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Yoga and Pilates are hot right now and the number of people who are doing yoga and pilates for improved fitness and weight loss is growing.
Various forms of Yoga have been practiced for thousands of years but in recent times practicing celebrities like Madonna, Jennifer Lopez, Sting and even Ricky Martin have raised its profile in countries like America, Australia and Britain.
Yoga is principally a life philosophy which encompassed ethical and spiritual values as well as a series of poses (called 'Asana') which happen to be very beneficial to the workings of the body and building a mind-body connection.
Yoga posses were originally invented so Yoga practitioners could hold their bodies in static positions for long periods while they were meditating, but because they are isometric (which means they rely on holding muscle tension), they also help build stronger muscles.
There are many different styles of Yoga practiced around the world, Such as
- Ashtanga Yoga.
- Bikram Yoga.
- Hatha Yoga.
- Iyengar Yoga.
- Kundalini Yoga.
- Vinyasa Yoga.
Pilates was first born in the early 1900's when a man named Joseph Pilates devised a series of exercises to help injured World War I soldiers recover from battle injuries.
In time, Pilates became very popular among ballet dancers because it helped them to maintain strong, lean muscles.
Like Yoga, Pilates has become very popular lately thanks to celebrities like Jennifer Aniston, Cindy Crawford, Sarah Jessica Parker, Uma Therman, Charlize Theron and Hugh Grant who all do Pilates to stay in shape.
Unlike Yoga however, Pilates isn't a life philosophy, it is simply a series of exercises designed to improve the strength of our core muscles around the abdominals, hips and lower back.
There are two basic forms of Pilates, mat-based Pilates and equipment-based Pilates.
Mat-based Pilates, which is the most popular form of Pilates, is a series of exercises performed on the floor using gravity and our own body weight to provide resistance.
Equipment-based Pilates, as the name suggests, uses specially designed equipment and accessories to provide muscle resistance.