Yoga or Pilates – which one is right for you?

Mind & Body Studio in Kirkcaldy discusses the differences between yoga and Pilates

While yoga and Pilates are very similar – involving movements and poses designed to increase flexibility and strengthen the mind-body connection – yoga is largely focused on the mind and you feel, while Pilates is designed to tone your body and improve your movement and posture.

Reformer Pilates at Mind & Body Studio

Both yoga and pilates can offer lots of different health benefits. Here’s a quick guide to what sets them apart:

Yoga

  • Mental and emotional rehabilitation
  • Build strength and flexibility
  • Exercises can be modified
  • Adaptable for seniors, pre-schoolers and mother and baby classes
  • Toning and strengthening of all the muscle groups
  • Relieve tension and stress
  • Help to balance hormones
  • Alignment of the body and mind
  • Can be a spiritual practise

Pilates

  • Reduce physical pain
  • Promote recovery from injury
  • Body rehabilitation and strengthening
  • Muscle toning
  • Lose weight/burn calories (with the help of pilates machines)
  • Alignment of the body and mind
  • Can help to prevent sports injury
  • Beneficial for dancers

New! Carbon-negative yoga mats   

The future is circular – in more ways than one – now that one of the world’s first carbon-negative circular yoga mats has launched in the UK.

The mats, which are made from recycled natural rubber and recycled plastic bottles, have been developed by London-based company The Form.

Entrepreneurs Toby Marshman and Heidi Benham, who are behind the brand, are hoping to create a movement in the fitness industry and have set out to develop high-performance products which have a positive impact on the environment.

Many yoga mats are typically made from PVC or other toxic materials, but the Form mat is silicone, toxic glue and phthalate-free. They’re also designed to be recyclable when the time comes for their replacement.

And the reason for the circular shape? According to Form, research has shown that round shapes have a positive effect on the human mind.

t says circles have been found to help increase focus and evoke feelings of completeness, which is ideal for practising yoga or meditation.

The round shape also prevents the need to turn the mat during class and is said to be better for pregnant women and those trying yoga with children or a partner.

For yoga and Pilates in Fife, check out Mind & Body Studio.

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