What a weekend!

We recently kicked off our first teacher training weekend for 2018/2019 session. The energy of everyone learning and moving together was great. We are looking forward to the rest of our upcoming courses and have just added in some new training weekends to our schedule on the Core Align.

If you are interested in teacher training, send us an email.

2017/2018 Holiday Schedule

Happy Holidays and all the best for a wonderful 2018!

A reminder below of our studio closure dates and modified schedule from now through January 7th:
Closure Dates: The studio will be CLOSED for all classes on Saturday, December 23rd, Monday; December 25th; Tuesday, December 26th; and Monday, January 1st. If you normally have classes on any of those days please enjoy your time off!
Modified Class Schedule: We are OPEN and are running a modified schedule between Dec 27th and January 6th. Please come to your regular class on our open dates, unless we have emailed you to cancel your class or session or you have notified us of your cancellation or away dates.
If you are unsure of your booked schedule and cancellations, please contact us to confirm or check with the front desk. If we have not heard from you regarding cancellations during this week, we will assume you are coming; to avoid late cancellation charges, please make sure you contact us to let us know of your away dates.
If your regular class has been cancelled and you would like to attend a different class please view our schedule online and then contact us to book your spot. For private lessons (if available), or if you have any questions, please contact the front desk.

Thanksgiving Long Weekend Studio Closure

The Thanksgiving long weekend is coming up and we will be closed on Monday, October 9th but group classes will be running as usual on Saturday, October 7th. Please notify the studio if you’re unable to attend your Saturday class.

Fall 2017 Teacher Training

Our next round of Teacher Training is starting in September and registration is now open. Our Pilates teacher training program is run under the umbrella of Balanced Body, Inc. Education, an internationally-recognized and highly regarded Pilates equipment and education company based in Sacramento, CA. Our program is module-based and allows you to take each or all of the modules in the way that suits you best: all in one year, or spread out over 1, 2 or more years if it works better for your lifestyle or learning-style. Click here for all the details!

Holiday Closures & Modified Class Schedule December 19th – January 2nd

An important reminder regarding closure dates and modified schedules from December 19th – January 2nd:

Closure Dates: The studio will be closed for all classes on Saturday, December 24th, Monday; December 26th; Tuesday, December 27th; and Monday, January 2nd. If you normally have classes on any of those days please enjoy your time off!

Modified Class Schedule: We’re running a modified schedule during the rest of those two weeks. Please come to your regular class unless we have called you to cancel your class or sesson or you have notified us of your cancellation or away dates. If you are unsure of whether your class has been cancelled, please refer to our online schedule, or contact us, ideally through email, to make certain.

If your regular class has been cancelled and you would like to attend a different class please view our schedule online and then contact us to book your spot. For private lessons (if available), or if you have any questions, please contact the front desk.

And whatever and however you celebrate we hope you have a wonderful break with family and friends and here’s to a great 2017!

Food Bank Drive

**The winners in our Toesox giveaway have been notified via email so be sure to check your inbox and choose your sox at the front desk if you won! **

Our holiday Food Drive is currently underway at the studio. From now until December 18th you can leave non-perishable items in the box in the studio and we’ll donate them to the Food Bank. And this year there’s a twist – add your name into the box (via the handy pad next to the box) along with your food and you’ll be entered into a draw to win one of 12 pairs of the toesox (valued at $20). Everyone in the studio loves these socks and we think you will too!

Summer Mat Class Special

Between June 27th and August 1st when you buy a set of 5 mat classes we’ll throw in an extra 1* for free, or buy 10 and we’ll throw in 2*! Contact our front desk to book your summer classes now!

Here’s our summer mat class schedule:

  • Mondays, 6pm – Level 1 – 2
  • Tuesdays, 11am – Level 1 – 2
  • Wednesdays, 6:15pm – Level 2 – 3
  • Fridays, 7am – Level 1 – 2
  • Saturdays, 11am – Level 2

* Classes must be used by August 31st, 2016 and this offer is open to new and existing clients.

