Should I do Yoga or Pilates?

This is a question that keeps cropping up from our patients in the clinic. The problem is the answer is not black and white or should I say Yin and Yang!

As with my recent article regarding what is the difference between an Osteopath, Chiropractor and Physiotherapist, (which you can read here) the answer in my view is more to do with the quality of the practitioner or teacher than the philosophy.

Yoga started way back in the mists of time having originated in India. There are many forms of yoga some of which are very gentle, and some of which are very extreme. On the other hand Pilates was created by Joseph Pilates who was a German national but lived most of his life in the USA where he developed formulated ideas on exercise. Interestingly according to Wikipedia he developed most of his ideas whilst in an internment camp on the Isle of Man during the First World War. Most of the references clearly state that he studied yoga and built on this to form his own form of exercise.

Both forms of exercise at their best will increase tissue mobility, improve core stability, and improve balance. How much will depend on how hard you work at the programs and the condition of your body when starting the program.

In short both will deliver great results if you work the Programs diligently and at an appropriate level of severity.

I don’t think I will ever master the headstand!

As part of a balanced training programme which will also include some CV work such as running or cycling it is a fantastic way of developing your health and well-being whichever route you take. Just find a tutor whether online or at a local hall, but one you can relate to and enjoy working with their programmes.

The outcomes are twice as good if you can exercise with a smile on your face.

Practicing a Yoga Handstand!

Practicing a Yoga Handstand!

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