The ancient discipline of Yoga was fused with the modern day Pilates technique to create the hybrid Yogalates. And it may be just what you are looking for if you can’t decide between the two.
Yogalates is the fusion of yoga and pilates. This practice provides stretching and strengthening to all major muscles of the body as it calms the mind and spirit.
Combining these two disciplines is fantastic! There are many injuries suffered in yoga perhaps because the practitioner did not possess the core strength to hold and move through the many postures. Yoga focuses on flexibility first then strength. It is spiritually based to unblock and improve energy flows and increase your flexibility. You move through a sequence of various postures with no repetition. In Pilates the focus is a strong core first, stability and then strength followed by flexibility. You set into a posture and then move your extremities in repetitive motion building strength and challenging the core of the body, the torso. The combination of the two will give you multiple benefits from each.
Louise Solomon founded this new technique to give you the best of both disciplines. After injuring herself doing yoga she began Pilates to help build her core strength. She became a Pilates instructor, but really missed yoga. So she also trained to be a yoga instructor. She found unique benefits in each discipline and didn’t want to give up either. She combined the two disciplines to get the unique benefits of each in one workout. She called it Yogalates and has even trademarked the name.
Being a combination of two disciplines you achieve the benefits of each. You will improve core stability and your inner strength. You strengthen your lower back which will protect it from injury. Improved posture comes with the awareness of your body. You will tone your stomach and your muscles; also you will lengthen your muscles resulting in less chance of injury. Regular practice of the technique increases your stamina, your respiratory function and cardiac function. You have improved lymph and blood circulation and are able to connect your mind and body.
This therapy is suitable for all people. It is a good choice for those who have weak abdominal muscles and lower back muscles. The practice is also acceptable for postnatal women and those who suffer from arthritis. It should never be practice if you are pregnant however. The exercises and postures are easily modified as needed to cater to all levels of fitness.