Pilates and yoga (particularly hatha yoga) have interconnected components. Perhaps due to the high interest, both trends have received, or the two sophisticated systems of integrative exercises have a lot more in common than you thought.
While we’re not claiming the two are one in the same, the differences that we find in both are many of the complementary aspects that make them such a great team.
Strength and Stretch
Hatha yoga is known for stretching the body, and Pilates focuses more on strength. The general idea is correct, however, there are exceptions to the statement as Pilates does include creating length in the body and yoga is proven to develop strength.
Many people who practice Pilates regularly find that the core strength and integration they develop in pilates support them in daily activities and other workouts they engage in. For those who also do yoga, Pilates provides them the stability that they need to control and expand their yoga poses safely. Conversely, the deep stretching in yoga gives a wonderful balance to the core oriented Pilates exercises.
Centering, breath, and flow
Breathing is essential in both Pilates and yoga. The breath is a great natural detoxifier of the body. In both systems, one is encouraged to develop conscious breathing, using a deep full breath to enhance the depth and movement of the exercise. Breathing in Pilates is recognized as rejuvenating, detoxifying and a means of enhancing awareness; as it is in yoga.
Pilates and yoga classes & Integrity
It’s worth noting that Pilates and yoga are each very distinct and sophisticated disciplines. Getting to know their full benefits individually and as a complementary will take time. One will need to practice both religiously.
Pilates and yoga combo classes are popping up everywhere. LifeChanging Studio in Jakarta offers various classes of Pilates and yoga. We suggest you start with hatha yoga on Wednesdays and Friday and try Pilates on the other days. If you’d like to mix and match, here is our daily schedule.