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What's the difference between yoga and Pilates?

By September 9, 2014 - 2:57pm
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I've taken a few yoga classes and absolutely love it! It is so relaxing, and I always feel like I'm in a better mindset after class. My friend told me to start taking Pilates. I've heard Pilates and yoga are very similar. Are they the same or are there differences? What's the difference between yoga and Pilates?

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Hi Pat!

Thank you for that helpful answer! I read the Pilates article and I'm really interested to try it out now. I think I'm going to go with my friend to a class later this week.

I'll let you know how it goes!

September 9, 2014 - 8:36pm
Expert HERWriter Guide Blogger (reply to Jessica Thompson)

Hi Jessica -

I'm excited for you and look forward to hearing how it goes.

Take care,


September 10, 2014 - 5:16pm
Expert HERWriter Guide Blogger

Hi Jessica - That's a good question, and it's great that you're incorporating exercise into your lifestyle and looking into additional options. You go girl!!

Yoga and Pilates together are sophisticated systems of integrative exercise with a lot in common, but at the same time, they're also quite different from each other. Many fitness trainers feel they compliment each other and encourage people to incorporate both into their fitness routines.

We have a great article in the EmpowHER community which explains both and spells out the specific differences - Yoga and Pilates, Understanding the Differences.

Since you're new to Pilates, you may also find this article helpful - Pilates: A Classic Workout for a New Body. Also, there are several fitness resources listed at the bottom of the article if you want even more information.

Hope that's helpful, and you will at least give Pilates a try. Let us know if you do and what you think - you could encourage others to also try it.




September 9, 2014 - 5:25pm
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