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The Similarities and Differences of Yoga and Pilates Exercises

Jesse ReganSep 03, 2009 | edited Sep 03, 2009 - by @JesseRegan

In Pilates and yoga exercises, both physical and mental disciplines are significantly improved. Joseph Pilates was the one who developed the Pilates as a form of a physical fitness system in Germany back in the 20th century. This type of system was once known as contrology because it practices the mind to gain full control over the muscles involved in the work outs. Yoga is another type of a physical fitness system which originated in India along with its fine line of yoga variety that includes the Bhakti Yoga, Raja Yoga, Karma Yoga, Jnana Yoga, Hatha Yoga, and more.

Both of the exercise fitness systems have a lot of common and varying exercises. Among the many exercises that can be seen on both exercises is the open leg balance. Also known as the boat pose, this work out can be done with open legs or with legs held together. With open legs, you have to make sure that the legs are in a V shape. This kind of exercise greatly focuses on the abdominals as it holds your entire body balancing behind the sit bones. Next in line is the Roll Over or the Plow Pose which is one of the most familiar exercises on both yoga and Pilates. However, this type of exercise has different kinds of approach on the two exercise fitness systems. In yoga, there is much smoothness and care that is being mainly considered and it greatly values the stretch performed which allows the person to execute the work out in a much longer period of time. In Pilates, roll over means continuous movement emphasizing much on the abdominal control.

The swan/cobra is another common exercise on both Pilates and yoga but with totally different names respectively. This type of exercise is usually called as swan in Pilates while yoga refers to it as cobra. By simply straightening the arms, the person is able to improve one's flexibility. The main difference between the swan and cobra is observed on the breathing patterns used on them. A specific breathing pattern is applied on the swan while the yoga' cobra does not require a person to undergo a fixed pattern of breathing.

For the most basic of exercises, the plank is also commonly known in both physical fitness systems. All you need to do is to keep your body up against the floor by using your shoulders as foundations unto the surface facing down and with an open chest. It is also known as front support in Pilates but yoga's plank is the more widely used term. More challenge is applied on the exercise through lifting one leg up the ground.

Following the plank exercise is the push up or the chaturanga. But then, chaturanga in yoga is quite different compared to Pilates' push up. On the push up, a person can directly and consequently move up and down whereas chaturanga requires more time for pauses to give more emphasis on the stretch of each position.

Generally, exercises in Pilates are somewhat different from yoga's as they focus more in improving one's core strength. On the other hand, the body's flexibility and the stretches of the exercises are the main essence of yoga exercises. However, performing both types of exercises can provide a person a far greater advantage. Through both of these exercises, a person gets to significantly enhance his flexibility as well as strength. These are some things to note about workout routine .

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Damian Author Feb 28, 2011
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We provide our classes in yoga studio. Is far different method and results are not focused on the same point. Cheers D.

edited Feb 28, 2011 - by @Damian28297
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