When it comes to working out, there always seems to be a trend or popular type of exercise that “everybody” is doing. Sometimes, it can be hard to tell if it’s just a fad, or if it’s actually something you should incorporate into your health and wellness regime.
I can tell you with certainty that neither Yoga nor Pilates are just fads. I am a fan of both workouts, and have sworn by each at some point, but each practice is very different from the other. What’s the difference? I’ll break it down for you.
WHY I LOVE IT: I started practicing yoga first and fell in love with it immediately. After every class I felt stronger, more flexible, relaxed, and more in touch with my spirituality.
KEY PRINCIPLES: Breathing, meditation, moral observances, physical postures, concentration, and devotion.
PERFORMED ON: A yoga mat.
WHY IT WAS INVENTED: For mental and emotional rehabilitation.
Reduces stress and anxiety by calming the nervous system
Reveals a mind, body, and spirit connection
Evokes calmness and balance
Increases flexibility and lung capacity
Improves muscle strength and tone
Increases cardio and circulatory health
WHY I LOVE IT: Having tried many different workouts, from cardio, to rollerblading, to strength training, Pilates provided a much needed rehabilitation for my muscles, joints, ligaments, and spine. I instantly experienced relief from my previously injured knee and occasional lower back pain. During and after Pilates, I feel longer, leaner, rejuvenated, and have an enhanced mind-body connection.
KEY PRINCIPLES: Concentration, control, centering, breathing, flow, and precision.
PERFORMED ON: A mat or reformer while lying on your back for less compression on joints and organs.
WHY IT WAS INVENTED: As a method of body rehabilitation and strengthening.