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 I am a 12-year-old girl who is overweight... HELP!?
Okay... I am not sure how tall I am but I am 12 and PLEASE do not tell me I am too young to be worrying about this stuff because if I don't do something about it now I will have more problems ...


 If im 12 and am 87 pounds the height of 5'1 am i over weight?
I look at my self in the mirror and i feel so fat i want to feel and look skinnier i just feel so hopeless please help me with tips on how to be happier with my body or even lose a couple of pounds ...


 What is the unhealthiest thing you can eat?
I would say a mars bar is .
Can anyone beat a mars bar,for worst thing you can eat for your health?
I know one is not going to do any damage....


 I'm 13 and I am overweight, what should I do to lose weight without excersising so much?
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 Who has accent?Americans or British???
I think it is the British............ sinse I am American....


 I'm 5'3 and 410 lbs. is this an ok weight?
nobody ever says im fat or anything....


 Do you think this is healthy eating for the day?
Also how many calories is this for the day? I am trying to diet.

Breakfast- nothing (I know this isn't good and I usually eat breakfast but ran out of time :-( (Just water)

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 am i too fat?????????
i am 5'6 and i weigh 135 lbs!! do i need to lose weight?

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i'm the brunette
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 What is the best possible way that i can get dat Beyonce booty?
What do i do? Diet? Exercise? Lunges tell a girl cause i do want to "work it out" Thank ...


 i am 5'2'' and i weigh 90 pounds?
i am 5'2'' weigh 90 pounds and im 12. is that overweight underweight or average?...


 how can i gain weight.?
Im a 15 year old male 5"4 and weigh about 110 pounds, i play football for my high school and need to gain weight however i cant eat alot in the mornings due to practice it will cause me to get ...


 how much weight will i loose if i didnt eat and just drank water for 2 weeks?
i want to loose 2.5 stone badly. im going to not eat for 2 weeks and just drink water an coffee,
after i will eat something like an apple and repeat the process again, will this work? i know im ...


 I'm reallly reeeaaallly thirsty?
but my stomach is really full. I've been drinking water and such all day but I can't quench my thirst. what can I do so that I can quench it but not also drink it and be over-full?...


 helppppppppp 10 points!!?
i wanna look skinnier thts it. will not eating help? shuld i cut down on how much i eat? how much? i need help. i need to loose some punds fast. suggestions? tips? but i dont wanna join wanna those ...


 If i build muscle, will i lose fat?(10 points)?
THATS IT!! thats all i ever need to know.. if i build big muscles.. will my fat go away!! PLEASE HELP!!...


 Do you think a size 16 is fat?
Thanks in advance!...


 my friend think she needs to LOSE weight. i think shes CRAZY. what do you think?
shes 5'5 and weighs 113 pounds.

seriously im afraid for her cuz she really thinks she needs to loose weight. how can i stop her?...


 AM I FAT???????????????????? ?
ok
i am 14
5"4 and weigh 120
am i fat or skinny
TELL THE TRUTH...


 how much should a 13 year old girl weigh at the height of 5' 2"?
hey. please help. im trying to gain weight. right now im 5' 2" and 90lbs. For me thats not healthy. please give me any suggestions to gain weight fast without eating unhealthy foods.
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 I eat a lot and I dont want to get fat ... so can someone please HELP!?
Ok, I eat a lot. For breakfast I eat either cereal or scrambled eggs and meat or sometimes just meat. After breakfast, I eat chips or candy bars. And for dinner I eat meat and vegetables or soup. A...



Mercury
How is yoga different than Pilates?
With so many workouts to choose from, it’s important to pick the right regimen to suit your lifestyle and fitness goals. What is the difference between yoga and Pilates, and what are the benefits of each one?
                      








ssrvj
Yoga (Paadhanjalam) is Hindu Religious Activity.It is not a physical Exercise like Pilates.Unless you know about -Nyaayam,Vaisesikam,-Saankyam,Yogam,Meem… are in 3 pairs, Hindu supreme God Lord Siva,Himself initiated the Yoga by demonstrating "Chin Mudra".Christian Cardinals,Bishops,Pastors correctly advice "Do not do Yoga-it is a Religious execise"--So go for Pilates if you want physical exercise.)Saankyam-Yogam,Meemaamsam,Vedh… are not posted in the message)


sgtlambsonswife
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There are a few differences. For me, I suppose the main difference is how I approach each one. Yoga is about the breath, and focusing inward on oneself. It's like a moving meditation. Yoga is meant to be both for the body and mind...achieving mental peace through breath and movement. Don't be fooled into thinking that yoga is easy! I do the 'Power Yoga' series by Bryan Kest and let me tell you, it kicks your butt.

