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Yoga and Pilates

 –  Physical fitness is essential to your health and well-being, but you don't necessarily have to hit the gym or run mile after mile to be active. Yoga and Pilates are two forms of exercise that have helped many people achieve their fitness goals. At drugstore.com, we have an assortment of yoga and Pilates DVDs and media to help you get started or continue your practice without leaving home.
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What Is Yoga?

Yoga is a form of meditation and exercise that emerged from philosophies that developed in Ancient India. Today, yoga is practiced all over the world with an estimated 13 million American adults participating in yoga. During a yoga session, you will move your body through a variety of poses. The poses may be done quickly to raise the heart rate or slowly to emphasize strength and flexibility. Rhythmic breathing and meditation play an important role in yoga, and many people use yoga not only as a form of exercise but also as a method of stress relief. Studies indicate that yoga may be beneficial for many physical and emotional health problems, including low back pain, anxiety and depression.

What Does Pilates Mean?

Pilates is an exercise practice that is named after its founder, Joseph F. Pilates. Since the 1920s, people have been practicing Pilates, and this unique form of exercise has become very popular in recent years. A Pilates workout involves assuming and holding poses both on one's own and with the use of certain props and equipment. Many of the poses are challenging and require concentration and proper breathing to maintain position while supporting one’s body weight. Research indicates that Pilates has a number of potential benefits, including strengthening the abdominal muscles, toning the muscles of the limbs and improving flexibility.

Benefits of Using Yoga and Pilates DVDs

To get the most out of a yoga or Pilates practice session, you need to learn the basic poses and postures and execute them correctly. DVDs are a great way to get introduced to yoga or Pilates and can continue to be used as you develop your skills and advance through your practices. With a DVD, an expert instructor will guide you through exercises. You can start and stop the DVD as needed, making it easy for you to work at your own pace. In addition, you can re-watch portions of the DVD if you need to hear the instructions more than once. As you progress, using yoga and Pilates DVDs will allow you to practice on your own schedule and in the privacy and quiet of your own home. You will also only need to make the initial investment in the DVD once rather than having to pay for classes on a regular basis.

How to Get Started with Yoga or Pilates

Yoga and Pilates are both considered low-impact exercise; however, these fitness practices are not ideal for everyone. Experts recommend seeing your doctor before beginning to use a yoga or Pilates DVD. A physician can help you determine if yoga or Pilates is the right choice of physical activity to help you achieve your fitness goals.

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