Yoga vs. Pilates

13 Nov


Before starting the next section of my blog about Pilates I figured I would inform my readers about the difference between the two and which one is right for them.


In the last post I talked about hot yoga which encompasses the basics of yoga but with heat. Yoga is a form of exercise that works out the body but its intended use was to work out the mind and spirit as well. To keep you connected with who you are and to help alleviate stress. Yoga is considered therapeutic. The belief of most yogis is that the mind and body are one and that is the mind is given the right tools within the right environment the body can heal itself. Yoga makes an individual aware their posture, alignment, patterns of movement as well as their breathing. With all these factors taken into account the body then becomes more flexible, and relaxed in a stressful environment on its own.


Pilates incorporates the method of core stabilization making one stronger from the inside out. Pilates low impact nature makes it ideal for injury prevention and rehabilitation. Pilates contains six principles which are concentration, control, centering breathing flow and precision training. The balance between strength and flexibility creates a healthy, vigorous and symmetrical workout for all muscle groups resulting in a leaner, more balanced, and stronger body.

Although many people usually interchange the two different workouts they are completely different. If you are certain you want your practice to be spiritual and are looking to manage your stress, yoga may be the better option for you. If your priority is to focus on your back and core, Pilates may be a better fit.

Four Differences

1)      As states above both concentrate and take into account that the mind and body are connected yet yoga also contains the connection of spirit. Yoga uses meditation to explore the spirituality of the individual. Pilates focuses on the connection of mind and body and how you can bring this into your everyday life to relieve stress and maintain control.

2)      The origin of yoga was created over 5,000 years ago in India and has evolved over the centuries into several types one which was discussed in the previous blog, Bikram yoga. Pilates was started in the mid-20th century by an athlete named Joseph Pilates. It was created to rehabilitate and strength the body to help prevent injury.

3)      Although every class is different yoga classes are less structured in routine while Pilates is a very structured workout. In yoga you will find different postures, sequences and variations can be combined in thousands of way to accomplish the same task while Pilates you will know what to expect when you walk through the doors.

4)      Breathing is an important aspect of both forms of workouts, yet yoga uses breathing techniques in a deeper level to reach the individuals spiritual level needed for meditation.  Yoga the individual breathes through their nose while Pilates they breathe in through the nose and out through the mouth. Yoga breaths are matched with movements and postures throughout the workout.

 Try them Both

If still not sure which is for you, try them both. The only way to really decide on which practice you are looking for and will enjoy is to go out there and try. Also the next section of this blog will be discussing Pilates specifically for the individuals that are still uncertain.Want to learn more differences below is a video featured on MSN with more information to help decide.


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