Pilates is all about protecting the back, and strengthening the muscles in your core (abdomen.) Pilates is intended to help prevent back injuries and help protect from back injuries in the future. The way that is achieved is through the systematic strengthening of the stomach muscles because most people walk around with relatively weak stomach muscles, which puts strain on the back. It's also about strengthening the psoas muscles to keep our backs and bodies stable. The traditional way of doing sit ups can cause injury to the back and because they're done incorrectly they don't really strengthen our core the way they should. You might notice that many of the people who do sit ups don't really have a flat stomach...their muscles sort of "pooch out" because the situps are done incorrectly. In Pilates, the correct way of doing situps gives you lots of abdominal/core strength and stability with the added benefit of a flat belly! It really is amazing how strong your core gets with Pilates because when you first start off, you don't feel like you're exercising at all. But the flexibility and strength you gain are unparalleled in any other mat workout I've seen. Look up pictures of Josef Pilates and see what he looked like past 40...quite amazing.


4ISABELLA
Pilates is taken from Yoga. Yoga's origins are from 6000 years ago. Yoga is not only postures but the correct breathing that helps the muscles to relax in order to expand. Practicing yoga is not just to loose weight or balance out the blood pressure but it is a way of life. Without the correct breathing and the knowledge of each asanas (postures), and the correct combination of postures, you cannot achieve maximum benefit. Yoga is an Eatern way of life. Pilates is Western. Pilates is fast and each move is for that specific body part, while each posture in yoga benefits the entire physical system with incredible effects on etheric, and astral bodies including human auroa.


Joseph
One requires the "strengthening the core muscles of the body therefore adding stability to the body and preventing injuries. Pilates promotes physical harmony and balance for people of all ages and physical conditions while providing an energizing workout." (that's pilates).

While yoga... "Yoga has been proven to reduce stress and anxiety; accordingly, it is often recommended to relieve the pain and anxiety of chronic conditions."

And there you go! That's the difference.


matthew l
You can entirely discount any of these answers that say that yoga is "just stretching". I'd like to see any of those people get through Rodney Yee's "Yoga Burn". It's quite a workout, and it's non-stop for around 53 minutes. As far as sculpting and toning, its results are quickly noticed, unless you are eating like a pig - nothing will keep you ahead of that, but yoga (of which there are many, many varieties) is a discipline, so people with self discipline will get the most out of it. It helps to create an awareness of your body that eventually enables you to make your own adjustments. Pilates can be done with or without (expensive) machinery. I would consider doing both (and am considering checking out Pilates) but if I were to do one exclusively it would be yoga. It's not just stretching, it's not just meditation. My guess is that the people who said that have no actual experience with it. i know a lot more about yoga than Pilates, and my intention here is to give a clearer idea of what that is, as you have been repeatedly misinformed by many of these answers. Kudos to those that answered with any true knowledge though.


Special K
yoga is all about breathing and stretching. pilates incorporates weights into the regimen. both are great.


tacmedwarrior
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If you do Yoga as it was intended, it incorporates meditation in its practice. It is also a part of some religious expressions, to reach a transcended state. The watered down Yoga taught on every street corner is just a good way to breathe, stretch, and exercise. The main difference that still remains is Yoga is done with no props. Pilates now has a whole new line of stuff, and machines, that can be used. Either way you go is good. They both work, and are beneficial.
Just Move It, Move it. !


DX GENERTION
What is yoga?
Yoga is the best and most time-tested path to physical and mental well-being known to mankind. While some people think of yoga simply as physical exercise, it is actually a complete system for overall health and well-being. It includes everything from physical postures, personal hygiene, and a healthy diet to premeditation, breathing, and relaxation techniques. The most advanced forms of meditation and self-realization are also a part of yoga. Wai Lana’s workouts focus on yoga’s physical techniques.


