What’s the difference between Pilates Classes or Yoga Classes
I often hear patients ask what is better for them Pilates Classes or Yoga Classes. So here is a brief video talking with Christine who is a specialised yoga for scoliosis teacher about Pilates and Yoga and what are the similarities and differences.
Ultimately working out what you need from the class and your motivation to start will dictate what kind of class is for you. Understanding both Pilates and Yoga should help you make that decision.
Both Pilates and Yoga have beneficial effects on joints, muscles and strength but Pilates may be more focused and controlled where as yoga maybe more free flowing. each has their benefits.
What is important is that you understand what you should be doing if you have any pain and also that you do not keep exercising if your symptoms get worse.
Exercise should always feel comfortable and not painful.
What is also important is that you have a good instructor who is able to help you get in the right positions and is aware of what your limits are. If you feel that you are not sure what you should be doing, ask the instructor to give you a 1:1 session so that you are making the most of your classes. There are so many people in classes that are not making the most of the exercises because of their technique that just a few corrections could make all the difference.
If a GP has suggested Pilates Classes or Yoga Classes then ask them whether its to get stronger in the core or to get moving.
If you are deciding to do Pilates because it has been recommended and you are still in pain then its always worth getting the all clear from your Physiotherapist or doctor.
If you are not seeing any one it would be important that the therapist performs an assessment to get a better idea of your needs.
If you would like to discuss Pilates or Yoga, Get in touch!