Improving physical wellness with yoga is one thing, but expanding one's consciousness is quite another. After all, personal growth and development goals can be just as important as a hale and healthy physique.
Even though many Americans use it as little more than an exercise regimen, yoga began centuries ago as a holistic regimen dedicated to discovering truth and ultimate unity.
For those taking California yoga classes, here are a few inspirational quotes to get your mental juices flowing. Some are about yoga specifically, while others are about illumination or vision, but all of them revolve around the exaltation that comes from spiritual pursuits.
"Be as a cup, and the universe flows into you. Be as an arrow, and the universe retreats from you." -Zen proverb
"I know myself now; and I feel within me/ A peace above all earthly dignities,/ A still and quiet conscience." -William Shakespeare, King Henry VIII
"The purpose of art is not the release of a momentary ejection of adrenaline but is, rather, the gradual, lifelong construction of a state of wonder and serenity." -Glenn Gould
"Peace is always beautiful." -Walt Whitman, The Sleepers
"Thought is deeper than all speech,/ Feeling deeper than all thought;/ Souls to souls can never teach/ What unto themselves was taught." -Christopher Pearse Cranch
"It costs so much to be a full human being that there are very few who have the enlightenment, or the courage, to pay the price… One has to abandon altogether the search for security and reach out to the risk of living with both arms. One has to embrace the world like a lover, and yet demand no easy return of love." -Morris West, The Shoes of the Fisherman
"…and the sea will grant each man new hope, as sleep brings dreams of home." -Christopher Columbus