Yogalates

Definition - What does Yogalates mean?

Yogalates is a type of exercise inspired by yoga and Pilates, as its name suggests. It is said to harness the physical and mental benefits of both practices, and its advocates describe it as a comprehensive exercise system. It can be taught in classes, one-on-one sessions and workshops.

Yogalates was created in 1997 by a personal trainer, Jonathan Urla, and later developed and popularized by Louise Solomon. It is described as an evolving method, which continually adapts in the face of new research and methodology to ensure functional movement and whole body health.

Yogapedia explains Yogalates

Yogalates is sometimes thought of as a fusion practice of "East meets West," because it merges the ancient Indian practice of yoga with the Western practice of Pilates, which was developed by Joseph Pilates in 1920s Germany. It combines the yogic focus on enhanced mind and body awareness, strength, stamina, flexibility and balance, with Pilates techniques to improve posture and create a strong, stable foundation for movement.

A Yogalates class may include popular yoga postures like downward-facing dog and the warrior poses with Sun Salutations, stretching and intense core and abdominal strength work. Some exercises may require the use of props such as blocks, resistance bands and weights to intensify the effect. Yogalates may also feature breathing exercises, guided mindfulness and relaxation, depending on the teacher and style. It is likely to have a strong focus on alignment.

As well as the benefits of yoga and Pilates, Yogalates is believed to be particularly effective for improving muscle tone, developing a slimmer, stronger physique and even weight loss.

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