Yoga is at least 5,000 years old and in its purest form is a journey of self-exploration, self-discovery, and self-realization.
Central to yoga is (Pranayama) breathing techniques that can either be done on their own or in combination with Asanas - postures.
The primary function of Asanas is to bring about harmony so you can meditate. Meditation is the only practice used by all spritual traditions.
Hence attending a yoga class with a teacher who has spent years studying the techniques and philosophy is really an experience.
Refer to What is yoga for a deeper explanation.
Many routines in Pilates are similar to Yoga poses and there are benefits to be gained by both disciplines.
For example Physio Fusion Pilates Gold Coast is a unique style including Machine Pilates conducted by Physiotherpists. This is particularly good for learning about the body and preventing injury whilst building core strength.
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