Difference between Yoga and Pilates
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DIFFERENCE BETWEEN YOGA AND PILATES
We are often asked the difference between Pilates and Yoga. It is enormously contentious and we could try and duck the issue by referring you to the British National Health Service web site which attempts to answer this question. But that would not be appropriate so here we go.
For us its like the difference between chocolate ice cream with nuts and banana ice cream with maple syrup (the lactose and nut intolerant please forgive the metaphor). Surely, the important issue is that we like ice cream.
So it is with Yoga and Pilates; the important issue is that we are seeking to maintain our body in a manner that promotes our well being and health. And we believe that both Pilates and Yoga can achieve this. Some people will prefer chocolate ice cream, sorry Yoga, and others banana, Pilates.
There are many similarities between the two disciplines.
Yoga is not just about stretching but has a high emphasis on strength to help support a good, straight posture. Pilates is not just about core strength and posture but also places importance upon stretching.
Yoga works to release tension from both the mind and body believing these are coordinated because tension resides in the body. Pilates de-stresses you by making you concentrate carefully and precisely on your body.
Yoga has specific practices to lengthen and deepen breathing to benefit both the mind and body. Yoga works with an understanding of how breathing supports movement, releasing and expanding. Pilates also places great scientific emphasis on breath as a integral part of each exercise.
Our instructors often do classes in the other discipline for fun and to broaden their perspective; but they never loose sight of the fact whether its Yoga or Pilates that they are fundamentally seeking to maintain their bodies.
Detailed here are pictures of Yoga and Pilates exercises that you will do in our classes.