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What’s the best way to break in a new yoga mat?

Practice on it every day…

Practice On...

From left to right, here’s what I’m practicing on lately:
  1. Aurorae Classic Yoga Mat – 6mm, 3lbs, 24″ x 72″
  2. Jade Yoga Harmony Professional Yoga Mat – 5mm, 4.5lbs, 24″ x 68″
  3. Hugger Mugger Tapas Original Yoga Mat – 3mm, 2.5lbs, 24″ x 68″
  4. Magic Carpet Sapphire Deco Yoga Mat – 6mm, 3.5lbs, 24″ x 70″
  5. Manduka Black Mat Pro Standard – 6mm, 7lbs, 26″ x 71″

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It’s a rough life trying to give each of these yoga mats all the time and attention they deserve, but they’re certainly motivating my 30 day yoga practice challenge for May (going strong so far:). I’ve been a longtime fan of pretty much all Manduka yoga mats–definitely my comfort zone–but I’m also usually happily surprised when I step onto different surfaces. These were all different and unique in their own ways.

Of this group, the Jade Harmony definitely has my attention and will spend a lot of time in future mat rotations. I’ve never tried a Jade mat, but I can totally see why so many yogis recommend it. Besides the great traction, it’s heavy enough that it lays out nice and flat on the ground without sliding or moving around. It just feels solid, but as you can see from the picture, it also rolls up pretty tightly and seems like it would be ideal for carrying to class. Since I spend most of my time on the mat at home, I’m less concerned about portability so the wider Harmony XW or the thicker (and heavier) Jade Fusion look really nice for a home practice too. For now, I’m more than happy with the sweet ride of the regular Harmony mat.

Yoga Mats...lots of them...If you’re in the market for a new mat, you can find these, and practically every other piece of yoga gear imaginable (with a low price guarantee), at YogaOutlet.com. Besides finding great yoga deals, you also help support Daily Cup of Yoga–we get a small cut of any purchases you make through our site–many thanks and Namaste!

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7 comments on “50 Amazing Yoga Quotes and a Winner of the Manduka eKO Lite Yoga Mat Giveaway”

50 Amazing Yoga Quotes and a Winner of the Manduka eKO Lite Yoga Mat Giveaway


Congratulations to Dani, winner of Daily Cup of Yoga’s Manduka eKO Lite yoga mat giveaway!! Thanks to all for participating, following, and sharing. The yoga quotes totally rock!! Now that I’ve read through all of them a few times it makes me want to go unroll my yoga mat right now.  I think you’ll enjoy reading and pondering these quotes as much as I have.
  1. “Inhale, and God approaches you. Hold the inhalation, and God remains with you. Exhale, and you approach God. Hold the exhalation, and surrender to God.” ~ Krishnamacharya
  2. ‎”I offer you peace. I offer you love. I offer you friendship. I see your beauty. I hear your need. I feel your feelings. My wisdom flows from the Highest Source. I salute that Source in you. Let us work together for unity and love.” ~ Gandhi
  3. “One becomes firmly established in practice only after attending to it for a long time, without interruption and with an attitude of devotion.” ~ Yoga Sutra I.14
  4. Samskara saksat karanat purvajati jnanam. 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
  5. “The attitude of gratitude is the highest yoga.” ~ Yogi Bhajan
  6. “For me, yoga is not just a workout – it’s about working on yourself.” ~ Mary Glover
  7. “Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured.” ~ B.K.S. Iyengar
  8. “Have only love in your heart for others. The more you see the good in them, the more you will establish good in yourself…” ~ Paramahansa Yogananda
  9. ‎”Yoga is the perfect opportunity to be curious about who you are.”  ~ Jason Crandell
  10. “ Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built.” ~ Rumi
  11. “You cannot do yoga. Yoga is your natural state. What you can do are yoga exercises, which may reveal to you where you are resisting your natural state.” ~ Sharon Gannon
  12. ‎”In the darkness, I am light.”
  13. “Everyone can do Ashtanga. Except lazy people.” Sharath Jois
  14. “Just breathe.”
  15. “Yoga takes you into the present moment, the only place where life exists.”
  16. “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” ~ Viktor E. Frankl
  17. ‎”The rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind & the harmony of the soul create the symphony of life.” ~ B.K.S. Iyengar
  18. “Undisturbed calmness of mind is attained by cultivating friendliness toward the happy, compassion for the unhappy, delight in the virtuous, and indifference toward the wicked.” ~ Yoga Sutras
  19. “In stillness all conflict must end.” ~ Phillip Urso
  20. ‎”To perform every action artfully is yoga.” ~ Swami Kripalu
  21. “Breathe…”
  22. ‎”Be at least as interested in what goes on inside you as what happens outside. If you get the inside right, the outside will fall into place.” ~ Eckhart Tolle
  23. “Don’t forget to breathe!”
  24. ‎”The more we sweat in peace the less we bleed in war.” ~ Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit
  25. “A photographer gets people to pose for him. A yoga instructor gets people to pose for themselves.” ~ Jay Fields
  26. Loka Samasta Sukhino Bhavantu. May all beings everywhere be happy and free and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all.”
  27. “The most important pieces of equipment you need for doing yoga are your body and your mind.” ~ Rodney Yee
  28. “Stirum sukham asanam. Seated posture should be steady and comfortable.” ~ Yoga Sutra
  29. “When you inhale, you are taking the strength from God. When you exhale, it represents the service you are giving to the world.” ~ B.K.S. Iyengar
  30. “When we can remove the masks of our own making, then the one who has been longing to be seen sees itself unbounded, just as it is.”
  31. “You cannot always control what goes on outside. But you can always control what goes on inside.”
  32. “The pose begins when you want to leave it.”
  33. “The wisdom obtained in the higher states of consciousness is different from that obtained by inference and testimony as it refers to particulars.” ~ Yoga Sutra
  34. “Let your practice be a celebration of life” ~ Seido lee deBarros
  35. “He shining, everything shines through him.” ~ Bhagavad Gita
  36. “Ashtanga yoga is 99 percent practice, one percent theory.”  ~ Sri K. Pattabhi Jois
  37. “Remember, it doesn’t matter how deep into a posture you go – what does matter is who you are when you get there.” ~ Max Strom
  38. “Make an attitude to be in gratitude, you will find the whole Universe will come to you.” ~ Yogi Bhajan
  39. “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” ~ Gandhi
  40. “The most important pieces of equipment you need for doing yoga are your body and your mind.” ~ Rodney Yee
  41. “Eye on the drishti!”
  42. “Any belief, whatever it is, is counterproductive in the context of the practice of yoga. One holds a belief instead of knowing. For example, you wouldn’t say you believe in your right ear, since you know your ear, no belief is required. Believing always excludes knowing. When jnana (supreme knowledge) comes through the practice of yoga, you will know. Do not be satisfied with believing.” ~ Gregor Maehle
  43. “Breathe through it, and release anything that does not serve you.”
  44. “First month paining, second month tired, third month flying.” ~ Sharath Jois
  45. “Namaste!”
  46. “Submit to a daily practice. Your loyalty to that is a ring at the door. Keep knocking, and eventually the joy inside will look out to see who is there.”
  47. “Practice and all is coming.” ~ Sri K. Pattabhi Jois
  48. “The world is the gymnasium where we come to make ourselves strong.” ~ Swami Vivekananda
  49. “Desire, ask, believe, receive.” ~ Stella Terrill Mann
  50. “Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape.”

