Both yoga and pilates are spiritual and physical disciplines that use exercise and meditation to improve your overall health and happiness. While yoga has a 5,000 year history in Ancient India, pilates was not developed until the 1920s. Both disciplines focus on technique, breathing and alignment. However, the cornerstone of yoga is the spiritual connection you gain while flowing through the poses. Meanwhile, pilates is all about strengthening your core to improve balance and movement.
Many people are incorporating yoga, pilates or both into their daily lives. Gyms are even offering yoga/pilates fusion workouts. However, you don’t need to get an expensive gym membership to give these a try. Just go to your local branch and check out the great books and DVDs that break down the moves for you.