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Pilates vs Yoga

April 8, 2020
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This seems to be a commonly asked question, over the years. We might be thinking which practice is better for strength and flexibility? The differences between Pilates vs Yoga is not the answer here. Let’s explore the main differences here.

First main difference

The breathing is the first thing to discuss. Pilates practitioners use the diaphragmatic or 3-part breath. It involves the upper respiratory, the lower respiratory, and the diaphragm. Inhaling through the nose, filing the lungs with air and exploring through the mouth, until the lungs empty.

Yoga has over 500 documented breathing patterns. The most common breathing pattern called the ujjayi breath involves a 3-part breath, like Pilates breathing, however, the inhale and exhale are both with a closed mouth. The exhale is an ocean-like sound in the back of your throat.

Both practices are great for you

Whether you practice Yoga or Pilates, your body and mind will benefit from either practice. The most ideal thing to do is to engage in both practices, in my opinion. There are many benefits that are shared between the practices.

  • Improved lung capacity
  • Better circulation
  • More energy
  • Better sleep
  • Great digestion
  • Increased strength
  • Increased flexibility
  • Less back pain
  • Less joint pain
  • Mindfulness
  • Focus
  • Concentration


The Pilates method was created in the late 1800s and brought to New York City in 1920 by a man named Joseph Pilates. Ballet dancers still use Pilates, both mat and apparatus or equipment, in their dance studios across the world today. Pilates on equipment may include the Reformer, Cadillac, Tower, Wunda Chair, Barrel, and may involve smaller props like the long box, light hand weights, a Magic Circle, neck pillows, or a trapeze. Mat Pilates uses no equipment and can be practiced anywhere with a mat. Pilates classes are taught and learned in levels, beginning with level 1 through level 5.

One can achieve the total benefits of Pilates in just 2 days a week, at a level 1 or 2 class. 10 minutes of Pilates engages more muscles than 10 minutes of any other strength training practice! Pilates has repetitions and uses every small intrinsic muscle in the front, back and sides of the body in each exercise. There is an emphasis on moving with your breath and maintaining the spinal function, which uses core strength. The whole body, from head to toe, gets stronger and more flexible. We should use Pilates as an alternative strength training practice and improve flexibility. There is NO impact on the joints when practicing either mat or apparatus Pilates.


I find Yoga to be grounding and thoroughly enjoy both meditation and chanting sessions. There are 1,000 lineages of Yoga, for example, Kundalini Yoga, Iyengar Yoga, Bikram or Hot Yoga, Acro Yoga, Restorative Yoga and more. The goal for your Yoga practice may change daily. One day you may need meditation and breathing more than an intense physical Yoga practice. Yoga can be practiced every day or as needed. There are so many wonderful benefits to a daily practice.

Yoga is a broad general term these days and actually means “union” in Sanskrit theory and can be dated to B.C. Classes can be found all over the world in classes, studios, homes, and outdoors. Guided meditation classes are becoming more popular today. It is essential to understand what type of Yoga you want/need before you jump into a Yoga class. For instance, not everyone likes Hot Yoga! If strength is your goal, a Power Yoga or Ashtanga Yoga may work best for you. If relaxation is your goal, Restorative or Yoga Nidra would work for you.

Discussion and endnotes

We may have certain fitness goals to achieve or want to try something new. If you have any more questions about either Pilates or Yoga, please reach anytime at or book your next session or a free demonstration on our booking page

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“4 days left to the wedding, and I owe it Bridal Bootcamp.  I feel my best for my wedding day,” quoted by my best friend, Julie who loves Bridal Bootcamp.  Julie, like so many brides-to-be, can relate.  Who doesn’t want to feel their best on the most important day, your wedding day?

Being fit, according to science, will lead to living a healthy lifestyle.  The more fit, the healthy we eat and the less stress we have, ultimately leads to a leading a healthy lifestyle.  As a new couple, the best start is a healthy start.

Managing Stress before Your Wedding Day

Finding a way to handle your stress becomes our first task.  Everyone has stress! It’s how we cope with it that matters.  Cardio exercise is one of the best methods to increase your endorphins.  Increased endorphins will make you happy and reduce your stress levels.  Breathing techniques will calm your heart rate down.  One of my favorite breathing techniques: inhaling for 5 seconds and exhaling for 8 seconds. This is one great way to manage your stress.

One of my favorite mindfulness activities is to be fully present.  For example, while walking, I am focused on every footstep, the length of my stride, and the sound of my breath.  If I lose track and my mind starts to wander, I come back to my breath.  Trying to be present while doing anything, i.e., washing dishes, making dinner, eating dinner, having sex, takes practice.      Learning breathing techniques, they are about 500 breath patterns exist; you can stay focused and stress-less on your wedding day too.


Regular workouts can keep you stress-less too.  Feeling good inside and out makes a complete difference in your self-esteem.  Your confidence and energy levels will soar!  Keeping the body healthy will increase your self-awareness.  Improving your strength and flexibility will increase your balance, stability, and control.  If you are an Athlete, you will become a stronger athlete. Doing activities can be a great bonding experience.  Some activities include running, cycling, hiking, swimming, skiing, tennis, golf, and kayaking.  Athletes Who Use Pilates

Bridal Bootcamp Classes

We offer private and small group training.  Contact or call 603-817-4829

The Pilates Room - beach yoga

Beach Yoga in Jenness Beach, NH

  • Pilates, mat or Reformer
  • Beach Yoga
  • Hatha Yoga
  • Power Yoga
  • Body Resistance Training with props
  • Meditation and Mindfulness
  • Couples Partner Yoga

Live Healthy and Fit Together After Your Wedding Day

Cooking together can be a bonding activity!  A kitchen is a place to socialize with your family and friends, an outlet for creativity, and a place to cook healthy meals.   During your Healthy lifestyle session, we can discuss a range of topics.  These topics will include healthy recipes, cooking tips, buying healthy foods, maintaining a fitness regime, and tips on staying mindful throughout your day.  Couples partner yoga can rejuvenate your body and mind connection.  For more information, please email or call 603-817-4829

A Beach Yoga class enjoying practice on Jenness beach, Rye, NH

Beach Yoga

Beach Yoga is booking groups now for 2018/2019 (June-Oct), weather permissible.  Perfect for bachelorette parties, corporate gatherings. or any other small-mid size group.  Contact or Facebook message at

Beach Yoga allows us to “let go.”  This is one of the most important reasons to practice yoga. Letting go of any emotional, physical, or mental tension that does not serve you.  Beach Yoga allows our senses to be captivated by the sensations found on the beach…smell of the salty air, sound of the waves crashing onto the beach, the sun on our shoulders and the ocean breeze’s cooling effect, toes in the sand, the list goes on.  Beach Yoga is exactly what your group needs to find zen before your big day.  There is no better place to practice Yoga, except on the beach.  Every Beach Yoga practice is tailored to suit your needs and will accompany any level.Y

Yoga at the beach is the highlight of the summer.  Located near beaches in and near Portsmouth, Rye and Hampton, New Hampshire, this area has become a popular spot for wedding destinations, corporate gatherings, and other outdoor gatherings.  After finishing one practice, your mind and body will feel refreshed and rejuvenated.  We all need a mini mind vacation, from time to time.

A few suggestions are to bring a towel (or old mat), a water bottle and your breath.  We will focus on breathing and practice asanas, or postures, with attention to alignment.  Beach yoga is for all levels and modifications can be made for all postures.  Before you begin any yoga practice, please consult with your doctor or family physician.  Remember to stay hydrated throughout the day and bring water with you.  I look forward to seeing you on the beach.  Namaste, Michele


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