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4/4/13 12:28 A

I've tried both and like both. Right now I only do yoga because I have a free membership to a yoga studio and no free access to a pilates studio or gym (videos don't work for me...I just end up watching instead of actually doing to exercise). If I really had to choose, I'd probably still choose yoga. Overall, I feel like I get more of a full body workout with yoga and nothing beats shavasana for relaxation. If you want something more rigorous out of yoga, try a power class (if you haven't already); vinyasa flow is good for beginners to intermediate and ashtanga is awesome if you really want to get your butt kicked.

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4/3/13 10:26 P

I prefer pilates. I haven't done a lot of yoga, but I do try to work in some pilates each week.

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4/3/13 8:58 P

Right now I am doing yoga 5 days a week. I love it! I'm getting more flexible and stronger. I've only done Pilates a couple of times, and I like yoga more. emoticon

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4/3/13 5:51 P

Check out coach Nicole's "crunch less core workout" it is based on Pilates inspired exercises and I LOVE it. I find Pilates to be more useful than yoga, even though yoga has some benefits also.

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4/1/13 9:50 P

yoga for flexibility and balance, and pilates for strength training.

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4/1/13 8:22 A

What's your goal with this type of exercise? Yoga is great for flexibility and balance but it does not substitute for a cardio or strength workout. Pilates is more like a strength training workout but you have to be very careful about your form. Also, pilates is best done for core training but you would need to do other exercises to strengthen your upper and lower body.

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4/1/13 7:20 A

I've had 4 back surgeries, and Pilates is my choice, for relief of back pain, for posture and abdominal control, etc. However, I have had a series of outstanding instructors, both in classes and in private lessons, and I do think that makes a difference, but I think that's true regardless of which you select.

I do also like yoga. It doesn't do as much for me as Pilates in terms of inner core strength, but I enjoy the peacefulness of the practice.

Best of success to you as you make your choice.

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4/1/13 6:57 A

I do both yoga and pilates and enjoy both. The yoga has done wonders for my flexibility and helps to release stress. I always feel peaceful and relaxed after a class . I took up pilates more recently because I had had a joint problem and needed physiotherapy to realign my pelvis and the pilates is great to strengthen the core and improve body alignment. Yoga also helps with body alignment and there are plenty back strengthening and core strengthening poses so I reckon it all just comes down to personal preference.

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4/1/13 3:17 A

Pilates is "it" for me. I ALWAYS feel better after a 1-hr class. The breathing exercise plus work on core & lengthening really seem to help my back as well as my mental outlook!

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3/30/13 12:23 A

thank you for replying :) I think I will call and see if there's some classes near me ..would love to try something new emoticon ..hopefully I can find something close by and affordable if not may have to try to find a dvd

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3/29/13 11:58 P

My local county rec center has a class that combines the two, and I LOVE it! However, the pilates part really hurts my back and since I had surgery last summer I tend to stick with yoga since it hurts less. However, the combination class incorporates good things about each. If you can only find it one or the other, try pilates and see how you feel about it. I've had one private pilates class and enjoyed it, but the instructor was a little intense for me, so I haven't gone back (and the cost is ridiculous but the first class was paid for by the family I nanny for to see if it helped my back before surgery).
I like both, but not everyone does.

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3/29/13 10:07 P

I love yoga but I've also heard that pilates is very beneficial ..any suggestions? would appreciate any advice and ideas :)

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