Yoga and pilates, pilates and yoga. They are both two types of exercise that can benefit almost everyone. Although many people consider them similar and they can be a positive force for your health, they have important and fundamental differences.
Yoga is an ancient spiritual practice that originated in India, and it combines physical poses, called asanas, with breathing techniques (pranayama). It dates as far back as 5,000 years ago and intends to connect the mind and body by practising these poses, focusing on the breath and meditating. There are different types of yoga, with each having distinct intensities: ashtanga, vinyasa, hatha, yin, iyengar, kundalini and the list goes on.
Some of the benefits of yoga are:
It eases lower back pain and neck pain
It improves your balance
It enhances or improves your sleep
It eases stress and stress-related illnesses, such as tension headaches
It eases the pain of knee osteoarthritis
it helps with weight loss
It eases some symptoms of menopause
Pilates was designed by Joseph Pilates, a German-born fitness specialist, in the early 20th century, who wanted to improve his health. Pilates involves stabilising your core and focusing on body awareness and control before going through the different range of motion exercises. Although some pilates studios use specially designed machines (reformer), you can also do pilates on a mat without any special equipment.
Some of the benefits of pilates are:
It increases your core strength to improve stability
It improves your posture
It improves your flexibility and balance
It eases lower back pain
It improves your body awareness
It eases joint pain