How to Get the Most Out of Your Pilates & Yoga Classes!

People like to undermine yoga and Pilates classes since they're on the ‘slow’ side of the low-impact workout spectrum. What’s more, they're not as intense as high-impact workouts such as CrossFit or P90x, and this aspect tends to discourage those who want instant gratification. However, Better Health notes there are tons of rewarding benefits — be it physical, mental, and even spiritual — that make yoga and Pilates classes worth joining.

Besides that, you can take home what you’ve learned in your yoga or Pilate’s class. After all, you only need ample space to move and a good mat to do these types of exercises. If you want to know how to fully reap the benefits of your yoga and Pilates classes, we've listed down a few handy tips that you could use.

As with all new exercise routines, it’s important to start with the basics before moving onto harder sequences. Moreover, working from square one can give your body the time it needs to process the physical strain of the workouts while giving your mind time to absorb the various disciplines these involve. Both yoga and Pilates have beginner’s classes that are designed to welcome anyone regardless of body size and experience with physical activity, and this way, you can be less self-conscious.

We mentioned before that you can do both yoga and Pilates as long as you have enough space and a mat. However, the correct clothing can make your exercises much easier to perform.

For yoga and Pilates, stretchy clothing is best, as it allows you to move through each pose with relative ease. Pretty Me suggests opting for breathable fabrics, especially for people who tend to sweat a lot. While comfortable, cotton is not the most ideal because it absorbs a lot of moisture and could make you feel weighed down. Instead, opt for thin fabrics like luon (a nylon and lycra mix) that hugs your form tightly without compromising mobility and breathability.

Meanwhile, your feet could use some support, too. Despite being known as an exercise that is usually done barefoot, yoga and Pilates routines could be made easier with grip socks. Our post on the ‘Latest Pilates Accessories - Do you need them?’ highlights how grip socks can help you be stabilized on any surface, preventing any accidents caused by slippery floors. Also, grip socks can act as a barrier that prevents microbes and germs from sticking to your feet while you work out.

Consistency is vital in both yoga and Pilates, and one way that can help you keep your progress moving is by forming good behavior that involves practicing your workouts.

While it can be intimidating to do 66 days of workouts in succession, you can easily lighten your routine and modify the length to suit. In yoga, for example, you can do asana poses and meditation during your ‘rest days’. What’s important is that you keep your practice steady until it feels more comfortable and natural for you.

Overall, remember that yoga and Pilates don’t encourage fast gains and you can freely enjoy the time you spend working on your body and mind. With the right mindset and equipment, you can soon find yourself closer to your wellness goals.

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Writer: Johanna Mcguire