Inhabit Pilates Teacher Training

Our philosophy is to provide an intensive mentorship experience with a small cohort of committed students. We introduce teaching early in the program so students can train as teachers; seeing and changing a body with the profound tools of the Pilates Method. The Pilates Method is more than just a set of exercises: it is a way of committing to the most able and well body for oneself and for one’s clients. Great teachers develop a discerning eye and are able to use the large repetoire of interventions designed to meet the student where they are and move them forward in positive ways. The teachers we have trained are sought after instructors in the cities’ best studios.

 Teacher Training offerings at Inhabit Pilates:

Mat 101: The Pilates Method

360 Hour Mat and Reformer Program

Franklin Method


Mat 101: The Pilates Method

Learn the Pilates mat work, deepen your knowledge of movement and become a better thinking teacher.

This 5-day workshop delivers an in-depth look into the classical Pilates mat work originally created by Joseph Pilates.  We will look at common variables; including good shoulder, spinal, and hip joint function and how they play into each exercise.

Our philosophy is to teach students to take responsibility for their health, breath and vitality; we will look at ways to build that into your classes and cueing in order to actually teach mind bodywork, not just a physical practice.

The heritage of the Pilates work teaches ‘whole body health’ and so as teachers we should ask ourselves how can we take that on and encourage others to do so? Mat work is very practical, as you need so little equipment to teach a class. Can we as teachers also make a Pilates mat class accessible to all, without getting stuck in micro movement? Can we progress each student to the best of their abilities?

This course is appropriate for all new/inquiring students of the Pilates method, as well as experienced Pilates teachers looking to deepen their knowledge for either personal practice or teaching.

Skills practiced:

  • Classical Pilates Mat exercises
  • Developing a keen eye, using observation of the body in movement
  • Learn how to teach the Pilates mat work in a variety of settings
  • Understanding how the body is designed to move safely and well
  • Modifications for challenging and special populations
  • Cueing and class planning strategies and practice.

Space is limited.


Fall 2018, dates TBD.


$1600 +hst (Early Birds save $100 if registered before April 15th)

To Register:

Please contact the studio by phone 416-551-2559 or send an email through our contact form.

If you have any questions about the program, do not hesitate to reach out for a no obligations conversation.


360 Hour Mat and Reformer Program

      • Our comprehensive training covers the Pilates Method Mat Work and Reformer Exercises.
      • Manual with Mat and Reformer, foundational through advanced exercises.
      • All classical exercises are covered as well as foundational work, modifications and considerations for special populations.
      • We limit our training to 4-6 students only.
      • Our focus is on building practical and assessment skills that prepare you for the real life experience of being a Pilates teacher.
      • Students do significant in studio time observing senior teachers, and have access to the studio to work in groups, fulfill some of their self practice hours, and teaching hours.


360 hour training includes:
  • 96 observation hours
  • 60 practice teaching hours
  • 80 self practice hours
  • 100 hours of workshop time
  • 30 hours of anatomy and special client workshop hours
  • Exam comprising of a take home exam and an in class assignment (8 hours).

2018 Summary:

Weekend Intensive hours are as follows:

Friday 1:00pm – 7:00pm
Saturday 1:00pm – 7:00pm
Sunday 10:00am – 5:00pm

Our next 360 hour training will begin September 2018.

Program details:

Anatomy Perspectives
Functional understanding of the muscular skeletal system is required for teaching the Pilates Method.  This day we will cover the skeleton from an embodied perspective, focusing on the pelvis, spine, shoulder, knee and ankle joints.  Muscles are introduced as groups that coordinate basic actions in the body.  A brief introduction to tensegrity action of the fascial and muscular systems is included.
Mat I & II

Foundations and beginner exercises are taught, including cueing and class progression.  Students will learn to teach to an exercise, create a safe and successful beginner class, and learn effective verbal and physical cues. A discussion of safe hands on techniques and an introduction to special populations is included.

Intermediate and Advanced exercises are taught, including cueing and class progression. We shine a light on the Pilates principles and look at creating sequences that teach to increasing difficulty.  More information is offered towards modifications for special populations and contra-indications for some populations.

Reformer I-IV
These workshops cover foundational to advanced classical reformer exercises. Woven into the workshops are relevant information for special populations, modifications and the use of props.

Exam Practical and Written



Director, Julia Wyncoll Julia is a dynamic teacher, engaging students to return to her full classes for the past 20 years. Originally a modern dancer, her curiosity was constantly peaked when the information about how and why and where the body moves best was presented. Following this curiosity, Julia has studied with many of the best minds in the Pilates, dance and movement world including IdeoKinesis with Pamela Matt, Pilates with Dianne Miller and Michelle Larsson, and dance with faculty and mentors throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Inhabit Pilates and Movement hosted the first east coast Franklin Method training last year, and Julia is a Level one Franklin Method Educator. Inhabit is home to 4 Franklin trained teachers and it’s influence is deeply felt in the work we teach, encouraging students to be active partners in their learning and movement towards health.  Julia is a also a Certified ELDOA 1 teacher, and a 3-D Level 1 teacher.

Julia has kept coming back to the Pilates Method as a source for movement training both in her own body, and as an excellent technique within which to help others find health.  Pilates has a clarity and a whole body approach that she has seen guide hundreds of students towards moving well, longer and living better lives.  Inhabit Pilates is a studio where each person’s ability to move is a built on and encouraged, and where the intention of the Pilates Method is honoured. Julia’s teaching is firm and clear while being compassionate and encouraging.


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Associate Instructor, Cindy Willems
Cindy began her journey into the Pilates Method as a professional dancer over twenty years ago.  This allowed her to have a successful dance career (performing at the Stratford Festival and other professional theatres in Canada) well into her late thirties.  After she retired from dance, influenced by her Pilates teacher Eileen Birks, Cindy moved to Vancouver to continue her teacher training studies with Dianne Miller.  Cindy stayed in Vancouver for four years to work at the Vancouver Pilates Centre, alongside some of Canada’s top teachers.  She gained a vast amount of experience here using the Pilates Method to support clients with different physical abilities and challenges.  Cindy has been back in Toronto and running her own small studio (Pilates with Cindy) for over six years.  She has added holistic nutritionist and licensed acupuncturist to her tool belt to help others live a better quality of life.


You must complete a written application and an interview, and have some experience in the Pilates method, preferably in both mat and equipment work.

Applications due: August 31st, 2018


$5500.00 +hst
Fee includes participation in studio mat classes, when there is room, and a total of 10 equipment classes. Further equipment classes can be bought at a rate of $20 +hst a class.

Testing and Certification:

The exam includes a written test, a practical teaching exam, and an oral examination. Successful candidates will receive a Certificate from Inhabit Pilates and Movement for the Mat and Reformer (360 hour training).