Pilates vs Yoga?

If I had a pound every time someone asked me that very question…….

Pilates vs Yoga

How old are they?

Pilates has been around since the 1920’s, devised by Joseph Pilates as a rehab sequence of exercises designed especially for the soldiers.

The development of yoga can be traced back to over 5,000 years ago, but some researchers think that yoga may be up to 10,000 years old.

Posture and Alignment

Both practices have posture and alignment as a main focus, however, at a Pilates class you will align your body and then move through this alignment, very rarely do we hold a pose or position. In yoga styles like vinyasa and sun salutations do move continuously with the breath but others the posture maybe held for longer such as yin, which could be up to about 4-5 minutes.

Rehabilitation

Pilates is used more for physical rehab, say after an injury or operation and can certainly strengthen and lengthen the body. Yoga is used more for mental and emotional rehab, it focuses more on the board muscles groups and there is more emphasis on balance and meditation.

Breathing

Again both practices use the breath. Yoga focuses on breathing within the poses in a meditative way, whereas in pilates the breath is used to help you move through the exercises to ensure the deep core muscles are recruited.

Equipment

Yoga uses small pieces of equipment, such as traps and blocks to help adapt certain postures.

Pilates however, uses small equipment to intensify the movements and give vital feedback to the user on which of the core muscles are more contracted than others. There are also large pieces of equipment called, reformers, cadillacs, barrels and arcs which can further enhance your Pilates experience.

Mind and Body

Both practices work towards connecting the mind to the body. Pilates is more just mind and body awareness, whereas Yoga adds in the spiritual side also.

Strength and Flexibility

Yoga is well known for it’s ability to get your body into postures you didn’t think it could get into, and therefore gives you strength through length. Pilates also gives you strength, but more through movements from building core strength and aligning the limbs correctly in order to make your whole body stronger. Through these movements you will also gain flexibility.

Pilates has become increasingly popular, indeed GP’s and Physios are now recommending it to patients. Yoga is also being mentioned by doctors as a great way to lower your stress levels and calm your nervous system.

In summary, both practices have similar benefits, similar goals and outcomes. I personally believe you should have a go at both. Both give you a chance to go on a mini personal journey of your mind and body. Every session you will find out more about your joints, muscles, mindset, emotions, limiting beliefs and endurance levels. They are both fantastic ways to explore yourself,

with no judgement,

no comparison to others,

just you,

your body and mind for 60 minutes of bliss.

I highly recommend both Pilates and Yoga, I am now a Yin Yoga teacher and you will be sure to know that all my classes are centered around making you feel, stronger, calmer, less stiff and will walk out of the class feeling you can move freer and with more ease.

 

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Menofit Online Updates

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My online offering is always changing, evolving and in my opinion getting better and better.  This all started in March 2020 as a reaction to the lockdown.  I wanted to support my face to face clients, keeping them (and me) active and sane during a very challenging few months/years!  Fast forward 4 years and the group is a stronger community than ever, bringing together Meno women (peri and post) to workout safely and with ease in their own homes.

You see, exercise needs to be tailored to a woman’s needs, restrictions and limitations at 55+.  For example one of my members has arthritic knees and finds most exercise videos on Youtube, Joe Wicks etc, to be too hard for her knees.  I tailor and adapt the exercise sessions to suit all.

Two videos are added weekly, one which concentrates on strengthening your body whilst working your heart, and one which helps you to stretch your joints, calm your nervous system and focus on your core.  These are all held in a huge video library.

Now, we have:

455 videos in the library

120 Cardio/HiiT sessions

32 classes with Balls

47 using the bands

20 with our favourite Hog

19 with the circle

74 with just a mat!  

On our 1st anniversary, March 2021, we launched Lift Lean classes, designed to increase the strength for Meno women we now have 72 videos to choose from for Lift Lean.  

There’s 9 complete beginners sessions

18 meditation videos

A Mini Meno Course

One brand new recipe book is added each month, which also includes a shopping list and a suggested 7 day meal plan.

We even have a total of 52 videos all under 30 minutes long if you are short of time.  

Phew!  That’s a lot!  

In November 2021 we launched Not At Home Well-Being Days and so far we have done 8 fabulous days.  I love it when we actually get to see each other face to face and chat and this is the very reason created these days, for you to actually meet each other, put a face to a name.  More of these to come.

All of those videos are completely different, I never do the same workout twice!  Mainly because I can’t remember!  Meno brain!

I create content for you to help you to better understand your Meno body and mind and help you to get to grips with nourishing your body into longevity.

You also have the option to Exercise along side in real time in your membership hub, you can chat in the comments.

