The Difference between Pilates and Yoga

Look for a specialist Pilate’s class in Johannesburg that will relieve stress and offer flexibility in a controlled manner, whilst strengthening the core.

Although there are many similarities between Pilates and Yoga, the main difference between the two is the emphasis on the spiritual component of the classes.

Both Yoga and Pilates are of the understanding that the mind and body are connected to each other, although Yoga adds an extra element – and that is the spirit. Suffice to say, a large part of Yoga is exploring spirituality – particularly through meditating.

Pilates, on the other hand, is about the mind and body being connected which assists in everyday life.

Many individuals enjoy both Pilates and Yoga and see the value in both; therefore a whole new generation are selecting both Yoga and Pilates as a way of life moving forward.

The best part of all is that you don’t have to choose between the two  – many individuals practice both to get that perfect balance between mind, body and soul.


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Yoga is an ancient practice that originated in India more than 5 000 years ago and has progressed over the centuries into numerous different forms which include Ashtanga, Krupalu, Bikram and Vineyasa. These are only a few of the many forms available.

By the year 2012, over twenty million people were practicing Yoga in the USA – with numbers growing on a daily basis.

Yoga has its focus on broad muscle groups and flexibility.

Furthermore it offers endurance, balance, strength and stamina.

Classes are varied and offer anything from challenging, where you break out a sweat; or gentle and nourishing.

If you are already in brilliant shape but would like to burn up extra calories as well as building up on your endurance, then Yoga will assist.


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Pilates, on the other hand, is a far younger practice that finds its roots in the mid-20th Century by an accomplished athlete named Joseph Pilates.

The main focus of Pilates is on strengthening and rehabilitation, and regardless what many might think dance is what actually put Pilates on the map.

Dancers around the world started using Pilates to help them strengthen their bodies for training and during their performance.

Pilates works out both body and mind with a focus on the core. This is so that the remainder of the body can move more freely, whilst strengthening both the interior and exterior.

There is balance present as well as flexibility and strength resulting in longer, stronger and leaner muscles.

Pilates is gaining huge popularity; the question here is, if the stars are doing it – why aren’t you?

It boils down to one question – which should you practice – Yoga or Pilates? Benefitting from both is perhaps getting the best of both worlds.

Practicing Yoga will offer you suppleness, freedom and challenge, whereas Pilates offers attention to detail as well as working those abs.

If you are a runner and need to fine-tune your core, Pilates will be the best one for you.

Choose Pilates in Johannesburg or combine this with Yoga to ensure you get the best of both worlds.