Put simply, yogalates is the combination of the flexibility of eastern yoga practices with the core and strength training of western pilates practices. Developed in the late 1990’s, yogalates has become increasingly popular over the past two decades and is practiced around the world.
How is Yogalates Beneficial?
Like the traditional versions of yoga and pilates, yogalates has proven to be an extremely beneficial practice for those who partake regularly. Because of the combined focus on the development of the participants core strength and flexibility, the regular practice of yogalates been deemed helpful in a number of ways.
Reduces back pain, specifically in the lower areas
Strengthens core muscles and strength
Increases overall posture
Improves the body’s overall reaction to stress
Benefits and increases metabolism speed and function
Leads to a clearer mind
Improves overall circulation throughout the body
As popular as yogalates has become over the past two decades, for many people who are less familiar with yoga in general and are still wondering, “what is yogalates?” there are a number of excellent resources available to provide more information regarding what yogalates is, how it is done, and where and how one can practice it.
Similarly to the way that both yoga and pilates are practices through classes, and independently, so too can yogalates. For people interested in attending an introductory class, here are a few things you should know.
Introductory classes generally run between 30 minutes and 1 hour in length
There will be a combination of some of the most common, and beginner pilates and yoga moves and positions demonstrated
Classes are generally offered anywhere you would be able to find a pilates or yoga class
Like traditional yoga or pilates, or any form of expercise really, it is important that you give yourself time to adjust to the new movements and not push your body too hard, too fast.
You’re brain is a muscle. Sometimes I think people forget this simple fact. The more you exercise your brain, the stronger it becomes.
For example, learning a new language is a really difficult project for everyone. But if you never try to push your brain – much like you would push your body to get those last 10 squats in for the a fit bod – you won’t see any improvements in your comprehension of grammar structure.
This is something that I experience day to day with my expat neighbors here in Guatemala. Many of them have lived here for 20+ years and still don’t speak Spanish. Why? Because they do not exercise their brains – they have made a conscious decision not to try or improve.