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Yoga Vs. Pilates Which is right for you?

Yoga and pilates have always been popular, but in recent years we have seen a huge increase in the love and admiration for these forms of exercise with women and men alike flocking to their nearest fitness centers to participate in the rewarding exercises.sissel-pilates-roller-pro-100-cm-35Yoga isn’t just an exercise, it promotes a whole new way of life along with it. Its goal is to push yourself to new limits through uniting your body and mind through stretches, strength moves, breathing and meditation. Yoga also embraces values like abstinence from violence, stealing, lying and other negative things. Modern yoga practices are actually based on the teachings of thousands of years of instruction. You have probably seen our Yoga Tune Up brand which have a super range of equipment to get you started.

Joe Pilates is the founder of the much loved pilates. Pilates is based on three principles: Breath, whole-body health and whole-body commitment; with the whole-body encompassing mind, body and spirit. The aim of pilates is to strengthen the body with a system of exercises using special apparatus, designed to improve physical strength, flexibility, and posture, and enhance mental awareness, and like Yoga it is for people of all ages.

Getting down to the nitty gritty – is there a winner?

Pilates has appeared to significantly improve your upper body strength and enhance your core muscle endurance and flexibility. You can do some great strength exercises at home with the Sissel Pilates Circle and the Sissel Pilates Roller Pro. On the other hand yoga helps to improve mental and emotional health by calming the sympathetic nervous system (which controls stress levels) and the hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenal axis (which regulates hormone levels).

When it comes to body strength and flexibility the 2 different exercises are rather similar. pilates is pretty good at strengthening the abdominal muscles, and is extremely effective at tightening the hard-to-target obliques. Overall flexibility of your body will also improve, particularly in the back, hips, and your hamstrings. Yoga also enhances strength but not as much as pilates as it’s not its primary focus, although certain forms of yoga like Ashtanga and Vinyasa involve very quick cycles of poses that provide a great workout.

yoga-cushionThe main focus of yoga is to achieve inner peace as oppose to strength so you can indulge in some gorgeous yoga cushions such as the Sissel Yoga Relax.

When it comes to weight loss they both burn a similar amount of calories but would need to be practiced very frequently to become part of a weight loss routine.

When it comes to choosing a winner, the main difference is mind or body? Yoga is better conditioning for the mind whereas pilates is better for conditioning the body to an extent. It really comes down to personal preference and your own fitness goals. Yoga is the number one for stress relief and gives you a great mind-body workout— though it is good for physical fitness, too— while pilates is typically better for strictly strengthening muscle but it can be argued any exercise you enjoy is also good for stress relief as you enjoy it and you benefit from those lovely endorphins.

Try and stay motivated and make sure you have everything you need for either yoga, pilates or both! Make sure you have comfortable clothes and the correct equipment to perform your desired exercise and you will find that you stay motivated and enjoy what you do!

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