As both a Yoga Teacher and a Pilates Teacher I often get asked the question which is better for a client to do, Yoga or Pilates? Sometimes the question is phrased as 'which is better?' and at times one could get the impression that there is mutual disdain between Pilates and Yoga Teachers.
From my perspective there is zero conflict and in fact the two work very well together. However, which one is better for you?
Pilates is certainly more focused on strenghtening your core than Yoga and I have seen yoga students progress rapidly in poses such as Tolasana or Pendulum pose when they have started to do real core strengthening work in Pilates class.
Likewise, clients who have been doing Pilates for a while and have reaped the benefits of increased joint mobility, strengthened and toned mid-section and core but still remain relatively tight in hamstrings and hips, will gain flexibility much more rapidly in a Yoga class.
The question isn't which is better, but which is better for you.
If you are unsure as to which class is better for you just send a quick email to email@example.com or contact me at www.facebook.com/therapy.yoga and I will be happy to help you choose the class or combination of classes that is right for you.
For those of you with an interest in the deeper aspects of Yoga and Eastern medicine, please check out my friends at the Kagyu Samye Dzong Buddhist Centre in Kilmainham D8. The centre is beautiful and they are running courses in Mindfulness and Tibetan Medicine clinics in addition to their usual schedule of events.
I attended meditation classes there for about a year when I lived nearby and still miss them.
Yoga is mindfulness in motion, acupuncture can bring you to a state of mindfulness through energy balance. Meditation and chant are direct ways to this same end.
If you have any questions for the folks at the centre, you can reach them at firstname.lastname@example.org or join their mailing list at www.buddhism.ie
Hi All, Dave Curtis, well known teacher trainer in Dublin with an excellent reputation, will be doing a workshop at the Ananta Yoga Studio on the N11 just outside of Arklow – details below (please contact Liz - not us):
Master Class with Dave Curtis of Vinyasa Flow Yoga Dublin at The Ananta Yoga Studio. Friday 30th September 7.30pm-10pm. Fee €25. We have extended class time by half an hour from last one in July to bring you all best value for money possible so this will be a long session! Only 20 spaces and payment due in full by Friday 16th to hold your space and to avoid wasting precious yoga time on the night. Text Liz to book your place 086 8963425 asap. Many thanks! Liz
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