If I were to describe the difference between yoga and Pilates, I would say that they are like two fraternal twins. They are cut from the same cloth but different in looks and in their individuality. At the beginning of this year, I decided to embark on a new journey, BASI Pilates Teacher training. I laugh at how I used to think about Pilates. When I first started teaching yoga in 2004, I felt like learning Pilates would taint my yoga instruction and make it impure. Somehow learning something different would dilute the quality of my yoga knowledge. I have thankfully come to realize that this is silly! There are so many examples of why combining two unlike things makes the whole stronger. Like metal alloys, for instance, pure gold is soft and malleable and yet when combined with copper to make rose gold makes the material more durable and stronger. And with purebred animals comes a lot of unfortunate health problems due to their inbreeding, but mixed breeds benefit from having lessened chance of these health risks. So why would learning Pilates make my yoga knowledge any weaker and less potent?