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December 24, 2020

Pilates v Yoga

Many people ask me what the difference is between yoga and Pilates. Yoga is a holistic discipline that has been around for at least 3,000 years and was developed in Ancient India. Pilates, however, is a specific system that was devised by a German anatomist, Joseph Pilates.I think the biggest difference is that yoga is more than just exercise. It’s a lifestyle. It works to condition your mind and spirit, not just your body. 
I started doing Pilates postnatally. Every new mum wants their tummies to return to being flatter, to strengthen their pelvic floor and to regain their waistlines which have given in to elasticated waistbands and longline tops. The main thing to note about Pilates is that it works on the body as a whole. No body part works in isolation. Yes, we want that flat stomach but we also want strong and lean arms, legs and backs. 
Yoga can help you with flexibility and mindfulness while Pilates can strengthen and lengthen your muscles. In my mind, the two work perfectly together but I am aware that some of you are dedicated yogis only while others are Pilates fans.Yoga can also come In different forms. Some practices are more challenging than others. For example, Yin and restorative if you fancy taking a relaxing class, Ashtanga or vinyasa flow if you have more energy. Perhaps you like the idea of some meditation or breath practice (Pranyama)Your choice but why not give them both a chance? Depending on your mood, one may suit you more than the other. I am always open to requests, so just drop me a line if you want to try something in particular.