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Yoga & Pilates are not the same as stretching!

by Melanie Stuck

Yoga n.
1. A Hindu discipline aimed at training the consciousness for a state of perfect spiritual insight and
tranquility. 2. A system of exercises practiced as part of this discipline to promote control of the body
and mind.

Yoga is used to prepare the body and mind for meditation and promotes healing from everyday stress. Yoga means “to     join or yoke together,” and it brings the body and mind together into one harmonious experience. Most   people associate yoga with incorporates physical movements, postures and breathing techniques. The long held “stretches” within yoga help maintain postures. The real purpose of yoga postures is to develop the strength of body and calmness of mind in order to sit in meditation for 30-60 minutes without moving. This is far from the goal of achieving functional flexibility.

Pilates n.
1. Pilates (/pɪˈlɑːteɪz/;[1] German: [piˈlaːtəs]) is a physical fitness system developed in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates, and popular in many countries, including Germany,[2] the United States and the United Kingdom.

Pilates is a body conditioning routine that may help build muscle tone, balance musculature, support correct posture, and teach users to move with ease and grace. Pilates seeks to develop controlled  movement from a strong core and does this using a range of apparatus to guide and train the body.  Pilates principles are concentration, control, centering, flow or efficiency of movement, precision and breathing.

Yoga is used to prepare the body and mind for meditation. Pilates is a body conditioning  routine. In contrst,Stretch Zone is about creating and maintaining functional flexibility.

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