If you have a fitness goal in mind, then you can choose Pilates and Yoga to achieve that goal. You may incorporate any one of them or both of them in your workout regimen. There are differences between Pilates and Yoga. However, they complement each other. Both of them are workouts of low impact. They can be practiced at home or in a class.
Pilates and Yoga have certain similarities. Both of these are mind-body exercises. Pilates and Yoga are concerned with the concept of brainpower movement. Both of these make you focus on what your muscles and body are doing. The right posture is vital in Pilates and Yoga.
However, there are differences between Pilates and Yoga. Despite sharing certain common benefits, from the exercise point of view the differences between Pilates and Yoga is in the way the exercise is practiced and the outcome of these exercises.
Yoga is targeted to facilitate contemplation of a serious nature. It provides an approach to transcendental and objective know how. Strong muscles, better circulation and relief from stress are what you can achieve on practicing Yoga. On the other hand, Pilates aim at strengthening the core muscles. This is how your daily activities become easier to perform.
Another basic difference between Pilates and Yoga is that Yoga is performed in static poses. It is this holding of the poses and the transition to different poses that stimulates the muscles. Yoga exercises almost every muscle of the body. But Pilates tries only to exercise the deep core stabilizer muscles in the hips and stomach.
In order to perform both Pilates and Yoga exercises and derive benefits from them, it is essential to practice them. Yoga postures cannot be mastered easily. On the contrary, majority of the Pilates moves can be performed by novices.
The most important part of Yoga is the deep breathing. This is done while holding on to each pose and also while transitioning from one pose to the other. Breathing is also important in Pilates. But Pilate’s exercises are not static poses. Pilates have only a basic breathing style. This is known as ribcage breathing. The main aim of this breathing style is to give protection and stability to the spine. Yoga has different styles of deep breathing techniques that are used for several reasons. There are breathing techniques for energy, focus, and deep meditation.
Another difference between the breathing processes in Pilates and Yoga is that in Yoga you inhale and exhale with your noise, but in Pilates you do the same through the mouth.
To conclude, yoga classes play music to enhance the meditative aspect of the practice. Pilate’s classes are conducted in very quiet surroundings, where distractions are minimal. Though there are similarities in these two disciplines. There are some basic differences also. You can choose either both or only one depending on your lifestyle. It is ideal to practice both as they are not identical and have different goals.