In the the development of his method, Joseph Pilates drew on many sources, having himself excelled in boxing, gymnastics, skiing, and diving. He took what he considered most useful from the many forms of training that he undertook and combined them to create his own method. Certainly, there appear to be some very yogic principles in Pilates: precise movements, controlled breathing and mental focus. However, there are great differences. It is up to the individual to assess what they are.