Yoga or Pilates: Which is right for you?
Over the years, two activities have been popular in particular with people deciding to take up either Pilates or yoga. The two activities provide a range of benefits that can help to improve your overall health. We take a look at the differences between the disciplines and which one you should take up. Here’s a guide to see which exercise is right for you…
What is yoga?
Yoga originated in India and is presented as a philosophy, it’s about self-knowledge through physical exercises, breathing and meditation. During the body exercises, all muscles are stretched and then released to increase flexibility and strength.
Breathing exercises aim to connect the body and mind through breathing, people tend to feel total relaxation after a yoga session.
- Yoga is great if you want to…
- Improve mobility
- Strengthen your muscles
- Get rid of bank pain and other internal tensions
- Exercise both your body and mind
- Strengthen self-awareness
- Relax and feel a sense accomplishment
What is Pilates?
This complete body training was actually developed during the First World War in order to improve the strength and flexibility of soldiers. It became hugely popular and has continued to grow ever since. The objective is to work your core and posture through strengthening your pelvic floor, your lower back and abdominal muscles.
In yoga muscles are restricted and then released again, whilst breathing also plays an important role in intensifying the exercises and relieving tension.
- Pilates is great if you want to…
- Relieve tension and back pain
- Strengthen your spine
- Improve agility
- Improve your posture
- If you’re looking for a complement to another sport
What should I choose, yoga or Pilates?
There’s a number of similarities between them, however the key differences are that Pilates is newer than yoga, it uses additional devices and is more fluid. Pilates is a great option if you’ve been injured or want to get back into fitness after a long break.
Yoga tends to be a series of exercises and there’s an entire philosophy behind it, it has a vital spiritual dimension that optimises your physical abilities and your mental well being. It also relaxes your mind, deepens your self-knowledge and can help you in a range of ways beyond just physical.