Yoga is more than just exercise/stretching/breathing. Yoga is a way of life a philosophy and a spiritual science. The stretching and breathing that it's widely known for in the west is merely the 3rd and 4th of the 8 limbs.
Asana - The 3rd Limb
Asanas, the postures practiced in yoga. Through the practice of asanas, we develop the habit of discipline and the ability to concentrate, both of which are necessary for meditation.
Pranayama - The 4th Limb
Generally translated as breath control, this fourth stage consists of techniques designed to gain mastery over the respiratory process while recognizing the connection between the breath, the mind, and the emotions. As implied by the literal translation of pranayama, “life force extension,” yogis believe that it not only rejuvenates the body but actually extends life itself.
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