What is Pilates?
Derived from ancient yoga asanas, the Pilates exercise system was formulated by Joseph Pilates over 80 years ago for more specific and limited purposes. Although Pilates is not a complete balanced or holistic exercise and health system, it is quite useful. Pilates focuses mainly on cultivating core strength in the body and lengthening the spine. Practiced for decades by dancers, Pilates has become popular in recent years for its largely aesthetic body sculpting effect. Pilates can be a valuable tool for enhancing strength, definition, and good posture in partnership with Wai Lana Yoga. Click here to explore Wai Lana's Pilates Yoga line of products


hiithere121
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Differences And Similarities Between Pilates And Yoga

Pilates is a type of exercise that is really gaining a toe hold in popular culture. Alongside yoga, many people are beginning to realize the merits of a low intensity, calming form of exercise. The following are the differences and similarities between Pilates and yoga.

* Where Pilates is merely a system of exercise, yoga is more of an all-encompassing activity that is not limited to one’s exercise. While yoga does incorporate many aspects of fitness which are often used in Pilates, those who practice yoga see it as more of a lifestyle than an activity. Yoga subscribers work on breathing control, maintaining a proper diet, and several other disciplines in order to find a more perfect harmony in their lives. Pilates, on the other hand, focuses almost completely on the physical aspect of the yoga activities as well as other exercises.
* Both yoga and Pilates place a certain emphasis on the breathing patterns of an individual. Proper breathing is stressed by instructors in order to more properly benefit from the exercise. There is a slight difference between the two breathing methods that the differing practices recommend: in Pilates, the participator is told to inhale through the nose, and exhale through the mouth. In yoga, on the other hand, breathing is only permissible in through the nose, and out through the nose.
* While both of the activities incorporate some outside tools in order to more accurately perform the exercises, yoga definitely requires more. Whereas pilates workouts may only require a pilates ball and a workout mat, yoga incorporates the usage of many different tools, including blankets, blocks, and straps in order to reach the full potential of the activity.
* Perhaps the most obvious difference between pilates and yoga is that yoga is an ancient practice that originated in India over 5,000 years ago, while pilates is a relatively new phenomenon. Pilates was developed and popularized by Joseph H. Pilates and his wife Clara in the early to mid-twentieth century. Pilates created his famous method while working as a nurse during the First World War in Great Britain. He developed his series of exercises and routines to help rehabilitate injured and immobile soldiers. Pilates was inspired by the ancient asana of yoga, and tried to incorporate this aspect of yoga into his own routine.
* Both of the activities incorporate the same exercises and need to develop ‘the core’. The core is what pilates subscribers refer to when they speak of the abdomen, the pelvic region, and the lower back of an individual. Development in this area is tantamount for those who study pilates, but it is just a small piece of the puzzle to those involved in yoga.
* Another of the main differences between pilates and yoga has to do with the underlying philosophy of each. Although they are both described as mind-body formats, pilates is generally considered to be more of an exercise than lifestyle choice. Yoga is not meant to operate as a simple exercise and body conditioning routine, but instead as a lifestyle philosophy. Pilates was first adopted as a physical conditioning routine by professional dancers and gymnasts. Like yoga, pilates also seeks to unite the mind, body, and spirit, but does not delve into the meditation and relaxation aspects like yoga does.
* Both yoga and pilates do indeed help participants deal with stress and cultivate relaxation, although only pilates is geared specifically toward building all-over body muscle and tone. Also, pilates also has a strong rehabilitation component that yoga practice does not.


