Pilates or Yoga or Both?

Pilates or Yoga or Both?

Individuals who are new to the practices of Yoga and/or Pilates are often unsure about what the differences are between the two. Yoga and Pilates, while both help to center and strengthen your body, are two different practices. There is no need to choose one over the other — understanding the essential practices of both disciplines will help you to decide which may speak more to your needs and interests — or better yet, give them both a try! At ABC, we love both practices and encourage our clients to enjoy both great formats with our Unlimited Membership. 


Yoga originated in India and has been practiced for over 5000 years. It emphasizes the mind-body connection through breathing, movement, and poses. These poses are known as asanas, and they help to strengthen the body through repetition. The poses are typically held for long periods of time, encouraging the body to relax and lengthen into each pose, thereby increasing the range of motion of the body. By combining deep breathing, clear intentions and meditation, the practice of Yoga is a way to clear the mind and surrender to the movements. Our Yoga instructors are highly qualified with classes that offer an upbeat Yoga Flow to a more mindful Restorative Yoga. 



Pilates was created by Joseph Pilates approximately 100 years ago. It uses an apparatus called a reformer to support the body and provide resistance through a series of movements. The discipline focuses on energizing breaths that help the body perform the movements with precision and strength. With attention to posture, alignment and the mechanics of movement, the instructor will guide you through the movements and ensure you are using the apparatus in a way that will strengthen your body and support your practice. Pilates follows a systematic approach that focuses on how the individual movements integrate with the whole, helping to create a strong, balanced and stable state from which to work from. We offer a hearty schedule of a variety of Pilates classes that will certainly satisfy both the more eager enthusiast to more mindful devotee. 

Do you have questions about Yoga or Pilates? Are you ready to incorporate one or both of the disciplines into your health and wellness regime? We can help! Our community of talented instructors and dedicated clientele create a truly inspiring space! Visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/theabcfitstudio or give us a call at 949.305.3310 to see how we can help provide clarity around Yoga and Pilates and share with you the benefit of both to your overall health and wellness! 

Julianne Land, Studio Manager

Reformer Pilates (Group & Private) • Zumba • Ab Lab • Barre • TRX



I joined ABC looking for a yoga studio but found pilates was more of my speed. This is not just a place to exercise but an environment where friends come together to get fit, healthy, and happy.
I love the instructors who take good care of everyone. I always get the best encouragement possible! I also like the small class sizes for anything from yoga and pilates to Zumba and TRX.
Thanks, ABC Fitness Studio, for making being healthy fun!
— Candice D.
When my wife convinced me to try ABC Fitness, little did I know it would become an almost daily fixture in my life.
I enjoy multiple classes weekly and each is very special in approach to strength, balance, core, flexibility, and overall fitness. Feeling better and stronger physically leads to more enjoyment in all activities.
I feel stronger and fitter and look forward to continuing to rely on ABC Fitness as an integral part of my life.
— John T.
I’ve been doing pilates for almost 3 years now, and I feel stronger and have improved functionally in my daily activities
I was recommended by my physical therapist when I was a patient with many joint problems. My PT thought Pilates would help me, and it did!
I feel stronger, and have a better tone, range of motion, and a stronger core. I can get up from a low sofa with less effort now as my core plus legs are stronger; I owe all these improvements to Pilates. My teacher is patient and kind, always helpful — thank you!
— Surinder B.
ABC has a great variety of group classes, which allows me to take multiple classes and challenge my body in different ways. It keeps the workouts fun and interesting. It helps me reduce stress and keeps me strong!
— Natalie M.
I certainly enjoyed the Pilates session with Charlotte — it provides some pain relief, increased flexibility, and makes me want to be more active.
— Joni
I have been with ABC for about 7 years, and its biggest benefit has to be no more lower back pain and much more flexibility. Love it here!
— Mike P.
I love ABC Fitness!!! Over the years, I’ve worked out at many places, but this is the first one I absolutely love — so much so that I usually come 7 days a week! What is so special are the small classes that mean lots of individual attention, the extraordinarily knowledgeable instructors, and the nice variety of classes. It has been a huge benefit to my well-being.
— Linda T.
My balance has definitely improved, and I feel stronger. The ABC classes are wonderful! Zumba has always been a joy. Great to dance, dance, dance!
— Brenda
ABC has helped me heal from knee surgery. The classes and teachers are amazing! It is a very welcoming and friendly studio.
— Helene C.



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