Pilates, I was under the impression that it is simply faster Yoga. After a trip to Real Pilates and the concept was finally clear. Yes they are similar in the fact that both are mind-body emphasizing movements in which deep breathing and muscle stretching and relaxing are the base of both forms of exercise. I spoke with Real Pilates instructor Paul Thorney and he made many facts clear.
Pilates is a form of exercise routine that was created by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century, which he then called Contrology. Contrology was a suitable term for this form of exercise, as it requires you to take complete control of every inch of your body. There are muscles that are extensively used and there are some that lay dormant in human body. Pilates attends to every single muscle of your body making you a healthier person. Joseph Pilates has stated that it develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong postures, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind, and elevates the spirit. Pilates is a favourite of many celebrities, sportsmen, actors and artists.
The first class I went in was a Pilates Core class. Real Pilates team informed me that this class is designed to help you establish core strength and stability. You learn simple, precise movements to increase your tone, develop flexibility, heighten mind-body awareness, and improve your posture. The people in the class sure looked pumped up in the beginning, but by the end of it half of them were famished and the other half was still energetic.
The Reformer Pilates class tones muscles, strengthens the core and provides an invigorating total-body workout. It is done on machines and the classroom looks more like a gym than a studio. Pilates teaches you to focus your mind to every little muscle in your body. If done correctly you can feel the control you attain on your body. It is amazing how it trains you holistically on a physical and psychological level.
You can get more information about Pilates and the classes on: real-pilates.com