27 Rodney Yee Quotes That Will Inspire Your Yoga Practice

if you’re an avid yogi, you know of Rodney Yee. If there’s a slight chance you don’t, no worries, a short introduction will follow.

Rodney Yee is an American Yoga Instructor hailing from California. He became well-known in the 1990s and was a leading figure in expanding the practice of yoga in the US. Now married to model Colleen Saidman, Rodney Yee continues to teach and share his wisdom acquired through yoga to millions. If you’re looking for some inspirational yoga quotes to share with friends and family, Rodney has a few that will shift how you address your next yoga practice.

The Best Rodney Yee Yoga Quotes

  1. “Yoga is an ancient discipline in which physical postures, breath practice, meditation, and philosophical study are tools for achieving liberation. In my interpretation, achieving liberation in yoga means learning how to be present with everything that arises, whether it is pain or pleasure, sadness or joy, failure or success. And to be present with whatever arises, I believe we must not only be aware of what is arising but we must also be able to see all things that arise as equal, with detachment.”
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2. “Yoga is the methodology with which to unveil the miracle that exists right in front of our faces and inside ourselves.”
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3. “The most important pieces of equipment you need for doing yoga are your body and your mind.”

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4. “Yoga is really trying to liberate us from … shame about our bodies. To love your body is a very important thing — I think the health of your mind depends on your being able to love your body.”

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5. “The practice of yoga has been an amazing tool to actually unearth where my inspiration lives inside my body and mind and heart.”

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6. “Teaching is really a natural extension of one’s practice–one wants to share something that’s so influential and beautiful in one’s life.”

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7. “As we look deeply within, we understand our perfect balance. There is no fear of the cycle of birth, life and death. For when you stand in the present moment, you are timeless.”

— Rodney Yee

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8. “Train yourself to be in awe of the subtle, and you will live in a world of beauty and ease.”

— Rodney Yee

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9. “When you stand in the present moment, you are timeless.”

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10. “Any doorway that leads you to a deeper understanding of who you are is worthwhile.”

— Rodney Yee

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11. “Listen deeply. Meditate on that which is arising. Even if it’s boredom or difficulty or maybe a feeling of being stuck, that in itself can be the work for your practice.”

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12. “Become better listeners. Practice the art of listening in everything you do. Not just listening to yourself and your body, but listening to the people around you, listening to the plant world, the animal world. Really open your ears to what’s coming at you. From there, see if you can have the ability to respond instead of react. And that usually comes with listening. If the observation and the listening are deep, then your action will be deep also.”

— Rodney Yee

13. “Yoga answers a lot of physical problems such as back pain, stress issues, and any kind of joint problems or illnesses. Even more important is the spiritual questioning that comes up around our middle years. We wonder what do I want to hand down to my children, and how do I want to spend my days on this earth? I think yoga begins to help us look at what our passions and our dreams are. And it helps give us the courage once we find passion to actually pursue that!”

— Rodney Yee

14. “Meditation is a silent way of looking at resistance. You’re not running away from it — you’re sitting with the resistance … basically you’re trying to follow the resistance. And I think that’s very interesting.”

— Rodney Yee

15. “Yoga is the study of the human body. It is the surge for the human soul.”

— Rodney Yee

16. “Coming to Haramara is like coming home. My body returns to the earth, my mind mesmerized by the rhythms of the ocean and my spirit flies in this magical place. Yoga is a way of life and Haramara Retreat is where we can re-educate ourselves to live in balance.”

— Rodney Yee

17. “It’s deep passion for my wife that really makes me vulnerable to her.”

— Rodney Yee

18. “Philosophy is unbelievably inspiring to me.”

— Rodney Yee

19. “Wellness within is mindfulness and acceptance of what you are, what you feel inside and how it’s always changing. That process is helped by being attentive to the breath as it moves through the body.”
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20. “The most important pieces of equipment you need for doing yoga are your body and your mind.”

— Rodney Yee

21. “Well-crafted things inspire me, whether it’s pottery or art or music.”

— Rodney Yee

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22. “When someone’s really sick and their family is tired and concerned about what will take place, those are the times that they need a support group around them to take care of them as a human being.”

— Rodney Yee

23. “What we’re trying to do in yoga is to create a union, and so to deepen a yoga pose is to actually increase the union of the pose, not necessarily put your leg around your head.”

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24. “What we’re trying to do in yoga is to create a union, and so to deepen a yoga pose is to actually increase the union of the pose, not necessarily put your leg around your head.”

— Rodney Yee

25. “As we look deeply within, we understand our perfect balance. There is no fear of the cycle of birth, life and death. For when you stand in the present moment, you are timeless.”

— Rodney Yee

26. “Listen deeply. Meditate on that which is arising. Even if it’s boredom or difficulty or maybe a feeling of being stuck, that in itself can be the work for your practice.”

— Rodney Yee

27. “There’s so much fear running our lives that we forget to be human when it really counts.”

— Rodney Yee

Rodney Yee’s Yoga Philosophy

Practicing Love And Kindness

Rodney is inspired by the love and kindness that surrounds him. He quotes, “Kindness is my religion.”

Celebrating Life

Rodney Yee is deeply inspired by those around him, from which he learns from. His yoga practice is a reflection of life and the people around him.

 “I don’t practice yoga anymore… It’s part of my everyday DNA… I really believe that it gives me the gift of life… I can directly touch life as it is and as it’s arising because of these practices.” – Rodney Yee

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