Which to choose?

The Huffington Post has an article on 10 things to consider when choosing a personal trainer. Click here to read the full article. When choosing a pilates or yoga instructor, these same aspects should be considered, including the experience and credentials of the instructor, the cost of sessions and classes as well as the location and convenience of your chosen studio.

Pilates is an integrated exercise system which was designed to utilise different types of apparatus in addressing the mobility and stability of the body and, as a result, the mind.

“Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness. Our interpretation of physical fitness is the attainment and maintenance of a uniformly developed body with a sound mind fully capable of naturally, easily, and satisfactorily performing our many and varied daily tasks with spontaneous zest and pleasure.”

Joseph Pilates

A Yoga asana practice, often without equipment, leaves you alone with your body and mind on your mat and the sequence your instructor is taking you through on the day. Yoga can be, and often is, viewed as yet another exercise modality without delving into the deeper aspects. However, it is important to bear in mind that yoga is also a path to a deeper understanding of the self.

“The goal of yoga: (it’s not the handstand). 

The yoga pose is not the goal. Becoming flexible is not the goal. Standing on your hands is not the goal. The goal is to create space where you were once stuck. To unveil the layers of protection you’ve built around your heart. To appreciate your body and become aware of the mind and the noise it creates. To make peace with who you are. The goal is to love, well, You. Come to your yoga mat to feel, not to accomplish. Shift your focus and your heart will grow”

Rachel Brathen

The choice between Yoga and Pilates really comes down to what you are looking for – in your body and in your life. The ideal would be to try both and then decide based on personal experience and suitability to your lifestyle. Choosing between the two, or even choosing a combination of both, based on that which best suites you and your goals will ensure that whatever your decision, it will always be the “right” one.

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