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Class Act: Yogilates

Yogilates studios and classes are cropping up everywhere I look. It's a mix of you guessed it - Yoga and Pilates. It's the latest trend in yoga fusion.


Yoga is an ancient discipline, that focuses on asanas (postures), breathing, and meditation. Doing yoga increases flexibility in all areas of the body, releases stress, and rejuvenates your mind and spirit.

Pilates introduced to the U.S. in 1926 by Joseph Pilates, improves flexibility of the spine, and also helps with posture and alignment. Some believe that it strengthens the core better than any other form of exercise.

Yogilates was created in 1997 by certified Pilates instructor Jonathan Urla. It takes the best of both worlds - mixing just the right amount of both practices to create a workout that relieves tension, challenges coordination and balance, helps with weight loss, and tones and strengthens your muscles. It uses yoga postures, and focuses on their alignment for greater effectiveness.

If you can't find a class near you, and you want to check it out, the creator wrote a book called Yogilates - it's available on his website for $23. There are also DVDs on sale as well.

Yogilates is definitely a class worth taking if you love yoga or Pilates. Always taking the same classes can get boring, and if that's the case, it's hard to motivate to go. Why not try something new this year? - You know it was one of your resolutions.

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