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Old 06-21-2007, 10:42 PM
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Yoga vs. Pilates

I've been doing Pilates for two years, and started taking a class that combined Yoga and Pilates. Now that's been cancelled, and I miss the stretching part. I feel like Pilates gives me more of an ab workout (and I need it!) but I don't get that nice relaxed feeling of Yoga.

Does Yoga by itself provide as much toning as Pilates? Can you actually burn fat doing Yoga ( as the instructor claimed ) or as we have all heard -- do you need to suck it up and do cardio to burn fat?
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Old 06-21-2007, 10:44 PM
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i think if you do advanced yoga you can tone up a bit, but still not as much as pilates
you can try bikram yoga, which is yoga done in an extremely hot environment, i've heard that this is an effective way to lose weight
i think it may only be water weight though, but still, sweating a lot gets all the toxins out
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Well I bought a special yoga kit at a speciality store that combines the two. Just put nice aromatherapy and soothing msic with ab workouts that are slower than pilates. IDK if that will work.
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Old 06-22-2007, 05:40 AM
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Try ashtanga yoga, a fabulous workout.
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Old 06-22-2007, 07:03 AM
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I like kundalini yoga. They make you do a different sort of breathing to turn it into an aerobic exercise.

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I've been practising yoga for about 12 years, but really got into it in the last 3 or 4. I tend to stick to an ashtanga/vinyasa flow style of practice, altho I've messed around with kundalini, Iyengar & bikram (moksha) as well. I used to do hard core cardio (we're talking 90 minutes of running almost every day), plus weights 4 or 5 times per wk. I can honestly say that I'm in better shape doing yoga & walking than I ever was killing myself with the other stuff. I also weigh less now too (about 7-10 lbs), without any sort of diet change.
I tried Pilates a few years ago, but it wasn't for me.
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Old 06-22-2007, 04:31 PM
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That's what I am going to end up doing too - walking and yoga. Running is too hard on the body to sustain for years.
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Running and me don't get along. I used to run a lot when I was younger (college, 20s) but I have a problem knee that hurts after running now. Getting some really good shoes helped a little, but truthfully, I just plain hate running.

Yoga, though, I love and could do for hours. Pilates is okay, it's not as much fun as yoga but it seems to give me "results". I wish I could do Yoga and Pilates on a regular basis, but time and money don't allow that!
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Old 06-23-2007, 12:36 AM
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I do yoga and have for several years. I always do several forms of exercise consistently so I can't swear that it burns fat, but I get more sore from a hard ashtanga class than from doing pilates. (You definitely use stabilizing muscles in your back for all those downward dogs, and your triceps and back doing chatarunga!)

A lot of the time if you go to class called "power yoga" they will mix it up and do extra abs stuff which is cool.

I do pilates at home these days after running once a week (all I can do until I find out if I need hip surgery) and I like that too, but I definitely, definitely think yoga is worthwhile and I would choose it over pilates if I had to.
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Is there a reason you can't do both your pilates and yoga? Do pilates some of the time and yoga the other part? I swim 3 times a week and do yoga on days that I don't swim. But I do prefer ashtanga or vinyasa style--it's much more of a challenge but I get the benefits of all that relaxation and stretch too.
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^ Not enough time. I have been in the schedule of going to classes two nights a week, when my hubby puts the kids to bed. The Pilates class starts at the right time. Maybe I'll check out a different location to see if there's a Yoga class one night. The kind of Yoga I'm used to is Hatha, I'll have to check out some of those other types...
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There are definitely forms of yoga that will help you to tone, burn fat, etc. I'm a workout fanatic - always have been. The most effective workout I've ever done are The Firm workouts, especially the early ones. But, no matter what particular workout I'm doing atm, I always incorporate at least a couple of Pilates sessions per week. Pilates TOTALLY erased my lower back problems!
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Yoga and pilates have some of the differences.

Difference No. 1: Origin
Difference No. 2: Mind & Body…and Spirit
Difference No. 3: The Class
Difference No. 4: The Workout
Difference No. 5: Breathing Techniques
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Old 01-30-2013, 12:37 AM
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Well guys!!I am agree with your reviews.Yoga is helpful in keeping weight under control.
Breathing exercises are also useful in weight loss and keeping stomach flat.Yoga is very
beneficial way to loss the weight and maintain the body...
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Operating and me don't get along, I used to run a lot when I was young but I have a issue joint that affects after running now, Getting some really excellent footwear assisted a little, but in all honesty, I simply dislike running...
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Old 02-24-2013, 03:49 PM
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Both youga and pilates have it's own purposes, pros and cons. Whatever you're trying to acomplish, you need to pick one and stick to it. As far as I'm concerned yoga stretches you a lot, while pilates makes your muscles stronger.
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I am practicing yoga exercise, it is one of the best for the physical fitness and also for mental stability.
It helped me a lot to improve my body strength, fitness level, and stamina etc. and also to get rid of my anxiety and depression condition.
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