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About Shoptalk

Welcome to Shoptalk —Body Harmonics Shoptalk is our gift to you. It’s where we share all that we’ve learned (and taught) over the past 20 years as leaders in Pilates, movement and health. Whether you’re a health and fitness professional…

By:Margot McKinnon & Larisa Makuch
About Shoptalk

Welcome to Shoptalk —Body Harmonics Shoptalk is our gift to you. It’s where we share all that we’ve learned (and taught) over the past 20 years as leaders in Pilates, movement and health. Whether you’re a health and fitness professional…

By: Margot McKinnon & Larisa Makuch
Mondays with Margot videos keep you moving well

Welcome to Mondays with Margot Every Monday, energetic and inspiring Margot McKinnon takes to Body Harmonics TV to post one of her popular Pilates & Movement exercise videos. Designed to help kick off your week with a sense of inspiration…

By: Body Harmonics
Step into the mind of a Naturopathic Doctor

When I first heard of Naturopathic Medicine, I had no idea what it was. Part of me thought it was some energetic voo-doo method that helped people by getting them to simply think themselves back to health and by taking…

By: Larisa Makuch
Feel good Pilates exercise sequence with balance cushion

I love playing with Pilates props! It is amazing how adding a small little device can completely enhance, and even change, a particular movement or exercise. My prop “du jour” is the balance cushion. At Body Harmonics, we refer to…

By: Beth Beauchemin
Let’s clear this one up: Should you take part in a Pilates Instagram challenge or not?

A few years ago I begrudgingly delved into the world of Instagram in order to explore what all the hype was about. For the next two years, I took part in Pilates Instagram challenges out of obligation. Doing my exercises…

By: Larisa Makuch
6 myths about Pilates?

Do you remember your first Pilates experience? I definitely remember mine!  A colleague and I decided to try a beginner mat class taught by an impeccably graceful and articulate former dancer. At the time, the words and movements–“let your body fall into…

By: Beth Beauchemin
Exercise sequence to decrease tension and improve your running mechanics in less than 5 minutes

Have you ever gone out for a run and felt your body get tighter and stiffer? Your knees, back, feet and everything hurts more as you pound the pavement. Your chest is ready to explode because you forgot to breathe.…

By: Larisa Makuch
Does Pilates help you run better? I say yes. Here’s how.

Whether you’re new to running, training for a marathon, or an experienced runner looking for a new perspective, Pilates is one of the best ways to complement this sport. I first tried running in high school with the naïve goal…

By: Larisa Makuch
Boost your flexibility with Fascial Stretch Therapy

Do you ever crave that amazing, deep stretch you cannot quite get on your own no matter how much you stretch? Do you need to boost your flexibility in everyday life, for a sport or activity you love to do?…

By: Bethany Weir
20 years in the Pilates business: insights from a woman who’s made it work

This is a big year for women and a big year for Body Harmonics. So, on the eve of International Women’s Day, which happens to coincide with Body Harmonics’ 20th Anniversary year, it seems fitting to celebrate—by applauding the many…

By: Alison Hope
Tips from a Pilates teacher who’s had two hip replacements

In June 2012 my left hip was replaced and I knew there was a good chance my right one would have to be done at some point too. This time instead of ignoring the signs, I decided to be more…

By: Diane Armstrong
Intense Pilates Reformer Class Plan

I love the Pilates Reformer. It helps build strength, flexibility, coordination and balance. It can be used for a workout, for rehabilitation, for rebalancing imbalances in the body and for fun. At Body Harmonics, one of my favourite classes to…

By: Erin Monaghan
Pilates class planning: Helpful hints on how to plan a class – or not!

I have a love-hate relationship with class planning. When I carefully plan out a class, I end up stressing while I’m teaching, trying to follow the script. When I don’t create a class plan and ‘wing’ it, I stress that…

By: Jackie Pardy
How breaking my ankle helped me rediscover the miracle of Pilates

I have always loved to teach movement and being able to use movement as a rehabilitative tool. What I did not know is that one day I would be my own rehab client. Five days before moving to Canada, I…

By: Tatiana Calabria
Is Pilates too hard, too easy, or just too “out there?”

When I think back to my first Pilates group class, I remember being confused. I didn't like the experience and didn't get the point. I was asked to make my spine move in strange ways, to think about reaching body…

By: Margot McKinnon
Pilates Basic Mat Class Plan with Theraband

I love working with resistance apparatus in Pilates mat classes. It helps me feel strong and powerful. It's also great for improving posture. This core-focused Pilates mat class is designed to work the posterior oblique core system. It's like a…

By: Erin Monaghan
Pilates is more than just “my job”

Over the holidays I was at a party making small talk when I was asked what I do for a living. I hesitated to answer, as I always do. I stammered for a moment and then said, “I teach Pilates.”…

By: Guest Author
Eat those carbs! (…you read that right)

Have you ever felt like you needed a little nudge to help make good food choices around the holiday season? Well, consider this your nudge. Today I’d like to help you with your snacking. The idea of snacking is so…

By: Larlkyn Lee
Celebrating Body Harmonics Eglinton Studio & Health Clinic

There are lots of reasons to celebrate – birthdays, weddings, new job, new baby, sporting victories. The list goes on. Just last week, we were finally ready to celebrate our amazing new Body Harmonics Pilates & Movement Studio and Health…

By: Larisa Makuch
5 ways I got “leak-free” – my pelvic floor journey

When I think about when and how my “pelvic floor journey” began, I laugh…because THAT is exactly what I was doing when I truly knew that something was not right ‘down there’. My two daughters and I were visiting some…

By: Melanie Phillipson
Top 4 postnatal exercise mistakes you must avoid

I’ve worked as a Pilates instructor for more than 10 years and trained many post natal women. Just 11 weeks ago, I gave birth to a beautiful baby boy. I knew which exercises to do and which to avoid, but…

By: Larisa Makuch
5 compelling reasons I chose Pilates Teacher Training at Body Harmonics

It’s been 9 years since I began my journey with Body Harmonics. Every day I’m so grateful I chose to complete my Pilates Teacher Training here. I wish I could say that I did a ton of research before delving…

By: Larisa Makuch