibly powerful health and energetic benefits, but for me this pose is the “King of Creativity.” Headstand is my savior anytime I’m feeling stuck in the creative process. A block in creativity usually comes from an inability to see your reality from a different angle. Headstand instantly opens a new realm of perspective and possibility and unlocks my creativity in the most magical ways. — Justin Michael Williams
How to Use Inspirational Quotes in Your Yoga Practice
Quotes are a powerful tool to you can use to inspire yourself to action. They encapsulate nuggets of powerful and potent wisdom, often in a poetic or otherwise memorable way. There are several practical ways to incorporate these inspirational quotes in your yoga practice and creative work. Try one or more of the following:
1. Print out the list of quotes and post them wherever you need a motivational reminder to practice yoga and meditation.
2. Create an intention card or small artwork featuring a quote and place on your personal altar.
3. Share your favorite quotes on social media to build communal support for your yoga and creative practices.
4. Read one or more quote before you practice yoga or meditation to create an intention or set the mood for your practice.
5. Use a quote as the seed thought for contemplation or journaling.
Is there a quote on yoga and creativity that inspires you? How do you use inspirational quotes in your yoga practice?