I was talking to a fellow teammate and his wife at a party and was part of this conversation (its paraphrased because this happened a couple of weeks ago).
Teammate: I’ve been doing yoga recently to increase my flexibility for jiu jitsu!
Teammate’s wife: You haven’t been doing yoga, you’ve been stretching. They’re different.
Teammate: What? How are they different? I’m using a yoga mat.
Teammate’s wife: Just because you’re using a yoga mat does not make it yoga. Yoga involves more, like specific poses and breathing exercises.
Teammate: I breathe while stretching.
I don’t think my teammate left the conversation with any greater understanding of the difference between stretching and yoga. But what is the difference? And does the difference matter?
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