yoga vs. pilates

A difference in philosophy.

The benefits of yoga and Pilates practices are extensive. Both are excellent for muscular strength and flexibility, and both are extremely beneficial for most participants. But there are some significant differences between the two, particularly in philosophy.

Yoga focuses on an integrated approach of breath, physical conditioning, and flexibility, while Pilates focuses on training all muscle groups with a specific focus on the core, "the powerhouse."

The best solution? Since no single type of exercise can give your body everything it needs, Mettler recommends a combination approach and an opportunity to discover what works best for you.


Yoga is a challenging exercise that incorporates stretching and flexibility. Mettler Center offers a variety of styles, instructors, and levels of intensity for the beginner to the advanced. While each class has a different focus, all classes open the window to a greater sense of connection within and overall well-being.

Yoga is typically done in bare feet, on our provided exercise mats. Modifications are given for all poses and you're welcome to observe before signing up. Talk to the instructor if you are unsure if the class is right for you. Additional one-on-one sessions are available.

To learn more about our yoga class offerings, view our class descriptions.
We also offer Private Yoga Lessons.


Nearly a century ago, Joseph Pilates developed a body-conditioning technique designed to uniformly shape the entire body. This method is known as Pilates. The core, or “Powerhouse,” refers to the area of the torso between the lower ribs and hips, with an emphasis on the deepest layers of the abdomen.

When the core is strong, it provides a stable foundation to stretch, strengthen, and tone muscles throughout the body. It also improves flexibility, posture, coordination, and balance, while reducing the risk of injury. In a quest to maintain the integrity of the original Pilates while updating these exercises, a new and unique form of Pilates was born. This scientifically sound and safe form of Pilates was developed by the PhysicalMind® Institute. One of the world’s foremost authorities on Pilates, PhysicalMind® is the form the Mettler Center embraces and offers.

Benefits of PhysicalMind Pilates:

  • Balance strength and flexibility to create longer, leaner muscles
  • Enhance overall muscular capacity
  • Increase range of motion and flexibility
  • Define and strengthen abdominal muscles
  • Improve posture, coordination, balance, breathing, circulation, and body awareness
  • Correct muscular imbalances, body aches, and pains caused by routine activities, overtraining, and stress
  • Reduce the risk of injury by learning to move efficiently, creating less structural stress on the body
  • Decrease tension and fatigue, increase energy
  • Non-impact exercises are adaptable and safe for any fitness level
  • Boost performance in athletic and fitness activities, and quality of everyday life
  • Quality instruction with trained professionals
  • A choice of programs ranging from mat-based group classes to private equipment-based classes

When performing Pilates, each person is encouraged to listen to his or her own body and to modify each movement to match his or her individual ability level.

(Please note that while many pose modifications can be made, it’s advisable to check with your health-care provider if you’ve had recent surgery or are recovering from a serious injury before attending a yoga or Pilates class. Also, it’s important to let the teacher know of any conditions that may need special consideration before class begins.)

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