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WELCOME TO NORTH

North Movement Studio is a boutique Pilates studio located in the heart of Leaside, in Toronto. We offer Pilates Mat Classes, Equipment Circuit Classes, Private and Semi-Private Instruction. Our focus is developing strong and healthy bodies that look great and feel even better.

We pride ourselves on having great clients who call North Movement Studio home.

TAKE YOUR FITNESS IN A NEW DIRECTION

Looking to take a class?

Interested in private instruction?

OUR TEAM

ANNA HARRIS
[ owner/director ]

 

Equipped with a love for teaching, an in-depth knowledge of human anatomy, and a spark for connecting with people, Anna approaches movement from a holistic perspective. She has over a decade of teaching experience and enriches all of her classes and private sessions with clarity, creativity, and humour. Anna firmly believes that movement is a platform for transformation and what thrills her most is watching her clients achieve and surpass their fitness and health goals.

VANESSA KIRSCHNER
[ instructor ]

 

Vanessa has been teaching Pilates for over 12 years and brings a wealth of experience with her to all of her classes and private sessions. Her enthusiasm and positivity are contagious, and her keen eye for detail allows her to focus in on her clients’ individual needs. She teaches with precision and clarity and finds creative ways to challenge participants of all levels.

EQUIPMENT CLASSES

Our Equipment Circuit Classes are a unique workout that blend traditional Pilates with strength training. Each class incorporates the Pilates reformer and chair, as well as the Bosu, and the Bodhi Suspension System, along with many other small props. The result is a fast-paced, full-body workout. Come prepared to sweat!
Some Pilates experience is recommended.


Space is limited to 8 participants. 

[ Reserving your spot in advance is a must. ]

NEW TO PILATES?

Welcome! While some of our new clients are happy to jump right into our regular classes, many prefer to start by getting acquainted with the basics by taking private session or signing-up for our Fundamentals Class. Both are great ways to become familiar with the studio and our teaching style.

Book a Private session and get personalized pointers that will help you get the most out of your first class.

Or, join the next session of the Fundamentals Class, a six-week pre-registered class designed for absolute beginners.

 

FAQ

What should I bring?
Just yourself! We provide mats, all your props, towels, and water.

What should I wear?
Wear clothing you’re comfortable moving in, and that doesn’t restrict your movement. All classes are done in bare feet or socks (we prefer grippy socks).

Should I eat before class?
While everyone’s metabolism is different, we strongly suggested avoiding having a heavy meal right before working out. Most of our clients tell us they have a light snack 1-2 hours before class.

SPECIALTY CLASSES & WORKSHOPS

The following classes require pre-registration and run in six week sessions, but you’re welcome to join anytime! Click the link below to find out when the next session starts and to sign-up.
Please note: you’re welcome to join mid-session – shoot us an email, or give us a call at 647-351-3335 to sign up.
RISE & SHINE PILATES

Calling all early risers- we have the class for you! Start your day off right and get your workout done while the sun rises. Click here to sign up.


All levels welcome.
MEN'S POWER CLASS

This class is designed specifically for men and will challenge their core strength unlike any other form of exercise. By incorporating dynamic movements and sport specific functional patterns, this workout will give the fellas who participate a huge advantage on the golf course, the hockey rink or wherever their daily lives takes them. Click here to sign up.


No previous experience required.
MOM & BABY MAT CLASS

This one-hour mat class designed to help get your body back in gear after pregnancy and delivery. With your baby at your side, this class focuses on deep-core stabilization and addresses postural concerns unique to mom-life. Bond with your baby, meet other moms, and get a great workout! Click here to sign up.


No previous experience required.
PRENATAL PILATES

Got a bun in the oven? Join us in our Prenatal Pilates Class! This pre-registered class helps mamas-to-be stay strong throughout their pregnancy and prepare their bodies for birth and motherhood. Plus, it’s a great way to meet other expectant mothers! No previous Pilates experience required. Open to mamas in any trimester as all of the exercises can be modified for each stage of pregnancy. Click here to sign up.


