The fitness crowd swears by the power of yoga and pilates. Aside from it being non-daunting and quite an approachable way to exercise, it’s cool and fun—far from the usual and boring equipment most gyms have. Plus, a pose of either of the two workouts are so Instagram-worthy.
And it just begins there. In doing yoga or pilates (or both), you’ll be reaping more benefits that just weight loss—flexibility, muscular strength, improved posture, neuromuscular coordination, reduced stress levels, mental clarity, and focus. Whew! The handful of things you’ll get from regular sessions of these activities will definitely bring an overall change to your lifestyle.
In choosing between yoga and pilates, one may ask—which is better? The answer, truthfully, lies in you. Depending on your preferences, one or both may suit you. But if your mind is still deciding which one to try out, we had a chat with OneLife Studio’s Tanya Aguila on the ups and downs of yoga and pilates—and we’ll help you pick the workout for you!
Pilates. If your goal is mainly physical health and fitness, Pilates is for you! "Pilates trains several muscle groups at once in efficient, connected movements, so you actually learn to move in safer, more efficient patterns of motion." The best part? A few sessions is all you'll need, as this workout works immediately. It's also focused on developing a strong core, accessing the deep abdominal muscles along with the muscles closest to the spine.
Tips for beginners: "It's important to work on fundamental exercises that encourage better control of the body’s powerhouse by learning how to work the the trunk, pelvis, and shoulder girdle as one integrated unit. Some key poses to get one started are Pilates Hundred, Single Leg Teaser, and Bridging."
Practice every: 3-5 times a week to see and to maintain results.
Yoga. Want to achieve peace, calmness, and clarity? Try yoga. "It is not uncommon to be hyper stimulated these days and practicing Yoga helps integrate mindfulness into your daily routine," says Tanya. Yoga poses are intended to restore your nervous system, and soon enough, you'll have better handle even on life's most stressful situations. Bonus: You'll notice more optimism in you!
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Tips for beginners: "Start with Sun Salutations, a flowing set of Yoga poses interconnected with each other through a series of breaths. It warms up the body and prepares it for deeper practice. Key poses include the Mountain Pose, Standing Forward Bend, and Downward Facing Dog."
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Practice every: 1-2 times a week, for the therapeutic kinds of Yoga like Restorative Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Iyengar Yoga, and Meditation.
Decided yet? Well, personally for Tanya, she prefers Pilates as it sustains her fitness goals, which is to maintain her weight while conditioning and toning the body. It's okay if you choose otherwise, as long as you remember this last tip from the fitness instructor. "Like any sport or physical practice, when Yoga or Pilates is done without the supervision of a qualified instructor or done without proper knowledge of the routines or the poses, it may result to injuries over time. It is important to start your practice with a qualified instructor who has expertise in this field." And oh, pair it with a healthy and balanced diet, too!
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Photographs from Instagram.com/onelifestudio and Instagram.com/yogainspiration.