Instructor Training Info Session July 15th, 2016

We are hosting an information session for all those interested in pursuing Pilates Instructor Teacher Training through Balanced Body Education. Join Heather Low at our studio for an overview of the program as well as an opportunity to answer any questions you may have about it.

Come join us on Friday,  July 15th at 5 pm at Meridian Pilates. Light refreshments will be provided. Email us at education@meridianpilates.ca to RSVP and if you’re interested but can’t make it please email us and we’ll set up a short meeting.

For more information about the program, please check out Balanced Body Education.

To see times, dates and costs of the modules, check out the Teacher Training page on our website.

Update! Instructor Training Info Sessions July 5th and August 15th!

We are hosting a couple of information sessions for all those interested in pursuing Pilates Instructor Teacher Training through Balanced Body Education. Join Lauren Brandt and/or Heather Low at our studio for an overview of the program as well as an opportunity to answer any questions you may have about it.

Come join us on July 5th, 4pm-5pm and/or August 15th, 2pm-3pm at Meridian Pilates. Light refreshments will be provided.

Can’t make either of these times? No worries; email (education@meridianpilates.ca) and we will make time for a short meeting (phone or in person) to discuss your needs.

For more information about the program, please check out Balanced Body Education.

To see times, dates and costs of the modules, check out the Teacher Training page on our website.

New Studio Classes!

We are happy to report that we now have some new Level 1 classes on offer.

  • Reformer Level 1: Mondays, 5pm; Tuesdays, 11am; Fridays, 1pm
  • Tower: Wednesdays, 5pm

Potential New Classes

We will run these if there is enough interest. Please contact us if you would like to join a class at the following times:

  • Reformer Level 1: Wednesdays, 8am; Thursdays, 5pm

Some New and Old Studio Information

New!   We have changed the name of our class, formerly-known as Mixed Levels, to a new, more accurate name: Personal Program. This is to ensure that all clients understand that to book in to this type of class requires a program previously set-up through a series of Private lessons. In this format, you semi-independently follow your program with the support and assistance of an instructor, rather than being guided through the hour as you are in our other Led Classes (Tower, Mat and Reformer). Maximum 4 participants per class.

Old!   Please note that all of our classes have an official length of 55 minutes per class. Some of us tend to run a little over this sometimes, but we are renewing our efforts to stick to this time frame to ensure smooth transitioning between all of our group and Private classes, as well as to provide a much needed short ‘breather’ for the instructors to transition to the next hour. This has always been the case, but sometimes we all ‘forget’ and wanted to make sure that everyone is aware of this – so that you don’t feel ‘shortchanged’ by a class that finishes or starts a couple of minutes off the expected hour. Thank you for your understanding!

New Classes for the New Year

Our apprentice teacher Susan Pierce is offering classes on Sunday and Thursday evenings starting this New Year. Susan has been teaching for a year now at Meridian – and the feedback has been excellent! – so we are pleased to offer new time slots for a 4 week series January 3 to January 27. Classes for both advanced students (more experience with Pilates) and beginning students (new, or fairly new, to Pilates) will both be available. If you are looking to add a new mat or reformer class to your schedule please talk to us at the desk to sign up!

Holiday Schedule Request!

To Our Valued Clients:

It’s that beautiful, busy, celebratory time of year again…! Many of us are starting to look forward to our yearly holiday celebrations and time off, and we would like your help in organizing the upcoming months’ schedules.

We will soon be coming up with our “Holiday Schedule”. During the various Christmas and New Years’ holidays (December 24th to January 2nd), we will not run our ‘usual’ schedule, but instead will offer a condensed version with Private sessions and Groups (on equipment and mat) at times that work for the instructors and clients who are around and would like to come in during this time.

We would greatly appreciate hearing from you, as soon as possible, about your plans for the holiday season, and whether you would be interested in any classes/sessions during that week. From that point forward, we can organize a schedule that works as well as it can for as many people as possible. We expect that we will open December 27, 28, 29 and perhaps the 31st – depending on interest.

