Yoga, the former dancer reveals, is an ancient form of exercise and meditation combining the body, mind, and spirit in order to achieve balance. It is believed to have originated in India around 5000 years ago and introduced to the west a century ago. Yoga is all about combining breathing, movement, relaxation and meditation in order to create harmony.
Pilates is a more modern form of exercise. It was introduced to America in the 1920s and was originally designed to help injured dancers and athletes recover from injuries, return to exercise and maintain fitness. Today it is used by both athletes and those in the community in general, in order to contribute to their health and wellbeing.
Yoga and Pilates Classes
Yoga classes in general are flexible when it comes to routine although Bikram is more set. Classes tend to last between 45 and 90 minutes. Advanced classes are far longer than beginner's sessions.
Pilates classes have more structure; therefore it's possible to anticipate upcoming exercises. Most exercises involve up to 10 repetitions of a move before moving on. The classes last from around the same duration as a Yoga class and some exercises involve machines to build up strength. Other exercises involve mat work for resistance.