Which one is better – Pilates or Yoga?
Its a common question that everyone asks and one that has a rivalry as big as Adelaide Crows and Port Adelaide.
Which one is better? Pilates or Yoga?
Let’s go on a little journey together to find the differences and corresponding benefits each have, so you can decide what is going to be best.
Now, if you are:
– injury free
– with a couple sore spots
– just wanting to do some peaceful and somewhat soothing exercises
then both Yoga and Pilates are suitable for you
Both will enhance any fitness routine with the specific focus on mobility, control, breathing and posture.
However anything more than this, we need to start looking at what each discipline offers.
Let’s start with Yoga.
The biggest and most obvious difference between Yoga and Pilates is the focus on flexibility.
Furthermore than this, the roots of this Yoga aim to achieve and maintain a balance between your body, mind and spirit, combining all the movements you need for optimum health and wellbeing while incorporating breathing and meditation to create total piece of mind.
There are different variations of Yoga that you have probably hear of such as; Bikram, Hot, Iyengar etc, each having added benefits beyond general Yoga.
SO, if you are wanting to calm your stressed and tight body, and making yourself a little more flexible, Yoga could be for you… but so could Pilates.
Now, when we say Pilates we think of our CORE!
It’s all about improving that core strength and stability, the lack of which is usually responsible for back problems.
Ellen explains the benefits of Pilates as; (http://myphysiosa.com.au/physio-benefits-of-pilates/)
- Maximising Use of Breath
- Understanding, Isolation and Control of the Core
- Body Awareness
- Developing skills in self-recognition and correction of movement
Pilates at a physio practice is a recent development, physiotherapists have been using the fundmentals of the discpline for decades to assist in injury recovery and also to prevent injury.
In Pilates we focus on strengthening those small, stabilising muscles which hold the joint together.
These muscle are essential in reduction of pain, but also necessary for superior performance.
Hence, many AFL clubs will utilise Pilates classes for their player’s on a weekly basis.
The tiny muscles shown here in yellow within the circle are examples of tiny muscles that Pilates can target!
Yoga is based on more flexilbity and relxation practices.
Pilates incorporates movement and control for specific rehabiliation goals or injury prevention.
But above all, it is up to you decide which you prefer!
Do you still have more questions? Please don’t hesitate to contact us.
At myPhysioSA we offer a free ‘come and try’ Pilates experience so you can get a feel for what the classes entail and therefore help guide your decision making process without committing financially.
Liam Hehir, myPhysioSA Physiotherapist