some people are still hardly distinguish between pilates and yoga. both of them are low impact exersice, emphasising on strenght, balanced, and concentration. pilates was founded by joseph pilates in early 20th century. the purposes of this exersise was to improve the rehabilitation program for war veterans. pilates also can be used as a treatment method for injure by strengthening, streching, and stabilizing key muscle. the pilates method is using mind to control the muscles. The program focuses on the core postural muscles which help keep the body balanced and which are essential to providing support for the spine. In particular, Pilates exercises teach awareness of breath and alignment of the spine, and aim to strengthen the deep torso muscles.
on the other hand, yoga is defined as a discipline of asceticism and meditation that are thought to lead to spiritual experiences and a profound understanding or insight into the nature of existence. nowadays people doing yoga to build a good posture (asanas), and develop flexibility. yoga has become a popular exersice since it combine meditation to reduce stress and low impact exercise that includes streching and consentration.
those exercise are not for calorie burner purposes, but if you are practice pilates or yoga regularly that will bring benefits for posture development, and muscles strenght. some of benefits of pilates are improve muscle strenght and tone, increase flexibility and core strenght, improved posture, prevent from injury, improved concentration, stress management and relaxation. some benefits of yoga are improved postural strenght, increased flexibility, reduced fatigue, reduced pain, enhance ability to concentrate, ability to cope stress. so, they quite similar isn’t it. and if you are so tired to do the high impact aerobic, pilates and yoga would be the good choise for daily exercise.
pilates and yoga benefits: http://www.goforyourlife.vic.gov.au/hav/articles.nsf/pages/Pilates_and_yoga_the_health_benefits?open
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