Thursday, November 9, 2017

What is the Difference Between Yoga and Pilates?

​​Both yoga and Pilates have become very popular in recent years because they each have incredible benefits for your health. But the question we at Fitness LX get asked the most is what the difference is between the two of them.

​Aren’t they the same thing?

The short answer is no, but allow me to explain what the difference is between yoga compared to Pilates

What is Yoga about?

First, let’s talk yoga.

Yoga is a group of physical, mental, and spiritual practices or disciplines which originated in ancient India. We're mostly referring to the physical practice of Yoga, commonly known as Hatha yoga

Things most commonly done in a yoga session:
  • Breathing exercises
  • Stretches
  • Posture exercises
  • Meditation
  • Mindfulness 

Yoga is great for uniting your holy trinity of mind, body and spirit. I teach you how to use your mind and body as one. Yoga is also a wonderful way to heal your body and bring harmony to a discordant and busy mind. If you’ve suffered from an injury or have health issues, yoga is a gentle and therapeutic way to gain more flexibility and train your mind to relax. 

​With yoga, movements are performed on an exercise mat and your body’s own weight is used to provide resistance in the exercises. It takes focus and practice to perform these poses. With my instruction, I can help you go from beginner to advanced right in the privacy of your own home. 
What about Pilates?

​​Now, let’s talk about Pilates.

Pilates is a physical fitness system developed in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates, after whom it was named.

Things most commonly done in a Pilates session:
  • Breathing exercises
  • Emphasis on alignment
  • Controlled movements
  • Core exercises 

There are definitely some similarities between yoga and Pilates. One of the biggest differences is that with Pilates, there are often exercise machines or resistance bands involved.

Pilates also works out the body in a more vigorous way with an intensive focus on the core of the body. It’s by establishing a strong core that we are able to enjoy greater body strength. Every movement of our bodies originates from the core. Here, there is a balance between your flexibility and strength, which in turn leads to stronger, leaner muscles. 
​Of course, you can choose to do both of these types of exercises. They each can relieve your stress, improve your flexibility, give you better strength, increase your control, and lead you to better endurance. Those looking for more peace of mind and better flexibility might want to give yoga a try while Pilates can give you more flexibility and muscle strength.

Yoga or Pilates?

You don’t need to decide right now whether yoga or Pilates is better for you.

I’ve found that many of my clients have tried both of them out to see which one they like. Yoga isn’t for everyone, and some people truly prefer how Pilates really gets you to focus on your muscle groups and train them. It works some of your more intricate muscles and for those wanting to get in better shape and health, Pilates really can make a hugely positive impact on your physique. 

I’m happy to schedule a private instruction for yoga or Pilates in your own home at your convenience. Give them both a try and see which one you like the best. Who knows…you might even like them both and want to incorporate each of them into your weekly routine!


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