Insights

“Fighting the mind is like trying to bury your own shadow.” Maria King


“Taming the mind is like being locked in a cage  with a lion. A hungry lion will eat you, but a lion that is well fed and trained will be your friend and perform for you.” Maria King

“The mind is like a magician. It has no real power and is only there to distract you.” Maria King


“The mind is likened to a still lake. The Self is reflected on its surface when it is clear and still. But the many thoughts are like the rain drops hitting the surface, making it rippled and distorting the reflection of the Self. The harder the raindrops fall, the more distorted the surface of the lake, making the reflection disappear all together.” Buddhist saying

“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” Theodore Roosevelt


“Do your practice and all is coming.” B.K.S.Iyengar

“A calm sea does not make a skilled sailor.” Nathan Gilkarov


“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” Arthur Ashe

“The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.” Jimmy Johnson


“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.” Buddha

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” Lao Tzu


“Fall seven times and stand up eight.” Japanese Proverb

“I close my eyes in order to see.” Paul Gauguin


“A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.” Willy Wonka

“When I was five years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life.  When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up.  I wrote down ‘happy’.  They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”  John Lennon


“When you are looking in the mirror, you are looking at the problem. But, remember, you are also looking at the solution.” Anonymous

“Make each day your masterpiece.” John Wooden


“Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.” Victor Hugo

“Time does pass. I am not immortal. Actions have consequences.” Maria King


“It is better to do than to do well.” Maria King

“People frustrate you. You disturb yourself.” Albert Ellis


“Feelings are not facts.” Albert Ellis

“When someone shows you who they really are – Believe them.” Oprah


“Life is a series of ups and downs not rights and wrongs.” Maria King

“I see myself equal to anyone else.” Maria King


“I’m worth the care.” Maria King

When the many individual waves wake up from their long, unconscious sleep and remember what they have, through their own blind ignorant desires and aversions forgotten, that they are the conscious, singular ocean; that realisation is YOGA” Maria King

Yoga Quotes

“Intelligence (“book smarts”) is not the same as intellect (buddhi). That explains why there are some doctors who are overweight and smoke.” Maria King


“Without expectation. I am exactly where I need to be in my practice. If I keep trying, I will improve. However, slow, imperfect progress is better than none.  Do my practice and all is coming.” Maria King

“Yoga is the map that leads you to the treasure that is your True Nature.” Unknown


“Peace. It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be CALM in your heart.” Buddhist saying

“I won’t do it; I can’t do it; I want to do it; How can I do it?; I’ll try to do it; I can do it; I will do it; Yes! I did it!” Maria King


PROBLEM: I wonder why it went wrong? Maria King

  • maybe I used the wrong method?      = try again using a new method
  • maybe I can’t do it alone?                    = try again with help
  • maybe it takes longer?                         = keep on trying
  • maybe I can’t do this now?                  = try something else instead
  • maybe I wasn’t paying enough attention?                                                 = focus more
  • it’s because I’m stupid/a failure?        = state of despair or 
  • = I wonder why I’m a failure ==>it’s my parent’s fault==> anger ==>argument, fights, lawsuits etc.”

“In Yoga the opposite of active is not passive but receptive.” Cindy Lee


Yoga begins with listening. When we listen, we are giving space to what is.” Richard Freeman

The yoga pose you avoid the most you need the most.” Anonymous


“I bend so I don’t break.” Anonymous

“Yoga is not for the flexible. It’s for the willing.” Anonymous


“Here and now is where yoga begins.” The Yoga Sutras

“Who I am is consciousness – infinite, indivisible, eternal, limitless awareness. I am.” Maria King


“The only thing the seperate Self is engaged in is the pursuit of peace, freedom and happiness. It first tries to do this by uniting with objects, states, relationships. But at some point it gets to the end of that adventure. It realises that it can never be fully satisfied by objects and that is when the real journey back home begins. When Self asks of itself ‘What is the nature of my mind?’ It notices that objects give temporary relief and none of them give it the lasting happiness it truly desires. Ultimately, it explores the only  destination left and that exploration takes the mind on a journey backwards towards it’s source – the subject of experience rather than outwards towards the object. It is in this return journey the mind is mostly progressively divested of its limitations and at some point stands revealed as infinite consciousness.” Rupert Spira

“Man has falsely identified himself with the ego. Once he transfers his sense if identity to his True Being, the Immortal Soul, he discover a that all pain is unreal. He can no longer even imagine the state of suffering.” Paramahansa Yogananda

“Life is not merely a series of mraningless accidents or coincidences. But rather it’s a rich tapestry of events that culminate in an exquisite sublime plan” Alan Vinniecome

“It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.” Theodore Roosevelt