Mind-body fitness is the power of using your mind to create focus and control over your body. It is an enriching form of exercise, bringing a greater understanding of your body.
Bringing together your mind and body in your exercising has great benefits. Your focus is like meditation. It relaxes you and reduces stress. Pilates is one form of this fitness concept. Pilates emphasizes gentle, precise movements with an aim to strengthen the core. Your core is your foundation.
Yoga, on the other hand, uses a different focus. Yoga also combines a mental and physical disciplines to achieve higher states of consciousness. While the poses can be measured and controlled, yoga still offers physical challenges.
Both practices emphasize proper breathing to relax and achieve focus. The breathing techniques are opposite where yoga encourages breathing in and out through the nose. With Pilates, one breathes in through the nose and out through the mouth.