Overheard a long time ago:
“People can learn to bend over and touch their toes (or rather, re-learn since they could do that as a child), and yet that isn’t necessarily yoga.”
I read a story about a yoga student who thinks he is an “advanced” student because he can put his leg behind his neck and other pretzel poses. You know, an Instagram Yogi with thousands of followers.
Thinking he has accomplished everything, he goes to India to find a “yoga master” to teach him more. He finds a yoga master in a cave (of course) and begs to become his student.
The master tells him to show him his most advanced pose so the “advanced yogi” guy does some crazy leg behind the neck arm balance.
“Hmmmmm….,” says the master. “Children can do that, too.”
The guy is shocked and dismayed and disillusioned.
The master says, “Now you can start learning Yoga.”