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“Through sustained focus and meditation on our patterns, habits, and conditioning, we gain knowledge and understanding of our past and how we can change the patterns that aren’t serving us to live more freely and fully.” Yoga Sutra III.18

Motivation Mondays: 21 Inspiring Yoga Quotes & Poems #YogaDay2019

Motivation Mondays: 21 Inspiring Yoga Quotes & Poems #YogaDay2019


Day 10 – 10 min Sun Salutation Practice -30 Days of Yoga

Yoga is an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in India. The word ‘yoga’ derives from Sanskrit and means to join or to unite, symbolizing the union of body and consciousness.
Recognizing its universal appeal, on 11 December 2014, the United Nations proclaimed 21 June as the International Day of Yoga by resolution 69/131. The International Day of Yoga aims to raise awareness worldwide of the many benefits of practicing yoga. 2019 Theme: Climate Action. UN International Day of Yoga
Yoga is the cessation of the movements of the mind. Then there is abiding in the Seer’s own form. Patañjali
A real yogi is one who can maintain a peaceful mind in the midst of any crisis. Mata Amritanandamayi
When you are meditating you are sitting in the cosmos. Amma Sri Karunamayi
I have 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
In meditation and in our daily lives there are three qualities that we can nurture, cultivate, and bring out. We already possess these, but they can be ripened: precision, gentleness, and the ability to let go. Pema Chodron
Yoga does not remove us from the reality or responsibilities of everyday life but rather places our feet firmly and resolutely in the practical ground of experience. We don’t transcend our lives; we return to the life we left behind in the hopes of something better.” Donna Farhi
Asana has two facets, pose and repose. Pose is the artistic assumption of a position. ‘Reposing in the pose’ means finding the perfection of a pose and maintaining it, reflecting in it with penetration of the intelligence and with dedication.” B.K.S. Iyengar, Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

International Day Of Yoga: On December 11, 2014, the United Nations recognized the universal appeal of Yoga and declared June 21 as the International Day of Yoga. This is the fifth year that we are celebrating Yoga, with the UN as an endorser, and enthusiasm for this beneficial celebration continues to grow. While some people mistakenly dismiss Yoga as only a religious practice, its holistic benefits have been enjoyed by people from all walks of life. You can start a simple practice today and build on it; Yoga is not just the reserve of practitioners and pundits. For starters, you can take a beginner’s Hatha Yoga class that teaches simple postures, stretches and breathing exercises. Twisting yourself into a pretzel is not a requirement for taking up the practice. Besides, it takes years of advanced study and practice to master even the simplest movements so bloom where you are planted. What matters is your commitment to maintaining harmony and balance in your life so keep it simple. You can take a moment to enjoy the 10 minutes Salutation to The Sun – Surya Namaskar sequences above or even try a morning meditation walk. A truly gifted yoga teacher knows how to connect with people at all levels and abilities.

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The Laughing Heart By Charles Bukowski
your life is your life
don’t let it be clubbed into dank submission.
be on the watch.
there are ways out.
there is light somewhere.
it may not be much light but
it beats the darkness.
be on the watch.
the gods will offer you chances.
know them.
take them.
you can’t beat death but
you can beat death in life, sometimes.
and the more often you learn to do it,
the more light there will be.
your life is your life.
know it while you have it.
you are marvelous
the gods wait to delight
in you.

Kindness By Naomi Shihab Nye
Before you know what kindness really is
you must lose things,
feel the future dissolve in a moment
like salt in a weakened broth.
What you held in your hand,
what you counted and carefully saved,
all this must go so you know
how desolate the landscape can be
between the regions of kindness.

The Guest House By Rumi
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.
Be grateful for whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

“Knowledge of the Self, compassion, equanimity, pure devotion, inner faith, and complete divine love—these are the qualities that illuminate the heart.” Amma Sri Karunamayi

Motivation Mondays: 21 Inspiring Yoga Quotes & Poems #YogaDay2019

Motivation Mondays: 21 Inspiring Yoga Quotes & Poems #YogaDay2019

 

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To perform every action artfully is yoga. Swami Kripalu
Be like the honeybee who gathers only nectar wherever it goes. Seek the goodness that is found in everyone. Mata Amritanandamayi
You must have a heart filled with self-sacrifice. You must have the feeling that you have come to this world for the pure work of meditation and selfless service. Amma Sri Karunamayi
Yoga is not a religion. It is a science, science of well-being, science of youthfulness, science of integrating body, mind, and soul. Amit Ray
Make every day a day of Thanksgiving and continuous contentment will sparkle in your body, mind and soul. Paramahansa Yogananda
When the breath wanders the mind also is unsteady. But when the breath is calmed the mind too will be still, and the yogi achieves long life. Therefore, one should learn to control the breath. Hatha Yoga Pradipika
When you get into your car, shut the door and be there for just half a minute. Breathe, feel the energy inside your body, look around at the sky, the trees. The mind might tell you, ‘I don’t have time.’ But that’s the mind talking to you. Even the busiest person has time for 30 seconds of space. Eckhart Tolle
There is a candle in your heart, ready to be kindled. There is a void in your soul, ready to be filled. You feel it, don’t you? Rumi

Practice Makes Perfect: The popular text on yoga, Hatha Yoga Pradipika teaches us that “Anyone who practices can obtain success in yoga but not one who is lazy. Constant practice alone is the secret of success.” Whether we practice yoga and meditation to maintain health in our bodies or study it to enrich our minds, it offers many benefits that ultimately lead us back on the path to harmony, peace, and pure action. Some of us study the Chakras and the ancient Sanskrit texts to delve deep into the mystery of yoga but, it is a matter of preference. Developing a simple daily yoga practice and adopting a beginners mind in all we do can yield a bounty of results that include a sense of well-being, clarity of mind, and balance in our lives. In the five years since this became a globally recognized event, there have been themes for each year of International Yoga Day as follows: 2015: Yoga for Harmony and Peace, 2016: Connect the youth, 2017: Yoga for Health, 2018: Yoga for Peace, and for 2019: Yoga for Heart.

