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10 Favorite Yoga Quotes by BKS Iyengar

by Arundhati Baitmangalkar

Our top 10 favorite yoga quotes by yoga legend BKS Iyengar. I must admit that it was a not an easy task to narrow down this list to only 10 quotes. I love his writing style, it is simple yet deeply profound. It shows a deep connection to the core of yoga practice and philosophy. To me, BKS Iyengar exemplifies, living yoga off the mat. So here are my top 10 favorite quotes. I have pulled these from Light on Life and Sparks of Divinity.

“Problems will exist up to the end of your life. It is not a reason to drop yoga.”


“A confused mind finds a confused teacher”


“You must purge yourself before finding faults in others. When you see a mistake in somebody else, try to find if you are making the same mistake. This is the way to take judgment and to turn it into improvement. Do not look at others’ bodies with envy or with superiority.  All people are born with different constitutions. Never compare with others. Each one’s capacities are a function of his or her internal strength. Know your capacities and continually improve upon them.”


“Yoga does not just change the way we see things, it transforms the person who sees.”
“Yoga allows you to rediscover a sense of wholeness in your life, where you do not feel like you are constantly trying to fit broken pieces together.”
“Yoga is a light, which once lit will never dim. The better your practice, the brighter the flame. The body is a temple, asanas are my prayers”
“Body is the bow, asana is the arrow and the soul is the target.”
“You do not need to seek freedom in a different land, for it exists with your own body, heart, mind, and soul.”
“Yoga allows you to find a new kind of freedom that you may not have known even existed.”
“Yoga is nothing if not perfect harmony”

Do you have a favorite? We would  love to hear yours. Please post your favorite quote in the comments section below.

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