Joseph Pilates studied bodybuilding, Yoga, Martial arts and Gymnastics to design the Pilates exercises.
We can recognise the influence of the Yoga activities in the Pilates exercises we do today, but there are many differences due to the many other disciplines he studied.
You can read more about his history at – http://bemoore.co.uk/pilates/pilates-history/
There are so many different types of Yoga that it is very difficult to describe the Yoga exercise system as a whole.
My advice to anyone would be to try both Yoga and Pilates and see which you enjoy most and which feels good for your body.
For anyone with Back Pain, I would recommend Pilates to begin with (or private tuition if pathologies or nerve damage exist) and I would recommend Yoga on a case by case basis.
Yoga and Pilates also support each other. Pilates is great for increasing the strength around the joints and the core to support our body’s through the flexibility of Yoga. Yoga is great for that added level of flexibility, but also strength and flow depending on the type of Yoga.
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