Yoga is not an ancient myth buried in oblivion. It is the most valuable
inheritance of the present. It is the essential need of today and the
culture of tomorrow"
Swami Satyananda Saraswati
“Through the Pilates Method of Body Conditioning, this unique trinity of a balanced body, mind and spirit can ever be attained. Self-confidence follows.”
Yoga | Pilates - The Difference
The purpose of Yoga is to unite the mind, body and spirit. Physical and mental therapy is one of Yoga's most significant achievements. Yoga works on holistic principles of harmony and unification; this is why Yoga is to be a therapeutic activity Yoga is powerful and effective. Yoga will give your body more flexibility and promotes relaxation it has helped reduce asthma, diabetes, blood pressure, arthritis, digestive disorder, menopause (hot flushes) and many more ailments.
In Yoga, many postures are performed; the weight of the body is used as a resistance for the pose. It takes a considerable amount of focus, and the flow in and out of each position is fluid. The postures are designed for different needs and purposes. There are many variations of Yoga of which these are probably the most popular in the West, Hatha, Vinyasa Flow, Ashtanga, Iyengar, Hot Yoga, Yin, Pre-Natal and one of my absolute favourites, Restorative.
Pilates has many of the same goals, but the significant difference between Pilates and Yoga is that Pilates can incorporate equipment such as bands, balls, circles and the reformer. The focus is on the core of the body; you want the other parts of the body to move freely; this makes your body stronger inside and out. The balance should be present between flexibility and strength; this results in stronger leaner muscles.
The principles of the Pilates Method are Concentration, Centering, Breathing, Control, Precision, Flowing Movement, Isolation, Routine. Pilates increases core stability, corrects muscle imbalances and improves posture.
Many people see the value in both Yoga and Pilates; this is why whole new generations choose to incorporate both Yoga and Pilates into their lives.