I recently subbed a class, teaching Pilates instead of the branded format that combines elements of Pilates & yoga but at a much quicker pace. I don’t teach branded formats, though I understand their purpose, so I taught a Pilates mat class. After class, a couple of students that regularly attend some of my own classes asked me about the differences between what I do and the other format.
This got me thinking, it’s difficult to describe other formats without bias. Of course I love Pilates, otherwise I would not be teaching it. But I also enjoy yoga and have subbed many yoga classes though I haven’t gone through the yoga teacher training. I consider yoga personal and enjoy being a student and focusing on myself in that capacity.
Yoga is more than 5,000 years old and there are many styles with different approaches. Pilates has a nearly 100-year history and Joseph Pilates integrated yoga and other disciplines to create his own method. Most branded formats are relatively new, designed to appeal to and keep group participants safe and deliver an effective workout.
The students felt that yoga was too slow for them and the regularly scheduled class moved too fast. I couldn’t help but feel like Goldilocks because they thought my class was “just right”. What it really boils down to is preference. I think there is something for everyone and the key is to know your self. Do you enjoy being in a group or prefer to be alone? Are you comfortable learning choreography, do you prefer less lead and follow?
Once you have settled on a format to try, keep in mind that teachers are individuals with different training and approaches. If you like the teacher but are not sure the format is right for you, give it another try. Sometimes we allow our day, or our self-conscious adult brains to color the experience. Whatever you do, don’t give up! Our bodies were meant for movement and with all of the wonderful choices from a walk in the park to group classes and personal training, there is something for everyone.
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