Overview of Pilates and Yoga

Pilates is a series of exercises that aims at lengthening and stretching all major muscle groups in a balanced fashion and it improves body flexibility, strength and awareness. Yoga brings body and mind together based on – exercise, breathing and meditation. Both yoga and Pilates improve muscular and postural strength, together with lowering blood pressure and a sense of wellbeing.

What is Pilates [1]?

Pilates requires concentration of your body as your body moves through precise ranges of motion by lengthening and stretching all muscle groups in your body. It can be both forms of aerobic and non-aerobic exercise. Each exercise has a unique placement, rhythm and breathing pattern. These exercises are performed in low repetitions, sometimes together with mat work and specialised equipment are used.

Benefits of Pilates [2]

  • Improved flexibility
  • Increased muscle strength and tone, especially in abdominal muscles, lower back and hips
  • Enhanced muscular control of the spine and improved spine stabilisation
  • Rehabilitation and prevention of musculoskeletal injuries
  • Stress management and relaxation

What is Yoga?

Yoga is an ancient Indian philosophy that was designed as a path to spiritual enlightenment. In modern days, yoga is well known as a form of gentle exercise and stress management. Yoga relies on structured poses practices with breath awareness. Studies found that regular practice of yoga can increase fitness and normalise blood pressure. In a long run, yoga practitioners report lower levels of stress and increased feeling of wellbeing. Practice of yoga requires effort, accuracy and commitment therefore it brings your body and mind together based on three elements: exercise, breathing and meditation.

Benefits of Yoga

  • Improves cardiovascular fitness and circulation
  • Normalises blood pressure
  • Encourages mobility and eases pressure on joints
  • Prevents osteoporosis
  • Reduces back pain and improves posture
  • Reduces stress, anxiety and fatigue


At Lakeside Chiropractic, our experienced and holistic chiropractors can provide advice and resources to help you establish an exercise routine tailored to your specific needs to achieve optimal physical and mental wellbeing. We are a Medibank and BUPA preferred practice but accept all health insurance which you can claim on premises through our HICAPS machine. If you have any enquiries or would like to book an appointment, feel free to contact one of our friendly staff on 9300 0095 or visit our website at www.lakesidechiro.com.au to book an appointment.


  1. Defining Pilates exercise: A systematic review - ScienceDirect
  2. Yoga and pilates in the management of low back pain | SpringerLink
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