Salus Yoga & Pilates symbolises wellbeing. In Roman mythology, Salus was the ancient Roman Goddess of health and prosperity. We have combined various forms of techniques and exercises from both Yoga and Pilates to leave you feeling healthier, strong and energised regardless of your age. Yoga has been traditionally known to bring peace, calmness and flexibility whilst Pilates is known to make you toned, vigorous and dynamic. At Salus Yoga and Pilates Auckland, we believe in bringing both Yoga and Pilates together in every class to give you the best possible effect.
There is often the confusion that Yoga and Pilates are the same or that Pilates is just a difficult version of Yoga and thus the misconception begs the question which is better, Yoga or Pilates? This really depends on what you prefer as well as what your goals are.
Although Yoga and Pilates share common traits such as strengthening core muscles
, toning and the like, they differ significantly. I have noted the key differences below to give an idea of how they vary. Read more about Yoga
- Yoga is considered more therapeutic than Pilates. Pilates' main focus is on physical conditioning whilst in Yoga the primary focus is to unite the mind, body and soul.
- Breathing is key in both Yoga and Pilates. In Pilates you inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth. In Yoga, you breathe in and out through the nose only. The breathing in Yoga is also deeper and more controlled.
- Yoga takes on different forms such as Hatha, Ashtanga, Bikram and is always done on the floor Pilates incorporates both matwork and machine work.
Read more about the different types of Yoga.
- Yoga seeks to find equal balance throughout the entire body whereas Pilates focuses mainly on strengthening the powerhouse.
- Yoga seeks to strengthen the body through a series of controlled and gentle movements whilst Pilates takes on a more dynamic approach to toning the body.
In the end only you can decide what suits you best. If you are seeking for something intense coupled with flexibility, then Pilates is for you. If you want something harmonious and therapeutic, then Yoga is your choice.
As we incorporate both Yoga and Pilates into our workout regime, you get the best of both worlds as well as variation in the types of exercises from gentle to vigorous.