Difference between Pilates and yoga

Pilates vs yoga: what’s the difference?

Pilates and yoga are both similarly low-impact exercises, and while there may be some crossover between the two, there are some key differences to note. Do you know what they are?

Let’s explore the two restorative practices and their benefits.


This ancient practice originated in India and is a favourite throughout the world, favoured by many for its emphasis on the spiritual. Each posture or position integrates breath, movement, mindfulness and stretching to intertwine body and mind. Yoga encourages an ethical way of living and there are many different forms that can be practiced from yin yoga to power yoga, hot yoga and more.

  • Rich with spiritual philosophy and history
  • Connects body, mind and spirit
  • Ideal for prevention of sports injuries and ailments
  • Aids stretching of the muscles
  • Grow muscle and joint strength and flexibility


A younger practice than yoga, Pilates was created in the 1920 by its namesake, Joseph Pilates. Its design is very specific in that the exercises target areas of the body to improve strength, flexibility and posture – without the focus on the spiritual, though breath is also an important component to Pilates, which makes it a great stress reliever. There are fewer variations of Pilates, with the most common being mat or reformer Pilates.

  • Designed by a physical trainer
  • Beneficial for recovery
  • Targeted exercises
  • Structured workout
  • Can involve resistance machines and additional equipment

How do I know whether Pilates or yoga is for me?
Both Pilates and yoga provide great stress relief with the deep focus required and strong connection to breath, so whether getting down for a yoga session or stretching it out on a reformer bed, you’ll feel calm and collected.

At the end of the day, it all depends on your health and fitness goals. Many women love including both practices in their fitness routines for their respective unique benefits. If you’re looking to build core strength and balance, then Pilates and yoga are perfect for this – so why not try both?

However, if you find yourself gravitating to a workout with a focus on wellness, meditation and mindfulness, you’ll find that yoga is more up your alley. And for women wanting to increase strength and improve posture, Pilates is a great place to start.

If you’re still unsure or have any medical conditions or injuries you’re working through, check in with your GP or healthcare provider about which is right for you before tackling a Pilates or yoga session.

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