Both yoga and Pilates are wonderful – but different – workouts. Yoga, which means “union” in Sanskrit, is an ancient, philosophic system of exercises designed to unite the body, mind and spirit.
Both yoga and Pilates are wonderful — but different — workouts.
Yoga, which means "union" in Sanskrit, is an ancient, philosophic system
of exercises designed to unite the body, mind and spirit. A series of
postures that combine movement with deep breathing and meditation, yoga
strengthens and aligns the entire body. Yoga also promotes spine health,
blood flow and relaxation.
Pilates, developed in the 1920s by nurse Joseph Pilates, mainly
targets the abdominals and back to strengthen your body’s core and
improve posture. While the practice borrows from yoga, Pilates requires
using your breath to execute a series of precise movements — so it’s
not uncommon to lose out on the therapeutic benefits of Pilates because
of incorrect breathing and form.
Because basic yoga moves are easy to perform, I believe it’s more
accessible for a beginner than Pilates. In your very first yoga class,
you’ll experience increased flexibility and relaxation after just a few
minutes. That said, both practices will tone and strengthen your body.
Give both a try, but go back to whichever you enjoy the most. This way,
you’re more likely to stick with it.
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