What is the Difference Between Yoga and Pilates?

Wondering what the major differences are between Yoga and Pilates? Consider these ideas when deciding what to add to your fitness regimen.

Yoga is a physical, spiritual, and mental practice that comes from ancient India. It is derived from the Hindu religion. There are many different well respected yoga schools. Some focus more on the physical poses while others focus on meditation and strengthening the mind and breath. Yoga is known for promoting a calm state of mind, it’s a great stress reliever. The poses can be a great way to lengthen and tone the entire body.


Pilates is a repertoire of movements created by Joseph Pilates in the early 1900s which he referred to as “Contrology.” The original six principles were concentration, control, center, flow, precision, and breathing. Many of the movements focus on core (abdominal, pelvic floor, and back) strength. This is why Pilates is great for those who suffer with low back pain. Pilates designed equipment that enhance the movements using tension springs and pulleys. In an hour session every part of the body is targeted efficiently. With the extra “push”’ that the equipment provides you will see the physical changes in about 10-20 sessions. Your body will firm and lengthen in ways you may least expect.

Both Yoga and Pilates have a lot to offer. Try different classes and see what works for you. We offer Pilates equipment classes at Brickell Pilates. Come check it out. 175 SW 7th St. 2201 Miami, FL 33130, in the heart of the Brickell area.