A Description Of Yoga
Getting a clear description of Yoga will help you understand just how different it is from Pilates. A lot of people keep on comparing the two. In this article, let us discuss how different they are from each other.
Yoga comes from “Yuj” a Sanskrit word that means to unite or join. The whole idea is to unite the individual with the Universal Spirit. Others call it the Cosmic Consciousness. The Golden age of Yoga was during the time of “Sat Yuga”. It is believed that during this time, Yoga evolved into what it is today.
The idea about Yoga was unveiled when the Indus valley civilization was discovered. This was the largest civilization to be unearthed. The Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras is known to be the earliest exposition about Yoga. It was written by Indian sage Patanjali. If you want to read the earliest description of Yoga, this is what you want to research. Fortunately, this is available on the Internet.According to Patanjali, Yoga is when your mental fluctuations cease. The exact definition is “Yoga Chitta Vritti Nirodha.” With this definition, you can say that the ultimate goal of Yoga is to be in a state wherein your mind is completely still. To achieve this, you have to master eight limbs or stages.
- Yama or moral restraints
- Niyama or spiritual practices
- Asana or posture while seated (with an erect spine)
- Pranayama or controlled breathing
- Pratyahara or withdrawing from the sensory and active organs
- Dharana or deep concentration
- Dhyana or diverting attention towards the subject of meditation
- Samadhi or complete absorption in divine mind or super consciousness
This description of Yoga might seem different to those who are new to it. After all, the general idea is that Yoga is a form of callisthenics that can help improve your health and fitness. But this further from the original idea. Yoga was meant to be a way of living. It is intended to work on the body (Karma Yoga), mind (Jnana Yoga), emotion (Bhakti Yoga), and energy (Kriya Yoga) of an individual.
About Yoga and Pilates
Now that you have the description of Yoga, let us consider how similar or different it is from Pilates. While it is debatable that the modern version of Yoga is influenced by Pilates, it is clear that Joseph Pilates studied Yoga. This was before he came up with “Contrology” or Pilates. Without a doubt, Yoga was one of the major influences of Pilates.
This is probably why both Yoga and Pilates involve a series of movements that are meant to improve your flexibility, control, endurance, and on a certain level, strength. Both also pave a way to relieve yourself of stress. Apart from the movement, both of them also uses an equipment.
Probably the biggest difference between the two is in the spiritual level. Yoga has a huge spiritual component in it. There is a spiritual experience and it is not something that you will get from a session of Pilates. While a Pilates class involves meditation and stress relief, it is not the same level as that of Yoga.Pilates concentrates on muscle toning, flexibility, control of the body, and core strength. It has to be done with discipline and done on a regular basis.
Yoga, on the other hand, concentrates on broad muscle groups – and also flexibility. There is balance, strength, spirituality, and endurance. There the range of difficulty of the classes is really different – from the very challenging to the most simple ones.
If you know the description of Yoga, you will know that it will be a perfect combination of Pilates. It complements each other and will help keep you fit. It will also improve your health and lifestyle.