Pilates and yoga are commonly confused, particularly when you are just starting out. Both are becoming increasingly popular as we become more aware of the mental health benefits and invest our time and energy in improving our wellbeing. To prevent beginners quitting when they don’t see the immediate results they are looking for, it’s important to embark upon the best challenge for you. Knowledge is power and understanding the specific benefits of each discipline will allow you to choose which practice is best for you. The experts at Blue House Yoga breakdown the benefits:
Whilst all exercise is a form of stress relief as endorphins are released around the body if you are looking to explore your overall wellbeing, including your mental health, yoga is the better option. Yoga has grown in popularity so much because of it’s known mental health benefits; as modern life becomes more stressful and the pressure to do it all becomes overwhelming, so many people have turned to stress-relieving yoga. Yoga can be integrated with therapeutic and explorative sessions to strengthen mental stamina and resilience as well as the body. The origin of yoga was to improve individual consciousness and connection. Yoga will naturally combat mental illness because it focuses on internal reflection. Yoga is a fantastic way to relieve stress in a relaxing and non-judgmental environment.
Of course, both yoga and Pilates offer fantastic physical benefits. Both provide full body strengthening and will work for all muscle groups, but Pilates will have a greater focus on muscle toning. Pilates was established as a physical rehabilitation program but many of the same benefits are also a byproduct of yoga. Pilates is a more physically intensive exercise and will show quicker physical results, but you should be wary of over-extending your body before you build your strength up.
Yoga will provide an excellent supportive program to other fitness routines, including muscle control and conditioning not to mention greater flexibility!
Breathing in Pilates is also used to provide the muscles with oxygen, focusing on muscle relaxation in order to maintain poses. On the other hand, breathing in yoga is designed to relax the whole body. A yoga instructor will teach how to concentrate on breathing and internalise it. You can relieve entire areas of stress and stress-related injuries.
Progression and Other Thoughts
If you are looking to burn calories with cardio Pilates, you will need a Pilates machine. Unless you are willing to invest in one, your progression is going to be slower and you’re not going to see the results you want in the desired timescale. Whilst yoga is best experienced in guided sessions, you can further your practice in your own space and time without the need for any equipment. Overall, yoga will also be the cheaper route (no gym membership or machine purchase) with at-home and group or private sessions.
Yoga is also more popular and is a feature on most gym timetables. This will make it more accessible and more likely to keep up your attendance. Regular yoga classes are the way to implement positive, lasting change.
Time To Decide
Both Pilates and yoga are typically low impact form of exercise for improving stability, balance and posture. physical conditioning and can still be combined with a yoga program for an ambitious but rewarding transformation. Trying a week-long or five-day yoga retreat will be a great way to see results and experience a comprehensive taster session of what you can achieve. Look at our retreats or get in touch with one of the experts at Blue House Yoga, today!