Yoga Vs Pilates. Which One Is For You?

by Kathryn Oats, Physiotherapist at Lime Physical Therapy | Dec 16, 2014

Yoga vs Pilates what are the differences? Lime Physical Therapy North Lakes

In our busy daily lives sometimes we just need to choose one type of exercise. So when it comes to the latest in exercise therapy which one do you choose?

Yoga is a practice that has been around for over 5000 years and has developed into many different branches and forms. From Bikram “hot” yoga to gentle Hatha yoga there are many varieties to choose from. Yoga literally means yoke or union. This signifies the integration of mind, body and spirit to develop into a more conscious or “enlightened “ human being. Through physical poses, breathing exercises and meditation you are trained in quieting the mind, being more aware of your physical body and thought patterns and working in the present moment. Its hard to think about what to cook for dinner when you’re balancing on one leg or your head!.

Yoga can become a philosophical way of life with guidelines on how to live a yogic way. It can become more than a physical practice and lead to deep spiritual practices.

Yoga also provides many health benefits to the body, which include but are not limited to the following:

·       Improves flexibility

·       Improve circulation

·       Contribute to lowering blood pressure

·       Improves mobility

·       Improves posture

·       Gain control over breathing patterns

Pilates was developed in the early 1900’s by Joseph Pilates and has some cross over with yoga poses and sequences.  Posture, balance and core strength are the pillars of Pilates training.

Pilates grew up as a sickly child and decided that poor breathing patterns and lack of physical strength contributed to his poor health.

Over time he developed a system of exercises and breathing techniques using mat and equipment which is now your modern day Pilates.

The exercises can be tailored to any level of fitness and ability and is an excellent way to recover from injury or illness.

Pilates provides many benefits for the body which includes:

  • Improves posture
  • Stabilised lower back and decreases pain
  • Improves flexibility
  • Suitable for almost everyone
  • Controls breathing
  • Improves joint stabilisation and the range of motion
  • Activates pelvic floor muscles (very important for all the females)

Both Yoga and Pilates have wonderful benefits for the body and mind and both have solid science and research backing up the effectiveness of each practiced. So it really comes down to personal preference and what you enjoy. Both can be practiced at home and there are many excellent DVD’s to follow.

I encourage everyone to get out and try a class of each. You never know the benefits you may reap!!

If you would like to book in to any of our Pilates or Yoga classes here at Lime Physical Therapy, call our friendly team on 3188 9308.

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