Just Human
Depends on who you ask, Yoga oringinaly was for spiritual purpose (still is to Hindus, some Buddhists) and connection with God but the faithless have made a mockary of it by only caring about the physical benefits of it. Pilates I'm not sure but I think someone just took Yoga and put there name and stamp on it.


mitzubishi4338
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yoga is an ancient mind, body and spirit exercise practised by the yogis of ancient india. yoga's popularity increased in the 1960's and has since become a mainstream form of physical exercise. though, instructors still maintain that the yoga they teach and practise also unites the mind, body and spirit as it did for the rishis / yogis of ancient times.

hatha yoga (the yoga that is taught and practised today), was originally practised to prepare for the raja yoga. hatha yoga is a physical purification which renders the body fit for higher meditation practises. yogis / rishis would practise long hours of meditation. hatha is really 2 words: ha and tha, meaning sun and moon, which were considered energy channels of the psycho-spiritual subtle body that must be fully operational in order to attain a state of samadhi. in other respects, hatha yoga follows the same principles as the raja yoga of including moral restraint and spiritual observances.

the benefits of [hatha] yoga are many. it enhances flexibility and overall strength. it also improves joint strength. the body's own weight is used for resistance and a lot of concentration is required to flow from one posture to the next. yoga makes you aware of your posture (how you sit, stand, walk, etc), alignment (of your joints, how your body parts depend on one another, etc), and the way you move in general. apart from its physical benefits, it not only refreshes the mind but it also helps to de-stress the mind and body in a high-stress environment.

the history of pilates is relatively short as it was created in the 1920's by a german, joseph pilates, who built upon rehab techniques he used on wounded WWI soldiers. it became popular with dancers who used it to recover from injuries and became a mainstream form of fitness since the mid-1990's.

pilates also incorporates many of the same goals of controlled movement and cocentration, but the major difference between itself and yoga is that it not only has a full 'course' of matwork, but it incorporates exercises on pilates machines. pilates focuses on the core (abdominal section), as it is considered to stabilise and strengthen the person from inside out. unlike other exercise programmes (aerobics or kick boxing, for example) it works the entire body and focuses on quality instead of quantity. the emphasis centres around strengthening the core muscles, improving posture, balance and flexibility, lengthening the spine and gaining overall strength.


Muthu S
Yoga( Kriya yoga Hq in california & India) Is a spiritual yoga suited for body, mind, & soul includes exercises& Meditation which suits Eastern & Western life style.Pillates is purely for body developement only. NOTE: Hata Yoga is full of ASANAS, (needs teacher) for--body management.


Cutedervish
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i know there s a lot of similar answers but still.......pilates is a prototype of aerobics, it uses muscles tension; yoga (well asanas in hath yoga) Stretches them. As a result the body types developed are different, sporty vs. lean respectively. Although things like Power yoga etc. are very similar to Pilates.


javed
Yoga is derived from the word " Yug" meaning to bind. Bind what? The mind and the body. Then, what is the aim of binding the body and the mind? This is because we are composed of three different bodies, namely the physical, ethereal and the soul. So, the practice of yoga is aimed to promote the realisation of the existence of our bodies, and successive progression from the gross physical body to the two more subtle bodies. Thus, yoga is the tool for evolution from one body to another. However, to be able to promote this transcendence, one should have a healthy body and a healthy mind. Yoga fulfills both of these requirements, by promoting a healthy body free of diseases and a well-balanced mind for higher spiritual awareness. Moreover, yoga is composed of seven steps which every aspirant should pass through to attain the stage of salvation. They are Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dhyana, Gyana and Samadhi. Samadhi is the last stage and this is where the individual, having fully realised its unity with God emerges from the pain-ridden physical body. The meaning of the word yoga is so deep that it would be understood only if the aspirant sincerely practises it everyday and experiences the ocean of compassion and peace within himself or herself; a recommended practice for every individual.


babushkah
yoga is amazing in itself, because not only is it a way of exercizing, it is a way of life also. you become a better, more at ease kind of person. people love being around you, it gives off a great aura. yoga motivates you to take on the world, it inspires you to help the earth and the people in it. i know this might sound like hippieish, but yoga does try to make you an optimist. so be happy! do yoga!! now pilates is a different story...in my opinion, you have to be already in shape and muscular to do it. i dont find it fun or inspiring. i would rather be relaxed and be at peace with yoga.


☎ Rotary Dial ☎
Yoga is different from Pilates like Soccer is different than Rugby.

With both, it's important to find a great instructor. How much you like either form of exercise will largely depend on the leadership and support your instructor provides.

I love both Yoga and Pilates. I learned yoga first, and I thought this was a good thing, since so much of the basic Pilates is based on yoga.

Both forms are very diverse, and have something to offer to people of all ages and abilitites. Both can be modified to accomodate pregnancy, injuries, infirmities and age. A good instructor is important.

