The Pilates Basics
Pilates is actually an exercise regimen inspired by yoga, ballet, and calisthenics. When you visit a pilates studio, South Melbourne fitness lovers may find they are taught approximately 500 exercises that are designed to stretch and lengthen all the major muscle groups in a very balanced way. Pilates can improve balance, strength, and flexibility.
Pilates became more widely known when it was introduced into America in the 1920s. Joseph Pilates, a physical trainer, developed the techniques as a method of helping dancers and athletes to maintain their fitness and return to exercise safely. Over the years, Pilates has been adapted to suit all fitness levels; it can be a non-aerobic or aerobic type of exercise. The exercises require focus and concentration as you move through the precise range of motion. The key to Pilates is finding your centre point, which allows you to control your body through the movement with a prescribed rhythm, breathing pattern, and placement.
While Pilates requires intense concentration, your muscles won’t be worked to exhaustion, and you can expect a session of between 45 and 90 minutes.
The Yoga Basics
Yoga is intended to bring your mind and body together by building on three elements; breathing, meditation and exercise. It can help you to improve your posture and muscular strength.
Yoga dates back centuries and is an ancient Indian philosophy. Yoga is more than exercise; it was designed to be a path to achieve spiritual enlightenment. Modern yoga is treated as a gentle form of stress management and exercise. While there are different yoga varieties, each one relies on structured poses and breathing awareness.
Research has shown that regularly practicing yoga could offer a number of health benefits including normalising blood pressure and reduced stress. The combination of breathing and gentle exercise can offer a powerful discipline to achieve mental, emotional and physical wellbeing. Yoga can be practiced by all ages and classes are available for all fitness levels.
If you’re considering yoga and pilates, Melbourne fitness enthusiasts should speak to us. We offer the best pilates and yoga classes in Melbourne for all fitness levels, and the Kaya Health team is ready to answer any queries you may have. Call in and see us at our Pilates studio or contact us and a member of our team would be delighted to discuss your requirements and guide you through our choice of yoga and pilates classes.