Why Do We Love Yoga So Much?

Here is a long list of the wonderful presents that yoga brings into our lives. Feel free to share your own experience by commenting on this post:

Yoga is practical: “Believe nothing, no matter where you read it or who has said it, not even if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.” – Buddha

Yoga is paradox: “When you seek it you cannot find it.” -Zen saying.

Yoga builds good karma: “In karma yoga, no effort is ever lost . . .even a little practice of this discipline builds resistance to the fear of death.” – Bhagavad Gita

Yoga brings ease: “You have it in your power to make your days on earth a path flowers instead of path of thorns.” – Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Yoga simplifies: “Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex… It takes a touch of genius — and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.”  – Albert Einstein

Yoga centers the mind: “Aum. One should meditate on this syllable, the udgitha, for one sings the loud chant beginning with Aum. – Chandogya Upanishad 1:1:1 quote

Yoga purifies the mind: “ Always aim at complete harmony of thought and word and deed. Always aim at purifying your thoughts and everything will be well” – Mahatma Gandhi

Yoga is resurrection: “From the withered tree a flower blooms” – Zen proverb

Yoga brings happiness: “ I believe that the very purpose of life is to be happy. From the very core of our being, we desire contentment. In my own limited experience I have found that the more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own well-being. Cultivating a close, warmhearted feeling for others automatically puts the mind at ease. It helps to remove whatever fears or insecurities we may have and gives us the strength to cope with any obstacles we encounter. It is the principal source of success in life. Since we are not solely material creatures, it is a mistake to place all our hopes for happiness on external developments alone. The key is to develop inner peace.” – His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Yoga offers freedom from addiction: “When we scratch the wound and give into our addictions, we don not allow the wound to heal.” – Pema Chodron

Yoga is expansive: “The infinite is in the finite of every moment.” – Zen proverb

Yoga brings balance: “Yoga, an ancient but perfect science, deals with the evolution of humanity. This evolution includes all aspects of one’s being, from bodily health to self-realization. Yoga means union – the union of body with consciousness and consciousness with the soul. 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

Yoga builds wisdom: “He who is wise does his best to overcome difficulties, but he smiles, first, last, and all the time. There is no better panacea for sorrow, no better revivifying tonic, than smiles. There is no greater power with which to overcome failure than a real smile. There is no more beautiful ornament one can wear than a genuine smile of peace and wisdom glowing on the face.”  – Sri Paramahansa Yogananda

Yoga is inspiring: “The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.” – Buddha

Yoga is honest: “Constant practice alone is the secret to success in yoga.” – Hatha Yoga Pradipika

Yoga is enlightening: “The self is transient and eternal.” – The Bhagavad Gita

Yoga is poetry: “You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment.” – Henry David Thoreau

Yoga is natural: “You cannot do yoga. Yoga is your natural state.” – Sharon Gannon

Yoga builds confidence: “To create dynamic will power, determine to do some of the things in life that you thought you could not do. Attempt simple tasks first. As your confidence strengthens and your will becomes more dynamic, you can aim for more difficult accomplishments.” – Sri Paramahansa Yogananda

Yoga teaches non-violence: “I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Yoga builds strength: “Try again, no matter how many times you have failed. Always try once more.” – – Sri Paramahansa Yogananda