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Is yoga the same as mindfulness?

I went to a talk with this title recently and found myself surprised by the stance the speaker took.

Their view was that meditation (mindfulness) was a tool to reach yoga.  Yoga of course means ‘union’ … generally understood to mean union of mind, body and spirit.  But I had always thought of yoga being a journey towards that point – not just a destination.

Some people will start a yoga practice as a physical thing – some exercise.  Others will have heard that ‘it’s good for stress’.  Many will find that whilst they start with yoga as a physical practice, it soon becomes much more – the quieting of the mind, the relaxation of body and mind, as well as the strengthening and toning of muscles.

In my yoga, I aim to practice mindfully – with attention to body, breath, and awareness ….. which makes the practice meditative.

What do you think?  Are yoga and and mindfulness the same?  And what about meditation and mindfulness?

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