Yogalates: The Powerful Fusion of Yoga and Pilates

Yogalates, sometimes spelled as Yogilates, is the ultimate fusion exercise. Yogalates is the powerful combination of both yoga and pilates. In my mind, it definitely surpasses all other hybrid yoga styles. It was only first developed in 1997, so it hasn’t been around that long at all. Individually, both yoga and Pilates are incredibly popular on their own. But, they’re so interconnected in people’s minds. I can’t think of one, without automatically thinking of the other. So, why choose when you can get the benefits of both combined into one exercise.

The combination of Yoga and Pilates make one of the most holistic forms of exercise. Yogalates really touches on mind, body and spirit. They both complement each other so well. Pilates can do so much for your body on a physical level. It’s amazing when it comes to how well it can improve your body’s physical conditioning. I especially like the fact that it emphasizes stability, alignment and correct posture so much. It’s particularly effective at strengthening your core, which is a major focus of Pilates. Although it does put heavy emphasis on the core, it can effectively improve muscle tone and conditioning throughout your entire body.

Yoga has tremendous mental and emotional benefits associated with it. It also has a strong spiritual element to it. It’s great at helping you to relax, reduce stress, calm your mind, improve your breathing, etc. Still, these are just of Yoga’s potential benefits. But, it’s definitely no slouch on the physical side of things either. It can help you to significantly improve both your balance and flexibility.

Yogalates includes a variety of standing and mat Pilates exercises, as well as a number of traditional yoga poses. You typically start out with a variety of yoga poses. Then, you move into both the mat and standing pilates exercises.

I constantly hear about the whole Yoga vs Pilates argument. Everyone’s always trying to say one style is better than the other. Personally, I don’t believe one could ever be better than the other. They’re just different, you get such unique benefits from each one of them. I think that the whole argument is way off base. So, if you don’t have time to fit both into your schedule, combining them with Yogalates would be the next best thing.


  1. says

    Thank Mara for you article on Yogalates. I created Yogilates in 1997, and while it is often misspelled with an “a”, my book was published on Yogilates in 2002 and my videos came out even earlier in 2000 and reviewed in Yoga Journal that year, so my method and authenticity were established quite a while back. I appreciate you open perspective to the fact that both techniques have benefits and should not be seen as competitive, just as Tai Chi, Alexander, and other alternative awareness based fitness methods are complimentary as well. My only comment is that, as established in both my book and videos and my teacher training courses, the sequence of a typical Yogilates class usually starts on the mat with both yoga and Pilates exercises done first to prepare the mind and body, before standing yoga sun salutations and standing Pilates exercises would be performed. This an essential element of the technique and one is better able to connect to one’s center and establish ideal alignment first through careful floorwork. This then prepares the core muscles and joints and muscles for the more vigorous standing work, and in turn leads to better positioning and effectiveness.
    Thanks again for the article and keep up the good work!!!
    Jonathan Urla
    Yogilates Integrative Fitness

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