The benefits of Yoga & Pilates are so vast it would be impossible to list them all here. However, below are a handful of the possible benefits you may experience with a regular practice.
Benefits of Yoga
Yoga is thought to be a 5000 year old tradition. It was developed with the purpose of giving practitioners greater self awareness, tension release and greater personal freedom. Practitioners develop more positive thought patterns and a feeling of greater space in the body. Through the regular practice of yoga postures, core strengthening exercises, breathing techniques, and deep relaxation you can:
- increase core strength and flexibility
- unlock energy blocks
- detoxify muscles through deep stretching
- tone internal organs
- obtain greater awareness of body and mind
- reduce stress and tension
- prevent and reverse degenerative diseases and injuries
- improve breath control to better nourish the body and mind
- quiet the mind and learn to prepare the body for meditation
Benefits of Pilates
Pilates is a method of exercise and physical movement that is designed to stretch, strengthen and balance the body. A Pilates workout will typically have less stretching exercises. There is a greater focus on exercises that tone surface muscles and strengthen deep muscles next to the spine. The muscles in the abdomen and pelvic floor such as the transverse abdominus are also strengthened. Through the regular practice of Pilates, you can expect to achieve the following benefits:
- strengthen your core and important postural muscles
- develop a leaner body
- improve overall health, particularly lung capacity, coordination and circulation
- create a balance between strength and flexibility
The main focus of Pilates is to strengthen what Joseph Pilates referred to as “the Girdle of Strength” or powerhouse muscles where your abdominals, lower back, pelvic floor and buttocks meet. These are the muscles that support the spine and hold the upper and lower parts of the body together.
Benefits of Yogilates
In order to give busy people the opportunity to reap the benefits of both yoga and pilates in one dynamic class, Feel Good provides yogilates classes. For people recovering from an injury who are wishing to slowly build their strength to participate in Pilates classes, yogilates can be a good start.
Yogilates generally begins with a strength training component using dumbbells. During the Pilates portion of a yogilates classes, participants can expect to stretch and strengthen all major muscle groups with particular emphasis on muscles that support a healthy spine. The class concludes with yoga postures that will strengthen and stretch the entire body, developing long, lean and well balanced muscles. You will leave this class feeling relaxed and energized, fully prepared to meet the challenges of daily life.
The regular practice of Yogilates is helpful for weight loss, toning, arthritis, back pain, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and osteoporosis. Bone density and joint health improve. Many participants also experience improved body awareness, something that often spills over into daily activities and improves overall muscle recruitment patterns.