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Pilates or Yoga?

This should be a short blog. The answer is BOTH. The trunk, hip and pelvic strengthening of Pilates and the general stretching of Yoga make for a perfect combination of exercises. There are pros and cons to both. Pilates equipment sessions are expensive and Pilates mat classes can be overly challenging. Yoga is much more affordable, but the classes can be too large for proper supervision and correction of technique. My advice is to take several Pilates classes and incorporate the core strengthening into Yoga. Also, make sure you choose small Yoga classes if possible so you don’t get lost in the crowd. For Pilates buffs, I recommend learning some of the basic/traditional Yoga stretches and adding them to your Pilates warm-up or cool-down.

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