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How can yoga and Pilates give me lean muscles if I'm a teen?

Daphne Oz
Health Education
Yoga and Pilates are exercises that have been absorbed into our culture, but may still have an air of mystique about them. Both are great workouts that allow you to build and tone long, lean muscle. Yoga does this by making you lift your own body weight in a variety of positions, so your own weight provides the resistance for strength training. It has its roots in ancient Indian practices of meditation, so the focus of yoga is to achieve equanimity, or evenness of mind. (Basically, you're supposed to learn how to be comfortable with being uncomfortable -- some of the positions into which yogis can contort their bodies are not exactly easy, but the idea is to have your mental calm overcome this state of physical strain.) Yoga strengthens all parts of your body. Pilates, on the other hand, is a core workout, which means that it focuses on strengthening and tightening the muscles in your torso (your "core") to improve posture and lengthen your spine.
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