Yoga and Pilates are two very popular forms of exercise for increasing muscle tone, postural strength, flexibility, and balance. The types of exercises and poses you will perform vary between the two and will determine what equipment you will need.
Yoga is a beneficial form of exercise for increasing fitness and flexibility, as well as improving blood pressure and breathing. Yoga mats provide a thin layer of cushioning, non-slip surface ideal for yoga practices. The thinner layer is ideal for performing standing exercises without affecting stability. Yoga equipment is targeted at alignment and flexibility.
Pilates is a great form of exercise and rehabilitation because it lengthens and stretches muscles in a controlled and balanced fashion. Pilates mats are thicker than yoga mats and provide extra cushioning and increased comfort. In Pilates, you tend to spend a long time performing floor exercises and it is important to provide substantial cushioning to your knees, back, tailbone, and elbows. Pilate’s equipment focuses on increasing core strength and muscle toning.