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Trying to decide between yoga and Pilates? Here's what you need to know

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While Pilates and yoga are both low-impact workouts that incorporate breathwork – there are key differences. (Photo: Getty Images/Gallo Images)
While Pilates and yoga are both low-impact workouts that incorporate breathwork – there are key differences. (Photo: Getty Images/Gallo Images)

Kate Hudson, Jennifer Lopez, Beyoncé, Gisele Bündchen, Jennifer Aniston – the list of celebs who have sung the praises of both yoga and Pilates is long.

Both forms of exercise have grown in popularity over the years and are touted by fitness enthusiasts as a great way to increase balance, core strength and flexibility. While they are similar – both are low-impact workouts that incorporate breathwork – there are key differences.

“Pilates is mostly focused on the physical level, while yoga is a system that incorporates mental and spiritual practices like meditation,” says Steven Heyman, instructor and owner of Yoga Works in Johannesburg.

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