A lot of athletes have found benefit by adding Pilates. A lot of people have found yoga to be an important part of spiritual growth and personal well-being.


amembal4444
The differences between Pilates and yoga have always been an issue of discussion among people who are looking out for the best physical fitness regime for themselves. In fact, Pilates vs. Yoga has become a controversial topic, these days. Let us discuss the differences between Pilates and Yoga in detail, in order to understand the health benefits of yoga and Pilates separately. This would also offer you an idea of what type of physical fitness regime would suit you and offer you maximum health benefits.

Yoga is based on the Eastern idea of moving energy through your body. The more freely the energy flows, the healthier and more energetic you feel. Physical tension hinders the flow; over time, areas of tension in your body can become tight and rigid, even painful. The goal of yoga is to keep the body supple through movement and stretching. But there's another dimension. Yoga is a holistic spiritual discipline with its roots in Eastern forms of meditation. The physical postures, although they condition the body, are really aimed at the mind. They symbolize the goal of living your life in a state of balance and composure. When you spend an hour in a yoga class, you melt into a kind of meditative state and emerge wonderfully relaxed and refreshed.

Pilates on the other hand is physical conditioning first and foremost -- and there's nothing quite like it. Its creator, Joseph Pilates, was looking for a way to rehabilitate injured soldiers after World War I.
He developed an assortment of curious machines with names like the "Reformer" and the "Cadillac." Using cables and trolleys and unusual body positioning,
Pilates exercises stretch and strengthen and are unique in their ability to encourage coordination between the muscles that stabilize the body.

Yoga is the best and most time-tested path to physical and mental well-being known to mankind. While some people think of yoga simply as physical exercise, it is actually a complete system for overall health and well-being. It includes everything from physical postures, personal hygiene, and a healthy diet to premeditation, breathing, and relaxation techniques. The most advanced forms of meditation and self-realization are also a part of yoga. Wai Lana’s workouts focus on yoga’s physical techniques.

Although Pilates is not a complete balanced or holistic exercise and health system, it is quite useful. Pilates focuses mainly on cultivating core strength in the body and lengthening the spine. Practiced for decades by dancers, Pilates has become popular in recent years for its largely aesthetic body sculpting effect. Pilates can be a valuable tool for enhancing strength, definition, and good posture.

Some basic differences for Pilates vs. yoga.
a) Yoga is a physical fitness regime originated in Northern part of India, in ancient period. The history of yoga dates back to almost five thousand years ago. Pilates is not an ancient practice as yoga. It is just eighty years old.
b) Pilates method, although inspired by certain yoga poses, is a complicated system. It works towards conditioning the entire body. Yoga, however is explained as a lifestyle, instead of just an exercise. It works towards offering a path to physical and mental well-being. It also includes all the exercise routines in conjunction with a healthy diet, relaxation, meditation, and breathing skills.
c) Pilates focus on developing the core strength inside the body and elongating the spine. This form of exercise would enhance strength and spread awareness on proper posture. Yoga basically emphasizes on the union of body with mind and spirit and works on the whole body. Yoga helps in relieving stress.
d) Both Pilates and yoga focus on breathing and concentration. The basic difference is that yoga focuses on employing breathing process on a deeper level. Pilates includes inhaling via nose and exhaling through the mouth and yoga concentrates on utilizing the nose for both inhaling and exhaling.
e) Yoga includes many styles and all these styles are usually performed in a group on a yoga mat; with the help of instructions offered by a yoga teacher. Although Pilates work on Pilates mat, but it also emphasizes on certain Pilates machines in order to build machines.
f) Pilates does not require any sort of extra props such as blocks, straps and blankets whereas yoga does.
There are several benefits of Pilates yoga. Let us discuss on the various benefits of Pilates and yoga, individually prior to deciding on which one is best.


CountTheDays
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Put simply; Pilates is a system of physical exercises to develop strength and flexibility, yoga is a system of breathing, posture and mental exercises designed to develop spiritual awareness. Inevitably some of the 'positions' used in the two systems are the same. However, Pilates is pragmatic whereas yoga is spiritual. You may prefer one form to the other.
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FörtyTwö
Yoga is full mind body, Pilates is abdomen/back.
One is a money maker, by design, the other is a way of life,being and interacting in harmony with everything and anything.
One is Capitalized, one is not.
Capitalism makes strange bedfellows with good.


