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Pilates or Yoga?

What’s the difference?

People confuse pilates and yoga. This is understandable. It becomes even more complex when you learn that there are different types of pilates and different types of yoga!
In general, both consider mindfulness while exercising- this may help to relax the nervous system and improve pain and discomfort.
Pilates uses the focus on exercise to channel thoughts through class- strength and flexibility with great form and technique- moving with purpose!
Yoga can sometimes be considered to have a more spiritual approach, with meditation/mindfulness being at its forefront. Some types of yoga are purely meditative.

Breathing is important in both disciplines- which is known to have great benefit in calming the nervous system; understanding how to breathe appropriately is an art!

Yoga often has set routines, as does fitness and classical style pilates; pilates at NYStudio takes a more contemporary approach and tends not to have set routines- rather each class is designed to uniquely match the specific clients attending.

Pilates exercises are dynamic- no position or stretch is held- Pilates focuses on stabilising and mobilising enough during each movement to create lasting results- the idea being, to create a combined effort of strength and flexibility for the long term.
Yoga is famous for holding stretches at an end range and using the breath to allow an increase in range of joint movement.

At NYStudio we do not currently offer any Yoga classes; We offer quality pilates. We are proud to offer real value for money- bespoke movement classes which consider and reflect the current research available. We provide our clients with the skills they need to improve their own health and wellbeing.

The Fundamentals: 8 Principles

Concentration

Concentration promotes the mind-body connection. As you focus on your movement, Pilates states you will enhance your body awareness.

Centering

Centering consciously brings your focus to stabilising the body where needed, to create controlled and isolated movement. .

Control

Pilates’ method is based on safe and complete muscle control. With proper control, you execute correct form, leaving no part of your body unattended- you direct each and every movement.

Precision

According to Pilates’ precision principle, executing one exercise well is more important than completing more repetitions with poor form.

Breathing

Controlled breathing activates blood circulation, awakens muscles and prevents unnecessary intra-abdominal pressure. Pilates encourages breathing in through the nose and out through the mouth.

Alignment

Pilates increases awareness of the placement of all parts of your body. During your Pilates workout, it is important to be aware of the position of your joints as they move and stabilise.

Flow

Continuous: smooth and dynamic movement is important when increasing muscle length.

Integration

Uniting all the above principles to support and create pure, formed movement.

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