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Motivation Mondays: A QUESTION Of BALANCE

A Great Yogi – Poem by Mirabai
In my travels, I spent time with a great yogi.
Once he said to me.
“Become so still you hear the blood flowing
through your veins.”

One night as I sat in quiet,
I seemed on the verge of entering a world inside so vast
I know it is the source of
all of
us.

Behind the Thunder BY Mark Nepo
I keep looking for one more teacher,
only to find that fish learn from water
and birds learn from sky.
If you want to learn about the sea,
it helps to be at sea.
If you want to learn about compassion,
it helps to be in love.
If you want to learn about healing,
it helps to know of suffering.

The strong live in the storm
without worshiping the storm.

 

In Blackwater Woods BY Mary Oliver
To live in this world
you must be able
to do three things:
to love what is mortal;
to hold it
against your bones knowing
your own life depends on it;
and where the time comes to let it go,
to let it go.

 

 

The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for JUN-JUL 2019 are:

MAY

05/01   –  01 MAY Day, Holocaust Remembrance, National Mental Health Awareness month
05/05  –   05 Cinco de Mayo, 06, Ramadan starts, 07 National Teacher Day
05/12 –   12 Mother’s Day, 18 Armed Forces Day
05/19   –  19 Mental Health Awareness month
05/26 –    27 Memorial Day, 30 World MS Day

 

JUN

06/01   –  01 SUMMER, 06 D-Day,
06/09  –   09 Tony Awards, 13 St Anthony
06/16 –   16 Father’s Day, 19 Juneteenth, 20 World Refugee Day, 21 International Yoga Day,
06/23   –  24 St John the Baptist, 26 Against Illicit Trafficking, 
06/30 –    30 BET Awards

 

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“Do your work and perform your duties with all your heart. Try to work selflessly with love. Pour yourself into whatever you do. Then you will feel and experience beauty and love in every field of work. Love and beauty are within you. Try to express them through your actions and you will definitely touch the very source of bliss.” Mata Amritanandamayi

Motivation Mondays: 21 Inspiring Yoga Quotes & Poems #YogaDay2019

Motivation Mondays: 21 Inspiring Yoga Quotes & Poems #YogaDay2019

 

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Motivation Mondays: 21 Inspiring Yoga Quotes & Poems #YogaDay2019

Motivation Mondays: 21 Inspiring Yoga Quotes & Poems #YogaDay2019


Sun Never Sets On Yoga – A 24-hour Journey of Sun Salutations Around the Globe

Yoga is the perfect opportunity to be curious about who you are. Jason Crandell
Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self. The Bhagavad Gita
Remember, it doesn’t matter how deep into a posture you go. What does matter is who you are when you get there. Max Storm
Yoga is a method to come to a nondreaming mind. Yoga is the science to be in the here and now. Osho
Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair. Khalil Gibran
Think that you are a yogi and that you are pursuing your sadhana in this particular place and at this particular moment. Immediately you will experience great joy. If you change your understanding, you will be free in a minute. Baba Muktananda
The earth has disappeared beneath my feet… It fled from all my ecstasy. Now like a singing air creature, I feel the rose keep opening.” Hafiz

 

Summer Solstice & World Refugee Day: In addition to celebrating Yoga Day, we will also welcome the arrival of summer as one of the earth pole’s tilts closer to the sun and gives the longest day of light on the 21st. Something about summer gets us all excited. It marks the beginning of light days, light clothing, summer foods, drinks, and flowers. Mother nature knows how much we love her Earth and so she powers up the sun on this day to give maximum amounts of light late into the day. For those at the pole region, there is continuous daylight around the summer solstice. 24 hours of SUNLIGHT! Isn’t that amazing? World Refugee Day, which occurs on the 20th, is a day to remember those displaced people around the world who can no longer call their place of birth home. Why? Because of strife, wars, human rights violations, and other issues. To leave a home country by force is fraught with so many problems. Most of us would be reluctant to abandon our homes and everything we grew up knowing and loving to flee into the night and into unknown and often unwelcome territory. Imagine waking up one morning to the sound of gunfire and an urgent message to vacate your premises immediately. Refugees need our help and compassion and on the 20th, consider learning more about the issue and ways to help those in need.

How does all of this tie into our celebrations of Yoga Day?  We are reminded through our practice to love our earth as well as our body, mind, and spirit. When we become acutely aware of the needs of our planet, of others on it, and we take time to treat ourselves with love and respect, we develop a universal consciousness that helps us honor the theme the UN recommends for this year. Climate in Action – A climate consciousness that leads to actions that reduce our carbon footprint, reduces waste and diminishes selfish actions towards other living things/people. May this month fill us all with thoughts and actions that encourage Yoga for Heart, Home, and the World. Namaste!
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Excerpt: FROM “You Begin” BY  Margaret Atwood, 1978
This is your hand, these are my hands, this is the world,
which is round but not flat and has more colors
than we can see.
It begins, it has an end,
this is what you will
come back to, this is your hand.

