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Yoga or Pilates:
Which One is Right for You?

HealthReach, Spring-Summer 2013 | Page 8

Yoga and Pilates are great ways to improve your fitness, flexibility and balance, and a variety of classes are offered at Virginia Health Center. Not sure which exercise form suits your style? Here is some information to help you decide.
The main physical benefits of Yoga are increased body strength and flexibility. Yoga can help alleviate back pain, improve sleep and ease pain from arthritis.
Deep breathing and meditation can lower stress levels, in part by reducing the amount of the stress hormone, cortisol. For women who are going through menopause, Yoga can ease the intensity and reduce the frequency of hot flashes.
Virginia Hospital Center offers traditional (Hatha) Yoga classes, as well as Gentle Yoga and Yoga for Everybody. Adaptive/Seated Yoga is for anyone with limited movement.
Pilates focuses on strengthening core muscles and the spine. It is helpful for strengthening muscles and joints that have weakened over time; regular Pilates students find their posture has improved. It also can help serious athletes maximize and enjoy their sport by developing core strength to stabilize the body; this provides a stronger base from which to perform and helps prevent injuries.
Virginia Hospital Center offers Pilates and Gentle Pilates classes for beginners, or anyone with limited movement. All are mat classes. Can’t choose? Try PiYo! It includes both the regimented core strengthening movements of Pilates and the balanced poses and stress reduction of Yoga.

For a complete listing of Fitness & Healthy Lifestyle classes, click here >

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Remember, if you have any health conditions — especially osteoporosis or problems with your back or pelvic floor — talk with your doctor before beginning any class.

ALL SESSIONS ARE 6 WEEKS UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED. For more information, call the Health Promotion Department at 703.558.6740.
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