xlove asked in HealthDiet & Fitness · 1 decade ago

what is the difference between pilates and yoga? and which one is harder physically?

11 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
    Best Answer

    Pilates is more of a work out. It will tone you.

    Yoga is for more relatation and aligning yourself (your body)

    Aside from being celebrities, what do Jennifer Aniston, Cindy Crawford, Hugh Grant, Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow, Uma Thurman, Rod Stewart and Kristi Yamaguchi have in common? They've all hopped on the yoga and pilates trend for physical toning and spiritual relaxation!

    There are some similarities between yoga and pilates, notably that they both work towards sculpting the body and increasing flexibility. Neither exercise will work the heart or lungs like a cardiovascular workout will, but they both add to an overall state of mental and physical wellbeing.

    Yoga and pilates are so similar that they're often fused together in workout videos and yoga pilates classes across America, although it's sort of a Western fusion. In India, it is something entirely different than the German-created pilates.

    Clear differences between yoga and pilates include some of the following: First, it is an ancient Indian practice that dates back approximately 5,000 years, whereas pilates is an adaptation of it dating back eighty years to a German athlete, Joseph Pilate.

    Secondly, in addition to physical activity, it is an entire holistic program that encompasses diet, meditation, breathing techniques, religious edict and a moral code; Pilates is simply a form of exercise and body sculpting technique.

    Thirdly, it aims to unite mind and body, as well as cleanse the body of toxins, while pilates is fashioned to strengthen, define and improve posture. Additionally, in it, you are taught to inhale and exhale through the nose, whereas pilates employs the traditional athletic mode of breathing in through the nose and out through the mouth while performing an action.

    Lastly, it can generally be done with just a mat (although sometimes props are used), while instructors ensure everyone's in proper form; pilates, on the other hand, has specific machinery designed to assist practitioners.

    Athletes and dancers often engage in "pilates for sports" classes, either in large groups or one-on-one with an instructor. However, one needn't attend a class to get started with pilates -- in fact, there are many videos (Eleonora Goya, Dian Ramirez, Leslie Sansone, Kathy Smith, Denise Austin, Karen Voight, The Method yoga, MTV, Prevention, etc). Of course, you won't get quite the same workout without the elaborate weight systems, but it could be a good launching point for people who are curious but not quite ready to commit to a gym or studio.

  • Anonymous
    3 years ago


  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Pilates is more like traditional weight lifting type movements, but youre using your own body for the weight. Yoga involves "poses" rather than repetitive movements against restance. Yoga focuses more on stretching muscles too, whereas pilates is more about "going for the burn".

  • 1 decade ago

    I'm not an expert but I have gone to classes of each at the gym and I understand yoga has different levels of difficulty. From my experience the pilates was harder and I got sorer from it.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Pilates is more physical. trust me. yoga is relaxing and building muscle but in a much easier way and stretching, im a yoga girl : )

  • 4 years ago

    Keep that meal between 400 and 1000 calories. Serve yourself a more compact portion, so if you like heading back for seconds, you'll just find yourself eating a normal-size portion.

  • 4 years ago

    At the start of week, prepare a big container of salad to help keep in the fridge. If the salad has already been made, you're more likely to obtain greens with your dinner.

  • 3 years ago

    Add veggies to baked things. You'll never even taste this zucchini in these brownies as well as the sweet potato in most of these cookies.

  • 3 years ago

    Nosh on baked carrot chips instead of greasy potato chips.

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    Use fruit to add natural sweetness as an alternative to white sugar. Try this muffin food.

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