In some respects Pilates is like Yoga considered both are mind-body type methods of movement. Both emphasize deep breathing and smooth, long movements that encourage the mind-body connection. The difference is that while Yoga requires moving from one static posture to the next. Pilates flows through a series of movements, systematic and anatomically-based and often incorporating resistance equipment. The goal with STOTT PILATES® exercise is to strengthen the postural muscles while achieving optimal functional fitness.