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Yoga vs. Pilates which is right for weight loss?

Posted Jul 26 2011 5:43am 1 Comment

Yoga and Pilates are two different natural borne activities. Both are equally good and have their own methodologies and follow different approaches toward human health. One place where both Yoga and Pilates show similarity and focus is that both of them are effective for shunning extra weight and giving lean and well toned body. 

However, many people find Pilates more effective than Yoga when it comes to weight loss. They consider Pilates to be better and more effective in losing body weight than anything else. To make a common statement, both Pilates as well as Yoga are perfect and natural fitness components and you have to make sure which of these components can be easily practiced by you and under what conditions. 

Let’s talk about individual benefits that Yoga and Pilates hold with them. 

Benefits of Yoga 

Listed below are some of the most effective benefits of yoga for weight loss: 

  1. The yoga benefits in reducing the weight is that that you don’t need to strain your muscles, but certainly, you’d be reducing the extra weight. 
  1. Yoga is a sophisticated exercise which makes use of both mind as well as body. With the help of yoga exercises you not only lose weight but it also energizes your inner self and you feel all the more better. 
  1. Yoga exercises not only help in reducing weight but also controls weight gaining. In this manner you will always remain thin and skinny without ever getting concerned about over weight problem. 
  1. Besides helping in weight loss, yoga also helps in yielding positive energy within one self. 

Benefits of Pilates 

Listed below are some of the most effective benefits of Pilates for weight loss: 

  1. Pilates help in lowering fat levels in lower back and hips.
  2. Pilates takes into account deep and efficient respiration and this eventually helps in losing calories as well as tissue regeneration.
  3. Pilates with aerobic/cardio exercise doubles the weight loss and you will soon find your body back in tone with the extra hanging fat out of place.
  4. Pilates is an active weight loss method in the sense that it makes use of only active exercises. These exercises are certainly not the kind where you have to lift heavy weights.
  5. Pilates is an easy way of losing weight without stressing your body excessively. 

Both yoga and Pilates benefits described above clearly indicate advantages of adhering to these practices in your daily life. Move ahead and start practicing them right away to get a healthy lifestyle.


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This is an interesting read and it illustrates several misunderstandings.

The first is that Yoga is a physical practice. This is simply inaccurate. Yoga is a vast sea of wisdom of which 1/1000 is a physical practice known as "asana" or poses. Therefore here we are only talking about a sliver of Yoga.

Second, managing one's weight is a relatively simple formulation. Part of the formulation is one's activity level and the other part is what they are putting in their mouths, in conjunction with the other things they are putting in their mouths. When evaluating activity it is certainly prudent to determine what thing will be more active (yet safe) for the person doing the work.

Third, neither asana nor Pilates are weight loss systems. Their efficacy in the process of weight loss is only relevant to their particular level of activity and its effect on metabolism.

For weight loss, it simply doesn't matter much whether you are doing 90 minutes of asana or 90 minutes of gymnastics. It doesn't matter if you are cycling for 90 minutes or running for an hour. One is not "better" than the other though each has their own level of activity.

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