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Yoga and pilates are often thrown into the same category. While they are similar practices, they do have some major differences. There is a lot of interest in both forms of discipline.

Both are sophisticated systems of integrative exercise with a lot in common. In fact, the six pilates principles: centering, concentration, control, precision, breath and flow, could easily be used to describe the principles of many kinds of yoga as well.

As much as they share the same principles, they are quite different from each other as well.

Below is a breakdown of the fundamental differences so you can decide what you want to get out of your workout.

◆ Yoga focuses on meditation while Pilates focuses your mind on the movement you are doing.
◆ Both exercises are performed by joining a sequence of moves together. Yoga requires you to hold the poses for a certain amount of breaths while Pilates is more flowing.
◆ If you are flexible then you are more suited to yoga, whereas if you are stronger then Pilates would be a better choice for you.
◆ Yoga poses concentrate on your entire body and are useful if you want to increase your range of motion. Pilates focuses on your core for a stronger mid-section.
◆ Yoga encourages you to turn inwards, resulting in a calmer demeanour and mindset. Pilates was developed to realign the natural curves of your spine and fix imbalances caused by poor posture.
◆ Try yoga for stress relief and Pilates for rehabilitation purposes.
Still undecided?

Try yoga and Pilates at least three to five times each before you make up your mind.

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