What’s the Difference Between Yoga and Pilates?


Before you head out for the Thanksgiving holiday, I wanted to share this short video clip with you that my awesome team helped me create.

I also want to give a shout out to Matthew, Brian and Zack. I call them my Dream Team. Because of their help and expertise I get to do a lot of awesome things (like create fantastic video content and have an ever-improving website/blog) I couldn't normally do by myself. I have multiple things I am grateful for in  my life, my Dream Team is up at the top of the list. 🙂

A few weeks ago we were shooting interviews with 2012 Pilates Challenge participants and talking about why they had such great experience.

While we were setting up and waiting for folks to arrive we had a little free time and Brian suddenly asked me a question…

Brian has never taken Pilates and he's interested in learning more about what we do at Pilates Tonic. Plus he was also curious about the Pilates Challenge. He was asking me some great questions, so we decided to take advantage of having the camera ready and we filmed some of my answers to his questions.

His first question was a familiar one:

“How is Pilates different from yoga?”

This is something I get asked pretty often and have looked forward to answering via blog post or video and that's what the clip above was all about.

So what do you think? Does it answer the question for you? Let me know in the comments and if you have other questions, post those too and maybe I can answer them next time we have a camera and a few extra minutes.

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Thank you for being part of the Pilates Tonic community!

With Gratitude,


P.S The studio will be open this Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving!



I’m here to help you get stronger and more flexible through alignment-based restorative exercise so you can enjoy all the activities you love in life. You can work with me in two convenient ways: digitally through the Pilates Tonic Online membership or personally with in-person Restorative Movement Sessions.

8 Responses

  1. What a wonderful explanation on the difference between yoga and Pilates. You put into words what I know in my body but just haven’t been able to explain. Thank you.

  2. Great explanation! I love that you refer to Pilates as “movement training.” This give such a deeper understanding of the purpose of Pilates!

  3. Beautifully explained! I would totally agree with your excellent description of both! I hope you have wonderfully Happy Thanksgiving!

  4. Sydney, this is a wonderful description of each practice. I do both and often get asked how they compare and compliment. This will help me so much. Thank you!

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