KX pilates dee why is a revolutionary, fast paced, high intensity, body-toning workout that fuses the core strengthening elements of traditional reformer pilates with circuit, cardio and endurance training. Good questions. From my own experiences and research, it would be like asking:
Drum machines Vs. Drums, which do I use?
a quick observation will depict that one must have come from the other.
In this case, pilates is derived from yoga or at best yoga-esque
principles and methods, so suffice it to say that for which may be a the
BETTER CHOICE it may be a matter of needs, time, preference and fitness
Now to compare the both:
What is Pilates?
is an exercise system developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th
century to strengthen muscles, increase flexibility and improve overall
health. Primarily, the workout is usually performed on a mat and on
specially designed equipment. The Pilates system includes exercises for
every part of the body and applications for every kind of activity.
is noteworthy of mention that Pilates focuses mainly on cultivating
core strength in the body and lengthening the spine. Furthermore, a lot
of dancers practice this exercise and it does deserve a lot of credit
for having become very well knows (especially in the last few decades)
for its effect on sculpting the body. Needless to say, in partnership
with Yoga, it does go a long way towards increasing physical fitness all
What is yoga?
Boy, ol’ Boy?
think it should be, in terms of body-weight only exercises, What ISN’T
yoga or at least yoga-esque, should be the question. Alright, you got
me, yeah I lean more towards this system of exercise. Well Foras, can
you tell us why?
Folks, Yoga is a scientific system
of physical and mental practices that originated in India more than
three thousand years ago. However, the word yoga, from the Sanskrit word
yuj means to yoke or bind and is often interpreted as “union” or a
method of discipline. Its ultimate goal is the union of man with God or
the universe in one breath. Furthermore, it aims to liberate the spirit
as the mind and spirit are equally involved in its practice.
to say, yoga is indeed the oldest existing physical-culture system in
the world. Besides being a systematic and scientifically proven path to
attaining physical fitness, it delays ageing, rejuvenates and improves
appearance, maintains suppleness and increases vitality and the creative
part of life. Still, after all is said and done, like drums and drum
machines, in terms of Yoga and Pilates, both can stand independent of
each other, work dependent on each other or when the need arises can be
interchanged in their exclusive or combined uses.
That’s not to
say one isn’t better than the other, to me, I think it’s more
preference. However like drums which will never go out of style, Yoga
does have more of a human and authentic feel to it. The emphasis on
breath, relaxation etc is something that seems to be absent or less
prevalent in Pilates, although that’s not to overlook the ease,
quickness and efficiency of doing the art form.
This article did
mention that Pilates is often used by dancers, just like Yoga is often
used even by Basketball players, Boxers etc, so it means just like drums
are oft times needed or used in a song and do form the foundation of
music and dance, the use of either or both would be a wise choice. But, I
do lean more towards Yoga, just from my experience, besides, when doing
Pilates, it almost feels like I’m doing Yoga either way, so, I guess,
why not just do it.
I guess that reminds me of my audio recording
teachers who insist to this day to use live drums over drum machines for
the ‘authentic’ feel. So yeah, left to me, I’ll go with Yoga, it works
for me, does what pilates can do and more, but for variety, being the
spice of life as is often said, doing Pilates here and there won’t hurt
and may in fact help a lot. Still, owing to the obvious similarities
between both exercises, suffice it to say that some guidelines need to
be observed when executing them.
For the Interested persons, such helpful aids are herewith provided:
• Yoga postures should not be done on a full stomach. Wait at least 3 hours after a meal BEFORE practice. Personally, I think it’s best to do yoga first thing in the morning.
• If you can, (and you probably should) try to do Yoga barefoot. Or at the very worst with socks or those non-slip footwear they have advertised. Me, I’m old school…barefoot!
• Okay, Nude Yoga has the right idea. Will I go that far…hmm, no! However, as little clothing as possible should be the ‘dress-code’ when doing yoga so you can move freely.
• As the Father of Naturopathy, Prof Ehret recommended in his books, always try to exercise in front of an OPEN window. So please make sure the room is ventilated.
• You are not competing with anyone so take it slowly and safely. So no straining, no holding the poses beyond your physical strength levels; okay…buddy!
*Try to have fun with both; with everything in life.
if you decide to use “drum machines” (Pilates) or “drums” (Yoga) as
long as you’re getting the sound (fitness) you want, hey an exclusive,
combination or interchangeable use of them would do just fine.
PS: I prefer “drums”!!!
Foras Aje is an independent researcher and author of Fitness: Inside and out, a book on improving physical and mental health naturally. For more information on the latest health news and breakthroughs visit his site at http://www.bodyhealthsoul.com/
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