Yoga vs Pilates
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Silver screen celeb Angelina Jolie has sworn by yoga whilst Sarah Jessica Parker opted for pilates. Despite having formed quite a cult following, many still can’t tell the difference between the two.
Though they’ve been around for the longest time, yoga and pilates only burst into the scene somewhere between 2004 and 2006. Some do it to lose the excess, some do it for the sake of their souls. But what exactly are they, what are their differences and similarities, and what’s best for you?
Founded in India, yoga is known as a traditional physical and mental discipline that is associated with Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism meditative practices. Within Hinduism, it refers to one of the six orthodox schools of Hindu philosophy, and to the goal towards which that school directs its practices. In Jainism, yoga is the sum total of all activities — mental, verbal and physical.
Yoga is about meditation, reflection and balance, with focus on breathing techniques and movement.
It is meant to increase flexibility, strength and vitality while strengthening the immune system. Yoga encourages better circulation, tones muscles and promotes weight loss and better balance. Should you be suffering from chronic health conditions such as back aches, asthma and carpal tunnel syndrome, yoga on a regular basis is said to help. On a mental note, the practice improves concentration and focus, reduces stress and anxiety while enabling the connection of our physical, mental and spiritual states.
The types are
- Ashtanga Yoga,
- Bikram Yoga,
- Hatha Yoga,
- Iyengar Yoga,
- Kundalini Yoga and
- Vinyasa Yoga.
Who does it
Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Aniston, Madonna, and Halle Berry.
Pilates was founded by Joseph Pilates, a physical-culturist in 1883 who was born in Germany. Firmly believing that a human’s mental and physical health are interrelated, Joseph developed an exercise program that was intended to strengthen the human mind and body. He believed that pilates program, practiced with specially invented apparatuses, could cure illnesses.
Pilates is about working the whole body with the emphasis on body control, focus and accuracy with the mind and body. A typical pilates session rarely involves movements or postures that are repeated. Instead, the focus is on the intensity of the poses struck.
It is meant to work the abdominal muscles, lower back and buttocks while the rest of the body moves freely. Pilates concentrates very much the body’s core stabilization with postures targeted at making one stronger from the inside. The non-vigorous nature of Pilates is said to promote rehabilitation, strength and flexibility which will result in a leaner and stronger body with a more flexible spine via a series of controlled movements that engages the mind. On top of that, pilates reduces stress, relieves tension and boosts energy.
Women after birth are also encouraged to attend pilate sessions to regain their pre-pregnancy figures.
The types are
- Fletcher Pilates,
- Stott Pilates
- Power Pilates and
- Winsor Pilates.
Who does it
Paris Hilton, Jennifer Lopez, Rachel Weisz, and Gwyneth Paltrow.