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  • Yoga or Pilates: What’s the Difference?

    Is there a difference between yoga and Pilates? Which one should you pick?

    February 12, 2015 | Related: ,


    Is there a difference between yoga and Pilates? Which one should you pick?

    “I do yoga and Pilates and the room is full of hotties.”

    Well, which exercise should you pick: Yoga or Pilates?

    You may ask, “Is there a difference? Aren’t these two the same?”

    For some people who haven’t tried these two exercises, yet, would surely say that they’re the same.

    But for people, like me, who have performed some of its series of exercises would tell you that they’re not.

    Of course, these two focus on three things: stamina, strength and slimming down.

    So, what’s the difference between true yoga and core Pilates?

    Yoga is an older practice that began more than 5,000 years ago. Over the centuries, it has evolved allowing it to have different types of yoga.

    Pilates, on the other hand, is a younger practice that started in the mid-20th century by Joseph Pilates. What makes it popular is the involvement of dance.

    The basics of yoga

    The goal of yoga is to keep you strong and supple through those strengthening and stretching movements. The postures involve conditioning the body while the breathing exercises aimed to calm the mind.

    With this exercise, you’ll learn to stay in control of your breathing so you’ll remain calm while holding on to those challenging postures.

    Plus, you’ll learn how to meditate in a yoga class.

    When you apply the principles of yoga to your lifestyle, you’ll achieve inner and outer balance as you’ll have overall awareness of your body.

    Now, let’s go to Pilates.

    Core Pilates

    The creator started this exercise to rehabilitate soldiers, who were injured after the World War I. The exercises involved are aimed towards gaining core and strengthening of spine. You may opt to use machine to gain strength.

    To give you a clearer idea of the differences between true yoga and core Pilates, please take a look at this infographic.

    Pilates or Yoga: Which Practice is for You?
    “Pilates or Yoga” on Health Perch


    Which exercise is great for you? It depends on your goal. If you’re after with exploring your inner strength with the benefits of stretching and strengthening of your muscles, then you’re good with true yoga.

    On the other hand, if you like toning your muscles and affecting how you look and carry yourself, then Pilates could be the better option.

    But both options offer health benefits. Thus, it doesn’t have to be a choice. At Vim Chi, we recommend trying the two to find out which works better for you. Whether it’s about the East or the West, you must explore to know what it can do to your health and body.


    About the author

    Erliza Lee Erliza Lee has a BS Biology degree. She likes writing topics related to health and travel.

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