Wild Geese BY Mary Oliver
You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile, the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.

The Lake Isle of Innisfree” by William Butler Yeats, 1890
I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,
And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made;
Nine bean-rows will I have there, a hive for the honey-bee,
And live alone in the bee-loud glade.
And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping slow,
Dropping from the veils of the morning to where the cricket sings;
There midnight’s all a glimmer, and noon a purple glow,
And evening full of the linnet’s wings.
I will arise and go now, for always night and day
I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore;
While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements grey,
I hear it in the deep heart’s core.

 

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Positive Motivation Tip: Do the inner yoga work and the outer form will shine.

Motivation Mondays: Our community is open to anyone who wishes to share a motivational quote, photo, personal challenge or a post that encourages others to start the week on an upbeat note.
Basic Instructions: Each week, I will have a motivation word to help us create a response. (See listed words for the months above/below)
Email address: You may email or share your post as a comment and I will add it to the round-up of related posts. email it to: contact(@)mirthandmotivation(.)com
Category tag: – Share your post using Motivation Mondays
Twitter hashtag: – Use this on Twitter #MotvnM
Dedicated Page: There is a dedicated page for Motivation Mondays. It has the same instructions and will include other helpful tools and a link to the round-up
Facebook Page: MotivationOnMondays Join our page and add your post and/or any motivational piece you think will be helpful to others.
Facebook Community: We have a Facebook community forum to compliment the page. It serves as another way to share uplifting posts and thoughts. Please join in and add your voice.

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PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos –  Yoga teacher training  via Wikipedia and  Yoga Poses,  Chakras, via Pixabay 

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
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166 Comments leave one →
  1. xclusivefashionmeetslifestyle permalink
    18/06/2019 1:52 am

    I believe in Health is wealth, Also yoga improves mental health so we must do yoga in our day to day life.

  2. minimalistmiri permalink
    18/06/2019 5:21 am

    Yoga has been so transformative for me, and I had no idea there’s an international day of yoga! Will definitely be celebrating on 21 June! And love that Yoga with Adriene’s 30 Day series was highlighted — she’s my favourite online yoga teacher and her 30 day series got me back into yoga.

  3. Britney permalink
    18/06/2019 6:50 am

    I taught yoga for two years and I love the practice! I haven’t for years now but your post makes me miss it.

  4. Sabrina Must permalink
    18/06/2019 8:47 am

    I go to yoga class every morning! I love the way it makes me feel afterwards. Great post!

  5. Steph permalink
    18/06/2019 9:30 am

    Their flexibility is to die for.

  6. Lyosha Varezhkina permalink
    18/06/2019 10:03 am

    Yoga literally changed my life. It helped me a lot to fix my broken back and made me a calmer happier person. My teachers are enriching people to me. Namaste!

  7. You, Me and Benny permalink
    18/06/2019 11:11 am

    I love yoga so this is nice to read ! It’s very inspiring and makes me love it more!

  8. Stephanie permalink
    18/06/2019 11:25 am

    Oh I so miss my community yoga classes. There wasn’t enough participation so they were cancelled. Next year, when my boys are both in school full-time, I plan to start at home. As you mentioned, consistency in practice is the key, so I need to get more consistent with it.

  9. Huda permalink
    18/06/2019 11:25 am

    this is such a great post! ive never done yoga before but it’s always been highly recommended, especially to start out if you haven’t worked out in a really long time, which was my case when i got pregnant. i was looking into something that’d ease me into exercising again after i gave birth, and then i tried yoga. i love it!

  10. dhines031 permalink
    18/06/2019 11:36 am

    My girlfriend has slowing been doing more Yoga and I notice a positive difference in her moods. Exercise and stretching helps all people! Very therapeutic!

  11. Eileen M Loya permalink
    18/06/2019 12:16 pm

    I like this part of the poem by Rumi – “Be grateful for whatever comes because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.” I have not yet tried yoga but I do have friends who practice it and they do seem to radiate peace and calmness. This post inspired me to give yoga a try. I will look around for classes offered near my home.

  12. Megan permalink
    18/06/2019 12:36 pm

    Thank you for this information alert and inspiring post! I think I’ll try the 10 minute video to try and get back into a yoga practice

  13. Taryn permalink
    18/06/2019 1:46 pm

    Yoga is the ultimate activity that challenges the mind and body and there’s a heavy spiritual component, too. I am glad to have been introduced to it as it’s helped me in many ways. I enjoyed reading the quotes and more about the impact of yoga.

  14. kumamonjeng permalink
    18/06/2019 1:52 pm

    I love the brilliant quotes share here, such as “Be like the honeybee who gathers only nectar wherever it goes. Seek the goodness that is found in everyone. Mata Amritanandamayi”. It reminds me to be kind to this world. I started to learn yoga many years ago and love practicing it. It gives me calm and peace and great for my mental health.

  15. Lipstick Nomads permalink
    18/06/2019 4:36 pm

    We’ve been meaning to try yoga for quite some time now. Our gym offers 1 hour session every day but for some reason, we’ve been holding back. Maybe this is a sign that we should go for it!

  16. Annabel permalink
    18/06/2019 4:57 pm

    Love the Behind the Thunder BY Mark Nepo piece! Thanks for sharing.

