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Depending on your fitness goals, you may choose to practice yoga or Pilates exclusively, or include them both in your workout regimen. While there are certainly differences between yoga and Pilates, they complement each other well and are both low impact workouts that can be practiced either in a class setting or in the comfort of your own home.
What is Pilates?
But expensive Pilates machines are by no means required to get an effective workout. All you need is a yoga and Pilates mat (which is thicker than a standard yoga mat) and some basic resistance tools. To allow you to reap the benefits of Pilates in your own home (and on your own time), Wai Lana offers a complete line of Pilates Yoga resistance products (with instructional DVDs).
Why practice Pilates?
What is yoga?
Why practice yoga exercises?
By bending, stretching, twisting, and flexing in the various postures, you bathe your internal organs with oxygenated blood and prana, also known as “life force energy” or “chi.” Yoga asanas soothe and tone the nerves and regulate the endocrine system, which is responsible for the production of hormones—one of the keys to both physical and mental health. They also improve digestion and elimination, strengthen the respiratory system, and tone the reproductive organs.
Why practice yoga with Wai Lana?
While her workouts focus primarily on yoga’s physical techniques, they also incorporate meditation to help relieve deep-seated stress and anxiety, enabling us to experience yoga's greatest gifts: stress release and inner peace.
Guidelines for yoga and Pilates practice:
• Wear comfortable clothing, something that allows you to move freely.
• Ideally, the room should be well ventilated. Have enough space to extend your arms and legs in all directions without hitting anything.
• While practicing, concentrate on the feeling that the asana is producing in your body.
• If you feel too weak or shaky in a pose, come out of it. Gradually, you will build up your strength and be able to hold the pose longer.
• Don't go beyond your personal limitations, but extend your boundaries gently. Doing the asanas correctly means doing them to the best of your ability without straining.
• Throughout the workout, focus on your breath, inhaling and exhaling fully and completely through your nose. Breathing with awareness not only feels good, but also balances and regulates energy flow within the body, strengthening your internal organs and boosting your resistance to disease.