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Difference Between Yoga and Pilates

Primary Difference

Yoga is a practice which dates back to the ancient tines. Yoga involves a lot of meditation and solitude, it calms a person and gives him or her the strength to have full emotional and mental control over one’s self. Pilates, on the other hand focuses on the toning and alignment of your muscles, it was discovered to reduce physical pains and injuries like joint and muscle pains. Both of these exercises have a wonderful effect on body toning and causes alignment and in mind, body and muscles and gives a calming sensation. Yoga is known for various advantages on mental health, by performing yoga your nervous system will be calms down, you will be stress free and will also control your hormone levels which overall will make remove your anxiety and give you bliss. Yoga basically joins your body with your spirit. Pilates on the other hand does not have a spiritual effect, but it will give benefits on your body as a whole through exercises, your mind and body will be coordinated by repeated exercises and will give strength to your body and you will able to perform mundane tasks easily. Pilates is a workout which helps to cure many diseases such as asthma, fever, influenza and more serious problems such as arthritis and osteoporosis. It is said to correct your body posture, increase physical strength and invigorate your mind. In yoga a variety of meditation techniques are done on a mat to relieve stress, it also involves many breathing exercises while, in Pilates a number of exercises are performed through machines which help to tone down the body and muscles. Yoga is also used to increase the flexibility of the body and gives your mind the strength to control your body whereas Pilates gives strength to your body as a whole and relaxes your muscles which are tight and gives muscle the strength. They both contain several exercises and postures which help in strengthening the mind, body soul and muscles and together both of them will give greater benefits because it will involve a spiritual workout as well as a physical workout.

Comparison Chart

YogaPilates
DefinitionUsed to heal the body and help to find mental bliss.It is a workout routine that involves a series of exercises through machines and the routine is very intense
HistoryDiscovered first in India around 5000 years ago.Invented in the early twentieth century.
FocusThe main focus of yoga is on meditation, it helps in spiritual and mental development of the nervous system and aligns the body, mind and spirit together.Used to tone down the body, for a flat stomach and to better your posture and strengthen muscles so one can perform mundane tasks easily.
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Definition of Yoga

Yoga was practices and discovered first in India around 5000 years ago. Over the years it has evolved into many different types. It was introduced in the west in the early nineteenth century to promote a healthy lifestyle. The main focus of yoga is on meditation, it helps in spiritual and mental development of the nervous system and aligns the body, mind and spirit together. It involves many breathing exercises and other soothing exercises on a mat to help mind and body relive stress, have a soothing and a calming effect and attend relaxation. Yoga is also used to heal the body and help to find mental bliss. That is the reason some people say it to be a therapeutic activity. It gives your body more fluidity and makes it more flexible and causes relaxation even in the most stressful of times. A lot of focus and concentration is involved in performing yoga and the movements to change postures cause the body to become flexible and calms down the nerves. It does not involve workout but through breathing and meditation causes the muscles to relax and throughout the whole process one has to concentrate on how the breathing is being employed.

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Definition of Pilates

Pilates was invented in the early twentieth century to strengthen the body and to rehabilitate it. It initially was started to help the soldiers heal their pain and injuries during World War 1 but later on continued as a normal practice after the dancers in movies used to perform their dance routines better. Pilates is used to tone down the body, for a flat stomach and to better your posture and strengthen muscles so one can perform mundane tasks easily. It is a workout routine that involves a series of exercises through machines and the routine is very intense. If Pilates is performed regularly, it can develop the body evenly, freshens the mind, increases and restores physical ability, and correct wrong postures and also heal many illnesses such as asthma, joint pain s, normal influenza and fever and overall gives the body immense strength.

Differences in a Nutshell

  1. Yoga is used for mental and emotional rehabilitation while Pilates is used for reducing physical pain and recovering from injury.
  2. Yoga is practices on a mat while Pilates is done with machines.
  3. Yoga is mainly performed through breathing exercises while Pilates is a proper workout session.
  4. Yoga strengthens your mind and body while Pilates strengthens your muscles.
  5. Yoga is spiritual while Pilates is physical.
  6. Mostly stretching is done in yoga while Pilates has a lot of movement exercises.
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Conclusion

Two form of exercises which are most common in people who like to work out but if you give it a proper look there are no similarities between them although there are many differences. This article looks at the main ones and then gives a detailed explanation so that people area able to understand them easily.

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