Allison
Yoga is a way to put your mind to peace and serenity. They've come out with Power Yoga and Weight Loss Yoga, but that's not true Yoga. It's sort of like meditating while controlling your breathing and putting your body into certain poses that reduce stress and make your whole body feel better.

Pilates is taken from yoga but put into an exercise form. It targets your "core" which is your torso, and mainly your abdomen resulting in a toned, lean body. It makes your legs look longer and you feel so much better then just simply walking on the treadmill.

I do both Yoga and Pilates and recommend both. I do both at home with videos. Try the "Crunch" series of both...they are really good.

Hope this helped!


CoronaGirl
They are both awesome.

Yoga has more of a spiritual aspect to it, and from my experience is more calm and centering allowing your body to truly set into the yoga positions.

Pilates is more about strengthening the "core" of the body, and has more of a physical focus compared to yoga's spiritual focus.

My experience has been that after practicing yoga, I have more flexibility, am more calm and my muscles and body seem lean and slender. After practicing pilates, I had more muscle tone, still lean.


Super Wifey
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In my experience pilates has more strengthening movements and a bit faster tempo, while yoga is more soothing and focuses more on balance and stretching. I love them both just depends what I am looking for in my workout that day.


Kate
In my own personal opinion, Yoga is more of a meditating and spiritual workout. It requires more stretching movements along with controlled breathing and focus. Pilates helps tone the body along with pushing it to do more strengthening workouts. They are both very calm and soothing workouts it just depends on what you prefer.

:-)


Patrick Star
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Yoga is more for relaxation. It's focuses on relaxing your mind and body, and is good for your system. Pilates is more like exercise. Its main task is to shape your muscles, and works parts of the body that are not usually used. Hope this helped a little!


Green Goblin
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It seems that these days you can hardly turn on a television without hearing someone mention Pilates or Yoga. Articles on Pilates and Yoga fill numerous magazines and it seems “everyone who is anyone? is doing one or the other. Why all the excitement? What is so special about these techniques? What are the similarities and differences between Pilates and Yoga?

Yoga, as we all know it, is aimed to unite the mind, the body, and the spirit. Yogis view that the mind and the body are one, and that if it is given the right tools and taken to the right environment, it can find harmony and heal itself. Yoga therefore is considered therapeutic. It helps you become more aware of your body's posture, alignment and patterns of movement.

It makes the body more flexible and helps you relax even in the midst of a stress stricken environment. This is one of the foremost reasons why people want to start practicing Yoga - to feel more fit, to be more energetic, be happier and peaceful. The Yoga movements are performed, mostly, in a group setting on a special Yoga mat with an aid of a Yoga instructor. The body's own weight is used for resistance and a great deal of focus is accorded to the flow from one posture into the other. There are many different Yoga styles and they differ in their emphasis. No one style is better than the other. The Style you use is a matter of personal preference or a matter of need.

Vinyasa Yoga, for example, makes use of modified Yoga Poses that are designed to meet the specific needs of an individual and to enhance healing, flexibility and strength of joints. The poses also intend to promote the feeling of well-being and strength. Practices may also include meditation, reflection, study and other classic elements, but the emphasis of this branch of Yoga practice is on coordinating breath and movement. As you can imagine, given the scope of practice, the inherent therapeutic applications and the heritage of the lineage, the training requirements for teacher certification are extensive.

Pilates seek to reach much the same goals, also via a series of controlled movements. The major difference is that the Pilates technique not only has a full complement of matwork, but it incorporates work on the Pilates machines. The emphasis of the exercises is to strengthen the abdominals, improve posture, stabilize and lengthen the spine, improve balance and overall strength. Pilates gives you a longer, leaner, dancer-like line.

