Yoga Yogilates

Created by certified Pilates and Yoga instructor Jonathan Urla, Yogilates fuses Hatha Yoga and Pilates to give practitioners “more rapid and balanced development of their bodies than when either discipline is performed separately.”

Yogilates is just one of the many yoga hybrids that are popping up everywhere. However, many of these hybrid fads seem to fade out as quickly as they explode onto the fitness scene. Yoga purists all over the world are calling for a return to the “pure” form of yoga as it rapidly continues to morph into some of the most diluted forms this practice has ever seen.

With Disco Yoga classes, crowded Pilates classes and hundreds of yoga tapes on the market, many yoga purists are becoming frustrated with the lack of genuine instruction available. That’s where Yogilates enters the picture

History of Pilates

German-born Joseph H. Pilates (1880-1968) introduced Pilates to the United States in 1926. Pilates created exercise machines and various pieces of equipment, most notably the Universal Reformer. Yet, he based his original technique on his mat-work exercises.

Pilates improves flexibility of the spine, posture, breathing and alignment. Some believe that it strengthens the core better than any exercise ever invented.

Here are some of the important elements of Pilates:

  • articulating the spine
  • linking movements together in a graceful and flowing way
  • placing the breath in the ribs correctly
  • stabilizing the pelvis and shoulders for better balance.

These elements combine to develop coordination and concentration. Although the focus of Pilates centers on flexibility, strength and balance, practitioners walk away with a long, lean and toned body.

History of Hatha Yoga

Hatha Yoga is an ancient discipline that dates back at least 5,000 years. Asanas (postures), breathing techniques and meditation are all integral parts of the discipline.

While Hatha Yoga helps increase a person’s flexibility and strength, it also releases stress and imbalance. Its practitioners relate that Hatha Yoga rejuvenates your mind and spirit. Some people say that one of the greatest health benefits from the practice of Hatha Yoga is an increase in one’s awareness.

While most exercises relieve stress temporarily, the practice of Hatha Yoga helps followers identify and release deeper sources of stress and imbalance.


Yogilates mixes the right elements of Pilates and Hatha Yoga together to create a workout that relieves stress, helps you gain coordination and balance, helps you lose weight and allows you to relax. In a nutshell, Yogilates brings precise alignment, core strength and knowledge from exercise science to the postures of yoga for added safety and a greater transformative effect.

Although yoga typically leaves people feeling comfortably stretched, cleansed and relaxed, some people don’t feel as if it gives them a high-energy workout. Pilates often leaves people feeling like they had a moderate cardio workout or resistance training, but they don’t often feel relaxed or cleansed after a class.

While both forms of exercise have amazing benefits on their own, Yogilates mixes those benefits together to provide a workout that will leave you feeling energized, as well as relaxed, in body and soul.