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How To Decide If Yoga Or Pilates Is Right For You

06/25/2015 03:40 EDT | Updated 06/25/2015 03:59 EDT

While yoga and Pilates appear very similar, anyone who's taken both classes knows there is a difference.

Lifestyle experts Gaiam say the biggest difference between the two fitness practices is the ultimate goal. According to their website, yoga is more focused on meditation (and would not even necessarily be categorized as fitness), while Pilates is more centered around mind-body awareness stemming from your 'core'.

But that's not the only difference between the two. In the infographic below by paddle boarding company Liquid Lifestyle, we learn all the differences between yoga and Pilates — and the benefits you'll get from both.

According to the chart, if you're a runner, both exercises will benefit you but in different ways. The deep stretching done in yoga can help extend muscles that are shortened by overuse, while the core strength gained from Pilates will improve balance and posture. And there's more benefits for those looking to stretch, lose weight and de-stress.

And if after viewing the infographic you still can't decide which one's for you, don't worry. You can create your own workout routine by combining moves from both exercises — or you could just train with the video above.

Which workout is your go-to: yoga or Pilates? Let us know in the comments below.

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