June 2017: International Yoga Month
21st June of each Year has become an official day to celebrate the practice of the ancient art and science of life called Yoga.
In honour of this , I'd like to share some yoga quotes and teachings from the greatest Yoga Masters that has continually inspired me as a practitioner, teacher and an individual in living the yogic and spiritual way of life.
“Yoga is awareness, a type of knowing.”
"Yoga Āsana practiced with long inhalation and exhalation is important. To reduce the disturbances of the mind, to gain mental strength and to increase longevity, Prāṇāyāma is necessary."
"Use Āsana for problems of the body and Prāṇāyāma for problems of the mind.”
"The primary aim of yoga is to restore the mind to simplicity and peace, and free it from confusion and distress"
"The study of asana is not about mastering posture. It's about using posture to understand and transform yourself."
"The practice of yogasana for the sake of health, to keep fit, or to maintain flexibility is the external practice of yoga. While this is a legitimate place to begin, it is not the end Even in simple asanas, one is experiencing the three levels of quest: the external quest, which brings firmness of the body; the internal quest, which brings steadiness of intelligence; and the innermost quest, which brings benevolence of spirit."
"Yoga is like music: the rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind, and the harmony of the soul create the symphony of life."
"Yoga does not just change the way we see things, it transforms the person who sees.”
“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.”
"Change yourself and you have done your part in changing the world."
"Be as simple as you can be; you will be astonished to see how uncomplicated and happy your life can become."
"Yoga is a method for restraining the natural turbulence of thoughts, which otherwise impartially prevent all men, of all lands, from glimpsing their true nature of Spirit. Yoga cannot know a barrier of East and West any more than does the healing and equitable light of the sun."
“TO EVERY THING there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.”
“If you criticize others judgmentally, rather than simply commenting on their behavior impartially, that shows that you have their faults to work on in yourself. By criticizing others, moreover, you increase those faults in yourself. What you condemn in others, you will have to experience, someday, yourself. That is the karmic law. In that way, people are taught compassion.”
"The five points of yama, together with the five points of niyama, remind us of the Ten Commandments of the Christian and Jewish faiths, as well as of the ten virtues of Buddhism. In fact, there is no religion without these moral or ethical codes. All spiritual life should be based on these things. They are the foundation stones without which we can never build anything lasting. (127)”
“Mere philosophy will not satisfy us. We cannot reach the goal by mere words alone. Without practice, nothing can be achieved. (3)”
"Though we can't always see it at the time, if we look upon events with some perspective, we see things always happen for our best interests. We are always being guided in a way better than we know ourselves."
"Let us accept all the different paths as different rivers running toward the same ocean."
"Be happy for those who are happy, have compassion towards the unhappy, and maintain equanimity towards the wicked."
"Seated posture should be steady and comfortable."
"You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you, none can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul."
“Learn Everything that is Good from Others, but bring it in, and in your own way absorb it; do not become others.”
"BY the study of different religions we find that in essence they are one. "
May all be blessed with love, light and enjoy the journey of the practice!