According to a recent study, Yoga is Australia’s fastest growing fitness activity and sport in the country, surpassing even cricket, soccer, and tennis. It is estimated that one in 10 Australians spends time on a yoga mat at least once a week.
Pilates is another fast growing fitness activity that you have probably seen on our class schedule along with regular yoga classes. Pilates is popular amongst celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, Madonna and Jennifer Aniston. But, what is it? If you’ve looked into one of our studios during class time you’d probably think they are very similar. So, what’s the difference between Yoga and Pilates?
Yoga focuses on flexibility and broad muscle groups. There are many different types of yoga, but they all have similar goals. Yoga is a combination of balance, endurance, strength, spirituality and flexibility. Depending on the style, classes can range from gentle stretching poses to challenging and sweaty sessions.
Pilates has some similarities to yoga, but it focuses more on strength, muscle toning, body control, and flexibility. The primary emphasis in Pilates is on core strength, so be prepared to work muscles you never knew you had. Pilates is a very disciplined practice, so you need to attend regular classes to reap the benefits.
Which Should I Choose: Yoga or Pilates?
It depends. We recommend both classes if you can. If you prefer more structured classes with less chanting and “om-ing”, then Pilates is probably the class for you. You’ll build killer core strength while improving your posture, strength and balance.
Yoga, on the other hand, is more go-with-the-flow and tends to have a bit of a spiritual element to it. You, of course, can practice Yoga without the spirituality compound, but it is a large part of the culture. If you’re looking something to improve your flexibility and is low-impact, then Yoga is a great workout.
Try both: Yoga and Pilates
However, if you really want to push your body to new levels, try both Pilates and Yoga. Yoga can be practised every day if you want. Even if you can’t make it to class, you can spend 20 minutes at home on your mat just doing a few basic Yoga poses to stretch and unwind from a tough day at the office.
Since Pilates can be a hardcore workout, especially for newbies, it’s best to attend one or two classes a week. You will feel those abs the next day. If you’re a runner then you should definitely be taking our Pilates classes, as it will help build hip and core strength.
By adding both Yoga and Pilates into your regular workout routine, you’ll be adding the best of both worlds. You’ll get the core strength of Pilates with the flexibility and balance of Yoga. What more could you ask for?