Yoga and Pilates are forms of exercise that can change the mind and body in a positive way. There are a few similarities between the two, as well as numerous benefits, including the use of body weight as natural resistance; requiring only the use of a mat and a few additional props; helping reduce stress, anxiety and depression; and are great additions to an exercise programme.
Trifocus Fitness Academy’s YMCA Awards Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Pilates and the Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Yoga are accredited courses that will assist you in understanding the above similarities and benefits.
Yoga vs Pilates
THE PILATES WORKOUT
Pilates exercises were originally created by Joseph Pilates in the 1920s as a low impact form of exercise that focuses on strength, muscle toning, body control and flexibility, with the main emphasis being core strength.
According to Jennifer Carter Avgerinos at the Chopra Center, Pilates himself studied yoga, and his writing indicates that it was his intention to unify mind, body, and spirit; and as a result, many of the benefits of the two technologies are similar.
It became popular internationally with actors, athletes and dancers. They wanted to try this new fitness regime which promised to strengthen the body and calm the mind. Many practitioners used Pilates as part of their existing exercise programmes to help the body recover from injury.
In order to be beneficial, Pilates needs to be practiced on a regular basis. A few benefits are improved circulation, the respiratory and lymphatic system, and improved mobility.