As Founder & Education Director of Body Harmonics, Margot McKinnon has been the company’s inspirational force for almost 20 years. During this time, her goal has always been “to help people transform their lives through movement.”
In addition to being a Pilates Method Alliance Certified Teacher, Margot holds Bachelor and Master’s of Education degrees from the University of Toronto, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from McGill University in Montreal. Her primary areas of expertise include: curriculum development; movement re-education; rehabilitative exercise; motivational teaching; and creative choreography for functional outcomes.
Margot launched Body Harmonics in 1998 with the opening her first Pilates & Movement Studio on Dupont Street in the Annex area of Toronto and established the company’s Teacher Training arm in 2000. Since then Body Harmonics Teacher Training programs have been extended to more than 10 affiliated locations worldwide, and the company has graduated some 2,500 teachers while offering countless others the opportunity to augment their skills.
In 2006 Margot opened her second Studio on Eglinton Avenue in Toronto’s Midtown. This time she incorporated a Health Clinic to provide clients with seamless support for their movement and health needs. Following the success of this format, she renovated her Annex location in 2015 to accommodate similar services.
A sought-after media personality and presenter, Margot also shares her knowledge, experience and advice through various Body Harmonics digital and print publications available on bodyharmonics.ca and Body Harmonics TV. In addition to having developed a library of videos and training manuals, she produces and hosts a weekly exercise video series called Mondays with Margot, and is a regular contributor to Body Harmonics Shoptalk—a blog-based e-publication she co-created with Body Harmonics Managing Director, Larisa Makuch, to provide relevant and useful content to Teacher Training graduates and industry professionals. She is also a featured presenter in a number of instructional videos by Balanced Body, a leading Pilates equipment manufacturer.
Margot credits her team of 60-plus teachers, clinicians and administrators for embracing her vision for Body Harmonics and allowing her to continue to do what she loves best—teaching and learning from her clients.