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Perhaps with the beginning of the new year you have considered starting to practice some body-mind activity like Pilates or Yoga, but which one to choose? Do you know how they look alike and how they differ? How does each of them affect your body? To solve the doubts you have we explain what you can achieve physically and mentally practicing Pilates and Yoga, so you can choose wisely depending on what your goals are.

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If you have thought about starting in the world of Pilates at home you will need some basic elements to be able to practice this discipline in a comfortable and safe way. Although it is advisable to start with an expert, there are videos and tutorials that can help you a lot. One of the main advantages of practicing Pilates at home is that you do not need to make a large investment either economically or in space.

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The Pilates method has changed a lot since a young Joseph Hubertus Pilates created it at the beginning of the last century. Currently we can find new implements that are used in the practice of this method (such as the Oov, which we talked about a while ago), less spine flexion exercises and more back extension in different sessions ... In a few words we could say that Pilates is a living method that has managed to grow and adapt to different needs at different times in its history.

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Many of the Pilates exercises, such as the famous Hundred, include a flexion of the spine, something that has been criticized for this method over time. To vary your training and as a way to work the entire back chain of our body, today we explain how the swimming exercise is performed step by step: a classic Pilates exercise that involves an extension of the spine and that, as you can imagine, simulates the movement of a swimmer in the water.

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When we talk about core work, we almost always think automatically of irons or planks, which are a fantastic exercise to train our middle zone. These fall within the anti-extension exercises in which the premise is that the lower back does not arch and that we activate the transverse muscle of the abdomen.

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If this new year you have planned to start training at home, and within your plans is to practice body-mind disciplines such as Pilates or Yoga, you are in luck: we tell you everything you need to get down to work, where to find the best information on the internet and how to follow classes and online sessions that will allow you to start in these disciplines from your own classroom.

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Do you like body-mind disciplines? Pilates is ideal when complementing strength training or other sports such as swimming or running. Among the benefits of Pilates we can include the improvement of our body posture, the increase of our flexibility, the improvement of our coordination and, above all, greater control over our own body.

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If you have ever attended a Pilates session, you have probably had the Hundred or "hundred" practiced, a movement that is not usually missing in any of the classes. If you have not practiced it you are interested in knowing it as it is a challenging and hard exercise to work abdomen, stabilization and breathing.

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Many times I have heard the question of "what do I sign up for? Pilates or Yoga?" , and I always think the same: why choose? Both disciplines bring us benefits that are multiplied if we combine them with each other: they are not as different as it may seem at first sight, nor are yogis and Pilateros in a kind of open war.

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As every year, Pilates, and especially Yoga in recent months, are the protagonists of many of our posts. Two disciplines that, in addition to helping us work our body, also collaborate in making that body-mind connection easier and make us more aware of how we function.

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Since in the middle of the last century Joseph Hubertus Pilates designed his training method aimed first at the rehabilitation of the sick, and then the general public (and especially the Broadway dancers) many things have changed in Pilates. Although the studies in which Pilates is practiced today have kept the essence of the method jealously guarding its principles, there have been logical modifications, since neither our work nor our lifestyle is the same as that of 100 years ago.

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If you are going to start the Pilates practice in September, surely one of the questions you have asked yourself is that of Pilates ground or Pilates in machines? Which is better? Which makes you work more? Today we talk about the differences between them and which one is suitable for each moment or each objective.

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As in everything, in sports you also have to reinvent yourself. It seems that every day new disciplines and new techniques arise, all so that we can vary our training and enjoy new experiences. For some years, the option of joining water sports with other disciplines has been popularizing, giving luagr to sports as interesting as pilates and surfboard yoga.

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Pilates is one of the activities that has marked a trend and currently retains its popularity, therefore, today we enter the world of science to show you everything that Pilates can do for your body and the benefits it offers to the body. What science says about Pilates is: Research that evaluated 47 people for 6 months shows that the practice of Pilates regularly leads to increased flexibility, without bringing significant changes in body composition.

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During our day to day we often fall into bad postural habits that lead us to incorrect postures and can cause us pain and even injuries. If we repeat these habits for a long time (for example, a bad posture in front of the computer for eight hours a day), we may suffer from muscle imbalances and shortages, decompensations and even loss of joint mobility.

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Pilates schools have been growing since the beginning of Joseph Pilates until today, and they continue to grow. Faced with the wide range of different classes and types of Pilates that exist today, we want to get a little closer to Polestar, one of the fastest growing schools in recent years.

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Many of the people who attend a study or a Pilates class do so to readjust or recover from old back injuries or also to prevent the occurrence of such injuries. Perhaps one of the most common is the protusion and subsequent herniated disc. Can we practice Pilates with this type of pathologies?

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