Yoga is an ancient Indian practice that dates back 5,000 years.
It includes posture, breathing, and meditation to promote both mental and physical well-being.
The intention of yoga is to deeply connect with the mind and body by holding and advancing physical poses while focusing on breath.
Pilates is much younger.
Joseph Pilates developed the method in the 1920s to help injured veterans during World War I.
He originally called it contrology, and he taught the use of the mind to control the muscles, with a focus on the core. The goal of Pilates is to develop the muscles uniformly and create a sense of postural awareness through activation and stabilization. Pilates focuses heavily on core strength and stability.