Your housemate goes to yoga every morning; your mum and her friends swear by pilates. But you wouldn’t know the difference between the two if someone slapped you in the face with a very expensive set of activewear.
Don’t worry, you don’t have to risk your mum whipping out her moves in the living room to demonstrate the difference – we’ll lay it out for you right here. Both yoga and pilates are great forms of exercise, and there’s a reason each of them attract such a large global following of enthusiastic participants.
Yoga is an ancient practice that originated thousands of years ago in India. It’s since been transported all over the world, and with over 2 million people who swear by it, it’s currently the most popular cardio, strength and flexibility exercise in Australia, according to Roy Morgan market research.
Pilates is a more recently developed practice that was created by Joseph...
Whilst running Anytime Fitness I needed to find a way to reduce my stress and find some peace of mind. With a busy schedule I felt like I could not relax and ultimately it was taking a toll on my health, my relationships, and my kids. With a growing business, 1 child in primary school and a 1 year old, it was hard to find time to relax. I was also trying to fall pregnant with a 3rd child, so finding a way to look after myself and find more calm was now a major priority.
I wanted to have more time to feel fulfilled and deepen my relationships.
I decided that yoga was something that I should try.
My background has always been in fitness gyms, so naturally my first yoga class was at a local gym. I went and I didn’t mind it. I felt the pace of the class, the stillness at the end and the movement felt right. I then started to go each Sunday but 2 months in I took an overseas trip for work and lost momentum with it. I decided to get back into and to not only go 1...
Sorry goal-driven, success/fail, win/lose society we live in, this one may irk you at your very foundational core; good!The great overarching theory of Yogic philosophy is that life is an ever-changing ever-fluctuating never-static flow of energy and information, replaced moment after moment. So a simple (yet difficult) daily practice is to let the good-bad, happy-sad ebbs and flows of life pass you by without attaching your state of personal peace to any outcome, thing, or person. Your ever-present personal state of peace is within, not without. Do try it.
Buzz word of the last 5 years it seems. We are what we eat! Yoga goes further; we are what we think. Giving yourself a mental-detox is as easy as stopping what you’re doing and breathing slowly; but you know this already, we all say things like “I just need to clear my head”, right? Mental detox done.
Now physically we can do 3 simple things every day to keep our elimination systems at peak...