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WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PILATES AND YOGA?

Updated: Aug 5, 2020

Pilates and Yoga can be physically challenging or physically restorative. Both practices, done with consistency, can provide a pathway to a greater understanding of self and spirit. Ultimately, both attempt to tap into the core of the body, mind and spirit through movement and breath. The greatest difference between Pilates and Yoga is the path each discipline takes to reach the core. Pilates takes an external approach.  Yoga adopts an internal approach.



Pilates: An External Approach to Vitality

Pilates begins with movement.  The non-impact exercises are the tools that educate us towards a connection between the mind and the body.  Increased awareness of the engagement and alignment of the muscles and joints we are using brings a connection to our mental and physical centers.  The path to harmony initiates from breath, concentration, control, precision and flow and moves inward to an overall feeling of well-being of mind and strengthening of body.


A major difference between the practices is their longevity: Yoga has been around for 5000 years, and Pilates was invented only 100 years ago. 


Yoga: An Internal Approach to Vitality.

Yoga begins with stillness. In yoga, time is taken at the beginning of class to find harmony between the body, the mind and the spirit. It is a process of breathing, letting go and becoming present. Once accomplished, the poses and movements become the means for moving energy through the body so your entire system feels at ease, connected and balanced by the end of class. The path towards harmony is manifested from the inside, then slowly, expansively moves outward.

In the end, you don't have to choose between the two. Your Pilates workout can compliment your Yoga workout and vice versa. Do both, mix it up, or focus on Pilates. The key is to keep moving!




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