Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are closing our doors for two weeks. We will update as needed in case of further closures, as the situation evolves.
For current Meridian clients, please inquire about possible remote classes and sessions, as we are in the process of setting this up. Good health to all.
To our valued clients,
Due to the very real threat to our public health from Covid-19, I have decided to close the studio for the next two weeks. I will stay apprised of current developments and make decisions regarding any further need for closures, based on the situation and whether/how it develops.
It is an unprecedented time, and I have struggled greatly coming to this decision, but I believe that limiting the movement of people and maintaining pristine social distancing is my social responsibility, which I take very seriously.
However, I know that movement and contact between people is something that all of you value highly, so am working hard to provide a ‘Plan B’, one of offering a version of what we do through an online/remote meeting application. I am working details out right now, and hope to be able to offer any of you who wish it, an option to do a booked and scheduled movement session at home. These can be in small groups or one-on-one; I will send more details about it as I get it going.
From all of us at Meridian, we wish all of you continued good health and we look forward to seeing you all once this threat has passed.
We are working on keeping some classes running at the studio for Thursday, January 16th. If we have not contacted you directly to cancel your class or session, please assume it is running, and let us know from your end if you cannot make it in. Happy Snow Days!
Please stay home, dry, warm and safe. We will update as soon as possible regarding tomorrow’s classes.
Please note that the studio will be closed Monday, November 11th for Remembrance Day. The studio will be open on Saturday, November 9th. Please notify the studio if you’re unable to attend your regular Saturday class. Happy Thanksgiving!
We’re excited about our upcoming fall workshop Anatomy in 3D with Lauren Brandt. It’s a compelling, engaging and fun way to learn the basics of musculoskeletal anatomy, plus it satisfies the requirements for Anatomy in the Balanced Body Reformer and Comprehensive programs. Attendees build muscles in clay on a specially designed skeleton to imprint the body’s design deeply into their minds and develop a deep understanding of the structure and function of the human body and how the muscles and bones affect movement.
This workshop can also be taken by anyone wanting to gain more hands on knowledge of anatomy. It runs as a continuing education workshop for anyone interested in learning more about anatomy.
Check our website for more details and to register.
To learn more, ask questions, or to chat about this opportunity, please contact our education department.
Photo: Balanced Body
Please note that the studio will be closed Monday, August 5th for BC Day. The studio will be open on Saturday, August 3rd. Please notify the studio if you’re unable to attend your regular Saturday class. Happy BC Day!
We are pleased to share that we are gearing up for another teacher training certification program here at Meridian Pilates Studio.
Our 2019/2020 Balanced Body Education program will commence in September 2019 and run through the end of May 2020.
We will kick off this years training offering an amazing Anatomy in 3 Dimensions workshop. This was a wonderful weekend in the past and is sure to fill up quickly again this year. Anatomy in 3D will satisfy the requirements for Anatomy in the Balanced Body Reformer and Comprehensive programs, as well as anyone looking for some anatomy knowledge. The course is also offered to all as a continuing education workshop and does not have to be taken in conjunction with the rest of the training.
If you are intrigued by the opportunity to take this module-based program run under the umbrella of Balanced Body Education, an internationally – recognized and highly regarded Pilates equipment and education company based in California, please don’t hesitate to email us.
All of our courses and registrations links are live on our website and can be found HERE.
Please note that the studio will be closed on Monday, May 20th, 2019 for Victoria Day.
The studio will be open for group classes and regular privates on Saturday, May 18th. Please contact the studio if you’re unable to attend your regular Saturday class or if you have any questions. Have a great long weekend!
Please notify the studio if you’re unable to attend your regular Saturday class. Have a great long weekend!
Please note that the studio will be closed on Monday, February 18th for Family Day, classes will run as usual on Saturday, February 16th. Please notify the studio if you’re unable to attend your Saturday class.
We are excited to announce an upcoming continuing education workshop here at Meridian Pilates. Mat 3: Enhanced Mat and Props is a valuable course where you will learn great prop work and further mat movement. This is perfect for pilates teachers who want to add props to a mat class, making them more dynamic and creative.
And, we are offering it at a discount for 2019. Check our workshop tab or email us: email@example.com for more info.
2018/2019 Winter Break Closure and Hours
Thank you all for your feedback about your holiday plans. Those of you who have been in touch will be contacted.
Our Holiday Closures are different this year from what we have done in the past; please mark your calendars with the following:
FULL STUDIO CLOSURE:
The studio will be closed for the entire period of:
Dec. 23rd to Jan. 1st.
If you have a regular group class, or private lesson time at the studio, this session will NOT be running as usual. Please note this in your calendars.
We will be doing (stage one of) a little studio refresh during this time and look forward to sharing it with you in the New Year.
For January 2nd – 5th we have drawn up a new, different, temporary holiday schedule. Again, your regularly scheduled group or private lessons will NOT be running as usual during these 4 days.
We will reopen on Jan. 7th, 2019 with our regular schedule.
Our group class schedule is online now, so feel free to look and contact us if you would like to schedule a session. We have four instructors available at different times, so we trust you will find something that works for you. If you would like a private lesson, please call or email us for availability.
Again, for those of you who have contacted us already, we will be in touch to confirm your session.
New Classes and Housekeeping Reminders
Due to increased demand, we are offering a few new classes:
Level 1 Reformer Class:
Tuesdays at 2pm with Lisa
Two New Advanced Level Reformer Classes:
Tuesdays at 12pm with Marlis
Thursdays at 1pm with Natalia
With interest, we would also be able to offer a Saturday, 11:30am mixed equipment class, with Natalia. Please let us know if this might be of interest to you.
A few housekeeping notes:
Please be reminded of our cancellation policy; it is preferable to receive your 24-hour (or earlier) cancellations by email if at all possible.
Is it time to check your expiration date? A gentle reminder, that all packages expire in one year, unless otherwise noted.
At this time, we also want to thank all of you for your continued presence and for helping Meridian be the best studio we can be. We are grateful to you all!
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.
Happy Holidays and all the best for a wonderful 2018!
Please note that the studio will be closed on both Saturday, November 11th and Monday, November 13th for Remembrance Day. Please let us know if you have any questions.
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.
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!
On September 16th and 17th we’re offering Anatomy in 3D with Nico Gonzalez. This workshop satisfies the requirements for Anatomy in the Balanced Body Reformer and Comprehensive programs. It’s also great for anyone looking for anatomy knowledge.
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!
**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!
We’re excited to be prepping for our 2016/2017 Balanced Body Education program starting this September and we’re hosting an info session on Tuesday, August 16th at 7 pm to get you excited too! It’s the perfect opportunity to find out more details about our Teacher Training and ask any questions you may have. RSVP via firstname.lastname@example.org, we hope to see you there!
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.
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 email@example.com 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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
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
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!
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!
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!
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!
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):
Mat Level 1/2: 5pm
Mat Level 1 (beginner): 6pm
Reformer Level 1 (beginner): 4pm
Reformer Level 1/2: 5pm
Reformer Level 1/2: 8:50am
Reformer Level 1 (beginner): 10am
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!
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.
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: email@example.com or call 604-730-4094
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-730-4094
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
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 email@example.com
Sound Healing Group Meditation
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!
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….