Searching for a way to deal with my stress lead me to pick up a new hobby..PILATES! Oh how I love thee. You get the stretch, burn fat and let loose. You get up from your mat and you feel great! My mind is clear and my body is flexible. Who needs the gym? Not me.
Leaving my Pilates class, I noticed a yoga session taking place next door from the studio I was in, and I began to flirt with the idea “Is yoga better than Pilates?” My class only had 8 to 10 people in it, but the yoga studio was PACKED! Maybe I was missing something I thought.
Later that evening, I pulled out my HDMI cord and got active. Thanking the YouTube gods for YouTube’s existence, I grabbed my mat and started an at home yoga session.
Here’s what I learned:
Yoga: yo·gaˈ yōɡə/ noun
a Hindu spiritual and ascetic discipline, a part of which, including breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures, is widely practiced for health and relaxation.
The purpose of Yoga is to bring together the mind, body and spirit. Yoga instructors see the mind and body as one whole being and if the techniques are used in the proper environment, Yoga can be used as a way to heal the body and help to find mental harmony. Yoga is considered to be a therapeutic activity by giving your body more flexibility and promotes relaxation in the most stressful of times. Pretty much, most people begin taking Yoga classes – to reduce stress.
Cool right? I think so.
Here’s what I learned about Pilates:
a system of exercises using special apparatus, designed to improve physical strength, flexibility, and posture, and enhance mental awareness.Pilates in a way mirrors yoga but the major difference betweenPilates and Yoga is that in addition to mat work, there are different exercise machines involved. Pilates works out the entire body in addition to the mind. The main focus is on the core of the body and the rest freely moves! This makes makes your body stronger both on the inside and out. Pilates balance is meant to be present between flexibility and strength. The results: Stronger and leaner muscles. I see them both as useful, and other do too!This is why a whole new generation is choosing to incorporate both Yoga and Pilates into their lives.
How to choose between the two?
My advice: The easiest way do decide whether Pilates vs Yoga is best for you is to have a go a try both like I did!
Give both classes a shot, you will be able to see for yourself which one suits your needs and abilities better. Both Pilates and Yoga are a great way to strengthen your muscles, get your body in better shape, relieve stress and gain more flexibility.
P.s. I stuck with Pilates