Discover the difference between yoga and pilates
Yoga and pilates were developed to train and challenge the body in completely different eras.
So, what's the difference? Let’s take a closer look.
What is yoga?
Yoga is more than getting up at six in the morning, pulling on tight clothes and arranging your limbs to match the instructor. An ancient series of philosophies and practices, Yoga predates modern estimations of its origins, acknowledged to be the result of two warring nations and the fusion of their pre-combat rituals. This way of life recognises how the human body and mind impacts nature, surrounding environments and the minds of others, requiring adherents to perform regular self-enquiry and dedicated practice.
Focuses of Yoga: Body, breath and mind
Benefits: Physical, emotional and social
Attributed Founders: Patanjali, an Indian sage; the Indus-Sarasvati civilisation
Do it now pose
Downward facing dog
- Still in the Table asana, tuck your toes under for stability, press your weight into your hands and lift those hips to the ceiling.
- Your fingers should be spread evenly, with your palms shoulder-width apart.
- With straight arms (no locking), press your hips further into the air, engaging your core and lean your chest toward your thighs. Your back and legs should be straight, turning your body into a pyramid and your tailbone into the apex.
- Let your head relax or focus on your belly-button.
- Hold for 8 complete breaths.
What is pilates?
Pilates is a life-changing exercise system, designed to stimulate the body, train the muscles and soothe the mind without sacrificing personal safety or endangering old injuries. Joseph Pilates spent his natural life dedicated to studying, mastering and applying a series of physical training styles, developing his own system based on results, medical practice and corrective exercises. Afflicted with asthma and rheumatic fever, Joseph was determined to find an exercise style that would give him results, physically and mentally. His methods are generally accompanied by a list of accessories, called apparatus, focusing on stretching and strengthening the muscles, and improving overall body alignment.
Focuses of Yoga: Strength, conditioning and mental health
Benefits: Physical, emotional and mental
Attributed Founders: Joseph Pilates
Do it now pose
- Press shoulders into the ground, knees bent and feet square. Let your arms relax at your sides.
- Engage your core by inhaling and maintaining abdominal contraction.
- Exhale and squeeze your glutes as your back lifts off the floor, tucking your tailbone underneath. Start low and go big later.
- Hold for five full breaths and slowly roll back to the floor in a controlled motion.
- Repeat x3
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