B.K.S. Iyengar Quotes
Best collection of yoga Master B.K.S. Iyengar Quotes on Success, Life, Difficulty, Independence, Education, Students, and Kids.
Regular practice of yoga can help you face the turmoil of life with steadiness and disability.
The decision to relax rather than to grip, even in the face of impatience or fear, is a conscious and brave choice.
I always tell people, live happily and die majestically.
Do not look at others’ bodies with envy or with superiority.
The popularity of yoga and my part in spreading its teachings are a great source of satisfaction to me. But I do not want its widespread popularity to eclipse the depth of what it has to give to the practitioner.
Penetration of our mind is our goal, but in the beginning to set things in motion, there is no substitute for sweat.
The beauty of a lake reflects the beauty around it. When the mind is still, the beauty of the Self is seen reflected in it.
Intellectuals tend to be arrogant. Intelligence, like money, is a good servant but a bad master. When practicing pranayama, the yogi [makes] himself humble and without pride in his intellectual attainments.
A stable mind is like a hub of a wheel. The world may spin around you, but the mind is steady.
Breath is the vehicle of consciousness and so, by its slow measured observation and distribution, we learn to tug our attention away from external desires toward a judicious, intelligent awareness.
The physical body is not only a temple for our soul, but the means by which we embark on the inward journey toward the core.
Yoga is about the will, working with intelligence and self-reflexive consciousness, can free us from the inevitability of the wavering mind and outwardly directed senses.
Your body is the child of the soul. You must nourish and train that child.
Your body exists in the past and your mind exists in the future. In yoga, they come together in the present.
You must purge yourself before finding faults in others.
Yoga is the golden key that unlocks the door to peace, tranquillity and joy.
Yoga is a means and an end.
Words cannot convey the value of yoga – it has to be experienced.
When you exhale, it represents the service you are giving to the world. When you inhale, you are taking the strength from God.
Willpower is nothing but willingness to do.
When I practice, I am a philosopher. When I teach, I am a scientist. When I demonstrate, I am an artist.
The supreme adventure in a man’s life is his journey back to his Creator.
The art of teaching is tolerance. Humbleness is the art of learning.
One's spiritual realisation lies in none other than how one walks among and interacts with one's fellow beings.
Life means to be living. Problems will always be there. When they arise navigate through them with yoga- don’t take a break.
It is while practicing yoga asanas that you learn the art of adjustment.
How can you know God if you don’t know your big toe?
Illuminated emancipation, freedom, unalloyed and untainted bliss await you, but you have to choose to embark on the Inward Journey to discover it.
Focus on keeping your spine straight. It is the job of the spine to keep the brain alert.
Do not stop trying just because perfection eludes you.
Confidence, clarity and compassion are essential qualities of a teacher.
Change leads to disappointment if it is not sustained. Transformation is sustained change, and it is achieved through practice.
Body is the bow, asana is the arrow, and the soul is the target.
Know your capacities and continually improve upon them.
Each one’s capacities are a function of his or her internal strength.
When we free ourselves from physical disabilities, emotional disturbances, and mental distractions, we open the gates to our soul.
As breath stills our mind, our energies are free to unhook from the senses and bend inward.
But a yogi never forgets that health must begin with the body. Your body is the child of the soul. You must nourish and train your child. Physical health is not a commodity to be bargained for. Nor can it be swallowed in the form of drugs and pills. It has to be earned through sweat
A fusion of nature and soul.
It is Einstein’s famous equation E=MC^2, in which E is energy (rajas), M is mass (tamas), and C is the speed of light (sattva). Energy, mass, and light are endlessly bound together in the universe.
The union of nature and soul removes the veil of ignorance that covers our intelligence.
Meditation is oneness, when there is no longer time, sex, or country. The moment when, after you have concentrated on doing a pose (or anything else) perfectly, you hold it and then forget everything, not because you want to forget but because you are concentrated: this is meditation.
Love begets courage, moderation creates abundance and humility generates power.
We must create a marriage between the awareness of the body and that of the mind. When two parties do not cooperate, there is unhappiness on both sides.
You exist without the feeling of existence.
Yoga allows you to find an inner peace that is not ruffled and riled by the endless stresses and struggles of life.
There is a universal reality in ourselves that aligns us with a universal reality that is everywhere.
One's spiritual realization lies in none other than how one walks among and interacts with one's fellow beings.
“Health is a state of complete harmony of the body, mind and spirit. When one is free from physical disabilities and mental distractions, the gates of the soul open.
Spirituality is not some external goal that one must seek, but a part of the divine core of each of us, which we must reveal.
Nothing can be forced, receptivity is everything.
As animals, we walk the earth. As bearers of divine essence, we are among the stars. As human beings, we are caught in the middle, seeking to reconcile the paradox of how to make our way upon earth while striving for something more permanent and more profound.
It is through your body that you realize you are a spark of divinity.
Life itself seeks fulfilment as plants seek sunlight.
You have to create love and affection for your body, for what it can do for you.
We are a little piece of continual change, looking at an infinite quantity of continual change.
Asana is perfect firmness of body, steadiness of intelligence, and benevolence of spirit.
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.
Anything physical is always changing, therefore, its reality is not constant, not eternal.
Asanas maintain the strength and health of the body, without which little progress can be made. Asanas keep the body in harmony with nature.