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Stretching vs. Yoga. What is the difference?

Updated: Jun 11, 2022

Legs, booty, and core workout preview. Wait, is this yoga or is this a workout? Does it matter? What’s the difference? To yoga or not to yoga- that is the question.

As I’ve said before, you will notice a lot of my routines are a combination of yoga, other stretches, body weight and core, plyometrics, and balance training. What that means is if you look closely this routine is a great “pre-yoga” routine or “anti-yoga” routine. If you are looking to A. simply have a core, balance and body weight training routine that is NOT yoga based (asana, mantra, meditation, Buddhism, etc) or B. start learning more about yoga, getting into yoga shape, or beginning a yoga training program… than these type of routines will be perfect for you.

One of the exercises you will see in this timelapse is a lunge to single leg balance series. A lunge to SL balance is primary example of 1. a non-yoga exercise that can accomplish the same goals, as well as 2. a routine that can build strength, flexibility and balance in preparation for starting a yoga program.

I used to be the gal that only did yoga for fitness. Twelve years ago, I made it very clear I wasn’t into meditation or breathing exercises. I was also very clearly type A and therefore the type person that needed meditation and breathing the most. Fast forward to now and it was shortly after that when yoga and meditation helped transform my life. Funny how that works, huh? Hindsight is more than just 20/20. It’s downright hilariously ironic sometimes.

Either way, the way I see it, is you can absolutely workout very similarly to yoga and acheive the same goals physically without doing traditional yoga. However, the more I study yoga the more I understand how it works on a much deeper level. I guess I just “get it.” Therefore, if you are still fighting with whether or not you want to hop on the yoga bandwagon, I can assure there are worse bandwagons to be on. Give it a chance or don’t. Everyone is on their own journey. But what you absolutely should do, no matter who you are or what you are into, is to start incorporating a prolonged stretching and balance routine into your exercise program, whether you call it yoga or not. Because no one ever complained about having a nice butt, staying injury free, finding balance in their lives, having a stronger core and having a

better immune system. (Yes that’s right stretching is good for immunity, but that’s for a different conversation.)

Namaste folks.

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