Pilates and yoga are two very different practices that support each other beautifully. The strength and precision of Pilates balances the freedom of movement of yoga. Learning to move from a solid foundation and with a strong connection to our bodies, will enable us to move through life with greater comfort and ease.
Pilates can help us connect to muscles we've never used before. Often, if a muscle has been unused or underused, the neurological brain pathway to that muscle is also underutilized. Our larger muscles like to do all the work, but Pilates helps us focus on and connect with the smaller, more intrinsic muscles.
It is worth mentioning that all of the exercises on the Pilates apparatus (the reformer, cadillac, wunda chair, etc.) were actually designed to support exercises performed on the mat with proper alignment.
Yoga poses are not static; instead, there is a dynamic quality to the stillness found in asana. These shapes are active, and we move and flow through them so that the prana (life force energy) can move and flow freely throughout our bodies.