Yoga and Pilates are both mind/body workouts that work to enhance strength, flexibility, and posture. There are differences between the two practices, however. The focus of Pilates is physical. Pilates is a conditioning program that revolves around six principles: centering (the “power house”), concentration, control, precision, breath, flow. In a Pilates class you’ll do calisthenics that isolate and work each muscle group.
Yoga, on the other hand, has a more philosophical focus than the more workout-based Pilates. Yoga is far more than just a series of stretches – it is a holistic practice that unifies the mind, body, and spirit through exercise, breath, and meditation. There are many different types of yoga classes, ranging from classes focused on gentle stretching sequences to classes that are more aerobic and intense. Regardless of the style, the yogic philosophy stays the same.
Though very different, the two practices complement each other very nicely. Many students at CCYP practice yoga and Pilates and find benefits in both disciplines.