Each week, before the LIVE facebook sessions on a Monday, I will go LIVE at 8.50am and we’ll discuss a health topic related to the Meno woman.  This could be anything to do with the Menofit woman.

If you would like to try before you buy you can have a FREE first month.  Click the link below to get started right now.

Thank you again,

Regards

Susan x

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Reasons I have Fallen in LOVE with Yin Yoga

Oh, Yin Yoga, where do I even begin? After nearly three decades of being a die-hard Yang exercise instructor, I never thought I’d say this, but I’ve fallen head over heels for Yin Yoga. It’s like discovering a hidden gem in the world of fitness, and I’m here to spill the beans on why I’ve made this delightful switch.

First and foremost, Yin Yoga is like a warm, cozy hug for your body and mind. After years of pushing myself and my clients to the limit with high-intensity workouts, I’ve come to appreciate the gentle embrace that Yin offers. It’s the perfect antidote to the hustle and bustle of our fast-paced lives.

One of the things I absolutely adore about Yin Yoga is its unhurried pace. In my Yang days, I was all about chasing the clock, trying to cram as much exercise into as little time as possible. But with Yin, it’s all about slowing down. Each pose is held for several minutes, allowing you to sink into it, both physically and mentally. It’s a beautiful practice of patience and mindfulness, and it’s a refreshing change from the usual rush.

Speaking of mindfulness, Yin Yoga has this incredible ability to bring you into the present moment. In my high-energy classes, it was easy to get lost in the music and the adrenaline rush, but Yin forces you to pay attention to your breath, your body, and the sensations you’re experiencing. It’s like a mini meditation session with added physical benefits.

Now, let’s talk about flexibility. Yin Yoga is the secret weapon when it comes to unlocking those tight, stubborn muscles and joints. Unlike Yang exercises, where you’re constantly moving and potentially straining your muscles, Yin lets you ease into poses and hold them for extended periods. This gradual approach allows your body to release tension slowly and safely, helping you become more flexible over time.

Oh, and did I mention the blissful release of tension in Yin Yoga? You know that feeling when you’ve been holding onto stress in your body, and then suddenly, it melts away? That’s exactly what Yin does. It’s like giving your muscles a deep, loving massage. I’ve seen clients who struggled with chronic pain find relief through regular Yin practice, and it’s genuinely heart warming.

One of the most surprising things about Yin Yoga is how it has improved my sleep. After years of intense workouts, I often found it difficult to wind down at night. But since embracing Yin, I’ve noticed a significant improvement in my sleep quality. The relaxation and stretching seem to prepare my body for a peaceful night’s rest, and I wake up feeling rejuvenated and ready to tackle the day.

Another fantastic benefit of Yin Yoga is the way it nurtures your connective tissues. In the world of Yang exercises, we often focus on strengthening muscles, but we tend to neglect the connective tissues like tendons and ligaments. Yin gives them the love and attention they deserve, helping to prevent injuries and promote joint health.

Yin Yoga is also incredibly accessible. You don’t need fancy equipment or a high level of fitness to start. That’s why it makes it perfect for the Menopausal women.  All you need is a mat, some comfy clothes, and a willingness to slow down. It’s a practice that can be tailored to suit all ages and fitness levels, making it a wonderful option for people who might have previously felt excluded from the fitness world.

Now, let’s talk about the mental and emotional benefits of Yin. As a Yang instructor, I was all about pushing boundaries and reaching goals, which is fantastic in its own right. But sometimes, we all need a break from that pressure. Yin offers a safe space for self-acceptance and self-care. It’s okay to just be where you are, in the moment, without judgment or comparison.

Yin Yoga has also deepened my understanding of the mind-body connection. It’s incredible how emotions can manifest in physical tension, and Yin provides an avenue for releasing those emotional knots. The sense of release and freedom that comes with it is genuinely cathartic.

But perhaps one of the most unexpected joys of Yin Yoga has been the sense of community it fosters. In my Yang days, it was all about competition and achievement. In Yin classes, there’s this beautiful sense of camaraderie. We support each other through the gentle poses, share our experiences, and offer words of encouragement. It’s like a little family on the mat.

Now, I won’t lie, there were moments of doubt when I made the switch from Yang to Yin. I wondered if I was betraying my fitness roots, but I quickly realized that it’s not about one being better than the other. It’s about balance. Yin and Yang complement each other perfectly, just like day and night.

So, here I am, a Yang instructor turned Yin enthusiast, and I couldn’t be happier. Yin Yoga has brought a sense of peace, balance, and joy into my life that I never expected. It’s a reminder that sometimes, the most profound changes happen when you’re willing to slow down, breathe, and let go. Yin has taught me to embrace the yin and yang within myself, and I hope it can do the same for you.

Namaste!

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