Pilates VS Yoga – What is the difference?

Pilates vs Yoga, what is the difference?

How did Pilates originate?

In the early 20th century, a German physical trainer by the name of Joseph Hubertus Pilates developed a physical fitness system and named it after himself. Joseph Pilates was a man who explored and practiced various sports regimes. He believed that physical health and mental health are interconnected. Pilates was mainly used to help wounded soldiers recover from their injuries.


What are the 10 principles that Pilates are based on?

The ten principles that Pilates are based on are: Awareness; Balance; Control; Efficiency; Precision; Breathing; Concentration; Centre; Flow; and Harmony.

What are the benefits of Pilates?

Pilates focuses on fitness and physical wellbeing as well as the use of breath for energy and the method uses a specific breathing pattern for optimized muscle contraction.

It is great for physical rehabilitation, pain relief, and injuries.

Pilates uses equipment like balls, weights, and big machines like reformers, cadillacs, towers, wunda chairs, and ladder barrels.

Pilates strengthens, tones and is a potent core workout.

Pilates is a great cross-training method for athletes practicing any type of sport.

Pilates is beneficial for the following conditions;

  • Back pain and joint injuries
  • Arthritis
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Various respiratory conditions


What is Yoga and how did it originate?

Yoga is thought to date back to the 30th century BC and originated in Ancient India. The term “Yoga” is an Indo-Aryan word meaning balance, join and connect.

What are the benefits of Yoga?

Yoga focuses on mental and spiritual wellbeing as well as the use of breath for relaxation.

It is great for emotional rehabilitation, depression, and anxiety.

Yoga uses poses, body weight, breathing, and simple props like foam blocks and straps.

Yoga is great for mediation, mental health, physical health and it increases flexibility.

Yoga may be beneficial for the following conditions;

  • Depression and anxiety
  • Arthritis
  • High blood pressure
  • Various respiratory conditions
  • Chronic pain


To summarize then the difference between Pilates and Yoga is?

Yoga: Many forms of Yoga require considerable flexibility and mobility for the joints. Although most poses can be modified, a person with certain limitations or pain may find it too challenging.

Pilates:  Pilates is more specific in terms of focusing on specific body parts, injuries, and pathologies and has subtle movements.  It is low impact and perfect for older individuals, people recovering from injuries, and athletes for strength and to increase range of movement.

Pilates offers specialized machines (Reformers, Cadillac, Towers, Ladder Barrels, Wunda Chairs) which work with spring tension to add additional challenge or assistance during exercise.

Pilates and Yoga both focus both on breathing and mental concentration which can help reduce stress.

Both forms of exercise can be adapted to different fitness levels and ages.


Would a combination of Pilates and Yoga work well together?

Most definitely, Pilates and Yoga is a great addition to your weekly exercise regime, and together they will enhance your posture, mobility, and strength.

Build lean muscle, increase and develop flexibility, better mental wellbeing, and improve your core stability at Pilates Dynamics.


How do I book a Pilates or Yoga class?

Contact Pilates Dynamics Wellness Centre on 011 792 5459 / 072 999 2229.

Alternatively, drop us a mail on info@pilatesdynamics.co.za.

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