Health Benefits of Yoga vs. Pilates

Everyone takes life at a different pace. Some may take the New York approach to life, in which everything should’ve been done yesterday while others love the Southern and calm way of life, in which tasks are completed when you get to them.

No matter which pace you choose to live life, there will always be a fitness outlet that will match the comfortable pace at which you would like to complete your self care.

Here are the different benefits between Yoga and Pilates, in which Yoga is slow while Pilates can bump the tempo up a bit.

1. Yoga alleviates the mind.

Yoga’s incorporation of meditation and breathing can help improve a person’s mental well-being. According to the American Osteopathic Association, “Regular yoga practice creates mental clarity and calmness, increases body awareness, relieves chronic stress patterns, relaxes the mind, centers attention, and sharpens concentration.”

2. Pilates promotes precision.

Whether it’s swimming, biking, or running, pilates will get your heart pumping.  According to Clarity Chi, In Pilates performing specific exercises in an exact and conscious way helps to establish purpose with intention.

Having an accurate and definitive intention or purpose when making interactions at home or in the workplace can only benefit how others react and respond to you.

3. Yoga enhances your mood.

Yoga enhances your mood. According to UC Santa Cruz Counseling & Psychiatric Services, it improves circulation in the endocrine glands, and enhances the functions of hormones that play a primary role in the physiology of depression. This results in a reduction in depression and improved overall mood.

4. Pilates strengthens your heart.

According to PilatesAnytime, research has shown that Pilates improves heart health through improved respiration, decreased physical and emotional stress, and improved metabolic function. The best type of exercise for primary and secondary prevention of heart disease is aerobic exercise, which is a part of Pilates. In particular, its potential stress reduction promotes long term heart health.


No matter the pace you choose to live your life, there is a workout for you that will benefit your body and life in different ways.

No workout is better than the other, they are just different. Based on your desired needs, choose a workout that will most benefit you the most!


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