Our exercise preferences are a very individualised choice. There is an abundance options from which you can choose, so much so that it can be difficult deciding what mode of exercise is best suited to you. Yoga and Pilates are just two modes of exercise which from a first glance look similar in nature, but provide different advantages and benefits for their participants. By understanding the different concepts of these programs, you can decide which may be the best for you.
Yoga is a meditative style of exercise, focusing on mindfulness, meditation and breathing. Exercises comprise of a series of poses and stretches designed to improve flexibility and balance. Due to its meditative nature, some may find this mode of exercise to be relaxing, reflective and great for mental health. Here are just some examples of the types of exercises performed in a yoga class:
Pilates is a strength-based style of exercise, focusing on postural awareness and body alignment. Whilst exercises within this style of exercise can target either upper or lower body strength, every exercise is focused on muscle control of the deep lower abdominals (transverse abdominals) and breathing. Because Pilates emphasises core control, some may find this mode of exercises to be suitable to help with lower back pain, improving trunk control and strength. Here are just some examples of the types of exercises performed in a Pilates class: