I get asked the question a lot!
So what is the difference between Pilates and Yoga. I will do my best to give you my understanding of their differences and similarities.
What Is Pilates?
Pilates was developed by a man called Joseph Pilates whilst he was a prisoner of war in a concentration camp. Joseph believed that mental and physical health are inter-related.
He also recognised that he and many other prisoners were in great need of developing strength and muscle from a physical aspect but also that the men were in great need of increasing feel good receptors and endorphins as they were in such a dire situation, lack of food, hygiene, exercise, health care.
Joseph Pilates used the hospital beds as tools for developing exercises that he and others could use to develop muscle strength and core strength whilst convalescing. Classical or traditional pilates makes use of equipment such as the ‘cadillac, barrel, trapeze, Wunder chair, reformer beds’ , mat pilates applies same principles but without the equipment.
It is equally as effective if exercises are done accurately and with precision and routine. Pilates is an effective method for those rehabiliting from injury, exercise can be targeted to strengthen specific area’s of concern.
Using isometric, concentric and eccentric techniques to fatigue muscles in order to develop this strength. Although Pilates does inevitably over time increase flexibility, its more focused on increasing and developing strength of muscles particularly through our core, correct posture, mobility.
Pilates is amazingly successful in assisting people to gain an overall body work out as well as developing lean muscle rather than ‘bulk’.
What Is Yoga?
Yoga is an ancient and philosophical practice/tradition that has been thought to date back to around 3000BC, these the traditions Hinduism, Buddhism, [...]
Studies in the US have confirmed after assessing a group of stroke victims in America who had participated in Yoga classes over an eight week duration had improved balance in comparision to other rehab patients. Some of these patients had significant paralysis and one was in their 90’s. Yoga is fantastic way to improve your balance increase core strength and enhance propriceptors. With regular practice we can re-train our brain and our neural pathways to increase balance.
Balance becomes noticably challenged as we age, risk of falls, breaks, hip, leg fractures can be debilitating and for some even result in death. Yoga can be a wonderful life changing practice, it can assist us with so many other health related issues! What are you waiting for make the decision today to embrace Yoga for MIND/BODY/SPIRIT and over all Health.
What is Ayurveda
Ayurvedic medicine (also called Ayurveda) is one of the world’s oldest medical systems. It originated in India and has evolved there over thousands of years.
The aim of Ayurvedic medicine is to integrate and balance the body, mind, and spirit. This is believed to help prevent illness and promote wellness.
Ayurvedic medicine uses a variety of products and techniques to cleanse the body and restore balance. Some of these products may be harmful if used improperly or without the direction of a trained practitioner. for example, some herbs can cause side effects or interact with conventional medicines.
Before using Ayurvedic treatment, ask about the practitioner’s training and experience.
Tell your medical providers about any complementary and alternative practices you use. Give them a full picture of what you do to manage your health. This will help ensure coordinated and safe care.
Ayurvedic medicine, also called Ayurveda, originated in India several thousand years ago. The term “Ayurveda” combines the Sanskrit words ayur (life) and veda (science or knowledge). Thus, Ayurveda means “the science of life.”
Ayurveda is based on theories of health and illness and on ways to prevent, manage, or treat health problems.
Ayurvedic medicine aims to integrate and balance the body, mind, and spirit; thus, some view it as “holistic.” This balance is believed to lead to happiness and health, and to help prevent illness. Ayurvedic medicine also treats specific physical and mental health problems. A chief aim of Ayurvedic practices is to cleanse the body of substances that can cause disease, thus helping to re-establish harmony and balance.
Ayurvedic Medicine in India
Ayurvedic medicine, as practiced in India, is one of the oldest systems of medicine in the world. Many Ayurvedic practices predate written records and [...]
Yoga was traditionally (1000,s of years ago) a way for Community members to worship, pray and share together the sacred ritual of each Asana (pronounced Ah-sa-nah). The practice of unity through Yoga can be considered as the union of self, with all and one, the universe. Yoga means to Yuj, Yoke, unite and or join. The definition has a myriad of intentions and meanings; it resonates for each individual differently, depending on ‘your Yogic experience’. Speaking personally, the meaning of yoga has evolved (and will continue to change) throughout my own practice. According to Worthington (1982, p.24) ‘Yoga had in fact tended all along to be anti-intellectual, even anti-religious. To be true to itself it must stand ever close to the spontaneous font of human creativity. It is more intuitive than reasonable, more experimental than formalistic, more otherworldly than of this world and more akin to an art than a science.
Our relative existence is suffering. I interpret this as a lack of unity and connection to that which is beyond us. I have had many experiences of getting bogged down in the material world, examples are clear, have to have that new dress, new Smart TV, new hairdo, we all do it because we are HUMAN after all! Thinking they would make me happy (or knowing that they wouldn’t bring lasting happiness and wanting them anyway). Therefore Yoga is not a Religion, nor an Institution, it is to me a state of consciousness, or rather a state of BEING or how to be in this world, and to you it may be the same or it may be something other?
Living Yoga life off the mat can be achieved through devotion (Bhakti yoga), wisdom (Jnana [...]