Unlike many other training programs, Pilates works the whole body, emphasizing control, precision and concentration in both the mind and the body. Movements are not performed rapidly or repeated excessively instead, the focus is on quality not quantity. The abdominal muscles, lower back and buttocks ("powerhouse") serve as the center of all movement, allowing the rest of the body to move freely. This focus on core stabilization makes one stronger from the inside out and is critical for the advancement of the client. The low impact nature of Pilates makes it ideal for injury prevention and rehabilitation. Its six principles-concentration, control, centering, breathing, flow and precision-train the body to move efficiently with minimal impact on the body. The balance between strength and flexibility creates a healthy, vigorous and symmetrical workout for all muscle groups resulting in a leaner, more balanced, and stronger body.

If after reading about both techniques you are still left with a question of which of these two fitness techniques is right for you then here is the answer: Do them both in conjunction! The nature of the techniques makes it easy for them to complement each other. Get the stretch from Yoga and keep it from Pilates. Strengthen your abdominals on the reformer and watch your poses improve. Join the breathing techniques of Pilates and meditative aspect of Yoga into your daily routine and see the stress of your everyday life, begin to dissipate. Both techniques are time-proven, established, and with the help of an experienced instructor, you will surely reach the goals you set up for yourself!


Ali Ishaq
Over the past decade, people have increasingly come to see fitness as a mind-body experience. This trend is an excellent one; a mind-body approach to exercise keeps you interested longer and in the long run, it's more effective too. The mind controls the body - if you engage your awareness, you perform any task more effectively. And if your mind's engaged there's less room for boredom to set in. All forms of physical fitness can, and should, utilize both mind and body, but there are many exercise techniques which are just naturally mind-body experiences. The two most popular are - as you no doubt know - Yoga and Pilates. People who are interested in adding a mind-body component to their exercise routine often ask, "which is best - Yoga or Pilates?"

Actually, there's no real "Yoga versus Pilates" debate - each one has a different focus and approach. Whether you gravitate towards one or the other really depends on your personality and own personal philosophies. If you have the time you can even do both without a lot of overlap - your muscles and flexibility will be trained from different angles and actually benefit. Most people, however, only have time for one or the other. Here's a brief overview to help you decide which one is right for you.

Keep in mind that neither discipline is new - Yoga originated in India and has been around for thousands of years. It was brought to the Western world more than a hundred years ago and was popularized by people like Paramahansa Yogananda and Indra Devi in the middle of the twentieth century. It has increased in popularity since the 1960s counter-culture movement and today it is a mainstream form of fitness. Pilates is a mere youngster by comparison - it was created in the 1920s by a German, Joseph H. Pilates, who built upon rehabilitative techniques he used on wounded soldiers during World War I. When he relocated to the United States prior to World War II, dancers soon embraced the movements, which helped them recover quickly from injuries and made their bodies long and lean. Only since the mid-1990s has Pilates made inroads into mainstream fitness, but it has been catching on very quickly for the same reasons that dancers liked it so much - nearly everyone wants long, lean muscles, combined with truly functional fitness.

The biggest difference between Yoga and Pilates is more philosophical than physical. While Pilates takes a mind-body approach to exercise, Yoga's view involves mind, body and spirit. Its principles come from Hindu ideals and its approach is decidedly Eastern in nature. In reality, this should bother few people outside of those with fundamentalist religious beliefs - Yoga's Yamas and Niyamas (suggestions for living) bear some similarities in principle to Christianity's Ten Commandments (they're not quite as stern as the Commandments, however). Yoga's teachings encourage us to be kind to all beings, including ourselves, and to search for balance in our lives and lifestyle. You won't find any of this in a Pilates class, which only focuses on mental concentration, breathing and movement.

The physical differences between Yoga and Pilates derive from their contrasting outlooks. Yoga's approach is holistic, emphasizing balance in all areas - equally strengthening all muscle groups, creating mental and physical balance, encouraging moderation in everything. Pilates mainly works on the core muscles in your trunk (called the powerhouse), and building strength there above all. Yoga, for the most part, involves static poses, which are held while exploring your breathing, physical feelings and emotions. Pilates is about moving in ways that help strengthen your powerhouse, including your stabilizing muscles. Yoga emphasizes flexibility over building strength (although it enhances both), while Pilates emphasizes toning over flexibility (but, again, it enhances both).

