Yoga or Pilates?

Yoga and Pilates retreat in Fuerteventura, SpainYoga and Pilates both bring mental and physical benefits. They can change your life. But here’s the question on everyone’s lips: yoga or Pilates?

Really it depends on your objectives. Do you want to regulate your mental wellbeing because work drives you crazy sometimes? Do you want to be stronger? More flexible? Develop some abs to be proud of at your upcoming beach holiday?

If you want…

Strength: Go for Pilates, which uses resistance and weights to build strength. As a plus, the back and abdominal strength developed can help to improve posture, giving the appearance of a taller, leaner body.

Flexibility: Reach for yoga. In a recent study, 8 weeks of thrice-weekly yoga boosted total body flexibility of participants by an average of 24%.

Abs: Pilates is your hero, with a focus on building core strength. A 50 minute advanced Pilates session also burns about 26% more calories than a power yoga session of the same length, which ought to make those stomach muscles stand out more!

Mental wellbeing: Focus on yoga, which has been shown to lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol after just 1 session.

How about both?

If you want it all, take up both Pilates and yoga.

According to wellness, fitness and lifestyle expert Jennifer Kries, “[Yoga and Pilates] are the perfect combination.”

“Get the stretch from Yoga and keep it from Pilates. Strengthen your abdominals on the reformer and watch your poses improve. Join the breathing techniques of Pilates and meditative aspect of Yoga into your daily routine and see the stress of your everyday life, begin to dissipate,” says Deborah Harris, ballet dancer turned Pilates instructor.

You’ll only know if you try

It can be difficult to decide unless you try them for yourself. Here are a few fantastic tasters:

  • Yoga and Pilates holiday in Fuerteventura. Try yoga. Try Pilates. Try on your new sunglasses at the tranquil Spanish beach just 10 minutes away from the retreat. Indulge in your complete wellbeing under the care of our outstanding yoga and Pilates teachers, experienced therapists and in-house nutrition advisor.
  • Visit us at the upcoming OM yoga show. Find out more about yoga through workshops and discussions. Click here to find out how to win a pair of day passes. We wonder if any Pilates enthusiasts will be at the yoga show…

What do you think? Pilates, yoga or both? We’re still debating in the office…