How is Pilates different from yoga?

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Yoga and Pilates share some common traits; they both incorporate physical and mental qualities, which is one reason people often confuse them. Yoga was developed in ancient India, and Pilates was developed in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates, who was from Europe. Pilates looked to many sources for inspiration for his exercises, including yoga postures and animals in the wild. Yoga uses a mat and small props to help align the body during postures, whereas Pilates uses both the mat as well as spring-based equipment, such as the reformer, to align and exercise the body. Although they are both mind-body disciplines, there is a big difference between the two.