No previous experience required.
TEEN'S PILATES

We know teens have a lot on their plates, so we wanted to create a class specifically designed to help them de-stress and focus. By gently stretching and strengthening their bodies, they’ll stand a little taller, and feel a little calmer. And as a bonus, they’ll be able to study more efficiently! Click here to sign up.

FAMILY CLASS

Bring your kids to class and get a great workout together! Combining unique partner exercises and group challenges, this class focuses on teamwork and is guaranteed to produces some serious laughter! Open to parents and kids aged 5-10. Click here to sign up.


No previous experience required.
FUNDAMENTALS PILATES

New to Pilates? We’ve got the perfect class for you! Our Fundamentals Pilates Class introduces you to the basic principles of Pilates. This pre-registered class teaches you how to properly use your core so you can effectively strengthen and tone your whole body. No previous experience required and suitable for people with injuries. Come learn the fundamentals of Pilates! Click here to sign up.

PRIVATE INSTRUCTION

Want to take your workout to the next level? Are you tight for time? Is there a specific time of day you prefer to workout? Book a private session with one of our instructors and get the exact workout you need when it’s most convenient for you. Book in for a private and let us help you get the results you want!

SEMI-PRIVATE INSTRUCTION

We’ve discovered that lots of our clients like to make fitness social! So come workout with someone you love- bring your family, bring your best friend. You can even bring your neighbour! Just like our private sessions- you get the exact workout you need when it’s most convenient for you!

PILATES PARTY

Looking for something different to do for your next get together with your BFFs? Book a private group Pilates class! Whether you’re planning a birthday party or a bachelorette, or just want carve out some quality time with your besties, a private Pilates class is a great way to gather your tribe and celebrate. Offered with the option of renting the studio for an extended après-Pilates party, let us help you plan your special event.

INJURY REHABILITATION

Got an old injury that isn’t getting better? Struggling with chronic pain that’s holding you back? Private Pilates sessions are an invaluable tool for rehabilitating injuries or working to correct poor posture patterns. Book a private session with one of our skilled instructors and let us create a custom exercise program to specifically address your body’s needs and abilities. Using a combination of mat and equipment exercises, the goal of these sessions is to get you moving and feeling better asap! Let us help you get your body back on track.

Looking for an easy to follow workout that you can do at home or when you’re traveling? Download Core Flow – a DVD that NMS Owner and Director Anna Harris created in 2009. Core Flow consists of two workouts that can be done separately if you’re tight for time, or back to back if you’re up for the challenge. Available in both audio and video formats!

FASCIAL STRETCH THERAPY

New at North, Fascial Stretch Therapy with Vanessa. FST is an effective manual therapy that helps to reduce pain, restore function, improve mobility, and decrease stress. Try it for yourself!

60 minute treatment / $100

Email us, or book one of these delicious treatments for yourself here:

CLASS SCHEDULE

CLASS RATES

MAT CLASSES

Single Class
$25.00
5 Class Pass
$115.00
10 Class Pass
$200.00
20 Class Pass
$360.00
1 Month Unlimited
$200.00
Yearly Unlimited
$2000.00

EQUIPMENT CLASSES

Single Class
$35.00
5 Class Pass
$160.00
10 Class Pass
$300.00
20 Class Pass
$560.00

UNLIMITED MAT + EQUIPMENT

1 Month Unlimited
$250.00
Yearly Unlimited
$2500.00

PRIVATE INSTRUCTION

Private Instruction
$100.00
Semi-Private
$120.00
Private Group
$150.00

CLASS CANCELATION POLICY

The following notice is required to cancel your class without being late charged:
Equipment Circuit Classes | 12 hours notice       Mat Classes | 2 hours notice

All late cancelations or no-shows will result in being charged for the missed class.

For monthly class pass holders, a late cancelation or no-show will result in being charged for the class: $25+HST for a mat class $35+HST for an equipment circuit class.

Pre-registered Classes: Make classes are allowed. Make-up classes can be scheduled in advanced of a missed class or within seven days after the missed class.

