Mount Abrupt- The Grampians

Strength and flexibility: Are Pilates and Yoga comparable

Strength and flexibility: Are Pilates and Yoga comparable

By Frank Jesse

Many people ask me about the practice of Pilates, whether it is compatible or comparable with Iyengar yoga, and does yoga build core strength, a buzz word that now seems to pervade the fitness industry.

Pilates is a physical fitness system, developed in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates. He created it to help soldiers injured in the First World War to regain their health by strengthening, stretching, and stabilising key muscles.

Pilates has a focus on ‘the core’, which the Pilates Fitness Institute describes as the ‘powerhouse’ of your body. They describe the core as the area between your shoulders and your pelvis (without your arms and legs), encompassing all the muscles within this area. Specifically, Pilates exercises focus on the transverse abdominis (front and side stomach muscles), pelvic floor (controlling bladder and bowel) and multifidus muscles (back muscles).  

Continue reading
Recent Comments
Convinced me, Frank. The physical stuff arises out of the shutdown of mind chatter when poses arre done correctly.
Monday, 29 September 2014 07:43
How did you conclude Pilates is more concerned with appearance? have you ever seen the cover of any yoga magazine???
Saturday, 14 March 2015 09:01
7237 Hits

Contact Us

mail icon   info(at)

phone icon  or telephone Griffins Hill on
  6 13 55772499 | 0414 382 753


Receive Our News

Receive monthly news including yoga articles, information about up coming Yoga retreats, workshops and courses


Newsletter Subscription