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About Shoptalk

—Margot McKinnon (left) with Larisa Makuch— 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…

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About Shoptalk

—Margot McKinnon (left) with Larisa Makuch— 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…

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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…

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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.”…

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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
Pilates group classes vs. one-on-one sessions – what’s the difference?

At Body Harmonics we work with clients one-on-one and in group classes. We have more than 1,100 visits per week at our studios and both our classes and one-on-one sessions are equally popular. Some clients have a preference between one…

By: Larisa Makuch
How Body Harmonics Pilates studio owner works out

I am often asked how much time I spend on physical exercise–Pilates and other types of workouts. To the layperson it would seem like I spend about five minutes a month. The true answer is, many hours, seven days each…

By: Margot McKinnon
Abs, hips & thighs Pilates class plan

Abs, Hips & Thighs is a favourite Mat Pilates class at Body Harmonics. It’s a great way to feel every inch of your midriff, hips and legs from every angle and every direction. In this class, we draw on our…

By: Margot McKinnon
Sean Canfield – contractor, golfer, father, business owner, Pilates lover?

It’s 7am on Friday morning, I’ve driven in from Burlington to see my client Sean Canfield as we’re trying out this new time slot to see how it works. In walks Sean, half of his coffee still sits in his…

By: Jocelyne Pelchat
Improving coordination between spine and hips

Have you ever curled forward and been asked to stay “long” in the spine? This isn’t something your instructor just made up, there’s actually a theory behind it. S. Piret and M. M. Béziers developed a system of Motor Coordination…

By: Clarissa Pena
Surprising symptoms of inflammation you didn’t know about

You might think inflammation is only about pain. But inflammation is actually the culprit behind many different health concerns such as depression, digestive discomfort, fertility issues and even auto-immune diseases. Once, after moving to a new home, my wrist started…

By: Julia Segal
Ask the expert: piriformis syndrome

Q: I am a Pilates instructor in Australia and seem to be suffering from Piriformis Syndrome. I taught 6 classes last week, 2 more than usual and am wondering if too much side leg series work, bridges etc could cause…

By: Barbara Lopes
Keep it simple to build competence and confidence – a recap of the Teacher Training Event at Body Harmonics

On September 8th Body Harmonics hosted its first Teacher Training Open House in Toronto—a chance to meet teacher trainers, learn more about the teacher training program, even take classes and get up close and personal with Margot McKinnon, founder of…

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