Workshops and Special Events: To cancel your registration and receive a full refund, we require a minimum of 24 hours’ notice. Cancelations made with less than 24 hours’ will not be given a refund.

PRIVATE APPOINTMENT CANCELATION POLICY

To cancel or reschedule an appointment, we require a minimum 24 hours’ notice.
Appointments canceled or rescheduled with less than 24 hours notice will be charged in full.

TEACHER TRAINING

We are very excited to officially launch our Comprehensive Mat Pilates Teacher Training Certification Program. Broken down into three parts, this program is open to anyone who wants to learn more about Pilates and how the body works, and to those aspiring to teach.

PART 1 : ANATOMY PRIMER

This five-hour course is a mandatory prerequisite for people with no background in anatomy or experience teaching movement. The course covers basic whole body anatomy including a brief overview of the skeletal and muscular systems, the planes of movement, and words to describe movement.

Cost: $250 + HST

DATE: SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21ST    1-6PM

 

PART 2 : UNDERSTANDING PILATES

This 20-hour course takes an in-depth look at the anatomy of the core and discusses the importance of Ideal Alignment and Neutral Pelvis. This course also includes the study and review of 30 key core exercises: their biomechanics, prop use, exercise progressions, and modifications.  Also covered will be basic class design and exercise cueing.

Cost: $1500 + HST
(manual included)

DATES:
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 24TH    2-7PM
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 25TH    1-6PM
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1ST    2-7PM
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2ND  1-6PM
 
 
PART 3 : TEACHING PILATES

This course is designed for those with a strong desire to hone their teaching skills and become top-notch Pilates instructors. Open to anyone who has completed Understanding Pilates, or an equivalent module, this mentorship-like course will take place over three months and consists of:

15 hours of lectures and hands-on teaching skills. Topics covered include:

* teaching special populations and injury protocols
* further examination of whole body anatomy
* refining your teaching skills: cueing, class design, and classroom skills

Further requirements:

* 15 hours of practice teaching – can be done at North or on your own
* 20 hours of mat classes to be taken at North
* One final “exam” consisting of teaching an hour-long group class open to the public
Total time commitment: 51 hours

Cost: $1500 + HST
(includes all handouts and unlimited mat classes at North for the duration of the course)

DATES:
COMING SOON…

CONTACT US

1675 BAYVIEW AVE. TORONTO, ON

 

647-351-3335

 

north@northmovementstudio.ca

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TESTIMONIALS

 

The studio is BEAUTIFUL – clean and fresh. Anna is a fantastic instructor – her classes are a true pleasure to attend – always dynamic, fun and they fly by. I often find it difficult to do any sort of exercise after a long workday, however I always ALWAYS look forward to attending Anna’s classes as I feel like they negate all the harmful effects an office job does to my body. So happy I found this gem in the heart of Leaside!! ~L.S.

 

I just want to let you know how happy I am about the improvements I’ve felt since joining NORTH.  My arthritis has progressively impacted my ability to participate in physical activity. Since starting on a regular Pilates schedule at NORTH I feel that my pain level has decreased by about 50% – this is quite remarkable given that all the other recommended exercises (physiotherapy, yoga, weight training) and even knee injections had little impact on my pain. I also feel that overall my strength has improved significantly so that daily tasks are easier to manage. It goes without saying that I actually look forward to exercising now and it doesn’t feel like a burden or chore. Thank you Anna for being such a great instructor and for all your individual attention that you give your clients (and your great sense of humour!). ~V.R.

 

I can’t say enough about how great the workouts are at North! The focus on movement quality makes North a truly standout studio! ~B.S.

 

The best thing about North Movement Studio is Anna Harris.
She is a skilled Pilates teacher who is dynamic, knowledgeable, caring and a ton of fun to be around. Anna makes everyone feel important and valued. She allows for different exercises to be modified in range of difficulty from beginner to advanced and will adapt to her clients specific goals and/or limitations.  It’s  been almost a year since she opened her dream studio – a combination of high tech equipment, calming environment and a fantastic team. She has changed the way I feel about myself and how I approach fitness and health. Anna thank you for inspiring me every week! ~M.F.