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Derived from hundreds of yoga asanas, Joseph Pilates created a basic system of 34 exercises which help align the spine and open energy channels in our bodies. Like yoga, the exercises have three basic functions: movement toward and away from center and rotation around it. However, unlike yoga, Pilates involves constant movement, rather than holding the poses as is the case in yoga. While both yoga and Pilates movements are executed with a focus on breath and alignment, Pilates proper lacks a spiritual element. That is why several schools now offer a sort of hybrid course of Yoga Pilates.