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Pilates vs. Yoga

woman on yoga matHappy Tuesday! Dr. Kelly here. Pilates vs Yoga, which one is better?

Neither! Both are great!

Chrissy from Pilates with Chrissy says that:

Pilates above all improves your posture. It’s an exercise program methodology that is meant to improve your everyday movements and overall body functioning.”

There are different types of equipment used with Pilates. Some people have heard of a reformer. But there are several more pieces of equipment you may work with as you do Pilates. Mat work, the tower and the wunda chair just to name a few.

You do not need to use equipment to get a good Pilates workout. Mat work targets muscle groups, works on core and alignment. It is typically the easiest way to get to a class.

I have enjoyed several mat classes with one of Elmhurst’s finest Pilates instructors, Chrissy.

B3 logoI personally know Stephanie with She is also a member of EWT. I even know an instructor at The Pilates Club.

The key is to get a good instructor. I prefer the smaller classes. The instructor can be more in tune with your form and body position.

Joseph Pilates states: A few well-designed movements, properly performed in a balanced sequence, are worth hours of doing sloppy calisthenics or forced contortion. And I agree. Keeping good form is better for your overall health.

Yoga is like Pilates in that they both give you a good work out. Yoga has morphed into several different types. Hot yoga, restorative yoga, therapeutic yoga, hatha, vinyasa, yin and prenatal yoga to name a few.

In my opinion yoga is more relaxing. It clears my mind more. I have a good work out with both.

Pilates feels more like I’m working out. With Yoga I feel the burn, I can break into a sweat. But my mind is calmer. Life can be so crazy and calming my mind is important to me. Yoga is more sustained movements. More holding positions.

They both go slow. Which I like! It lets you be more in control, instead of rushing to keep pace and getting careless.
Emily Carr, a yoga instructor here in Elmhurst, points out that:

Yoga focuses more on flexibility and broad muscles groups while Pilates focuses on muscle toning, body control, and core strength. Yoga is a holistic practice that emphasizes the integration of the mind, body, and spirit. It teaches meditation, and proper relaxation to enhance spiritual, physical, and emotional health.”

Follow Emily on Instagram @getpositivewellness or FB Positive Wellness to watch for her upcoming events. She also does private yoga sessions.

The choice between what is right for you, Yoga or Pilates, is based on your personal preferences and goals. Text or respond to this email if you would like to have more information on what is right for you and how you can do Yoga or Pilates.

Yours in Healthy Naturally,
Dr. Kelly

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