  17. Alexandra permalink
    18/06/2019 5:15 pm

    I love all this thoughts and recommendations especially for meditation. Thanks for taking the time to share all this with us!

  18. Sudipa permalink
    18/06/2019 5:34 pm

    Yoga is really beneficial for our mind and body

  19. GiGi Eats Celebrities permalink
    18/06/2019 6:07 pm

    These quotes are insanely thought provoking!

  20. ramilhinolan permalink
    18/06/2019 6:44 pm

    Yoga and motivational quotes keep is ho through life. Theres a positivity if you do yoga or read motivational qoutea. It keeps us energize in the case of yoga. Nice one.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      18/10/2019 5:13 am

      I agree. thank you!

  21. Thomas Jones permalink
    18/06/2019 9:05 pm

    Wow very cool! I love how yoga has taken off these days and is starting to trend upward! Can only mean good things.

  22. Kate Loves Travel permalink
    18/06/2019 9:09 pm

    I want to start doing yoga again as I used to find it very relaxing… I didn’t realise there was an International Day of Yoga!

  23. Nish permalink
    18/06/2019 9:22 pm

    These poems are really inspiring me to get off my butt and get breathing!

  24. Clarice permalink
    18/06/2019 10:28 pm

    I love this year’s theme! Yoga for the heart is just perfect. I personally do yoga because it is a great way to show self-love.

  25. Courtney permalink
    19/06/2019 2:17 am

    Oooo so many awesome quotes!!!! I just love yoga!!!! Best way to unwind. I need to make more time for it!!

  26. Janell permalink
    19/06/2019 2:29 am

    Beautiful motivation for International Day of Yoga. I’ve taken a few classes with a twist of Yoga but haven’t quite committed to a dedicated one yet. ” . . . bloom where you are planted” seems a perfect beginning.

  27. Geraline Batarra permalink
    19/06/2019 2:51 am

    It was really nice that yoga has a recognition day. I really love doing it in the morning. It feels so fulfilling.. 😊

  28. Fatima Torres at MTME permalink
    19/06/2019 3:30 am

    Yoga is a great form of meditation. I try to do it at night when the kids are asleep. Helps me focus.

  29. Alexandra Cook permalink
    19/06/2019 4:16 am

    Honestly, I haven’t experience yoga but I always wanted to try and these quotes inspires me so much to pursue it. Yoga is such a great way to meditate.

  30. Lavern Moore permalink
    19/06/2019 4:24 am

    Wow. I didn’t know there was a yoga day. I love bikram yoga and hot yoga.

  31. Ramil P. Hinolan permalink
    19/06/2019 5:30 am

    Yoga is good not only as physical exercise but also it relaxes the mind; making one a lot better after exercise. The motivational quotes on the other hand, are inspiring and will let you think that all our troubles will fade away and that God will help us.

  32. Marjie Mare permalink
    19/06/2019 5:44 am

    The laughing heart touches me so deeply. As I was reflecting on some challenges that I am currently going thru. This poem answers my internal questions. Thank you for sharing it.

  33. Kenny Ngo permalink
    19/06/2019 6:07 am

    I have heard so many benefits of yoga and how it really helps the mind, body, and posture. It’s good that it is now being recognized worldwide and even has a dedicated day for it. I hope to be able to really practice this soon.

  34. Margaret Smith permalink
    19/06/2019 6:27 am

    I took a yoga class last semester in school. I couldn’t believe what a difference it made in me.

  35. monidipa51 permalink
    19/06/2019 6:32 am

    It brings together physical and mental disciplines to achieve a peaceful body and mind; it helps manage stress and anxiety and keeps you relaxing. It also helps in increasing flexibility, muscle strength and body tone. It improves respiration, energy and vitality. … Yoga asanas build strength, flexibility and confidence.

    Lovely poems though!

  36. Maureen permalink
    19/06/2019 9:22 am

    Being a mom has taught me a lot about staying calm during a crisis, slowly but surely. I need to add yoga to meditation

  37. Bree L. permalink
    19/06/2019 9:46 am

    I really love the kindness poem. Everything in this post is so inspiring, but that poem is my number one fav!

  38. Mijia Eggers permalink
    19/06/2019 10:12 am

    I am doing that each week. After several weeks, I cannot stop doing that. Now I do it whenever I have time, 5 or 10 minutes. It helps.

  39. Iva permalink
    19/06/2019 12:50 pm

    Amaizing post. I will defiantly have to try yoga. I need to relax more. I have two kids I need it ❤

  40. Marjie Mare permalink
    19/06/2019 5:52 pm

    The laughing heart poem does speak to my own heart. In moment of despair, it is warm to know that here is a way out and the light still shines out there. Thanks for sharing another beautiful and inspirational post.

  41. caitscozycorner permalink
    20/06/2019 12:29 am

    omg this is so encouraging and def something that im glad i was able to read this morning 🙂 i needed a little bit of motivation so i cant wait to share w/ a few other friends!

  42. Samar permalink
    20/06/2019 1:29 am

    Yoga day is celebrated in a very huge way over here.

    You should give a visit here in India. You are gonna love it.

  43. jeannette9712gmailcom permalink
    20/06/2019 3:28 am

    I live in Tonga. We celebrated international yoga day here at the International Dateline Hotel. I heard it was awesome.

