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Yoga vs Pilates: Which is Best For You?

Updated: Oct 18, 2019

Pilates, yoga, Yogilates, PiYo. They all seem to offer similar workouts, so how do you choose?

Pilates and yoga have significantly evolved in recent years. With different variations available at gyms and studios around the world, there’s something for almost everyone.

Both Yoga and Pilates are low-impact workouts that focus on using body weight resistance. The benefits are vast. Both workouts can increase overall health, leading to a better quality of life.


Many forms of yoga require substantial flexibility and mobility of the joints, especially the spine, hips, and wrists. Although most poses can be modified, a person with severe limitations or pain may find it challenging to follow along in more advanced classes. There are many different styles of yoga, including Vinyasa flow, Ashtanga, Yin Yoga to name a few. The benefits of yoga have been studied extensively. In addition to physical and mental benefits, yoga is also known to have positive effects on medical issues, including:

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Multiple sclerosis

  • Arthritis

  • Respiratory conditions

  • High blood pressure

  • Chronic pain

  • Type 2 diabetes


Pilates can be a great exercise for older adults or those recovering from an injury due to its low-impact exercises and subtle movements. There are many forms of Pilates. The main difference between them is the type of equipment used. Equipment-based workouts use many of the same movements as in a mat class, but with added resistance. Mat Pilates is great for many people, but it can be more challenging for those with decreased mobility or poor core strength. Additionally, evidence suggests that Pilates may be beneficial for those with the following conditions:

  • Arthritis

  • Urinary incontinence

  • Respiratory conditions

  • Joint injuries

  • Back pain

The Main Differences Between Yoga and Pilates Overall, the biggest difference between yoga and Pilates is the ultimate goal. Yoga provides a meditative environment for you to improve your overall quality of life. It focuses on stress relief while improving your body. Pilates works from the center of your body outward. It forces you to increases your body awareness and works from your core, resulting in a stronger body. Yoga and Pilates each have their merits. The best part is that you don’t have to choose. Combine Pilates with yoga for an amazing way to transform your daily routine. Next Step If you are interested in taking either a Yoga or Pilates class and are living in Marbella or just visiting, take a look at our website for more information or email us at we would love to hear from you!


Susan Perry

Based in Marbella, Spain and originally from Australia, Susan holds a RYT 200 hours certification with Yoga Alliance and is currently completing her 500 hours.

Susan teachers Vinyasa, Yin Yoga, Yoga Nidra and Pilates. With an emphasis on balancing the physical, mental and emotional state through a guided practice.

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