Pilates and yoga...the same thing right?

In short…no. However, I can see the confusion. Both involve laying on the floor and working on that mind-body connection. Instructors often have that yoga/pilates “look”, and both claim to tighten, stretch and shrink in all the right places.


Here’s a quick run down…



Upside down...

Inversions are an important part of yoga practice. Different poses can be used for different purposes such as improved digestion, relaxation and to improve circulation.


Yoga is a beautiful, spiritual exercise form created thousands of years ago in India. It is a meditation, achieved through various poses and stretches. The word ‘yoga’ and the pose names themselves are still spoken in the ancient language of Sanskrit. Yoga consists of so many different variations and forms, a list which is ever growing thanks to Western takes on the practice. Yoga is practiced on a mat on the ground, barefoot. Classes may include the use of small props like therabands, blocks and bolsters.



Reform yourself

The pilates reformer (pictured) is one of many pieces of apparatus devised by Joseph Pilates.



Pilates was created by a man named Joseph Pilates in WW1. His training background was so varied, it included circus, boxing, weights, diving, skiing, martial arts and gymnastics. He developed Pilates as a rehabilitation tool for injured and ill soldiers, later moving to New York and training dancers. Pilates has since been used for everything from surgery rehab, pre/postnatal training, therapy for cancer patients, elite athletes and for general health and fitness. Classes are performed on a mat on the floor, or on specialised pilates apparatus, or a combination of both.

Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness.
— Joseph Pilates

Ellie is a diploma qualified pilates instructor with years of coaching experience. She specialises in personal training, pilates and life coaching. Based in Christie's Beach, Adelaide and online. Get in touch.