  44. Mudpie Fridays permalink
    20/06/2019 4:23 am

    I recently started doing Yoga, I found it not so easy and these quotes really inspired me to do my best 🙂 I know it takes time to get use to it.

  45. vivirewellness permalink
    20/06/2019 5:19 am

    Love all of the quotes, but the one that resonates the most is “Do your work and perform your duties with all your heart. Try to work selflessly with love. Pour yourself into whatever you do.

  46. Kalyan Panja permalink
    20/06/2019 6:12 am

    Yoga is something that I need to adopt in my daily lifestyle after so many pulls and pressures every day.

  47. Chad permalink
    20/06/2019 6:23 am

    These are amazing!!! I love yoga, i’ve done it for a few years, i need to get back on it for sure. Great post.

  48. treasuresbysandra permalink
    20/06/2019 7:15 am

    I try to practice yoga regularly, but am not very consistent. I think this website will help me! And I love the quote by Margaret Atwood!

  49. Traveling Fig permalink
    20/06/2019 7:20 am

    I’ll have to use some of these quotes in the yoga classes I teach this week 🙂

  50. Haroon Ejaz permalink
    20/06/2019 9:06 am

    I hardly walk. I just sit around and work on my laptop… I needed motivation to do some workout like yoga. Your blog post will help me! Thanks for sharing

  51. Sondra Barker permalink
    20/06/2019 9:16 am

    Yoga is so great and I love how refreshing and meditating it is! Great post! -Sondra Barker @cuisineandtravel.com

  52. Jennifer permalink
    20/06/2019 9:29 am

    My mom loves Yoga and she recently talked me into trying it again. I’m more of HITT workout type of person. However, I’ve been so stressed out lately so I decided to give Yoga a try after years of not doing it. Within a matter of minutes I instantly felt better, I was able to stretch my tight muscles. Yoga allowed me to slow down, just breath and relax, which is something I don’t do very often.

  53. Michele Dennis permalink
    20/06/2019 10:29 am

    I am a total sucker for a good quote! I’ve been really trying to get into yoga lately and these yoga quotes are very inspiring!!

  54. Crystal (@BusyMomDiary1) permalink
    20/06/2019 12:48 pm

    I’ve been told that yoga has great benefits.. I think it’s time I give it a try.

  55. twinspirational permalink
    20/06/2019 4:21 pm

    My body is not to flexible to do yoga, but after reading this post, I was thinking to do it every day.

  56. Vyom Kapoor permalink
    20/06/2019 11:01 pm

    Being from India, I know the value and importance of yoga and it gives me immense pleasure to see how deeply you are involved with it.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      18/10/2019 5:11 am

      Thank you!

  57. Catherine Santiago Jose permalink
    21/06/2019 3:04 am

    I’ve had a great time reading this post. I love doing yoga so much it helps me to recharge myself physically and mentally.

  58. StephJ permalink
    21/06/2019 3:11 am

    yoga with Adrienne is my all time favorite. her 30 day challenges are so amazing and it is a great way to do yoga at home!

  59. Lavern Moore permalink
    21/06/2019 3:13 am

    I like that you include a quote by Eckhart Tolle. His work really introduced me to a world that included yoga.

  60. mswatts08 permalink
    21/06/2019 4:40 am

    I have always been interested in practicing Yoga. I have 0 flexibility and it scares me a little.

  61. Joanna permalink
    21/06/2019 5:37 am

    I have never really gotten into yoga. I remember the first time I tried it, in India, and it was a great experience. However, when I returned back home and tried it at my local gym, it didn’t feel the same. Maybe it was not the right teacher, but I didn’t really enjoy the class at all.

  62. Luna S permalink
    21/06/2019 5:54 am

    I didn’t know there was a international yoga day! It is not surprising though seeing as how many days they have themes for. You put together a wonderful list of quotes, many of them are quite beautiful.

  63. Justyna Butler permalink
    21/06/2019 7:47 am

    Love Inspiring Yoga Quotes & Poems! I always look forward to new ones!

  64. Bree L. permalink
    21/06/2019 9:51 am

    These are all such amazing yoga quotes! I love yoga day and I loved reading this!

  65. Colleen permalink
    21/06/2019 11:54 am

    I love the idea of using yoga as a way to better health, better relationships, and a better planet. I know stress is a literal killers and I just read that a polar bear was spotted thousands of miles from home looking for food because of what humans are doing to the planet.

  66. Kristine Nicole Alessandra permalink
    21/06/2019 12:39 pm

    I have not tried yoga, but I find that meditation can also help calm my mind and body. Maybe sometime I will pay my friend a visit. She practices yoga and she looks like she never aged!

  67. jen permalink
    21/06/2019 3:59 pm

    Love the inspiration! Some of it I needed to read today!

  68. Olya Creative permalink
    21/06/2019 4:24 pm

    Such a great, inspiring and interesting post! The photos are relaxing and the words are so wise. You make me wanting to do yoga. -)

  69. GladysNava permalink
    21/06/2019 5:40 pm

    I love the messages and poems on this blog! I really love this and I was really enjoying this blog.

  70. Sarah Emery permalink
    21/06/2019 5:58 pm

    What a great compilation of poems and quotes. Especially to read over at the start of a day. I liked The Laughing Heart BY Charles Bukowski.

  71. Samar permalink
    21/06/2019 8:41 pm

    Charles Bukowski is one of my favorite.

    I follow his writings a lot, and he is like my ideal writer.

