Yoga and pilates are often thrown into the same category of exercise and wellness. They both offer a chance to connect your mind with your body, but in what other ways are they similar, or how do they differ? Yoga, on one hand, has been practiced for more than 5000 years, originating in India. Pilates, however, begun in the mid-20th century, named after the athlete Joseph Pilates. Both exercises indeed offer an opportunity to connect your mind and body, but yoga goes one step further and introduces the connection of your inner spirit. Many of the lessons or challenges you face in a yoga class can be directly transferred to real life situations. In this case, it’s beneficial to have a kind and balanced spirit when off the mat. Pilates offers classes that are much more structured than yoga, focusing on strengthening your back and core muscles while a typical yoga class will engage every muscle, but not always in the same way. If you are someone wanting to know what to expect in a class, perhaps a pilates class will be more inviting. Take a look below, and when in doubt, try both!