YOGA VS. PILATES
Yoga vs Pilates are often considered as similar exercise types. However, in fact, they are completely different from each other. Main differences include the hstorical background, spiritual aspect, and finally the methods, moves and tools in each of them. Let’s go one by one.
The language and technique of Yoga is going back to 5000 years ago. It’s purpose was to connect the individuals consciousness to the universal consciousness. Yoga is basically a meditation, which helps to improve the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health.
On the other hand, Pilates is relatively new trend. Joseph Pilates founded this way of sport in the early 1920’s and later it became known as Pilates. At the beginning, doctor and physicians used the pilates for physical rehabilitation. However, now millions of people prefer pilates sport to strengthen the core, improve posture, stabilise and align the spine and develop balance. Read about Pilates history.
This is the biggest difference between Pilates and Yoga. Yoga is a path to spiritual enlightenment. The purpose of Yoga is to unite the mind, body and spirit. But Pilates works with the entire body in addition to the mind.
Actually, teachers of Yoga see the mind and body as one whole structure. Therefore, through using the techniques in the proper environment, Yoga can be a way to heal the body and help to find mental harmony. However in pilates sport, the focus is on the core of the body. Pilates sport excludes any spiritual aspects.
Mat vs Equipment
In Yoga, an exercise mat is enough for the several movements. The weight of the body is used as a resistance for the exercise. Pilates has many of the same goals in mind and we use mats in pilates exercises, as well. But in addition to mat work, we use different exercise machines for the pilates exercises.
Method and Moves
Both disciplines work with breath to assist with the movements. But the poses and exercises in a Pilates and Yoga class differ from each other. Usually, in Yoga the poses are held more longer for establishing the endurance. Without the use of large equipment it allows the body to serve as its own resistance deepening the mind-body connection. Yoga generally ends with a guided meditation and relaxation.
Pilates follows 8 principles; concentration, breath, centring, control, precision, flowing movements, isolation and routine. Guided by these principles Pilates classes flow with precision and control, concentrating on alignment and core stability.