What is the difference between meditation and yoga?
Traditionally, yoga is an eight-fold system of awakening the mind to it’s full potential to realize the true meaning of life. In the west, most people associate the word yoga with postures or stretching exercises. These postures are actually known as “asana” and are only one part of the eight-fold system of yoga. One part of the yoga system is meditation, which is traditionally practiced after asana as a complimentary practice.
It’s important to note that the great masters would often say that practicing yoga asana without meditation is like taking an hour to prepare a delicious healthy meal and then as you’re about to sit down and eat it, get up and walk away.
Yoga asana prepares the body and mind for a more restful meditation. Yoga asana itself is not traditionally recognized as meditation.