Did you know that adding a weekly Pilates class to your Yoga routine can have a profound impact on your practice?
Here are some of the ways Pilates will make you a better yogi…
- Are you less flexible on one side? In our asana practice our strongest muscles tend to dominate, winding up even stronger. Pilates works both the left and right sides of the body, evening out muscle imbalances.
- Seeking steadiness in standing poses? Pilates increases stability, improving your ability to balance in poses like like Warrior 3, Tree, Extended Hand-To-Big-Toe Pose and Bird of Paradise
- Want to stick inversions? Pilates increases core strength which increases your body control when you’re upside down, in poses like Scorpion, Handstand & Headstand.
- Working on your Chaturanga? Pilates teaches your shoulder muscles to properly engage so that you don’t strain your shoulder joints.
- Battling Injuries? Injuries in yoga are often a result of excess pressure placed on incorrectly stacked joints. The pressure can lead to damage of the articular surface of the joint, eventually wearing away the the cartilage and destroying the synovial fluid, which lubricates the joints. Pilates activates the muscles around our joints, helping to stabilise and protect them, so that we can lift up and out on the joints – safely resisting our body weight and helping us to create space in our body.
- Feel like Floating? Pilates directly targets our Uddiyana Bandha, or lower abdominal and psoas muscles, giving us greater access to our physical centre of gravity so we can fly with lightness and control.
- Having a hard time in Hanumanasana (Forward Splits)? You can stretch your hammies ’till the cows come home but if your joints aren’t stable you won’t be able to do the Splits. Pilates increases stability in your joints so that your muscles become more flexible, transforming your Monkey Say into a Monkey Do.
- Want to get to the Core of it? Yoga is a balance between sthira and sukha, or steadiness and ease. Pilates creates strength in the entire core area – from the base of the buttocks to the lower ribcage, wrapping right around the body – providing a strong centre from which we can expand.
- Want to backbend beautifully into Camel or Wheel? Our muscles work on the principle of Reciprocal Inhibition, which means that they act in pairs and coordinate with each other by simultaneously relaxing and contracting. Pilates builds strength in your abdominal muscles which contract and allow our back muscles to release so we have more freedom in our backbends.
- Baffled about Bandhas? There is huge focus on breathwork in both Yoga and Pilates, and while Pilates practices are different than Yogic pranayama, they hone your lower bandhas enabling you to channel your prana (life force) with greater precision and control.
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