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Yoga is not just a physical activity but a way of life. And so, what could be better than seeking yoga wisdom not only from yoga instructors but those who practiced life itself. The qualities they possessed and the manner in which they carried out their daily lives can be very helpful when applied to the practice of yoga. Today, let’s take a look at some inspirational quotes not by yoga instructors but instructors of life:
I have always been a seeker and I still am, but I stopped asking the books and the stars. I started listening to the teaching of my Soul. – Rumi
We’ve all happened upon a quote by Rumi either on social media or while flipping through a self help book. This is not just by mere coincidence. Rumi is considered to be a great spiritual master and poet. His quotes have been a source of inspiration and wisdom for people through many generations and apply to the teachings of yoga as well. Yoga revolves largely around focusses on one’s own body and soul. By ‘listening to the teaching of the soul’ one can connect to their own self in a better way during yoga.
Strive not to be of success but of value. – Albert Einstein
Often in the classroom teachers give their students the example of Albert Einstein when talking about success. A world renowned physicist and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, Einstein is remarked upon as a truly successful man. In this quote, however, Einstein reminds us not be successful but to be of value. This is an excellent piece of advice for yoga students to remind them not to always focus on the outcome but of the value they input into their yoga.
Perseverance, secret of all triumphs. – Victor Hugo
Victor Hugo, famous writer and poet, stresses upon the importance of perseverance, an attribute that is essential to the practice of yoga. Every yoga student can feel overwhelmed when they start practicing. It can seem like a difficult journey, but as Victor Hugo reminds us, if you keep persevering you will definitely triumph.
The present moment is the only time over which we have dominion. -ThÃch Nháº¥t Háº¡nh
Yoga reminds us to seize the moment and take full advantage of the time we have. Thich Nhat Hanh, who has been named ‘father of mindfulness’, emphasized upon this virtue as well. Feeling stressed about the future? Take a deep breath as you begin your day with yoga and take hold of the present moment!
I didn’t fail the test. I just found 100 ways to do it wrong. ““ Benjamin Franklin
Who better to learn about the value of perseverance from than Benjamin Franklin. With numerous inventions to his name, Benjamin Franklin proves if you strive towards something you will achieve it. As yoga students embark upon their journey they should definitely keep this quote in mind and be willing to try a 100 times over!
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. ““ Mark Twain
Mark Twain is considered one of the greatest writers America has seen. This quote is fitting to yoga because it encourages the reader to take the leap. Are you someone who’s always been inspired to start yoga but never took the chance? Well now’s your sign to take that first step. Sail away from the safe harbor!
If all these quotes have inspired you to begin your yoga journey, call us at 919-971-1431 to take your first class! Who knows, soon enough you might be writing your own inspiring quotes!