Finding and establishing balance in a yoga pose or in your life is a constant struggle and journey. Balance isn’t about perfection—it’s about seeing the patterns that unbalance us and knowing the ways to move back towards equilibrium. The more awareness you cultivate on and off your yoga mat, the easier it to be aware of moment disharmony arises. To help you find more harmony inside and out, we’ve compiled these 27 inspiring quotes on yoga and balance—to inspire, remind, and motivate us to move towards a state of balance and harmony. We hope these yoga quotes will allow you to find a deeper connection to your yoga practice.
Our Favorite Inspirational Quotes on Yoga and Balance
- 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
- When you are balancing perfectly in a tree pose, everything is easy; your breath is deep and relaxed, and your muscles are working for you just as you’d like. It’s pure and simple. Efficient. When you are having a great day, the same things occur. Your breathing is relaxed, your body is working harmoniously with your mind; everything just feels easier because you are in a state of balance. — Tara Stiles
- Yoga is not about practicing your defined poses. It’s about what your body learns, how nimble and flexible you become, and what experience you gain throughout the process. — Debasish Mridha
- In whatever position one is in, or in whatever condition in life one is placed, one must find balance. Balance is the state of the present – the here and now. If you balance in the present, you are living in Eternity. — B.K.S. Iyengar
- When we push for immediate results and instant healing, we never inhabit the important in-between phase, which is where much of the learning and growth actually happen. — Bo Forbes
- Yoga means ‘union’. It is often interpreted as the union of mind, body, and soul, and can provide perfect harmony and balance. — Nancy Hine
- Yoga cultivates the ways of maintaining a balanced attitude in day-to-day life and endows skill in the performance of one’s actions. — B.K.S. Iyengar
- The material and the spiritual are but two parts of one universe and one truth. By overstressing one part or the other, man fails to achieve the balance necessary for harmonious development… Practice the art of living in this world without losing your inner peace of mind. Follow the path of balance to reach the inner wondrous garden of Self-Realization. — Paramahansa Yogananda
- Yoga takes you closer to your true nature. Yoga with its techniques helps you to harmonize with nature. Peace is our very nature, and yoga leads you to inner peace. — Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
- We are not going to change the whole world, but we can change ourselves and feel free as birds. We can be serene even in the midst of calamities and, by our serenity, make others more tranquil. Serenity is contagious. If we smile at someone, he or she will smile back. And a smile costs nothing. We should plague everyone with joy. If we are to die in a minute, why not die happily, laughing? — Swami Satchidananda
- Yoga is about clearing away whatever is in us that prevents our living in the most full and whole way. With yoga, we become aware of how and where we are restricted — in body, mind, and heart — and how gradually to open and release these blockages. As these blockages are cleared, our energy is freed. We start to feel more harmonious, more at one with ourselves. Our lives begin to flow — or we begin to flow more in our lives. — Cybele Tomlinson
- Change is not only inevitable, but always happening. When you truly embrace this concept of change being constant, the only thing left to do is grow, detach, venture inwards, touch the spirit and find your source – the one responsible for keeping you grounded through the ever-changing seasons of life. — Julie Weiland
- 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
- A balanced inner calmness radiates from a peaceful centre. It neither craves others’ approval nor rejects others’ presence. It neither pulls towards nor pushes away. It has a reverent attitude towards life and all its inhabitants. — Donna Goddard
- Yoga teaches me to be patient and keep practicing. It all happens when the body learns to keep right balance, with right strength when mind learns to be calm in most uncomfortable position and breath is constant.” — Purvi Raniga
- Yoga helps to integrate the mental and the physical plane, bringing about a sense of inner and outer balance, or what I term alignment. True alignment means that the inner mind reaches every cell and fiber of the body. — B.K.S. Iyengar
- When we practice a yoga posture designed to challenge our balance, the use of a gazing point or drishti is a most effective way to maintain physical equanimity. The act of gazing without judgment or attachment is easily the most effective way to bring stability and balance to the pose. Likewise, when the poses of life rob us of our equanimity, gazing at the situation without attachment—without judgment—is the most effective tool we have to restore the mind to harmony. — Darren Main
- See yourself as the perfect creation that you are, but at the same time, recognize with sincere honesty, the areas of your life that are out of balance and get to work to improve and grow. — Dashama Konah Gordon
- Possessing strength and stillness is a sign of balance: power and serenity combined in one moment. It’s challenging enough to hold either one, let alone both, in perfect equipoise, but that is the goal if we want to be balanced. — Sebastian Pole
- Yoga is about finding your own balance in our crazy, tempestuous times. It’s about standing tall with confidence even when the winds of your world are swirling around you. — Kathryn E. Livingston
- People lose their balance and suffer from money madness and business mania only because they never had the opportunity of culturing habits of a balanced life. It is not our passing thoughts or brilliant ideas but our everyday habits that control our lives. — Paramahansa Yogananda
- Falling out of balance doesn’t matter, really and truly. How we deal with that moment and how we find our way back to center, every day, again and again – that is the practice of yoga…it’s about trusting that you will find your way.— Cyndi Lee
- When your life is not in balance and you’re struggling to achieve stability, practicing observation without judgment gets really interesting, and very useful. How? Because you can learn to distance yourself from the roller coaster ride of your emotions and circumstances but still enjoy the ride of life. — Tara Stiles
- When we start understanding that all challenges are really opportunities to learn and grow and become all that we are becoming, which is all being guided by nature and her desire to maintain perfect balance, then what could be wrong? If there is nothing wrong, then the burden of humanity has been lifted from my shoulder and I’m free to be me – to play, to cry, to laugh, to work, to explore, to serve, to unfold and grow. — Bryan Kest
- In an asana, the mind has to reach inside the body to find a quiet space until a point comes where perfect balance is felt. If the mind is wandering while practicing, then one is not fully present, and there can be no union. Involvement, interpenetration and insight are the required qualities for the practitioner. — Geeta Iyengar
- To understand oneself profoundly, one needs balance. That is, one cannot abandon the world, hoping to understand oneself, or be so entangled in the world that there is no occasion to comprehend oneself. There must be balance, neither renunciation nor acquiescence. This demands alertness and deep awareness. We must learn to observe our actions, thoughts, ideals, beliefs, silently and without judgment, without interpreting them, so as to be able to discern their true significance.— Jiddu Krishnamurti
- 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
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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 incorporate these inspirational quotes on yoga and balance into your practice:
- Print out the list of quotes and post them wherever you might need a reminder to practice mindfulness, yoga, and meditation with an open heart.
- 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 expression and use of Bhakti and love in your yoga practices.
- Read a few quotes before you practice yoga or meditation to set an intention or mood for your practice.
- Use a quote as the seed thought for deep contemplation or journaling.
Share your quotes with us
Are there any other quotes on yoga and love that have encouraged and supported you to create and maintain balance in your life? We’d love to hear them, so please post them in the comments below!