Faculty - Margot McKinnon

Margot McKinnon B.A, B.Ed, M.Ed, is an international presenter, known as the "teacher's teacher". She trains professionals in the fields of Yoga, Pilates, Athletic Therapy, Massage Therapy, Kinesiology and Physiotherapy as well as maintaining a busy day-to-day practice in her studios in Toronto Canada. She is founder of BODY HARMONICS Studios and Health Clinics and director of BODY HARMONICS Education. She has written dozens of manuals and articles and her focus is always on bringing attention to the foundations of human movement so that regardless of your field of expertise you can help people restore optimal movement patterns at any stage of life. Her motto when she trains teachers is "keep it simple, help people feel what you mean, and spark curiosity through movement.

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No More Neck Tension or Strain

All Levels, Teacher Training, Anatomy, Biomechanics

Margot McKinnon - TH6MCK

Forward head carriage is so prevalent in today's society! It can contribute to significant strain and tension in the neck and shoulder region, as well as all the way down the body. When someone with forward head carriage engages in a yoga practice, the neck and shoulder area often protests and they can even feel worse as a result. In this workshop, we will unravel the complexity of the cervical region, and look at how to help people recondition the cervical region to move beyond strain during their practice and carry their heads with more power and ease.


6:30 PM - 8:30 PM (2 HRS)


Pilates Mat Essentials for Any Setting

Margot McKinnon - FR8MCK

This day-long introduction to the Pilates repertoire includes a brief historical overview, key movement principles for the body's kinetic chain, and mat exercises that build from the Body Harmonics Foundation repertoire to Pilates Classics. We lay the groundwork for the entire Pilates system of movement, with focus on ways to design a basic mat class that can stand alone or be incorporated into a yoga-based program. You will leave with a variety of exercise ideas and effective ways to make the Pilates repertoire work in any setting so people feel strong, aligned and de-stressed. Learning Objectives • Master the essential Pilates mat repertoire • Learn strategies for concise cueing and class design • Explore movement mechanics of spine, hip and shoulder complex, applicable in any class


9:00 AM - 8:00 PM (8 HRS)


Towards a Healthy Pelvic Floor

All Levels, Teacher Training, Anatomy, Biomechanics

Margot McKinnon - SA1MCK

Pelvic floor health is suddenly on the radar and proving to be a huge factor in everything, from SI joint and back pain to pelvic and hip issues of all sorts! Join us in this informative workshop to demystify the layers of muscle and fascia that comprise the pelvic floor, and to review its functional relationship to the rest of the body. You will leave with a clear understanding of the pelvic floor's supportive role and a set of the best practices to condition this area of the body.


8:00 AM - 10:00 AM (2 HRS)


The O Solution: Osteopenia, Osteoporosis, and Orthopaedic Health

All Levels, Teacher Training, Anatomy

Margot McKinnon - SA3MCK

In movement and exercise classes across North America, 75% are women between the ages of 30 and 60. And, within this population, we will soon be looking at one in two living with osteoporosis. This presents an interesting challenge from a movement, strength and flexibility perspective because we need to know how to choose and design exercise prescriptions that will not put people at risk for fracture or, at the very least, exacerbate the risk factors associated with osteopenia and osteoporosis. This course is packed with current information and analysis of these conditions. We provide a detailed map of how to ensure the exercises you teach are bone safe, and as effective as possible for building bone density. You will leave equipped with the tools to work proactively with the specialized needs of people with osteopenia and osteoporosis.


1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (2 HRS)


Breathing Mechanics and Protocols

All Levels, Teacher Training, Anatomy, Biomechanics

Margot McKinnon - SA4MCK

How we breathe affects everything we do. As an event, it can be both unconscious and conscious. And, as one of the guiding principles of Pilates, breathing is integral to building bodies that move with ease and integrity. This workshop provides you with the biomechanics and physiological underpinnings of this vital process. Theory crosses over to experience as you explore several ways to breathe in order to enhance function of the respiratory and musculoskeletal systems. Throughout the day we will work interactively to interpret different faulty breathing patterns, understand how they affect movement and posture, and, ultimately, how to help reverse them for optimal function. Learning Objectives • Navigate how breathing works and learn what happens with every breath • Learn the biomechanics of the breath cycle, which muscles are involved and how they work on inhalation and exhalation • Learn a sequence of exerc ises to help unlock the breath for improved function and posture


3:15 PM - 5:15 PM (2 HRS)


Arthritis: Learn to Teach and Support Your Self and Clients with this Condition

All Levels, Teacher Training, Anatomy, Biomechanics

Margot McKinnon - SA5MCK

Arthritis is a chronic and, for many, debilitating disease caused by inflammation of one or more joints. It results in joint swelling, stiffness, pain and limited range of motion. There are over 100 different forms of arthritis, with osteoarthritis being the most common. This course, although focused primarily on osteoarthritis, will leave you well equipped to deal with most types of arthritis. You will learn a broad range of exercise programming options that will be appropriate at every stage of the disease.


5:30 PM - 7:30 PM (2 HRS)


Feet First!

All Levels, Teacher Training, Anatomy, Biomechanics

Margot McKinnon - SU2MCK

_Feet First_ should be our motto! In this workshop, we develop a functional understanding of foot/ankle movement mechanics for elastic rebound, how the arches of the feet work optimally, and what the cause and effect are when they break down. Leave with lots of super simple reconditioning exercises that produce profound results and are easy to add to your classes!


11:30 AM - 1:30 PM (2 HRS)