Try it if you like yoga and Pilates, but don’t have time to do both in a week
The gist of Yogalates
As its name implies, yogalates is a blend of yoga and Pilates. It’s difficult to define specifically how these two practices are fused because yogalates teachers tend to create their own blend, depending on what they want to target, says Susan Emery, owner and primary teacher at the Yoga Lounge in Toronto. For Emery, her brand involves combining yoga breath with movements targeting problem areas in the body, specifically the hips and pelvis which tend to be weak. Like many other yogalates teachers, Emery incorporates props into her class — in her case, weights, ropes and bars.
The inspiration behind this blended practice
Pilates was founded in the 1920s by German-born Joseph Pilates in an effort to help bedridden patients who needed core strengthening. Louise Solomon of Australia trademarked the yogalates method in 1997, incorporating a deep understanding of functional anatomy and core stability.
The benefits of Yogalates
It can be adapted to the needs of people taking it, regardless of their body type. Yogalates helps tone core muscles. It gives you exercise, helps you to strengthen and stretch, possibly lose weight and generally feel better.
The gear you’ll need
Dressing in feel-good necessities will put a spring in your step before you even get to class. Try bold colours grounded with neutral shades, and don’t shy away from prints. Look for smart details (like shorts with flash-reducing layers) or accents that elevate a sports bra. As the final note, upgrade to a pair of sneakers in a happy-go-lucky hue.