Clarifying the Core: Bringing a Balanced Approach to the Art and Science of Breath and Dynamic Stability


A Master Class Collaboration with

Melanie Byford-Young & Kim Kraushar


Saturday, September 10, 9am - 12pm PST

Livestreaming on Zoom

This session will be recorded and available to all registrants for 7 days.


It is time to revisit what you understand about ‘the core’ and how to breathe.

The one constant in life is change- our bodies evolve, our understanding of movement evolves, and our profession evolves.  We are constantly learning, testing what we have learned, and adapting.

This is an era of change within the movement profession. The pendulum is swinging and there is confusion about what is or is not ‘true’ about the core and breath. Many movement professionals find themselves questioning some, or all, of what they were taught. There is an abundance of new research and ideas that require evaluation and consideration. There is no reason to throw out all that you have learned over the past years, but yes, it is important to be up to date and evolve your practice.

Melanie and Kim are collaborating to bring you information, experientials and the chance to ask questions about dynamic core activation and breath.


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This Master Class is for:

  • Pilates & movement instructors who work one-on-one with clients
  • 1 year teaching experience recommended

Saturday, September 10, 2022

9am - 12pm PST


Livestreamed online via ZOOM & access to recorded video for one week.

During this 3-hour Master Class, you will:

  • Hear Melanie present the spectrum of current research on core muscle activation and dynamic stability. She will share specific examples of clients and instructors who have been over-activating and over-cueing the core, and who are suffering due to insufficient dynamic control capacity. She will also present how to restore dynamic stability based on different  client scenarios and stages of healing. 


  • Hear Kim update you on the science of breath, clarify what is a healthy functional breath pattern and explain the difference between healthy functional breathing and breathing exercises for health. She will guide you as you experience different breath patterns that can achieve physical and mental well-being. Kim will introduce you to her program ‘Breath by Design’, which provides an in-depth exploration of the science of breathing techniques to optimize health. 


  • Have the opportunity to ask questions and get clarity on the topics covered in the presentation.

Melanie Byford-Young

Melanie is a leader in the global community of Pilates, physical therapy, and fitness training.  She is co-owner of Pacific Northwest Pilates and Melanie Byford-Young Education, and a Master Instructor Trainer of Rehabilitation for STOTT PILATES™.  She co-created the six-part Rehabilitation Course series for licensed healthcare professionals which is taught internationally.  She has also created her own library of over 25 courses, master classes, and case-study based learning workshops. Her expertise in therapeutic orthopedic strategies attracts a world wide audience and has sent her abroad to work throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia and Asia.

Home-based in the heart of the Pacific Northwest, Melanie splits her time between working with complex clients, consulting, teaching, and creating content. She loves teaching and mentoring students and therapists, and is a highly-sought after resource for professionals wishing to acquire critical reasoning skills to assess physical movement.

Kim Kraushar

Kim Kraushar is an insatiable body nerd, a wife and mom, co-owner of two incredible day spas in Halifax, Nova Scotia called Interlude Spas, a program creator, fitness trainer and presenter for a global Mindful Movement company called Merrithew and the creator of a comprehensive, experiential breath-training online course called Breath By Design.  She presents throughout North America and internationally at conferences and trade events and is the feature instructor in over 20 workout videos.

Clarifying the Core: Bringing a Balanced Approach to the Art and Science of Breath and Dynamic Stability

Saturday, September 10, 2022, 9 am - 12 pm PST

Class size is limited so sign up today.

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