The choice between Yoga and Pilates depends on what you are looking for. If you want an exercise that improves flexibility while toning your muscles - especially those abs - then Pilates is probably your better choice. If you want to concentrate a bit more on flexibility and a little less on toning (perhaps you're getting your strength training elsewhere), and you are also searching for something that helps reduce stress and gives you an opportunity for some quiet time, then you should try Yoga. If you have strong religious convictions, you may also be better off with Pilates, although many Yoga classes these days offer little or no philosophy and are acceptable for all religious persuasions. Either choice is good - you're enhancing your body's health in a way no other form of exercise can accomplish.


engineergirl
Yoga is completely different than pilates. Yoga is about strength, flexibility and inner awareness whereas pilates is just about fitness. Pilates was developed as a way to keep people looking fit, and it is also essentially a marketing strategy to sell exercise videos. Yoga has a long history. It is almost like a religion. If you have a good instructor, yoga can be very rewarding, and I believe that it is more effective than pilates. I thought pilates was kind of boring and not very difficult since it only uses short outbursts of energy and you don't hold moves long enough to gain any real strength. There are also many different types of yoga whereas pilates is rather limited.


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What is yoga?
Yoga is the best and most time-tested path to physical and mental well-being known to mankind. While some people think of yoga simply as physical exercise, it is actually a complete system for overall health and well-being. It includes everything from physical postures, personal hygiene, and a healthy diet to premeditation, breathing, and relaxation techniques. The most advanced forms of meditation and self-realization are also a part of yoga. Wai Lana’s workouts focus on yoga’s physical techniques.
Why do yoga?
Like many forms of exercise, yoga asanas effectively stretch and strengthen your body. The greatest benefits of yoga asanas, however, come from their profound effects on the internal systems of the body. By bending, stretching, twisting, and flexing in the various postures, you bathe your internal organs with oxygenated blood and prana, also known as life force energy or chi. Yoga asanas soothe and tone your nerves and regulate the endocrine system, which is responsible for the production of hormones—one of the keys to both physical and mental health. They also improve digestion and elimination, strengthen the respiratory system, and tone the reproductive organs. Although yoga techniques like asanas, breathing, and relaxation are extremely effective in relieving stress, it is Yoga Sound meditation that relieves deep-seated stress and anxiety, enabling you to experience yoga's greatest gifts: spiritual happiness and inner peace.

Wai Lana
It would be difficult, if not impossible, to find anyone who has had as much influence as Wai Lana in increasing the worldwide appreciation of the beauty and benefits of the ancient art of yoga. Wai Lana's internationally aired TV series attracts a huge audience and has played a significant part in the skyrocketing popularity of yoga. Click here to read Wai Lana’s biography.

What is Pilates?
Derived from ancient yoga asanas, the Pilates exercise system was formulated by Joseph Pilates over 80 years ago for more specific and limited purposes. Although Pilates is not a complete balanced or holistic exercise and health system, it is quite useful. Pilates focuses mainly on cultivating core strength in the body and lengthening the spine. Practiced for decades by dancers, Pilates has become popular in recent years for its largely aesthetic body sculpting effect. Pilates can be a valuable tool for enhancing strength, definition, and good posture in partnership with Wai Lana Yoga. Click here to explore Wai Lana's Pilates Yoga line of products

Guidelines for yoga and Pilates practice:
• Yoga postures, especially inversions and those that compress the abdomen, should not be done on a full stomach. Listen to your body—if you practice too soon after eating or drinking, certain poses will feel uncomfortable.

• It’s best to practice yoga asanas barefoot, using a yoga mat or nonslip surface for standing poses. A mat, rug, or folded yoga blanket will provide firm padding for other asanas.

• Wear comfortable clothing, something that allows you to move freely.

• Ideally, the room should be well ventilated. Have enough space to extend your arms and legs in all directions without hitting anything.

• While practicing, concentrate on the feeling that the asana is producing in your body.

• If you feel too weak or shaky in a pose, come out of it. Gradually, you will build up your strength and be able to hold the pose longer.

• Don't go beyond your personal limitations, but extend your boundaries gently. Doing the asanas correctly means doing them to the best of your ability without straining.

• Throughout the workout, focus on your breath, inhaling and exhaling fully and completely through your nose. Breathing with awareness not only feels good, but also balances and regulates energy flow within the body, strengthening your internal organs and boosting your resistance to disease.


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