Want to slim down! Should I practice yoga or Pilates?

Is yoga the same as Pilates? What is the relationship between yoga and Pilates? Is Pilates a form of yoga? Is yoga good for slimming or is Pilates good for slimming?

Is it very dizzy? First of all, one clear point.

Yoga is not Pilates, and Pilates is not Yoga!

Back to the topic, first of all, the conclusion. Slim, should practice yoga or Pilates?

In yoga, it is believed that obesity is an external manifestation of the body's energy imbalance, and yoga practice can make the body's internal environment healthier; digestive juice secretion is normal; excess body tissues (such as fat and fluid that causes body edema) can be eliminated, excretion is more regular, and the spirit will also become more happy.

Pilates is extremely effective in shaping the hips, waist and abdomen, as it is a small, multiple deep muscle workout that does not produce large muscles, but instead creates long, slender muscle lines. If with the teacher's dietary recommendations, will be more half the effort.

On the surface, Pilates is very similar to yoga, and it is difficult to distinguish between the two because they are both relatively soothing postures with an emphasis on breathing. In addition, Pilates can be found in many yoga studios' class schedules, so it is easy to mistake Pilates for yoga. However, there is a fundamental difference between yoga and Pilates.

Similarities between Yoga and Pilates

(# The following "yoga" mainly refers to Hatha Yoga)

  • Both yoga and Pilates require a high level of concentration and attention to the coordination between movement and breathing.
  • Both can be supplemented with equipment for specific practice purposes.
  • All have their own complete course system and teaching training system

  • All have obvious physical therapy effects, effectively adjusting the body posture and shaping the body line. For example, treating scoliosis and strengthening the core.

  • All can be used as an adjunct to slimming and shaping


The difference between yoga and Pilates

  • Different origins

Pilates: Since childhood, Joseph Pilates, a German who was weak and sickly, received public attention when he used a unique and effective exercise therapy to help a large number of prisoners recover during the First World War. Later, through continuous practice, a systematic exercise therapy was gradually formed, which is what we call Pilates today. Pilates has gained worldwide recognition due to its remarkable effects.

Yoga: The earliest written record of yoga is 3500 years old. For at least 1000 years before that, yoga was transmitted orally, and with the development of history, Hatha yoga was formed to achieve spiritual enhancement through physical exercise (that is, yoga asana practice). Modern people have again divided Hatha Yoga into various schools of yoga according to the different emphasis of each practice.

  • Different training objectives

Pilates: Focuses on perfection of form, correct posture, and healthy alignment of the bones, and its goal is to focus on the muscles.

Yoga: The goal of yoga practice is to unify the body and mind through the practice of yoga postures. However, in modern society, it is almost impossible to achieve the ideal state, but through continuous practice, our minds will become more and more calm.

PS: Although yoga does not aim at body sculpting as the ultimate goal, after a period of yoga practice, we will also get a healthier and tighter body and correct bad posture. Although Pilates is not about body sculpting, it requires a high degree of concentration during practice because of the need to harmonize specific breathing techniques with the movements, and long-term practice is extremely helpful in unifying the body and mind.

  • Different ways of movement

Pilates: dynamic connected activity, creating a flow of movement through correct transitions between movements, with correct breathing methods, emphasizing the core muscles in the case of precision training, embodying the Western concept of fitness.
Yoga: In each asana is held with breathing, some of the twists and turns emphasize the squeezing massage of internal organs and glands, and the movements are inspired by animals, plants and Indian mythological figures.

With Pilates breathing, alternating leg movements, shaping the waist and abdominal line

Yoga: Each asana is held with the breath, with some twists and turns emphasizing squeezing and massaging of the internal organs and glands, with movements inspired by animals, plants and Indian mythological figures.

Camel pose, more points, need to practice under the guidance of professional teachers to prevent injury

Tree pose seems simple. It requires a solid foundation, antagonistic muscles, stable core strength and even breathing, while keeping the pelvis upright.


  • Breathing method

Pilates: Horizontal breathing is also known as intercostal breathing. It is the most common breathing method in Pilates practice. When inhaling, the ribs on both sides of the chest expand horizontally like a cage, keeping the abdomen as still as possible; when exhaling, the chest cavity contracts horizontally like a cage and sinks back down. Under the guidance of the teacher, the correct breathing can significantly reduce the sensitivity of the practitioner to muscle aches and pains.

Yoga: When practicing yoga asanas, nasal inhalation and exhalation are necessary to consciously take deep, long and relaxed breaths, while the beginner can just keep breathing naturally. Breath control in yoga is a separate practice from asana. The Yoga Sutra defines breath control as "the pause between the inhalation and exhalation after the asana has been mastered." In other words, "breath control" is practiced at a higher level than "asana".

Maintain even and deep breaths during yoga asanas for a more stable body and a calmer mind


Breath control is an effective way to remove impurities from the body and cleanse the blood and brain.

For beginners, whether it is yoga or Pilates, there is no absolute "correct" way to breathe in practice.

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