|"It is better to live your own destiny imperfectly than to live an imitation of somebody else's life with perfection."
~ The Bhagavad Gita
“As Yoginis we must conceive of a new liberation, one that does not seek a simplistic transcendence but rather a
complex integration...By using yogic techniques that integrate the emotional and physical with the spiritual,
women (and men who have the courage to resonate with their own feminine power) can strengthen themselves not
only to resist the negativity of these tumultuous times but to positively influence the direction of life on earth.”
~ Yogini Roxanne Kamayani Gupta, Ph.D
"We have to honor women, encourage women and give whatever we can to women, and we should not exploit
women. I’m very sure that the future of yoga will be safe and solid because of all the yoginis.
The sense of gratitude that women have and their values and feelings are different from men’s. For example,
sometimes I say to my wife, “Why don’t you cancel teaching your yoga class. Let’s go for a walk.” “No,” she says, “I
don’t want to disappoint my students. If you want, you can go. I will not disappoint my students.” My daughter
also, when I say, “Why don’t you take a break and stay with your fiancée for a week.” “No,” she says, “I have some
students in Madras and I don’t want to disappoint them.” Yet if somebody were to invite me to Detroit, I run!
There is something in women that is so different from men. I don’t know how to explain it. Is it the right brain or
heart or something else? That’s why in India, first, God is mother; second, God is father; third, God is teacher. This
is a timeless wisdom. That’s why I want to honor yoginis. And I’m sure they will bring order and bring people
together. I am very confident. And it’s not easy because men have physical power, but how long can the physical
~ TKV Desikachar, interview after Krishnamacharya Yoga Festival in San Francisco, 2004
"To be a Yogini is the highest spiritual goal for all women. It is the way to become one with the Goddess within and
to bring her out in expression to uplift the world that is really her creation. Yet it is not an outer appearance but
a state of inner energy and ecstasy that makes the Yogini. She cannot be manipulated, defined or even ever
~ Yogini Shambhavi Chopra
Practicing Yoga during pregnancy is one way to heal the split between soul and spirit found in our culture.
Prenatal Yoga sexualizes spirituality and spiritualizes fertility. It is the tantric practice of mothers. Once the babies
come planetside, our yoga practice shifts into karma Yoga beyond belief. We become servants to our babies and
our path is bhakti Yoga,the practice of devotion. Giving conscious birth is woman’s vision quest, par excellence. It
is ultimate sadhana, spiritual practice, – which requires purity in strength, flexibility, health, concentration,
surrender, and faith."
~ Yogini Jeannine Parvati
"A true Yogini is an enlightened woman with exuberant passion, spiritual powers and deep insight. Yoginis
communicate a sense of freedom, a sheer mastery in whatever they do. With their compelling gazes, they can
hypnotize even a great yogi and are capable of changing their shapes at will. Tantric scholars have written about
Yoginis as independent, outspoken, forthright women with a gracefulness of spirit. Without them, yoga can fail in
its purpose and remain sterile."
~ Shambhavi Chopra
"The Yogini possesses the power of Yoga herself and can awaken that in others, not only generally but at any point
or place in the body or mind. A man's ability to achieve the higher states of Yoga can be facilitated by his
association with such a female companion who reflects this energy."
~ Shambhavi Chopra
"Many swamis and Yogis in India told me that they hoped that in their next lives they would be reincarnated as
women because women have true devotion, true humility, and this is the path to liberation."
~ Swami Sivananda Radha,
an American woman who emigrated to India where she became a spiritual teacher.
"Whatever technique works is fine for us. The sad thing today is that the style has become more important than
service. Until I breathe my last breath, I am going to fight against that.”
~ TKV Desikachar, direct student of Krishmacharya, husband, father.
"Brahmacharya (conscious harnessing of one's sexual energy and be married to the universe rather than engaging in
uncommitted sex or compulsive sexual release) is not an answer; it’s a question! And the question is, How will I
use my sexuality in a way that honors my divinity and the divinity of others?”
~ Yogini Judith Lasater (has taught yoga since 1971, holds a doctorate in East-West psychology and is a physical
The essence of motherhood is not restricted to women who have given birth; it is a principle inherent in both
women and men. It is the attitude of the mind. It is love – and that love is the very breath of life ... Let us
remember that real leadership is not to dominate or to control, but to serve others with love and compassion, and
to inspire women and men alike through the example of our lives.”
from “The Awakening of Universal Motherhood” an address given by Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi (Amma),
upon receiving the 2002 Gandhi-King Award.
In ancient India, the Sanskrit words that a husband used when addressing his wife were Pathni - the one who leads
the husband through life; Dharmaptathni – the one who guides her husband on the path of dharma (riighteousness
and responsibility); and Sahadharmacharini - the one who moves together with her husband on the path of Dharma.
|Eagle Pose or Garudasana
|Quotes for Yoginis