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Yoga was apparently not as much about physical exercise until it came to the West. It was a way of helping the body endure longer meditation sittings.

An oversimplification I'm sure since there are many traditions, but it's at least true of some.

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~nargran wrote (thread):

If I understand correctly, it used to be considered a path to enlightenment / nirvana / liberation etc by itself, not just as a mere supplement. Way different from today's new age / feel good / get fit commercial yoga.

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