by Eirik Yven
Article by Jessica Fousterson
To many people, yoga and Pilates seem like the same thing. The two systems are actually quite different, however.
Yoga is more holistic while putting emphasis on ancient teachings and static poses. Pilates requires that you strengthen your stabilizer muscles and emphasize building strength over flexibility, yet enhances both. These exercises were designed to help build mental focus while training the body. Both focus on overall body strengthening and can also help build discipline.
About Yoga:Yoga is able to not only work out the various muscle groups of the body but can also help deal with stress. In addition, this regimen will help unify the spiritual bond between your body and mind. These exercises are part of a lifestyle that uses teachings from a philosophical school in India to help unify the body and soul. The teachings are meant to connect your body, mind, and soul into a workout routine that puts emphasis on stature poses that help purify the body for meditation. Stretching and moving into poses constitute a large part of this system. These exercises are combined with meditation to help relieve stress and promote general well-being.
About Pilates:Pilates exercises focus on working out the core muscles of the body. These muscles include the abdominals, legs, and the lower back muscles. These exercises also focus on toning and strengthening the arms, chest, and buttocks. The exercises that used during this training are meant to improve stability, flexibility, and control of your body while improving focus and concentration. These workouts require extreme focus and require extra equipment such as boxes, mats, weights, and mini trampolines. The mental approach is not as spiritual but does help you increase discipline and strength through a system of various exercises.
If you are looking to cleanse your mind and physical benefits, you should try yoga. Pilates, on the other hand, removes the spiritual teachings and may be better if you are only interested in a good phys ical wor kout, without the spiritual aspect. These two systems can offer a variety of benefits from both the mental and physical standpoint. The choice on which system suits you best is entirely up to you.
About the Author
Jessica has been a fitness instructor for 12 years and has obtained both Pilates certification and yoga certification. She loves teaching others about these great exercise programs.
If you have any questions about yoga or Pilates, she would love to hear from you.