Anne-Marie has practiced yoga since 2000, and became a teacher of Hatha yoga with the Yoga Therapy & Training Centre, Co. Down, in 2005. She currently teaches pilates only, but one compliments the other. She has spent many months in yoga and meditation retreats worldwide, including a five month stay in the Himalayas for intensive yoga and meditation practice. She is also a teacher of Sivananda yoga.
PEOPLE OFTEN ASK WHAT THE DIFFERENCE IS BETWEEN PILATES AND YOGA:
Though mind and body relaxation is a large part of both practices, yoga has an obvious spiritual element that Pilates does not have.
Pilates is predominantly focused on attention to posture, ease of movement, muscle balance and tone in the body, core strength, and stability for the spine and joints.
Static stretching, or holding stretches for prolonged periods of time is not practiced in Pilates, but is in yoga postures, to a smaller or greater extent, depending on the style of yoga.
In Pilates movements, there is dynamic stretching, a flow of movement in and out of a stretch, combined with the flow of breath, and conscious control of the support muscles for the joints around the stretch. This proves forgiving for an inflexible client and highly beneficial to all, paving the way for greater flexibility and strength together. Yoga is a fantastic compliment to Pilates when stretches can be held with ease of body and mind.