It’s not uncommon for people to get confused between yoga and pilates. On the surface, both of them are very similar. In fact, the founder for pilates, Joseph Pilates actually borrowed a lot from the ancient Indian practice. However, regardless of the similarity between the two, there are some considerable differences.

We believe that both of these forms of exercise are immensely effective. When asked, we’ll go as far as to recommend a combination of the two for the best results. Here’s a brief description of these practices.

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What is Yoga?

You’ve probably heard about yoga. It’s an ancient Indian practice that’s said to have been around for 5,000 years and it has evolved considerably. There are several different styles like Astanga, Hatha, Power Yoga, Vinyasa, etc, that offer a range of benefits. Yoga is an exercise that improves the overall balance and flexibility of the body. It helps create harmony between the mind, body, and the spirit. Yoga will also improve your endurance, the strength and suppleness of your muscles, and ease you away from anxiety and depression.

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What is Pilates?

As mentioned above, pilates was founded by an athlete and genius named Joseph Pilates. The founder took inspiration from yoga, which is why the two styles are similar. His main aim was to some up with exercises that would rehabilitate and strengthen the muscles and the body. Pilates is popular amongst dancers as it promotes better strength and power.

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What’s Different?

There are several differences between yoga and pilates but you can choose either of these practices and still gain multiple benefits. Here are some points that would help you find which practice would be ideal for you.

The Mind, Body, and Spirit

Some people are put off by the emphasis on the spiritual aspect of yoga in some yoga styles. The practice often involves meditation, chanting, and similar activities aimed at improving the spiritual aspect of life. Yoga also focuses on the mind, aiming to improve mental strength and control over the body.

Pilates lacks the spiritual aspect of yoga, which might be a con for people actually seeking the spiritual clarity that yoga provides. However, like yoga, pilates also focuses on both mental and physical development.

Structure

Different types of yoga follow different structures. Teachers are known to mix and match different routines to attain the maximum results. There are some yoga practices that are very structured and the routine is unchanging. Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is one such structured practice.

Pilates is structured no matter which class you go do. There’s an order so you won’t really be surprised when you enter the class after doing some research.

The Workout

Pilates primarily focuses on the core and spine. There are structured poses and movements that are aimed specifically at the strengthening of the core and the alignment of the spine.

Yoga on the other hand will focus on every muscle group of the body, strengthening all of them. All of the poses, or asanas, have a counter that helps develop all parts of the body equally, and in a balanced way.

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Both of these practices offer a good workout so you can chose either one of them. However, you should pick the right teacher with the right certifications to ensure that there’s no harm done.

If you want to know more about yoga and pilates, you can get in touch with us at New Body Physiotherapy and Postural Management. Just fill in this contact us form and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible. You can also give us a call at 02 9958 2277.

Best Regards,
Corey Iskenderian