What are the differences between Yoga and Pilates?

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It's no wonder you've ever confused Yoga with Pilates and, conversely, because they share some of their principles. Its basis is the union of body and mind work , and in both there is the possibility that any person, of any age and state of health or physical condition can access their practice.

The objective of what I am going to share with you is not to determine which of the two practices is better, but through the principles that differentiate it, you have enough tools to decide which one best fits your needs . Are we starting?

What is Yoga?

Yoga is a millenary discipline originally from India. As its name indicates, yoga, in Sanskrit, means "union". It is a discipline that unites the physical, mental and spiritual part of the student . More than a practice, yoga could be considered a lifestyle . He healed, cared for and strengthened the body, mind and spirit through the practice of asanas (postures that are worked during the session), breathing and meditation. There are many different styles of Yoga, but to make the comparison we will base ourselves on the one that is most practiced: Hatha Yoga.

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Padmasana. Yoga.

What is Pilates?

Pilates is a > exercise method created at the beginning of the 20th century by Joseph Hubertus Pilates. Designed to stretch, strengthen and balance the body. In his beginnings he called his system "Contrology", because the method focuses on the development of the deep muscles of the abdomen to maintain body balance and give stability and firmness to the spine. (That's why their practice is very popular: to prevent and cure back pain ). The union of the principles of concentration, centralization, control, breathing, precision and fluency are the basis of the dynamics of your sessions.

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Hundred, Pilates.

How are they different?

Breathing

In both practices it is a fundamental principle, since breathing regulates our concentration, our emotions and, ultimately, our mental state.In Pilates you work in a more dynamic way , since the exercises are done in an way, through repetitions, and using breathing to direct the energy to the area of ​​the body that is being worked on.

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Utrasana. Yoga.

Main objective of each method

In both disciplines you gain flexibility, correct posture and physical well-being and mental. However, in Yoga the body is seen as a vehicle for the soul, focusing the practice on introspection work through the postures bodily In contrast, Pilates seeks, through its principles, to take control and awareness of the body through the work of its center.

In any case , in both methods it is very important to learn to listen to the needs of our body, respect them and accept them.

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