  72. Angela permalink
    21/06/2019 9:46 pm

    I started yoga a few years ago and I was quite sceptical about the benefits but it’s been a revelation. I don’t fully understand how it works but it really seems to relax me. In fact, it’s only since I’ve been practising yoga that I’ve stopped biting my nails. I also feel so much more flexible which has to be a good thing.

  73. mommysup permalink
    21/06/2019 10:00 pm

    Happy International Yoga Day! I love how people are getting more awareness of yoga these days since it’s the key number one to connecting with our inner selves!

  74. Emmanuel Damian permalink
    22/06/2019 2:24 am

    Yoga is a very spiritual activity for me. It helps me think and helps me clear my mind. With the guidance and correct technique, it will help you achieve “zen.”

  75. Sarah permalink
    22/06/2019 3:06 am

    I don’t practice yoga but do the stretches and just let building and it helps so much! It also helps with my anxiety

  76. toastycritic permalink
    22/06/2019 4:11 am

    I do know how much yoga can help you with your balance. And it’s supposed to be really good with providing balance across everything in your life. When doing it right it’s all about mindfulness as much as it is about balance and staying present.

  77. aisasami permalink
    22/06/2019 4:14 am

    I do yoga with my kids but it isn’t really deep or spiritual as the kids are only 3. I don’t think they would understand it. But they enjoy doing each pose and I enjoy it as well.

  78. Jeenu Pillai permalink
    22/06/2019 4:36 am

    I myself recently celebrated internation yoga day in my office and I must say in that half an hour session, I realized the importance of yoga. I have promised myself to practise it daily

  79. Angela Tolsma permalink
    22/06/2019 5:20 am

    I love the poem by Mirabai, it’s one of my favorites. This day is really special for me for many reason but yoga is one of them. It’s a lovely practice.

  80. Rose A (@mail4rosey) permalink
    22/06/2019 6:16 am

    I saw a photo on social media recently that said something along the lines of, I hate to bend over to get my car keys, therefore I know I will hate yoga’ and it made me laugh. My daughter in law does yoga several times a week early on the beach with a group. She loves it very much!

  81. Lavern Moore permalink
    22/06/2019 6:19 am

    Yoga is a method to come to a nondreaming mind. Yoga is the science to be in the here and now. Osho I really love this quote. It is by one of the men who I have studied deeply. I have read many of his books but yet to complete the book of secrets. He really advocates yoga and deep and active meditations to accompany it.

  82. Wren permalink
    22/06/2019 6:20 am

    I love yoga so much! A lot of people don’t know how amazing it is. Not only in the sense that it is a great for the body and harder to do than it looks. It is also great to sooth the soul.

  83. Shelby permalink
    22/06/2019 6:52 am

    I keep Telling myself i need To get back into yoga!

  84. Frederique permalink
    22/06/2019 7:06 am

    I have been thinking of starting yoga for some time now. I think it can be real beneficial in some situations. Well, in every situation actually. Thanks for all the info!

  85. stephsocial.com permalink
    22/06/2019 7:42 am

    I’ve always been a big believer in the benefits of yoga ever since I was in my early 20s! I notice such a difference in my balance and over mood when I do yoga regularly!

  86. foodiefindshome permalink
    22/06/2019 8:53 am

    I really loved Behind the Thunder. I loved them all but that one really spoke to me. I think because I am coming out of a stormy season is why it caught my eye.

  87. ashleynicolerice permalink
    22/06/2019 10:53 am

    I really need to start getting into yoga. The text you posted is also great text to meditate on. Time to start practicing!

  88. Lavern Moore permalink
    22/06/2019 11:22 am

    One of my favorite poses is the tiger pose and the children’s pose.

  89. coollife permalink
    22/06/2019 1:20 pm

    it was a beautiful morning on yoga day when i saw this beautful princess coming toward me..my eyes could not behold her beauty i shouted yoga day.. and that made me to draw her attention..watch for the the next part on my beautiful yoga day

  90. Neil Alvin Nicerio permalink
    22/06/2019 2:30 pm

    I have heard of Behind the Thunder once. Great poem.

  91. oluborode ayokanmi permalink
    22/06/2019 2:35 pm

    Lovely post. I love all the poems.

  92. Annita Nikole permalink
    22/06/2019 3:09 pm

    These are great quotes! I love practicing yoga, but I don’t do it enough. I can especially appreciate what Donna Farhi says about yoga. I feel like yoga, especially when I practices in the morning, I felt more present, grounded and ready to face the challenges of the day.

  93. Hip Mama's Place (@HipMamasPlace) permalink
    22/06/2019 5:51 pm

    I used to do yoga a lot when I was single and I still try to do it now once in a while.. it’s great for my mind and body 🙂

  94. Jessica Hughes permalink
    22/06/2019 6:08 pm

    Yoga is one of my favorite ways to stay active! This is just the motivation I needed!

  95. locd2gether permalink
    22/06/2019 8:40 pm

    Loved the poem “The Guest House.” The opening statement is perfect. May have to write that down, and post it on my wall.

  96. Njkinny permalink
    22/06/2019 10:10 pm

    I love doing yoga and ever since I started, I have seen a marked improvement in my overall well being. Love the poems and the quotes. 😊

  97. Heather permalink
    23/06/2019 3:43 am

    I’ve never actually tried yoga, but I need to. I want that calming inner peace.

