As some of you may already know, yoga prepares the body for meditation. Traditionally yogis would sit in meditation for long periods of time, and in order to prevent the pains of the body interfering with the mind, asana (or the physical practice of yoga) was introduced to limber up the body.
So for those of us who are not full-time yogis, or don’t intend to meditate for hours at a time, what is the point of meditation?
Want to get the most out of your time on the mat? New to yoga and not entirely sure where to start? We decided to share our 6 secret yoga success tips!
(You may already know some, so maybe not so secret, but everyone needs a little reminder, right?)
Before I started practicing yoga regularly at any studio I may have dabbled in the occasional mat Pilates and ‘yoga’ class at my local gym. To be honest I had no idea what I was doing 95% of the time and I felt they were both interchangeable with an occasional spin class! I also had no idea that the weights being dropped to my left and the thudding pop music in the background was hindering me finding any kind of zen.
While that was over a decade ago now, I still remember the days when I couldn’t have told you what made Pilates any different from yoga. It’s a question that I am still asked on a regular basis today by those who know they want to start SOMETHING that stretches their body and strengthens their core (or maybe just helps them to chill out!) With many gyms and fitness centres offering both it’s easy to get confused! So, here’s our Stretch-style simple guide to the differences between the practices:
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