Yoga vs Pilates: Which Is Right For You?

Pilates and yoga practitioners will tout the benefits of their practice with zealous rage. But to you, the novice, the workouts look very similar, if not identical. So how do you know which one is right for you? We’ve compiled a list of attributes that accompany both of the workouts and we’ll let you decide which one fits your needs. Often times, it ends up being a little bit of both!

Breaking down the differences.... it's Yoga vs Pilates. Which is right for you?


  • You are looking for a deeper mind/body connection.

  • Meditation is something that is very important to you.

  • You are looking for greater flexibility, strength and mobility of joints.

  • A practice that upholds more than just a healthy physical lifestyle but focuses on positive moral values such as honesty, tolerance, cleanliness and non attachment.

  • A goal of yours has been to touch your toes without fear of pulling a hamstring.

  • Yoga mat is the only thing needed in order to practice.


  • A top physical goal is to improve core strength and obtain spinal alignment.

  • Physical rehabilitation, with an emphasis on core power and joint strength.

  • Improved posture and flexibility.

  • A well rounded workout that focuses on improving physical strength, burning calories and a greater connection between the mind and body.

  • Pilates exercises focus solely on: concentration, control, breathing, flow and precision. There is no intention or meditation throughout the practice.

  • Use of props such as a reformer and other various equipment are used in order tol aide your workout.

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To sum it up, pilates will focus on giving you a greater workout while also maintaining a mindful relationship with the body. While yoga will be more about controlling breath, increasing flexibility and creating a mindful practice through intentional thoughts and movements. Both are great workouts and both will tone more than your booty!