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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Pilates Mat Essentials for Any Setting

Margot McKinnon - TH8MCK

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


11:00 AM - 8:30 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

A course packed with current information and analysis of these conditions, providing a detailed map of how to ensure the exercises you teach are bone safe and as effective as possible for building bone density. Leave able to work proactively with the specialized needs of people with osteopenia and osteoporosis.


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


Sacroiliac Joint: The Critical, Functional Link

All Levels, Teacher Training, Anatomy, Biomechanics

Margot McKinnon - SA5MCK

Optimal functioning of the sacroiliac joint is essential for a happy back, hips, and knees. And, SI joint pain can seriously limit what a person can do in your classes. Learn how the SI joint functions along with simple techniques and movements to help people with hypermobility, hypomobility and pelvic imbalances.


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


Breathing Mechanics and Protocols

All Levels, Teacher Training, Anatomy, Biomechanics

Margot McKinnon - SU3MCK

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


2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (2 HRS)