  98. Liz Bayardelle permalink
    23/06/2019 6:00 am

    I always love your posts! I definitely need a “cessation of movements of the mind” lately, so this post will definitely get reread!

  99. TheKitchenDoc permalink
    23/06/2019 7:04 am

    I grew up with yoga in India. Pranayaam is my favorite

  100. Laithan permalink
    23/06/2019 10:13 am

    Mindfulness, and yoga are two incredible techniques for the hectic lifestyles many of us lead these days. Love the post!

  101. Helen Neale permalink
    23/06/2019 11:56 am

    What an inspiring quotes for a yoga enthusiast like me. Yoga helps me so much with my daily living. And my life started to change when I started joining a class.

  102. Christa permalink
    23/06/2019 12:50 pm

    As a yoga teacher of almost 20 years, I can’t love this post enough! Thank you for sharing this wonderful practice with your readers. 😀

  103. Krysti permalink
    23/06/2019 1:08 pm

    These are all such beautiful poems! Making me want to do a yoga session right now.

  104. Neely Moldovan permalink
    23/06/2019 1:11 pm

    I find yoga in general so inspiring! What amazing quotes. Perfect motivation!

  105. Samantha Flores permalink
    23/06/2019 8:34 pm

    Yoga is so worth the time and energy spent in each pose! I used to incorporate some poses in the classroom when I was a teacher just to get the energy right with the children and give a nice stretch.
    Samantha

  106. Ntensibe Edgar Michael permalink
    24/06/2019 12:09 am

    Nnniiiccceeeee….I really strive to get to that point where I can always remain so calm even in the worst of situations, you know.

  107. Tammie permalink
    24/06/2019 4:36 am

    I’ve always wanted to try yoga, I think this may be the inspiration I need to actually do it!

  108. Oluborode Oluwatobiloba permalink
    24/06/2019 5:25 am

    I love the uniqueness in your blog post. Your poems are always inspirational. Thanks for sharing.

  109. Denni permalink
    24/06/2019 5:33 am

    i am new to yoga 🙂 always love to read your Monday motivation post !

  110. IG:Suetanyamchorgh (@suetanyamchorgh) permalink
    24/06/2019 7:12 am

    Happy International Day! These yoga quotes are really inspiring.

  111. Sanjota Purohit permalink
    24/06/2019 7:46 am

    From many days I’m thinking to tart Surya Namaskara but laziness is not letting me to do it 🙁

  112. everdaylivinghacks permalink
    24/06/2019 8:00 am

    Good Vibes! Love this! SO POSITIVE!

  113. Bri permalink
    24/06/2019 10:26 am

    I always love reading your posts! Some of my favorites

  114. laura dove permalink
    24/06/2019 11:09 am

    I used to love yoga but havent had time for it lately. I am going to try and get back into it over the summer.

  115. Steph permalink
    24/06/2019 11:16 am

    Yoga is one of my favourite ways to relax and unwind! I feel like relieves a lot of pent up stress!

  116. Lavern Moore permalink
    24/06/2019 1:58 pm

    I like the idea of a morning meditation walk. I might start doing this very soon.

  117. dhines031 permalink
    24/06/2019 2:02 pm

    I feel like this motivations helps me on Mondays!!

  118. Bree L. permalink
    24/06/2019 2:47 pm

    Great quotes! I love yoga and I find these quotes really amazing!! Now I need to do some yoga!

  119. Lex permalink
    25/06/2019 12:35 am

    I’m by no means a yogi but when I took a class in college sun salutations were always my favorite.

  120. sincerelymissj permalink
    25/06/2019 1:47 pm

    I have done yoga a few times but I am super bad at it. Your post made me re-think quitting.

  121. Bindu Thomas permalink
    25/06/2019 10:09 pm

    Yoga is much more than just an exercise regimen. Its a way of living, and well-being for the spiritual,mental and physical aspects. Thanks for sharing these quotes.

  122. Danielle permalink
    26/06/2019 2:58 am

    Taking the time to do some yoga makes me feel so much better after a busy, stressful day.

  123. Hailey Almsted permalink
    26/06/2019 7:20 am

    This is great! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  124. Lavern Moore permalink
    26/06/2019 2:59 pm

    What a nice video on sun pose. I enjoyed it thoroughly.

  125. explorewithnelly permalink
    29/06/2019 5:37 am

    Wild Geese is the one I am drawn to the most, it is a beautifully written poem just like the rest and as Mary said You do not have to be good

  126. Patricia Martin permalink
    29/06/2019 11:04 am

    I love reading your Motivation Mondays, it’s always so inspiring. I love The Laughing Heart Poem.

  127. Crystal Carder permalink
    03/07/2019 1:38 am

    I cannot believe I missed Yoga Day! Bummer, but I love all the poems you shared about yoga, they were all really good ones.

  128. chavamazal permalink
    06/07/2019 4:36 pm

    Excellent post! I’m really loving all your content.

  129. Steph Social permalink
    08/07/2019 5:28 am

    Yoga is so good for your mind and body! It always helps me relax and loosen up if I’m feeling tense! Love this!

  130. Pink Frenzy/Öku Möku (@Pink_Frenzy) permalink
    08/07/2019 9:02 am

    These Yoga quotes are so beautiful and inspiring. Thank you for sharing x

    Laura

  131. Ritu Sharma permalink
    11/07/2019 1:16 am

    Yoga practice can make us more and more sensitive to subtler and subtler sensations in the body. Paying attention to and staying with finer and finer sensations within the body is one of the surest ways to steady the wandering mind.

