Originally Posted by Mohamed F. El-Hewie
I once got harshly rebuked for making a comment that equates Yoga with exercise. The yoga folks view their practice as spiritual rituals. Those make the mind aware of the body and allow the person to develop conscious awareness of their very self. It is not just flexibility that matters. It is the mind-over-body insight that constitutes the core of yoga.
Yes, exactly - which is why I don't like people using it as flexibility training. Flexibility training should be direct and efficient. Yoga is more of a lifestyle thing, not athletic training, and that's perfectly fine unless the two are confused.