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Pilates vs. Yoga

Over the past two decades, both of the arts, and/or practices of the equally promoted Yoga and Pilates have become exceedingly popular. Those who have never had the chance to actually practice either one are left out in the dark on which one that would be more suitable for them. Some individuals even think that the practice of Pilates is an actual derivative of the ancient art of Yoga. Due to several similarities, the state of confusion is actually quite understandable, until you look beyond the surface.

There is actually quite a considerable amount of differences between the two ancient arts of meditation and exercise. Ancient documents tell us that yoga likely began in South Asia while Pilates was created in Germany, a totally different continent. Another rather extreme difference is that Pilates was founded in 1880 and Yoga has been traced back as far as the Indus Valley civilization. While the individual or individuals who founded the practice of Yoga is unknown, it is well documented that Joseph Hubertus Pilates was the originator of Pilates. While Pilates mostly focuses on the physical body, Yoga concentrates on a unity of mind, body, and spirit. Lastly, some practices of Pilates require actual equipment to perform while the only form of outside resources required for Yoga is that of a Mat and a Yoga Bolster, both of which are optional.

There are some similarities between the two, though vague at best. The two forms both require controlled bodily movements, breathing techniques, and a certain amount of balance.

One advantage of Pilates seems to be quicker and more obviously effective from the visual point of view. On the other side of the metaphorical coin, Yoga is equally effective in the long run without spending a lot of money on the necessary equipment that is required for Pilates. At this point, you can see why the arguments between the practitioners of the two could go on for eternity.

Overall, if you were even vaguely interested in either the practice of Pilates or Yoga, finding out the difference between the two is quite simple with a very little amount of research. Some prefer Pilates, while others prefer the older techniques of Yoga. The truth is, both are very effective for their own purposes. Study the two, find out which one fits you best, and go for it.

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