  132. Kuntala permalink
    11/07/2019 1:18 am

    Well I practice Yoga everyday. Like your article. The world fitness level will attain heights if every single person follows

  133. Amanda J permalink
    11/07/2019 3:40 am

    All these poems are wonderful. I love yoga – it helps me feel motivated and relaxed!

  134. Dalene Ekirapa permalink
    14/07/2019 11:15 am

    Yoga is actually powerful especially when it becomes a routine sort of. I’ve had an experience before and I hope to try it soon too. Anyway, I love the quote by Paramahansa Yogananda “Make every day a day of Thanksgiving and continuous contentment will sparkle in your body, mind and soul.”

  135. Michael David Oyco permalink
    16/07/2019 5:51 am

    So many do this now. So curious if it really helps stimulate the body. Well, some days be cautious on emptying the mind… Hmmm

  136. Esther permalink
    16/07/2019 11:03 pm

    wow in love with all the inspiring words and quotes in the post!

  137. thebusyboymama permalink
    26/07/2019 2:27 pm

    Years ago I did a yoga teacher training, but now I rarely find time for it! I miss Yoga and the relaxation that comes with the practice.

  138. Sincerely Jackline permalink
    26/07/2019 8:16 pm

    I couldn’t agree more..! 😘Everybody needs rest excluding their night sleeps.. Especially mothers who works 24/7.. Lmao.

  139. Dalene Ekirapa permalink
    29/07/2019 1:22 am

    A real yogi is one who can maintain a peaceful mind in the midst of any crisis. That quote by Mata Amritanandamayi is powerful! And speaks t us all. The best thing we can do in crisis is remain peaceful.

  140. Emily Fata permalink
    01/08/2019 5:06 am

    Yoga has been a great way for me to build strength in my knees and still stay fit and healthy after an injury I had a couple of years ago. It’s also a great way to relax, unwind, and centre yourself.

  141. Norma permalink
    01/08/2019 9:54 am

    It’s important to take a break and breath. Yoga is great to exercise the body and quiet the mind. Inspiring information.

  142. Pink Frenzy/Öku Möku (@Pink_Frenzy) permalink
    01/08/2019 11:39 pm

    I love yoga and these quotes are so inspiring. Thank you for sharing it with us 🙂

    Laura

  143. Lyosha Varezhkina permalink
    02/08/2019 4:46 am

    I am yoga practitioner and I have to admit it changed my life in so many ways. it made me calmer and healthier than I was before. I am forever thankful for what yoga gave me. your quotes are fantastic!

  144. Bree permalink
    03/08/2019 12:06 pm

    I love the poem the guest house! This whole post has me really inspired to do more yoga!!

  145. Ana permalink
    03/08/2019 12:13 pm

    I had no idea that there is a yoga day too! Though I’ve been practicing yoga for the past few months and loving it. It is such a real stress buster!

  146. musingsandadventureswriter permalink
    13/08/2019 4:22 pm

    I really have to resume my yoga. Alas, what is practiced in America is what I call American Yoga lol. Less on solid mindfulness and more on pose and technique…which is all good as I need to be more limber lol.

  147. maartjevansandwijk permalink
    29/08/2019 9:38 pm

    Can’t believe I didn’t know it national yoga day! And on my birthday as well…

  148. Emily Fata permalink
    30/08/2019 6:44 am

    I absolutely love doing yoga! Over the years, it’s been such a wonderful way for me to decompress and stay strong (even when dealing with chronic knee pain).

  149. Marjie Mare permalink
    02/09/2019 5:49 pm

    I love the poem Kindness BY Naomi Shihab Nye. It translates to being compasionate, walking in others’ shoes.

  150. Blair Villanueva permalink
    06/09/2019 10:05 pm

    When I was a child, I love listening to bedtime stories. These not helps me to sleep, but enjoy my time with my parents, and also learn new lessons from those stories. Which makes me also inspire to blog, to share my own.

  151. Norma permalink
    11/09/2019 2:41 pm

    Inspiring poems! It’s great to take some time to relax and enjoy these beautiful and insightful writings.

  152. TweenselMom (@TweenselMom) permalink
    17/09/2019 1:49 pm

    Heard many good things about yoga though I don’t practice it. But it’s healthy and so I might give it a try.

  153. adriana permalink
    19/09/2019 4:26 pm

    These poems are so beautiful and so peaceful. A perfect read

  154. Olya Amanova permalink
    18/10/2019 8:35 am

    This is an article you will be coming back often. I love it about your writes – they are so insightful, motivational, and uplifting that it is almost contagious or I would say – I got addicted to it.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      19/10/2019 7:45 am

      You are so kind. I love your writings too. Thank you!

  155. jojo vito permalink
    18/10/2019 4:27 pm

    I just started yoga and I began to like it a lot. This is one thing I didnt realized I would love.

  156. kidneyfornikki permalink
    20/10/2019 6:14 am

    I practiced yoga regularly when I was younger. Now it’s irregular at best. I must buckle down and get back to a regular practice! Thanks for this!

  157. Kristine Nicole Alessandra permalink
    20/10/2019 3:39 pm

    These are really inspiring quotes and poems about yoga. I have heard and read about the benefits of practicing yoga. Other than the physical well being it provides, I think what is more important is the mental and emotional wellness it gives us.

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