Yoga Or Pilates Which Is better for Your Body And why?
Yoga may have taken 5,000 years to evolve into a western phenomenon, but its 21st-century profile has rocketed at lightning speed. The number of US practitioners has doubled in just a few years, reaching 37 million in 2016, while there are half a million in the UK. The global market is estimated at $80bn.
Pilates, yoga’s more modern associate, has seen similarly rapid growth since it was devised almost 100 years ago. Increasing stress levels, coupled with a greater focus on physical health and wellbeing, are cited as factors in the growth of both.
The purpose of Yoga is to unite the mind, body and spirit. Teachers of Yoga see the mind and body as one whole structure and if the techniques are used in the proper environment, Yoga can be a way to heal the body and help to find mental harmony. This is why Yoga is considered to be a therapeutic activity. It gives your body more flexibility and promotes relaxation even in the most stressful of times. The latter is the reason most people begin taking Yoga classes – to reduce stress.
In Yoga, several movements are preformed on an exercise mat and the weight of the body is used as a resistance for the exercise. This takes a great amount of focus and the flow in and out of each position is fluid. The movements are not what you would call workout moves; they are more like poses that are designed for different needs and purposes.
Pilates has many of the same goals in mind but the major difference between Pilates and Yoga is that in addition to mat work, there can be different exercise machines involved.
The mind-body connection is the center of yoga
Therefore, it forgoes exercise machines of any kind. Instead, it allows the body itself to serve as resistance. For this reason, the class runs starkly different from a Pilates class. “In yoga, each class typically ends with a guided meditation and savasana (relaxation).
While most Pilates classes incorporate equipment
Pilates classes are used to challenge the body to ‘turn on’ and control muscles and body positioning in unstable environments,” says Sara Grout, master trainer and Pilates instructor at Club Pilates in the Denver area.
“Because of the ability to build stability in the core and throughout the body, Pilates is often used as a rehabilitation tool.” In fact, she also points out that many physical therapists use Pilates as part of their repertoire. Or they recommend clients begin doing Pilates once they have finished with physical therapy.
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