Pilates vs Yoga

Yes, I’m a little biased because I teach Pilates and have a deep love with this form of exercise. But, I get asked all the time “what’s the difference between Yoga and Pilates”? The similarities of the two are they can both be done on the mat, barefoot, and focus on deep breathing techniques connecting the mind & body and leaving  the client feeling calm, centered, stretched and toned.  The difference is while Yoga requires moving from one static (still) posture to another, Pilates flows through a series of exercises that are more dynamic, systemic (full body) and anatomically based that can incorporate resistance equipment and Pilates machines (Reformer, Cadillac, Chairs, Barrels)

The focus is on how it makes the client feel. Yoga began as a spiritual practice with its roots in Eastern meditation and has been popular in North America for decades. Postures are designed to increase the flow of energy throughout the body releasing stress. Many styles of yoga are available depending on the clients needs/wants.

The focus is on the commonly over-looked core muscles to restore natural curves of the spine and balance the muscles surrounding the joints. Pilates was developed by Joseph Pilates to help rehabilitate soldiers during World War 1.  “STOTTPilates” has modernized these exercises and applies proven and accepted practices in biomechanics, rehabilitation and athletic performance enhancement. Pilates has become more popular recently by celebrities, but both male and female clients of all ages and physical ability can do Pilates. Its great for clients with injuries to rehabilitate (ex.low back pain) and pre/post natal clients.

Benefits of Pilates Include: (but not limited to)

  • Increased strength without unwanted bulk
  • Increased core strength, stability and peripheral mobility
  • Improved fitness levels which may help prevent injury
  • Greater ease of movement through a full range
  • Heightened body awareness and mindfulness of movement
  • Decreased impact on the joints
  • Added variety as a compliment to other forms of exercise
  • Improved performance of specific sport skills (golf, skiing, hockey, etc.)
  • Enhanced balance, coordination and circulation

Which is right for you?
Both forms of exercise provide many benefits leaving you feeling rejuvenated and providing a lift to both your brain and body.
It doesn’t have to be an either/or decision. Adding different forms of exercise to your program can compliment each other from hiking, weight training, running to Pilates.

Thinking of trying a Pilates session? At Catalyst, all you need is comfy clothes, socks (or bare feet), and a smile!


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