Yoga Defined by a few Spiritual Leaders


"Just as a lamp, protected from the wind, does not flicker, so is the composed mind of the meditator who practices contemplation of the self…The well mastered mind of the YOGI always remains steady and is never swayed by any confronting situations."                                                                                                      - Swami Dayanand Sarawsati

“Like a flower bud, human life has the potential to blossom fully. Blossoming of human potential to fullness is Yoga“                       - Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
“It is reported that neurosurgeons are conducting advanced research into methods of alleviating pain with supersonic rays. These are said to be ultra-high frequency sound waves that are used to destroy pain pathways in our brain. I am sure that the practice of silent acceptance, the therapy of cheerfulness and the constant expression of gratitude to God can set in motion spiritual high frequency waves which will bring God’s own healing power to destroy pain.”           - Dada J.P. Vaswani                           


“Physical posture serve at best as an auxiliary, or a minor form of Yoga”                                                                                          -  Swami Chidananda Saraswati
 “All living entities have become under the control of the illusory energy by Your will, and therefore, if You like, by Your will they can also be released from the clutches of illusion.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             - His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
“The philosophy of human life: Who you are? Human. Why you came to this earth as a human? What ultimate destination of your life? To understand all these things you have to study Yoga.”                                                                                                                                                                          - Bikram Chaudhary

“You can hear the footsteps of God when silence reigns in the mind.”                                                                                              - Sri Sathya Sai Baba


“To regard Yoga primarily as a set of practices for increasing strength and flexibility while calming the nervous system is to mistake the  husk for the kernel .”     

                                                                                                                                                                                                          - Pandit Rajmani Tigunait


“With the realization of one's own potential and self-confidence in one's ability, one can build a better world…My message is the practice of compassion, love and kindness”                                                                                                                                                                                            – His Holiness the Dalai Lama 


“Everybody has good and bad qualities. By getting linked to yoga, bad qualities are eliminated, and good qualities are enhanced…..   Neither an escape from life, nor a fear of death; we have to maintain equanimity;- this is yoga.”                                                                                                                 - Pujya Swami Ramdevji Maharaj


“Most people in the West, and also many in India, confuse Yoga with Hatha Yoga, the system of bodily postures. But Yoga is primarily a spiritual discipline.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      - Parmahansa Yogananda


“The balance of mind during all experiences is much more important than what the mind actually experiences…Maintaining equanimity of mind in all situations should be our focus. It verily is the goal.”                                 ……………………….. .                                                                                                                                       - Sri Mata Amritananda


“Through the discipline of Yoga, both actions and intelligence go beyond the qualities [gunas] and the seer comes to experience his own soul with crystal clarity, free from the relative attributes of nature and actions.”                                                                                                                                       - B. K. S. Iyengar


“Yoga-darshana (philosophy) is a practical discipline comprising of the conclusions and proclamations of enlightened seers (yogis) whose main concern was helping seekers (sadhakas) to attain the normal state called Yoga in which the perceiver is established in the real state and this is an inner experience of the inner world.”      

                                                                                                                                                                                                              - His Holiness Sri Ranga Priya Swami


“Refine yourself…Yoga means binding yourself to God”                                                                                                                         - Dr. Pranav Pandya

“Yoga is a powerful practice that has a dual meaning and intention, firstly to physically unite one's body and mind and secondly to spiritually unite oneself with the divine.”                                                                                                                                                                                                     - Param Pujya Saheb