Pilates vs. Yoga Sessions

Is Pilates or Yoga right for you? You have questions and we have answers! It is certainly hard to describe all of the wonders of Pilates and Yoga, but we tried below! Pilates and yoga share some commonalities such as both are excellent methods to strengthen your muscles, increase your flexibility, reduce stress, corrective breathing, etc.  Both methods promote focus to develop the mind-body connection in support of reaching a higher level of health & wellness. However, there are some fundamental differences between Pilates and yoga that are highlighted below.

Pilates 101

  • The Pilates Method was created by Joseph Pilates in the 20th century. Joseph Pilates also studied martial arts and yoga.

  • Focuses on whole body movement - building core strength, elongating the spine, improving flexibility, correcting imbalances in the body, and so much more

  • An effective adjunct for physical rehabilitation

  • Produces a sculpted body & long lean muscles

  • Can be performed on the mat or on various pieces of Pilates apparati

  • The Pilates Method has a unique ability to tap in and recruit the smaller stabilizing muscles (local) as well as the large global muscles using detailed instruction and client concentration

  • The benefits of  Pilates go far beyond the physical body and have been shown to significantly improve balance and posture as well as emotional well-being, concentration, and even sleep habits.  

Yoga 101

  • An ancient and complex practice rooted in Indian philosophy.

  • The word yoga, from the Sanskrit word yuj, means to yoke or bind, and is often interpreted as "union" or a method of discipline.

  •  It began as a spiritual practice but has evolved to become popular way of developing physical and mental well-being.

  • There are several styles of yoga that each have its unique benefits

  • Incorporates static poses and dynamic movements to builds strength and increase flexibility

  • Amazingly effective for finding harmony, releasing stress, and building stamina required for long periods of meditation

  • Performed on a mat or towel and can uses small props like yoga blocs, balls, & bolsters

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