There may also be some other changes to certain classes and sessions in the weeks leading up to and following the main holiday times, due to instructor’s holidays, but if your regular class will be affected by this, you will be contacted directly about it.

And please do contact us by email or by phone as soon as you know of your plans. Many thanks!

Traffic snarls, disruption and parking, oh my!

Many of you “may” have noticed (!!) the ‘no parking’ signs, construction in the alley-way and signs of demolition in the building across the street from our entrance on Bayswater. We know that this may be having an impact on your ability to park around here easily and quickly.

All of this disruption is, unfortunately, inevitable, but we would like you to know that the underground parking here, directly below the building, WILL be available for the duration of the disruption. The current city work should be completed as of tonight, but even during this time we are meant to have access to underground parking, except for some short moments when heavy equipment is directly in front of the access to the garage.

We also want to make sure that all of you KNOW that we have underground (pay) parking for this building! The access is from the alley behind us: if access from Bayswater is blocked, please go one block west to Balaclava, and enter beside the fire station (behind Kidsbooks). There should be at least one entry to the alley open at all times.

We do not know how long the demolition and subsequent construction will be happening, but it may be wise to try to leave yourselves a few minutes extra in arriving so that you don’t lose any of your valuable class/session time.

We will keep our fingers crossed that disruptions will be minimal and short-lived!

New! Apprentice Classes Available!

Apprentice Teacher Classes Available!
Starting June, 2012

We are pleased to announce that our Teacher Training program, through Balanced Body Education, is nearing its completion this year. One of our trainees, Susan Pierce, has been diligently practising her teaching on Mat and Reformer and is now ready to offer some apprentice-level classes out of the studio.

If you have been looking for another class to add to your schedule, or if any of your friends or family have been interested in giving Pilates a try, you can give us a call or an email. These classes will be offered at a lower rate than our regular classes, and will periodically be supervised to help Susan develop her skills.

The Fine Print

We ask that anyone joining these classes be relatively free from injury or serious physical conditions. Minor aches/pains and stiffness are fine; Pilates will help with exactly this! (If you are not sure whether you fit within this requirement, give us a call or email and we will help you assess.) We will also ask that anyone new to Pilates book in for one Private Intake/Evaluation session with Susan before the start of the series (see below for prices).

These classes will run as an 8-week series, beginning the week of June 4th. They will be offered at the following dates and times (all classes run 1 hour):

Thursdays:

Mat Level 1/2: 5pm

Mat Level 1 (beginner): 6pm

Fridays:

Reformer Level 1 (beginner): 4pm

Reformer Level 1/2: 5pm

Sundays:

Reformer Level 1/2: 8:50am

Reformer Level 1 (beginner): 10am

Costs

Mat and Reformer group classes (4 people max. per class): $14 + HST

Private Intake/Evaluation: $20 + HST

We hope that this will be an attractive option for some of you to get a new class in, or to help facilitate someone beginning on a new journey into Pilates!

New! Core Align is ready and rolling!

Those of you in the studio regularly may have noticed two new additions to the studio equipment. On our east wall, we now have 2 Core Aligns installed. The Core Align is a relatively new tool in use for upright, functional strengthening. Developed by a Physio from Israel, Jonathan Hoffman, the equipment was developed specifically to improve the functioning of our upright, vertical standing posture by providing an unstable base and feedback through the hands and the feet. It demands that the whole body tap into its own innate intelligence to sort through alignment and strength challenges. It is amazingly accessible and useful work and most newcomers feel able to get a bit of a workout going – safely – within a very short time of using it. We have several teachers now who have done the basic training and can offer sessions using this. Private lessons or duets are the way to go with this (we only have 2!), and if you are interested, please contact us to set up a lesson time.

Classes Available Thanksgiving Monday!

On Monday, October 10th, 2011, we will be open during the afternoon/evening for some select classes to help you balance the overindulgences of the weekends’ festivities! Join Nikki for the following classes (space limited, so booking is necessary), or ask for Private lesson availability:
2pm: Mixed Levels class (need own program)
4pm: Ref Level 1
6pm: Mat Level 2
7pm: Mat/Equipment Combo
8:15pm: Nikki’s Tibetan Bowls meditation
Those who are regular participants in these classes will have priority for maintaining their spot; all other spots are available for booking through the studio. email: info@meridianpilates.ca or call 604-730-4094

New Intro Mat Classes in our Schedule!

