Yoga vs Pilates, Which
one to choose?

Yoga or Pilates, don’t know which one to choose?  In the last few years the number of Yoga and Pilates classes available has increased so much. But why? These activities have so many health benefits and it helps you to keep you active.  But are you still confused about the difference between these two? Don’t worry we are here to clarify that!

Let’s have a closer look at these two practises to help decide which one is right for you.

1. Do they have the same origin?

Firstly, we have to know from where they are form.

Yoga originated in India more than 5,000 years ago. It has evolved over the years and cultures into many types of yoga such as Bikram, Ishta, Purna & Ashtanga.

Pilates was created by an athlete, Joseph Pilates in the mid-20th century. He created several exercises to improve his strength. Then dancers started to practicing theses exercises to help them to become more performance.

2. What is the main difference?

Both Yoga and Pilates bring an understanding that the mind and the moody are connected.

Pilates requires concentration and focus to find a centre point to control your body through movement. While Yoga is built on the connection between the mind, body and the sprit. It is designed to increase your body’s efficiency and your overall health and wellbeing.

3. Challenging your body

Both exercises will help you to gain strength and flexibility.

Pilates puts you in to unstable positions by moving your limbs. Some classes use machines to gain strength and some others classes make you use your body’s resistance. Whereas Yoga is made up of a series of static postures and you will work out all your muscles in your body equally.

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4. What are the health benefits?

Both are a great workout. Here is a list of all of the benefits that you can expect to get from Yoga & Pilates:

  • Improved flexibility
  • Increased muscle strength and tone, particularly of your abdominal muscles, lower back, hips and buttocks
  • Balanced muscular strength on both sides of your body
  • Enhanced muscular control of your back and limbs
  • Improved stabilisation of your spine
  • Improved posture
  • Rehabilitation or prevention of injuries related to muscle imbalances
  • Improved physical coordination and balance
  • Relaxation of your shoulders, neck and upper back
  • Safe rehabilitation of joint and spinal injuries
  • Prevention of musculoskeletal injuries
  • Increased lung capacity and circulation through deep breathing
  • Improved concentration
  • Increased body awareness
  • Stress management and relaxation.

5. Which one is for you?

If you are looking more to manage your stress and to be more spiritual, yoga is for you.  If you want to focus more on your back and your core body, Pilates will be the better option. If you still don’t know what to choose why not to try both and see which one you prefer.

So now book your classes!

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Best fitness classes
in London

Finding it hard to stick to those New Year’s resolutions? Bored of the gym already? Then check out this list of the best fitness classes in London, all of which are guaranteed to put some fun into your January sweat fest.

Photo credit: Frame

Photo credit: Frame

Frame on the Move

Frame are offering another series of fantastic “Frame on the Move” classes this January, held at various locations across Shoreditch. At the stylish Lyst HQ, you can work on your downward dog and flexibility with some Power Yoga, or get your sweat on with a Frame Signature class. At the Ace Hotel, you can work off those Christmas carbs with some Cardio Conditioning or Boxfit. All classes are £15 and promise to get you into shape for the new year. You’ll also receive free goodies from the likes of Chi and Popchips. Bonus!

 

Hula Hooping

Hula Fit

If, like us, you’ve seen the latest performance of cirque de soleil at the Royal Albert Hall, and now want to look as good as their multi-talented, hula hoop-er, then we’ve got just the thing for you; “Hula Fit!London Fields Fitness Studio offer drop-in classes on a Thursday and Friday, describing Hula Fit as “hula-hooping-based fitness for killer abs, tight bums, and general gorgeousness. “ Sounds perfect!

 

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Photo credit: bootybloggeruk

Boomcycle

According to their website, Boomcycle = “Bike. Beats. BOOM!” Their classes are dynamic, high-energy and suitable for all. Their lights are turned down low, and the music up high, in this immersive experience that promises to help you reach your fitness goals. Sessions can be booked online.

 

 

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Dance – Beyoncé Workshop

Frame’s famous Beyonce Workshop is back! This is your chance to learn how to dance like the Queen of Pop herself, whilst working up a killer body. Workshops run for two hours at both of Frame’s locations in Shoreditch and Queen’s Park. More information can be found here: Beyonce Workshop