From the outside, Pilates and yoga may seem like the same thing, but while these two practices share similarities, it’s a misconception to say they’re identical. At The Pilates Klinik, we think it’s very important to broaden your exercise routine. We’re here to give you a summary of the differences between yoga and Pilates, as well as some of the ongoing benefits that Pilates offers.
How Are Yoga and Pilates the Same?
While both have evolved over many years, there are several beneficial factors that Pilates and yoga share, such as:
- low impact exercises
- using your own bodyweight for resistance and strength
- offering whole body benefits and a healthier lifestyle
- bringing focus to the mind and body, although yoga has a greater focus on the spirit
- utilising mat-based exercises, although Pilates can enhance this with machine-based reformer Pilates
Where Does Pilates Have the Edge?
Originally created to assist injured soldiers after World War 1, Pilates is now an invigorating experience for a wide range of individuals. While it retains its rehabilitative qualities, Pilates can also assist you with:
- increased mobility, posture and musculoskeletal function
- strengthening and toning your core and body
- improved balance, especially in individuals with muscle imbalances
- easing joint pain, back pain, arthritis and treating injuries
- strengthening the pelvic floor and reducing incontinence
- getting the most out of your next gym workout by preparing your muscles
The low impact qualities of Pilates are also considered ideal for elderly users, often even more so than yoga, which requires significant flexibility, joint strength and mobility.
The breathing aspect of yoga often focuses on increased mindfulness and flow of energy, which can have fantastic benefits. However, breathing in Pilates also incorporates a more practical aspect, preparing core muscles (as well as the mind) for the exercise that is to follow.
Reformer Pilates offers what yoga doesn’t – it takes your routine off the mat and onto a range of specialist reformer machines. These machines can incorporate increased cardiovascular exercise (great for weight loss) and a more intense experience as a whole. With controlled and refined settings, reformer Pilates on our machines also offers the best form of pre and post-natal exercise for expecting and new mothers.
The reformer machines on-hand at our Perth Pilates studio are worth thousands of dollars each but can be taken advantage of by simply joining our group, private or pregnancy classes.
Learn More with Classes near Joondalup
With more than 3000 years of history and a range of benefits, yoga certainly can’t be ignored. However, we believe that group classes or private sessions in Pilates offer most people a greater range of benefits. To learn more, try a class today. Call (08) 9301 0718 or visit our studio.