14 comments on “50 Amazing Yoga Quotes to Inspire Your Practice”

50 Amazing Yoga Quotes to Inspire Your Practice


Congratulations to Dani, winner of Daily Cup of Yoga’s Manduka eKO Lite yoga mat giveaway!! Thanks to all for participating, following, and sharing. The yoga quotes totally rock!! Now that I’ve read through all of them a few times it makes me want to go unroll my yoga mat right now.  I think you’ll enjoy reading and pondering these quotes as much as I have.
  1. “Inhale, and God approaches you. Hold the inhalation, and God remains with you. Exhale, and you approach God. Hold the exhalation, and surrender to God.” ~ Krishnamacharya
  2. ‎”I offer you peace. I offer you love. I offer you friendship. I see your beauty. I hear your need. I feel your feelings. My wisdom flows from the Highest Source. I salute that Source in you. Let us work together for unity and love.” ~ Gandhi
  3. “One becomes firmly established in practice only after attending to it for a long time, without interruption and with an attitude of devotion.” ~ Yoga Sutra I.14
  4. Samskara saksat karanat purvajati jnanam. 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
  5. “The attitude of gratitude is the highest yoga.” ~ Yogi Bhajan
  6. “For me, yoga is not just a workout – it’s about working on yourself.” ~ Mary Glover
  7. “Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured.” ~ B.K.S. Iyengar
  8. “Have only love in your heart for others. The more you see the good in them, the more you will establish good in yourself…” ~ Paramahansa Yogananda
  9. ‎”Yoga is the perfect opportunity to be curious about who you are.”  ~ Jason Crandell
  10. “ Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built.” ~ Rumi
  11. “You cannot do yoga. Yoga is your natural state. What you can do are yoga exercises, which may reveal to you where you are resisting your natural state.” ~ Sharon Gannon
  12. ‎”In the darkness, I am light.”
  13. “Everyone can do Ashtanga. Except lazy people.” Sharath Jois
  14. “Just breathe.”
  15. “Yoga takes you into the present moment, the only place where life exists.”
  16. “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” ~ Viktor E. Frankl
  17. ‎”The rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind & the harmony of the soul create the symphony of life.” ~ B.K.S. Iyengar
  18. “Undisturbed calmness of mind is attained by cultivating friendliness toward the happy, compassion for the unhappy, delight in the virtuous, and indifference toward the wicked.” ~ Yoga Sutras
  19. “In stillness all conflict must end.” ~ Phillip Urso
  20. ‎”To perform every action artfully is yoga.” ~ Swami Kripalu
  21. “Breathe…”
  22. ‎”Be at least as interested in what goes on inside you as what happens outside. If you get the inside right, the outside will fall into place.” ~ Eckhart Tolle
  23. “Don’t forget to breathe!”
  24. ‎”The more we sweat in peace the less we bleed in war.” ~ Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit
  25. “A photographer gets people to pose for him. A yoga instructor gets people to pose for themselves.” ~ Jay Fields
  26. Loka Samasta Sukhino Bhavantu. May all beings everywhere be happy and free and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all.”
  27. “The most important pieces of equipment you need for doing yoga are your body and your mind.” ~ Rodney Yee
  28. “Stirum sukham asanam. Seated posture should be steady and comfortable.” ~ Yoga Sutra
  29. “When you inhale, you are taking the strength from God. When you exhale, it represents the service you are giving to the world.” ~ B.K.S. Iyengar
  30. “When we can remove the masks of our own making, then the one who has been longing to be seen sees itself unbounded, just as it is.”
  31. “You cannot always control what goes on outside. But you can always control what goes on inside.”
  32. “The pose begins when you want to leave it.”
  33. “The wisdom obtained in the higher states of consciousness is different from that obtained by inference and testimony as it refers to particulars.” ~ Yoga Sutra