New Intro/Beginner level Mat Classes: we have several new (and some existing!) options available to you starting next week (May 9th).  

8am Monday mornings with Cinzia,  6pm Tuesday evenings with Kobi, 7am Wednesday mornings with Nikki, 5:30pm Wednesday evenings with Heather Marck, 6:30pm Thursday evenings.

Come and review the basics of Pilates, move your body and build some stability, flexibility and strength. Call us for more information… 604-730-4094

Pre- and Post-Natal Sessions with Nikki

Pregnancy and the early days, weeks and months of new motherhood are incredible times of change – so much so that it often feels like we have an entirely new body. While we know that we eventually settle into a ‘new normal’, it is useful and downright sanity-saving sometimes to have a little help transitioning into this new body by increasing your ability to access your core support, strengthen weak muscles and generally maintain your mobility.

Nikki Zekas has been teaching Pilates for over 8 years and specializes in working with women during and after pregnancy. Her love for this special time in a woman’s life is evident in her gentle, yet challenging sessions that help women maintain and develop deeper pathways of core strength and greater awareness of movement to help them stay injury-free.

I love Nikki! She helped me so much during and after my pregnancy. I felt strong and had an easy pregnancy. My back didn’t hurt as much as I hear other moms’ did. After the birth, during my first month’s check up, the doctor was impressed as I did not need perineal exercises (kegel). Four months later I went back to Pilates and found out that my core wasn’t as bad as I was afraid it was going to be. Six months after giving birth I am training with a personal trainer who is impressed by my core strength. I continue Pilates with Nikki who is such a caring and giving instructor: she even manages to teach me while the baby is sleeping, babbling or eating in the stroller or on a mat copying mommy’s Pilates moves. Vanessa Avila

Doing Pilates while I was pregnant helped me stay strong for the birth, helped me avoid injury, and helped relieve back and hip discomfort associated with my pregnancy. After giving birth Pilates helped me to realign my body and find my abs again! I was hiking in the woods with my baby starting one week after she was born. I never would have had the core strength to do that without Pilates.  Abby Remick

During my pregnancy, I was anxious to keep my body strong, to minimize common physical complaints such as backaches, sore feet, and joint pain through regular attendance to Pilates classes. I believe that Nikki’s gentle guidance is the reason why I had such a pleasant experience for the duration of my pregnancy. I have never felt as physically strong as I did while under Nikki’s care. Nikki’s passion for supporting expectant mothers is demonstrated by her enthusiasm for the topic of child development as well as her inexhaustible supply of prenatal exercises tailored to meet the special needs of her clients. I might also add that after I gave birth to my daughter, my body returned to its pre-pregnancy form much faster than I expected; I believe this is a result of the Pilates training that I received from Nikki. I would highly recommend pre-natal Pilates at Meridian under the capable guidance of Nikki. Natasha McCartney

Private sessions are available, and progression into small, individualized groups can be achieved after a suitable number of sessions have been taken (this number varies depending on individual situations; call us for more information) Private lessons begin at $77 per lesson and small group (max 4 participants) sessions range between $30 and $40 per lesson.

Call or email us for more information: info@meridianpilates.ca or 604-730-4094

Feldenkrais Thursdays!

At Meridian Pilates, we believe there are a myriad number of fabulous techniques that enable healthful changes through awareness of movement. Feldenkrais is a wonderful alternative practice and we encourage anyone interested in a new, safe and gentle movement experience to give it a try.

A Feldenkrais group class with Hilary Fuller (‘Awareness through Movement’), will start up this coming Thursday, April 28th from 12pm to 1pm. Hilary verbally guides you in the exploration of fun, gentle, progressive movements.  Using safe and easy-to-follow directions, these classes reduces aches and pains while dramatically increasing ease of movement. The class will run every Thursday and we encourage you to drop on by for the experience!

