I am a long term yoga practicioner, I went through practicing Hata, Ashtanga, Yin for 10+ years and now Iyengar for the last year.
I have a severe scoliosis case, double S at 52° and 34° . So I switched to Iyengar as a rehabilitation for the pain.
I became a Pilates instructor 2 years ago, certified with Balanced Body. The Mat series are very hard for me, but I love using the machine. After few months of interruption due to elbow and triceps tendinitis, and cervical nevralgias, I am back to practicing and taking private machine classes. My teacher who is an amazing pilates master, tells me that I totally lost my Core and that I should stop stretching , hence stop Yoga and focus only on developping my core as she thinks my scoliosis hurts and my shoulder are stiff because I am not strong enough to hold the right posture.
I am in doubt as I feel great after Pilates classes and it's true that I was feeling more stretched but the pain didn't go away after iyengar classes, even "specific cases" classes for scoliosis.
I'd love to hear your stories and opinions about that, if some of you know Pilates and its principles!