  34. “Let your practice be a celebration of life” ~ Seido lee deBarros
  35. “He shining, everything shines through him.” ~ Bhagavad Gita
  36. “Ashtanga yoga is 99 percent practice, one percent theory.”  ~ Sri K. Pattabhi Jois
  37. “Remember, it doesn’t matter how deep into a posture you go – what does matter is who you are when you get there.” ~ Max Strom
  38. “Make an attitude to be in gratitude, you will find the whole Universe will come to you.” ~ Yogi Bhajan
  39. “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” ~ Gandhi
  40. “The most important pieces of equipment you need for doing yoga are your body and your mind.” ~ Rodney Yee
  41. “Eye on the drishti!”
  42. “Any belief, whatever it is, is counterproductive in the context of the practice of yoga. One holds a belief instead of knowing. For example, you wouldn’t say you believe in your right ear, since you know your ear, no belief is required. Believing always excludes knowing. When jnana (supreme knowledge) comes through the practice of yoga, you will know. Do not be satisfied with believing.” ~ Gregor Maehle
  43. “Breathe through it, and release anything that does not serve you.”
  44. “First month paining, second month tired, third month flying.” ~ Sharath Jois
  45. “Namaste!”
  46. “Submit to a daily practice. Your loyalty to that is a ring at the door. Keep knocking, and eventually the joy inside will look out to see who is there.”
  47. “Practice and all is coming.” ~ Sri K. Pattabhi Jois
  48. “The world is the gymnasium where we come to make ourselves strong.” ~ Swami Vivekananda
  49. “Desire, ask, believe, receive.” ~ Stella Terrill Mann
  50. “Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape.”

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Daily Cup of Yoga Presents…Cyber Monday Manduka eKO Lite Yoga Mat Giveaway!!

Cyber Monday is upon us…and some checking accounts will survive better than others, but there’s one thing for sure:

You can’t beat a FREE Manduka Yoga eKO Lite Mat
on Cyber Monday!!!

That’s right, one lucky winner will score a sweet new yoga mat courtesy of Manduka to keep for themselves or to share the gift of yoga with someone else.  A little background on the eKO Lite:

The eKO Lite Mat is a wonder of eco-conscious innovation and convenience. Developed by yoga teachers looking for a high-performance, environmentally friendly mat, the eKO Lite features Manduka’s proprietary natural closed-cell rubber and comfortable sea-grass texture. The eKO Lite marries performance and durability with a lightweight, travel-friendly design. The eKO Lite will leave no footprint in landfills, and is perfect for people who want to make a commitment to our planet and take their yoga practice on the road.

Rules of the giveaway:

You have three ways to enter the contest…

1.  Follow both Daily Cup of Yoga and Manduka on Twitter and send a tweet to @dailycupofyoga using hashtag #yogahack.
2.  Like both Daily Cup of Yoga and Manduka on Facebook and leave a comment on Daily Cup of Yoga’s Facebook page with your favorite yoga-related quote.
3.  Leave a comment on this post with your favorite yoga-related quote.

Pick one or all three entry methods.  Do all three and increase your chances of winning!

I totally understand that many of you probably already follow Daily Cup of Yoga and Manduka on Twitter and Facebook, so your entry will still count if you send a tweet using the #yogahack hashtag or leave a quote on Facebook.

Anyhow, at the end of the day, I really don’t care that it’s Cyber Monday…I’m just excited to give away an amazing yoga mat to one of Daily Cup of Yoga’s amazing readers.  Hence, the giveaway period will last from now until Wednesday morning (probably some time around 8 o’clock a.m. Eastern).  The contest winner will be picked at random and announced Thursday morning.

Om Shanti on a crazy Cyber Monday and good luck!

P.S. You also have until the end of today to score 20% off any order on Manduka.com.  Use the code GIVETHANKS at checkout!!