Pilates is named after it's creator, Joseph Hubertus Pilates, who developed the method in the early 1900's. He called his system of movement "Contrology" and it was created to uniformly strengthen the entire body, while restoring flexibility and balance. Pilates has become a highly effective, widely applicable form of exercise that emphasizes core strength, proper postural alignment, and muscle balance.
Pilates helps the body to move more effectively and develops core strength in way that nothing else does! The exercises enlist multiple muscle groups to work together in sync, encouraging the body to move in safe, efficient patterns of motion. Pilates works well for sports performance, injury recovery, good posture and overall health.
Yoga and Pilates are similar in many ways; They both include poses and movements intended to increase flexibility, strength, and a mind-body connection. More distinctively, yoga is a practice that focuses on your mind, with flexibility and strength as a "side effect", whereas the main focus of Pilates is core strength, overall toning and improving posture by practicing mindful movement.