About Yoga And Pilates



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What’s the Difference Between Yoga and Pilates?
Nearly 20.4 million people were practicing yoga in the U.S. in 2012, according to
The Huffington Post, and those numbers are likely even higher now as yoga is at an all-time height of popularity.

Pilates, too, is rising in popularity. Yoga may have a bigger following right now but with celebrity Pilates teachers like Tracy Anderson and participants suchas Gwyneth Paltrow, Madonna, and Jennifer Aniston, yoga may have some competition.The good news is that you don’t have to choose between the two.
A lot of people practice both yoga and Pilates to get just the right balance of benefits.

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  Yoga and Pilates are both forms of exercise that engage your mind and body. The basic forms of both exercises require only a mat and adequate floor space. Because it's easy to adapt both exercises to your fitness level, almost anyone can enjoy the health benefits of Yoga and Pilates.
  The EQ Centre Johannesburg - Yoga Studio  YOGA
Yoga is an ancient Indian philosophy that dates back thousands of years. It was designed as a path to spiritual enlightenment, but in modern times, the physical aspects of Hatha Yoga have found huge popularity as a gentle form of exercise and stress management. There are many different varieties of Yoga, but each one essentially relies on structured poses (asanas) practised with breath awareness. Researchers have discovered that the regular practice of Yoga may produce many health benefits, including increased fitness and normalisation of blood pressure. 
  Yoga is a renowned antidote to stress. Over time, Yoga practitioners report lower levels of stress, and increased feelings of happiness and wellbeing. This is because concentrating on the postures and the breath acts as a powerful form of meditation.The classical techniques of Yoga date back more than 5,000 years. The practice of Yoga encourages effort, intelligence, accuracy, thoroughness, commitment and dedication. The word Yoga means ‘to join or yoke together’. It brings your body and mind together and is built on three main elements – exercise, breathing and meditation.
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Pilates as we know it today, grew from the work and methodologies of Joseph Pilates and was originally known as Contrology. Pilates is a mind-body exercise system centred on the following ten principles: awareness, balance, breath, concentration, centeredness, control, efficiency, flow and precision. Pilates can be an aerobic and non-aerobic form of exercise. It requires concentration and focus, as well as keen body awareness as you move through precise ranges of motion. Pilates lengthens and stretches all the major muscle groups in your body in a balanced fashion.
 It requires concentration in finding a centre point to control your body through movement. Each exercise has a prescribed placement, rhythm and breathing pattern resulting in a flowing and efficient execution style.
A Pilates workout consists of a variety of exercise sequences that are performed in low repetitions for a session of 60 minutes. Mat work and specialised equipment for resistance are used. The Pilates method is taught to suit each person and exercises are regularly re-evaluated to ensure they are appropriate for that person. Due to the individual attention, this method can suit everybody from elite athletes to people with limited mobility, pregnant women and those with low fitness levels.