60 Inspiring Yoga & Meditation Quotes

Inspiring Yoga & Meditation Quotes
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Sometimes with the stresses of day to day life bog you down, you need a little inspiration to get you back on track. Whatever your goals, be them mindfulness, meditation, or just inner peace, I’ve gathered together some of my favorite quotes. These quotes, proverbs, and sayings are perfect to inspire and motivate you through challenges. They also help foster mindfulness and a calm life. Use them as a daily mantra or to add inspiration to meditation and yoga spaces. Credit to the original author is given when known.

Inspiring Yoga & Meditation Quotes

Quiet the mind and the soul will speak.
-Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati

Go within every day and find the inner strength so that the world will not blow your candle out.
-Katherine Dunham

Lao Tzu Meditation Quote

Simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures. Simple in actions and thoughts, you return to the source of being. Patient with both friends and enemies, you accord with the way things are. Compassionate toward yourself, you reconcile all beings in the world.
-Lao Tzu

Silence is not an absence but a presence.
–Anne D. LeClaire

You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.

The more regularly and the more deeply you meditate, the sooner you will find yourself acting always from a center of peace.
-J. Donald Walters

Be conscious of yourself as consciousness alone, watch all the thoughts come and go. Come to the conclusion, by direct experience, that you are really consciousness itself, not its ephemeral contents.
–Annamalai Swami

I meditate so that I can inundate my entire being with the omnipotent power of peace.
-Sri Chinmoy

Buddha Mindfulness Quote

Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.

So what is a good meditator? The one who meditates.
–Allan Lokos

It feels good. Kinda like when you have to shut your computer down, just sometimes when it goes crazy, you just shut it down and when you turn it on, it’s okay again. That’s what meditation is to me.
–Ellen DeGeneres

The nature of illusion is that, when you see through it, it disappears.

Meditation teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured.

Go within every day and find the inner strength, so that the world cannot blow your candle out.
–Katherine Dunham

Unplug Yourself Meditation Quote

Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.

If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.
–Amit Ray

This is universal. You sit and observe your breath. You can’t say this is a Hindu breath or a Christian breath or a Muslim breath.
–Charles Johnson

The state we call realization is simply being oneself, not knowing anything or becoming anything.
–Ramana Maharshi

Meditation is not a means to an end. It is both the means and the end.
–Jiddu Krishnamurti

I sit therefore I am.

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
–Lao Tzu

Rumi Inspirational Quote

The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you. Don’t go back to sleep.

Even in the midst of disturbance, the stillness of the mind can offer sanctuary.
–Stephen Richards

When meditation is mastered, the mind is unwavering like the flame of a candle in a windless place.
–Bhagavad Gita

Your goal is not to battle with the mind, but to witness the mind.
–Swami Muktananda

Detach yourself from all that makes your mind restless. Renounce all that disturbs its peace. If you want peace, deserve it. By being a slave to your desires and fears, you disturb peace.
–Nisargadatta Maharaj

Meditation is not a way of making your mind quiet. It’s a way of entering into the quiet that’s already there.
-Deepak Chopra

SEX! Now that I have your attention… Please try to meditate at least 15 minutes, every day. You know it’s good for you.
–Marcelo Alves

Meditation stills the wandering mind and establishes us forever in a state of peace.

This withdrawal from the day’s turmoil into creative silence is not a luxury, a fad, or a futility. It dissolves mental tensions and heals negative emotions.
–Paul Brunton

Caroline Myss Mindfulness Quote

The soul always knows what to do to heal itself. The challenge is to silence the mind.
-Caroline Myss

Meditation is like a gym in which you develop the powerful mental muscles of calm and insight.
-Ajahn Brahm

The body benefits from movement, and the mind benefits from stillness.
-Sakyong Mipham

The spirit of meditation is the combating against the weight of one’s feelings.
–Hakuin Ekaku

Put your heart, mind, intellect, and soul even to your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.
–Swami Sivananda

Plato Meditation Quote

Take charge of your thoughts. You can do what you will with them.

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

A most useful approach to meditation practice is to consider it the most important activity of each day. Schedule it as you would an extremely important appointment, and unfailingly keep your appointment.
–Roy Eugene Davis

Meditation brings wisdom; lack of mediation leaves ignorance. Know well what leads you forward and what holds you back, and choose the path that leads to wisdom.

Inner stillness is the key to outer strength.
–Jared Brock

It’s helpful to remind yourself that meditation is about opening and relaxing with whatever arises, without picking and choosing.
–Pema Chödrön

Inspiring Meditation Quotes

The difference between who you are and who you want to be is what you do.

Your mind is your instrument. Learn to be its master and not its slave.
–Remez Sasson

Meditation is a way for nourishing and blossoming the divine within you.
–Amit Ray

Meditation allows us to directly participate in our lives instead of living life as an afterthought.
–Stephen Levine

Mindfulness isn’t difficult, we just need to remember to do it.
–Sharon Salzberg

Some people think that meditation takes time away from physical accomplishment. Taken to extremes, of course, that’s true. Most people, however, find that meditation creates more time than it takes.
–Peter McWilliams

Be the Light Yogi Bhajan Meditation Quote

Travel light. Live light. Spread the light. Be the light.
-Yogi Bhajan

You should not be carried away by the dictation of the mind, but the mind should be carried by your dictation.
–A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami

Be the master OF mind rather than mastered BY mind.
–Japanese Proverb

Learn to enjoy the way as much as you would enjoy when you reach the destination.
–Sakshi Chetana

If one thinks of oneself as free, one is free, and if one thinks of oneself as bound, one is bound. Here this saying is true, “As one thinks, so one becomes”.
–Ashtavakra Gita

Nowhere can man find a quieter or more untroubled retreat than in his own soul.
–Marcus Aurelius

Do one thing at a time, and while doing it put your whole soul into it to the exclusion of all else.
–Swami Vivekananda

Positivity Quote for Yoga and Meditation

Train your mind to see the good in everything.

There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth: not going all the way, and not starting.

Meditation is to the mind what exercise is to the body – it warms and invigorates.
–John Thornton

Thoughts are like birds in mind; some fly in, some fly out. Some stay at a water hole to drink. Beware of birds that linger.
–Natalie Wright

The mind is responsible for the feelings of pleasure and pain. Control of the mind is the highest Yoga.
–Swami Sivananda

May my heart be kind. May my mind be fierce. May my spirit be brave.
–Kate Forsyth

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