Cost: Each session is $12+HST

Hilary is also available for Individual Treatments:
These specialized sessions are catered to your unique needs. This effective, hands-on approach promotes rapid recovery without manipulatory forces and is unrivaled for those wanting  more ease and grace in their lives.  Clients often report feeling more agile, capable and vibrant after working with Hilary.

Cost: $80+HST (Introductory offer of 3 sessions for $200+HST)

Hilary Fuller is a Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner. He brings an athletic background and a down-to-earth approach to his practice. He is exceptional at evaluating movement patterns and perceptive at seeing where and how you can move fluently, more efficiently and most importantly: with more pleasure and less pain. He is confident working with people who have endured automobile accidents, the elderly, CNS disorders,  as well as athletes and folks wanting more ease and grace in their life.

For more information, you can contact Hilary directly: Hilary@FullerFunctions.com or: 778-828-4025

What is the Feldenkrais Method?
Perfect for those wanting to alleviate their aches and pains, recovering from injuries or those seeking to improve their athletic performance. Focus will be placed on refining your quality of movement, mobility, balance and coordination.  All participants can expect to discover more elegance and delight in their walking, gardening, skiing, paddling… or any other activity they may enjoy.

“It made my body giggle with delight.” Ira S. railworker/outdoorsman

“His directions are clear, precise and very non-threatening. The atmosphere is fun and no one is made to feel uncomfortable or wrong.Sheila M. retired

“I felt like I could move like a panther.” Brian L. teacher

“My skiing and golf-game have improved immensely.” Andrew W. lawyer/avid golfer

 

Tibetan Bowls Meditation Running Monday eves!

Nikki is back! This means we have our 8:15pm Meditation with Tibetan Bowls running once more. Join us on an ongoing basis ($64 for 4 sessions – incl HST) or drop in when it suits you ($20 drop-in, incl HST)

Get centred, focus inward, quiet your mind and enjoy an hour to yourself. Contact us for more details: 604-730-4094 or info@meridianpilates.ca

Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Pilates Enthusiasts (available in studio only)

Over the last year or two, we have managed to build a fairly regular supply of balls, rollers and the like that are helpful for those desiring to do some basic exercises at home.
 To make it simple, here is a list of the main things we tend to have in stock at the studio or within an easy order away:
Balls:
Small, Medium and Large Spiky Balls (sturdy little self-massagers for feet, backs, etc): $12 – $22, IN STOCK
Mikasa Balls (red, playground balls, good for sacral/pelvic floor release/awareness exercises and for  alignment awareness): $8.50, IN STOCK
Overballs (soft, easily inflatable/deflatable for gentle mobility/stability work especially for cranium/sacrum): $15, IN STOCK
Stability Accessories:
Foam Rollers, blue, closed-cell foam (great for stability, also for fascial release and alignment work. Nicer than the harder, white open cell foam version): $50, IN STOCK (need a very large stocking for this one…)
Wobble cushion /’sitfit’ (stability cushion great to keep core lightly active during sitting or for specific stability exercises): $30, IN Stock
Magic Circle/Pilates Ring (great for hip/shoulder girdle strength work): $28, IN STOCK
Therabands (light, portable resistance band that can be tied anywhere for shoulder girdle/hip exercises): $10 – $12, IN STOCK
Miscellaneous:
Toe Sox (separated toe socks with non-skid grips on the bottom. The next best thing to bare feet, but cosier. Available toeless also): $20 IN STOCK
Note that we can also easily order in most fitness/rehab items should there be something that you are looking for and cannot easily find. Just ask us and we’ll let you know whether it is possible and a cost estimate before doing any ordering.

