Pilates Dynamics is not only a Pilates and Yoga studio but also provides teacher training courses to students who want to qualify in this field.
Misconceptions about Pilates and Yoga are common and we wish to clarify some of the myths around these exercise methods. Here are a few common myths:
Myths about Pilates & Yoga:
- Pilates is just like Yoga; the two forms of exercises share similarities, but they are worlds apart. Yoga specializes in connecting with the spirit and Pilates focusses more on strengthening and stretching muscles of the whole body.
- Pilates is just a stretching class; Pilates uses one’s body’s resistance and weight and/or equipment to carry out controlled movements where balance and correct posture during this process is important.
- The exercises are not for the asthmatics; Controlled breathing is one of the core fundamentals we teach @Pilates Dynamics when it comes to Yoga and Pilates, so its suitable for everyone. There is a good reason for a specific breathing pattern, as it recruits the muscles that perform certain functions, so this gives your muscles a more intense workout.
- Yoga belongs to one religion; Although yogis give thanks to their bodies and mats, it is not a religion. It is similar to many religions in terms of the idea of personal contemplation, of finding a personal sense of peace, satisfaction and life’s deeper meaning. Yoga is not a formal creed, nor a set of rituals. It is a spiritual practice and not a religion and is therefore practiced by people from different backgrounds all across the world.
- They are only for women; Although Yoga and Pilates are popular with women, it doesn’t mean that it excludes men, it is not a gender specific form of exercises. Everyone is welcome to give it a try. These methods are used in rehabilitation as well as enhancing sports performance and for injury prevention.
- Simplicity; Yes the exercises are performed in slow movements – with correct posture and form – but the entire body is involved in each and every movement. The slower and more simple the workout looks, the more control is involved which relaxes the body, strengthens the core and muscles.
- Requires special equipment; While small or large machine equipment can be included, basic to advanced exercise moves can be done – whether using a Mat or Large Equipment (machines) to enhance the workout or to provide support.
- Flexibility; they say “you need to be extremely flexible to partake in these exercises”, it may come as a shock but Pilates and Yoga is actually best for people who aren’t flexible. Yoga and Pilates will teach you how to become flexibile.
- Yoga is bodily postures; the practice is about the body movement, flowing from one posture into another and ensuring that all muscles work together.
- Pilates only enhances your abdominal muscles; Strengthening your core is just the tip of the iceberg. Pilates is a full body workout and very adaptable for any population group, without placing stress on the joints, and the body is worked in all the different movement planes. Pilates and Yoga is a great method to enhance your other exercise practices, whether that be Martial Arts; CrossFit; HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training); Tabata; Weight lifting; Compound Training or Resistance training.
It’s time to take control and debunk these fallacies once and for all! The various misconceptions about Pilates and Yoga have prevented clients and students from considering these methods of practices. Pilates Dynamics would love to help you learn more about how you can benefit from Pilates and Yoga whether by becoming a client or student. And the proof is in the pudding, you will see and feel the difference after as little as a month of consistent pilates and yoga training.