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About the studio

Pilates by Bernadette is a warm friendly, intimate Pilates studio, located in Pickering, Ontario, right in the heart of Frenchman's Bay, minutes away from Lake Ontario, offering a wide range of timeless and cutting-edge workout programs and classes. Specializing in Private, Semi-Private Sessions, and Small Group Classes that focus on developing unique programming that inspires and motivates clients to achieve their specific needs and goals ranging from rehab to athletic performance. Boasting loyal clientele, expert instructors and a fun and friendly environment.

All Sessions incorporate Mat, V2 Max Plus™ Reformer, Stability Chair, Barrel and various pieces of light equipment plus TRX Suspension Trainer and Barre. The professional equipment that we house is top of the line from STOTT PILATES, which is also the method incorporated in our fun, safe and effective workouts. The STOTT PILATES method is a contemporary approach to the original exercise method pioneered by the late Joseph Pilates. All our dynamic trainers are certified STOTT Pilates instructors.

We also offer private Specialty Classes that are designed for people who have specific needs or requirements. With specially designed programs, we can help continue the rehabilitation process, exercise without pain and strengthen areas of weakness. We work with the client’s physical therapist, chiropractor or occupational therapist to help achieve the client’s goals.

Bernadette Recto

Owner and Director

Bernadette is a former professional dancer trained in various forms including ballet, jazz, modern, and tap. With several years of progressive teaching experience in the fields of dance and fitness, Bernadette discovered and fell in love with Pilates after an injury. This led her to pursue her passion in teaching, interest in the human body and movement, and STOTT PILATES Education in 2004. She is a fully certified STOTT PILATES® Instructor in Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair and Barrels, Injuries & Special Populations and a qualified instructor for ZEN•GA™ Mat & Equipment ; Total Barre™;TRX Suspension and RIP Training; certified Indoor Cycling, and MELT method instructor.

Bernadette was a hands-on and cherished instructor who collaborated and delivered Pilates sessions to clients from a STOTT Licensed Training Center. In addition to running her own studio, she continues to learn and train in a variety of other disciplines, attends various workshops and assists numerous STOTT PILATES Master Instructor Presenters at Canfitpro International Fitness and Conference & Trade Shows.

Our Instructors

Jole Gravesande

Jole is a Physiotherapy/Occupational therapy Assistant whom fell in love with pilates 10 years ago. She has a strong passion and appreciation for working with a spectrum of clients ranging from able-bodied to trauma patients. Jole has extensive experience working with various Orthopedic and rehabilitation populations on the Trauma Unit where she works. By incorporating pilates into physiotherapy enables her to promote better proprioception, build core strength and empower her patients to reach their personal rehabilitation goals.

Jole became a Certified STOTT PILATES® Instructor in 2005 and a TRX and Total Barre qualified. She likes to incorporate small equipment in her repertoire to enhance and challenge her clients. Jole builds her pilates knowledge with continued education which will enhance her skill set and add variation and fun to her future classes. Jole believes pilates can have positive effects on people of any age and fitness level. Her aim is to give clients the confidence and encouragement they may need through each and everyone of her sessions while making it fun. She believes health is the first step to enjoying quality of life!

Meher Bajwa

Meher first came across Pilates after it helped her regain her strength following a car accident. What started off as a journey to understand her own body through movement has become a passion for helping others to do the same. Since 2011, she has run her own fully equipped Pilates and wellness studio in India. Now back in Canada, she's excited to continue sharing her knowledge & love for Pilates as well as motivating people to achieve their fitness goals in a safe and fun environment. Other than Pilates, Meher has always been active in several sports and is an avid horse rider. Her life has been enriched by becoming a Pilates instructor and teaching a diverse set of clientele from sportspersons to those recovering from injuries. Meher completed her Full Certification in STOTT Pilates in 2010 and continues to supplement her training whenever possible. She is also a qualified Zen*ga and TRX instructor.

Paulina Zelazny

Paulina has been a passionate Pilates practitioner for over ten years. She believes mindful movement is the key to a strong, healthy body and a happy mind at any age. As a marketing and communications professional by day, she understands the challenge of finding time for health and fitness, but believes there is no better way to recharge after a stressful day than with some quality me time on the mat.

Paulina spent five years working at Merrithew and its premier Pilates brand, STOTT PILATES®. During that time, her knowledge and love of Pilates grew and she decided to one day become an instructor and share the amazing mind body benefits of Pilates with others. She completed her STOTT PILATES Certification and Total Barre in 2016.

Jayna Corbett

Jayna's love for dance started at a very early age. A dance instructor for nearly 20 years now, she is currently a freelance Latin dance instructor in Toronto. Jayna has had extensive training in several styles of dance, including salsa, bachata, jazz, modern, ballet, ballroom and Latin. She graduated from two performing arts schools: Canterbury School of the Arts and Ryerson University’s Theatre Dance Program. In addition, she has numerous awards under her belt as a professional Latin dancer.

Jayna is a movement specialist, a certified Zumba instructor and a Certified Balanced Body Pilates instructor in Mat and Reformer. She is dedicated to teaching her students and continues to educate herself in all aspects of Movement, and is happy to be a part of the teaching faculty of Pilates by Bernadette.








1295 Wharf Street, Unit 39, Pickering ON, L1W 1A2 | tel 416-779-0235 | email: pilatesbybernadette@gmail.com
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