Introductory Feldenkrais Workshop

We are pleased to offer an opportunity to learn about the Feldenkrais Method this coming January:
 
What it is:
The Feldenkrais Method is designed to help you move with greater comfort, ease and skill. Endorsed by our Canadian Men’s Alpine Ski Team and practiced world-wide, the Feldenkrais Method is perfect for improving athletic performance, easing discomforts and for rehabilitating injuries.
The Feldenkrais Method is expressed in two complementary forms:
 Awareness Through Movement (ATM), ideal for those wanting to find more ease and grace in their lives. These group classes are very effective in helping one to overcome old injuries/limitations, as well as improving one’s walking, skiing, gardening, golfing, paddling…or any other activity which you enjoy. Participants will leave class with better posture and a renewed sense of vitality.
Functional Integration(FI) sessions are specialized, one-on-one lessons that are catered to your unique needs. This intuitive, hands-on approach promotes rapid recovery without manipulatory forces.
Feldenkrais practitioner, Hilary Fuller, came to Feldenkrais after studying a variety of movement/healing arts. He is certified by the North American Feldenkrais Guild (2007) and has been teaching full-time since his certification.  
This introductory workshop is simply that: an opportunity to learn a little more about the method and how or why it may be beneficial for you.
Saturday, January 15th
2:30pm – 4:30pm
Cost: $15
(proceeds to be donated to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society)
Please call the studio to pre-register.
(604-730-4094)

Happy Fall Equinox!

Fall is bringing back a sense of diligence and patience as we prepare ourselves for winter and drop back into a schedule of regularity. Fall can be a very industrious time, and we can tap into that energy for our physical benefit by setting aside time for practice for ourselves. To help you tap into this, we have some new opportunities in the studio, both in the form of new-to-us teachers (see sidebar) as well as new sessions/classes. At the end of this letter, we also have a list of classes that have availability.
Of note: Nikki Zekas is back from New York and is ready to share some of her complementary practices with us here at the studio. Sound Healing with Tibetan Bowls will be offered privately as well as in a group meditation setting on Monday nights.  Nikki will also offer a Developmental Movement series. See below for details and more information on any of these offerings.
Wishing all of you a happy fall, and continued success in the quest to bring balance to body, mind and spirit.
In health and happiness,
Heather Low

Two New Fall Series to Explore and Deepen Into Yourself and Your Practice:

 Sound Healing Group Meditation

 Nikki Zekas will be offering a group Meditation Session for four weeks on Monday evenings:
When:
Mondays, 8:15 – 8:55pm
October 4, 18, 25, November 3
Now ongoing every Monday evening! Space is limited; please call to book.
Cost:
$64 (including HST) for series of 4 classes
OR pay for a single class: $20 (incl HST)
Maximum 8 pre-registered participants
Please wear warm, comfortable clothing, bring a blanket and an eye pillow if you have one.
To register, or for more information, please call our wonderful reception team.
 

Sound stops the illusion and mindless chatter of our busy minds, putting us directly back into alignment with the universal flow of perfection that is our true nature. The Tibetan bowls are a vibrational tool used in ancient healing traditions by Buddhist monks. The sound vibration affects the alpha and theta brain waves, evoking a trance-like state and a deep feeling of relaxation where healing can take place. They are an effective vehicle to alter our consciousness from everyday stress to a peaceful and expansive meditative state. One can experience shifts in perception of space, sense of peace, tranquility and balance, chakra balancing, energy synchronization, accentuated clarity of mind and body as well as enhanced creativity.

Developmental Movement Series is CANCELLED. Please let us know if you are interested and we will work on running this is the New Year!

New and Available Classes!

We have several new classes in our schedule, as well as a few classes that have been around a bit but have some availability. For your convenience and perusal, here is a list. Please contact us if something suits your schedule and you would like to book in….

Mat:
Monday, 10am Level 2
Monday, 6pm Level 2
Tuesday, 11am Level 1
Thursday, 10am Level 1
Thursday, 3pm Level 2/3
Reformer:
Monday, 9am Intro Level
Wednesday, 9am Mixed Level*
Wednesday, 10am Level 1
Wednesday, 1:30pm Level 1
Friday, 11am Level 1
Friday, 1pm Mixed Level*
*Please note: for Mixed Levels classes, you must already have an individual program to follow, as participants in these classes are supervised  on their own programs rather than led through a set series of exercises.