Pilates vs yoga: How do the two practices affect the body?

Pilates vs yoga: Which should you practice and why? Pilates is usually practiced to build strength or rehabilitate after an injury, whereas yoga is good for flexibility (if you’re wondering, “What does stretching do to your body? (opens in new tab)“, read our feature to find out more). But there’s some overlap between the health benefits of the two different disciplines. For example, yoga has been found to build muscle strength, particularly in the ‘trunk’ area of the body, while Pilates has been shown to improve hamstring flexibility. 

Before you start trying either practice on one of the best yoga mats (opens in new tab), it’s a good idea to read up on how they compare. Here’s what the latest research says.


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