Yogalates is designed to integrate the Pilates methodology into the practice of Hatha yoga for a more physical rigorous system of exercise focusing on the core muscles group.
Offering the same benefits of yoga and Pilates classes, mainly to bring greater awareness and develop the body in a balanced way, Yogalates classes are usually accompanied by soothing music, where the teacher will lead the class through a series of floor exercises incorporating both matwork exercises from Pilates and yoga poses to warm up the body and prepare the student for more challenging standing work later in the class. Classes end traditionally with deep relaxation and meditation.
Both practices involve attaining specific postures. Both emphasise correct breathing and meditative mindfulness.
Despite the hybrid name, Yogalates is not gimmicky – it’s built on two very tried and true historically proven forms of exercise. There’s much synergy between the two forms of physical practice and the philosophies of both make blending the two very natural. You’re not mindlessly on a treadmill or exercise machine. The mind is very focused on the body, on breathing techniques. Yogalates includes back lifts, sternum lifts, leg lifts, leg circles, plus such yoga standards such as Downward-Facing Dog, Sun Salutation and The Warrior. No one class is ever the same.