For some, there are blurred lines between the practices of yoga and Pilates. So we’re here to explain the difference.
The confusion does make sense. Pilates did stem from yoga, but developed to focus on really working the muscles rather than just stretching them.
For those wondering what the differences are, here you go:
Difference no. 1
Pilates focuses more on toning your muscles and helping your posture and very specific areas with controlled movements. It will sometimes incorporate cardio exercises, and can feel much more like a workout. Yoga varies a lot more: they might be intense classes or you might flow more softly and hold your positions for longer, concentrating on strength and balance.
Difference no. 2
Yoga brings in a spiritual aspect and is often used as meditation. People find spiritual and mental benefits, as well as physical, from practicing yoga. Pilates has a more scientific basis, focusing on the body’s anatomy to help with coordination, strength and movement.
Difference no. 3
The way you breathe is important in both, but they use breath differently. In Pilates your breath is used to help the muscles – you might breathe in when your muscles need the extra help and breathe out to relax the muscles. In yoga, breathing is channelled to relax your mind and your spirit, and might sometimes be the opposite to Pilates, breathing in as you push out.
Difference no. 4
Other materials, such as balls and discs, can be used in Pilates. Bands might be used to bring a resistance to your stretches, further working the muscles to strengthen them.
Difference no. 5
Yoga is a much older practice, originating in India in or before the 11th century. Pilates was started in the 20th century by Joseph Pilates as ‘Contrology’. He developed the practice with the guidance of his nurse wife for exercise to overcome his various illnesses.
Difference no. 6
Thanks to its meditative qualities, yoga is used in religions such as Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism.
If you want to give Pilates a go, click here to book online.
This week (Feb 13 – 19) is Healthy Weight Week and encourages everyone across Australia to live a healthier lifestyle.
We all know it, two of the best ways to do this is by eating better and being more active.
Both of these go hand in hand. Unfortunately, you can’t expect to feel great if you’re eating fairly healthy, but sit on the sofa every day. Same goes the other way. It’s great if you’re going to those exercise classes every week, but you won’t see the benefits if you’re eating the wrong food.
Healthy eating doesn’t necessarily mean munching on salad leaves or dieting. In fact, this week is all about getting you off those diets, and in to more permanent healthy eating.
Dieticians are encouraging small and simple changes such as cooking more home meals, with the right foods and in the right portions.
Eating healthy is important, but we’re highlighting the importance of getting active as well. And not just for the week!
If you’re taking on the challenge of Healthy Weight Week, why not pair it up with some of our Pilates classes?
For people who are not used to exercise, the classes are a really good way to maintain motivation. Starting off by going to the gym, or out for a solo run, people will often find they get disinterested very quickly.
With a group class, you have the benefit of being surrounded by other people and an instructor to keep you going!
You can also go at your own pace, by coming to a class even just once a week and then building yourself up to further sessions.
For those really keen to shift some weight, you need to get your heart rate going. Most of us think of running, but for some, it's not that appealing. So good news! Swimming and cycling are actually more effective, burning more calories per hour.
Tips to staying active:
For more on Healthy Weight Week, click here.
We should all know by now that exercise is good for the heart. With the start of February we are focusing on heart health, as we come in to Heart Research Month.
But why is exercise so important?
Regular exercise increases blood circulation, improves the strength of the heart muscle itself, increases your good cholesterol, manages sugar levels properly and protects from any blood clotting.
By exercising, you’re reducing the risk of heart disease, diabetes and even cancer.
Here at Wolli Creek Physio, we want people to be more aware of their heart, and encourage more activity!
Health experts recommend following a regular exercise routine, rather than bursts of different exercise here and there. It’s not enough to just ‘get fit’, you need to maintain it! (We have Pilates cardio classes twice a week, which would be perfect!)
However, don’t risk an injury by jumping straight in to it. We also have softer Pilates classes, or you could try a simple walk once or twice a day, increasing the intensity week by week.
Experts suggest exercising for at least 30 minutes a day, three to five times a week. But don’t push yourself if you’re unwell, even if it’s just a cold. You should also avoid exercising immediately after meals, and make sure you drink plenty of fluids both before and after.
Of course, it’s not enough to focus on exercise, you need to eat right too!
For a timetable of our Pilates classes, click here.
If you are exercising, but things don’t feel quite right, you can also book in to have a chat to one of our physiotherapists.
At Wolli Creek Physiotherapy & Pilates, you’ll be looked after by highly experienced and passionate young physiotherapists with a range of specialist skills and qualifications. We treat and heal all injuries and pain problems, for all kinds of people.