Happy Monday! Feeling refreshed and revitalised after a disastrous day yesterday. Even managed to get up and do a HIIT workout 💪🏻
Quick one and i know I seen to ask all the time but which is better for flexibility. Yoga or Pilates? I love Pilates but not sure it's more beneficial than yoga. I find the mind body connection of yoga quite hard as I'm not very spiritual so find it hard to enjoy. Also, I suffer with digestive issue so is one practice preferred over the other for that? Xx

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Jenny Quinn
almost 4 years

Thanks KS22 😘

KS22
almost 4 years

Yoga can strengthen your core just as much as Pilates. Yoga is far more than just flexibility and spirituality. It's actually a combination of strength, alignment and flexibility. And if done correctly can be a very good total body workout. Xx

Jenny Quinn
almost 4 years

That's ok. It's good to get lots of different advice and to try both. I've been doing yoga for a while but wanted to create more strength and tone in my core which is why I wanted to move over to Pilates xx

Lulaboola
almost 4 years

I didn't really prefer one over the other but I would say that with Pilates there is a big emphasis on working the pelvic floor and obviously when pregnant this gets put under a lot more stress! That said I agree with what veece123 said re yoga and breathing. Learning to control your breath is hugely important during labour. Such a shame there are no classes near you as you really would benefit from chatting with instructors. I also used pregnancy DVDs but I had already taken classes in both yoga and Pilates. Sorry, I'm not sure this helps at all🤔!

veece123
almost 4 years

I found it easier to continue yoga during both my pregnancies (with advice) and the inversion postures were great for giving baby more space to move.

Jenny Quinn
almost 4 years

Thank you :) I feel so torn between the 2. I don't know how to use them together. Would you say yoga was better during pregnancy? Xx

veece123
almost 4 years

I think they complement each other and love them both but yoga is by far my favourite. I love how matching my moves with the breath becomes meditative and let's my busy mind rest, as well as the strength and flexibility it gives you. There are so many different forms there will be one to suit you. I like dynamic hatha or Ashtanga myself. I have ibs and find the twists particularly helpful to get things moving properly. I did my normal yoga class (with modifications) up to 7 months. I had to stop Pilates sooner as I couldn't lie on my back (you're not suppose to in pregnancy) and as a mat class half of it was based on lying down postures. I then did a pregnancy Pilates DVD at home as I knew the basics by then. I think for either finding the right teacher for you is important as they can inspire you.

Jenny Quinn
almost 4 years

No please don't. I like all this advice. There are no classes near me for either which is really annoying. Which did you prefer? Xx

Lulaboola
almost 4 years

If you are having a normal pregnancy you can carry on with either, obviously with guidance from an instructor as there are certain things you must avoid! I did yoga with my first pregnancy and Pilates through my second, I'm sure they helped! Depending on where you live you might find you can get specific pre-natal classes which is also a great place meet fellow mums-to-be but I'll be quiet now, I'm getting carried away😂

Jenny Quinn
almost 4 years

I'm also not in to all these balancing poses. Ideally I'd like to find something I can carry on if I'm able to fall pregnant xx

Jenny Quinn
almost 4 years

That's what I thought. I'd like to get a strong core and use it for toning rather than a mind body connection if that makes sense? X

pincess
almost 4 years

Meant to say yoga is meant to be good for digestion as the gut is considered to be our second brain and digestive issues can be related to stress. Like lulaboola says you don't have to be spiritual at all to do it xx

Lulaboola
almost 4 years

I do and enjoy both Pilates and yoga. I am not very spiritual (I'm an atheist😄) at all but I really love my yoga and have found it really helpful for learning to breathe properly and de-stress. Pilates has been great for strengthening my my core and improving my posture (which was appalling!). Not sure if either one is better for digestive issues though, hopefully someone else can help.Xx

pincess
almost 4 years

Happy Monday 🙋.
Pilates may be better for you as there is less focus in the spiritual philosophy stuff. Yoga for me gives a good stretch and all over challenge and stills my mind a bit. Pilates focuses more on core work.
I love both but I am a bit of a hippy chick. Xxx