Thursday, September 8, 2011

I Don't Hate Yoga; I Hate Pilates

Child's Pose or Balasana is my favorite yoga pose. Photo licensed by source.

Thanks for sticking with me as I was missing in action during the Three-Day Novel Contest.  I did not finish my novel within the allotted time, but I did learn a lot, which I will be sharing soon on my other blog, Lolarati.

KalpanaS turned me onto an important fact about yoga in the US: too many people treat it as just a physical exercise and miss out on yoga as a mindfulness practice.  I found an excellent yoga teacher, who has helped me on my journey to become healthier and more mindful.  She understands the importance of the mind-body connection in yoga.  When I learned that she also teaches mat pilates, I thought it would be a great opportunity to expand my exercise regimen.  I had read on the Internet that pilates was like doing an hour-long crunch.  The Internet doesn't lie!  Unfortunately, there was a substitute teacher for the class I attended.  Maybe I just haven't found the right teacher yet.  Back when I said that I hate yoga, I had no idea how much I could hate pilates.  I am hoping to find some way to like it because it really does seem like a great strength building exercise.

Have any of you done pilates?  Or do you have an advice about it?  I'm not really sure if it's based on the same principles as yoga.  Keep in mind that what I'm doing is "mat pilates", meaning there are no fancy machines involved.  Unfortunately, I just don't have access to a place with machines.  Any suggestions or recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

5 comments:

chubskulit said...

Never did Pilates!

Hope you can peek at my PINK post, have a blessed Sunday!

Red Nomad OZ said...

If you loathe both of them, perhaps try something else?? Life's too short ...

Sara Chapman said...

But WHY do you hate Pilates? I think most classes of whatever kind are heavily influenced by how much you like the teacher. Try again with a different teacher. Some play music, some don't, but if you like the teacher you can tell if you really hate Pilates or not. For me, just not sweat-worthy enough.

katsicles said...

I LOVE pilates but always disliked Yoga - except Bikram Yoga which i can no longer do thanks to low blood pressure… but mostly I think it has to do what you're looking to get out of it and whether your instructor can provide you with that.
I find most teachers either focus on the physical or spiritual aspect but rarely both equally which is why I loved Bikram so much.
Yet with pilates I just wanted a solid work out which is what I got - but again it depends on your teachers methods.
Keep trying until you find someone you click with :)

Katarina Smelikova said...

I teach Pilates and practice Pilates and Yoga. Both exercise routines have slightly different benefits and the actual outcome really depends on how much you're prepared to indulge yourself in each practice. In particular, you need to "let go" of certain movement patterns while you're doing Pilates and so, you can find new ways how you can align your body. I usually ask new clients to bare with me from five to ten weeks to get a bit more insight bout what Pilates has to offer.