Mantras, quotes and poems that help sustain and nourish a personal practice
“The postures themselves are the least important. What is the most important is developing the unseen, the spirit that infuses the transitions and the flow of postures. Because that is what they are meant for, so you can move naturally like an animal or an element.” Paulie Zink
"Think with your whole body." Taisen Deshimaru
"Confess your hidden faults. Approach what you find repulsive. Help those you think you cannot help. Anything you are attached to, let it go. Go to the places that scare you," from 'The Places That Scare You,' by Pema Chödrön
"There can be no casual connection between practice and wisdom. But the obstacles to wisdom are deeply affected by practice." I AM THAT by Nisargadatta Maharaj
“Nothing binds you except your thoughts; nothing limits you except your fear; and nothing controls you except your beliefs.” Marianne Williamson “Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and freedom.”Viktor Frankl
"Recognize the other person is you." Yogi Bhajan
May all beings everywhere be happy and free. Buddhist compassion prayer
I am enough This is a great mantra to fight perfectionism. Draw it in on your mirror, say it when you feel imperfect or consider repeating it when you need help accepting yourself.
The body is my anchor Let what doesn't serve you go, including thoughts and even your narrative.
I am the flow Freeing oneself from the illusion of control, making the most of the moment and becoming one with the universe.
"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
“There are two aspects of individual harmony: the harmony between body and soul, and the harmony between individuals. All the tragedy in the world, in the individual and in the multitude, comes from lack of harmony. And harmony is the best given by producing harmony in one's own life. ” Hazrat Inayat Khan
"The meeting of two eternities, the past and the future, is precisely the present moment." Thoreau
"The memory of the trauma is imprinted on the human organism. I don’t think you can overcome it unless you learn to have a friendly relationship with your body. The big question: How can you help people confront their internal sensations? Yoga is one way you can do that." Bessel van der Kolk
"The part can never be well unless the whole is well." Plato
"Crying is one of the highest devotional songs. One who knows crying, knows spiritual practice. If you can cry with a pure heart, nothing else compares to such a prayer. Crying includes all the principles of Yoga.”Kripalvanandji "When you’re in the darkness, know that the light will come. We are light and dark, sun and moon, male and female, yin and yang; life is composed of opposites, in a continuing cycle of change." Kathryn E. Livingston
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