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Yoga and Pilates

Posted August 12, 2009
Category yoga
One question I am asked frequently is, "What's the difference between Pilates and yoga?" Both are mind-body disciplines, both work the core, strength and flexibility, but each approach the body (and mind) in a different way. Joseph Pilates, a physical trainer, developed his technique working with recovering World War I wounded in England. He utilized the hospital beds and springs to help his patients use their body weight as resistance to get stronger, which later led to the development of the Reformer. The Pilates system (or Contrology at the time) focused on improving flexibility, strength, and body awareness, without necessarily building bulk. He reasoned that since the majority of the body’s muscles originate or connect in the torso (or "powerhouse"), by targeting the deep muscles in that area the body would be less prone to injury and also stronger...

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