Yoga and Pilates are two forms of exercise for back pain. Each has its own unique focuses that appeal to people suffering from acute or chronic back pain. Yogalates is a fusion of yoga and Pilates that people have been turning to recently for pain relief.
There are many forms of yoga, each emphasizing different values and health benefits. In general, yoga is a movement therapy that emphasizes breathing, posture, spinal elongation and alignment, the stretching and strengthening of muscles and mindfulness, all of which are practiced through poses. Yoga is a whole-body system that incorporates both physical and mental disciplines to facilitate overall health and balance.
Traditional yoga originates in the East and has existed for over 5,000 years. Pilates was developed in the 1920’s by physical trainer Joseph Pilates and was intended as a physical rehabilitation program. Fusing the ancient eastern and modern western disciplines makes the main tenets of both accessible to people of diverse backgrounds and abilities. For those specifically seeking exercise for back pain, this fusion may be ideal. Jonathan Urla, Pilates instructor and personal trainer, is credited with the invention of Yogalates, or Yogilates as it was originally named, in 1997.
Those who seek the unique spiritual component of yoga or the development of core strength alone would do best to pursue yoga and Pilates separately. Yogalates is best for those seeking to rehabilitate the back with exercise who aren’t concerned about experiencing either discipline in its pure form.
A typical Yogalates session will involve classic yoga postures and Pilates core-building exercises. They are available in beginner’s, intermediate and advanced levels. You may choose to attend a class or use a DVD or book for instruction. Practicing under the guidance of a trained instructor is ideal if you suffer back pain; this will ensure you are not moving in a way that can increase your pain. At www.youtube.com, you can view of a video clip from a Yogalates class in Spain for an idea of what your sessions may include.
The stretching, strengthening, awareness and balance encouraged by Yogalates practice make this movement therapy appealing to those seeking back pain relief. Consider pursuing Yogalates for a natural, whole-body approach to treatment.