Pilates is the same as yoga. Just like football is the same as rugby because they are both played with a ball. It’s true that both Pilates and yoga connect mind, body and spirit but that’s where the similarities end. The breath is different. The exercises are different. Relatively speaking, Pilates is a baby compared to Yoga (born over 5000 years ago in Northern India. Yoga encourages your body to relax and flow freely through postures. Pilates emphasizes form, function, attention to detail and ensuring the small, stabilizing muscles are engaged. Flexibility is a shared outcome of both practices. Pilates is perfectly placed to realign the body and transform movement patterns so the body can better support itself. The two disciplines complement each other beautifully. Pilates increases core strength and endurance for yoga. Yoga improves your flexibility for Pilates. But the same as each other? No, they’re not even siblings. So let’s appreciate each discipline in its own distinct glory and help to set the record straight next time you hear somebody get confused.