Mind & Motion

Happy New Year!

Posted in Blog news by Meghan Pickrell on January 12, 2016





(Check out my girls above!!!)

Welcome back! I hope the holidays were spent with family, eating wonderful delicious food, laughing and enjoying life. As you are getting back to your schedule I encourage you to think on the new year. January is a time of reflection and reflection can help assist in making change. Implementing change takes practice. For daily changes, I’ve heard that if you can do something for three days it can start to become habitual. So, if you are adding a movement practice to your morning routine the fourth day might just get a bit easier. Check again in three weeks then in three months. Ritual is important for our body and mind.

I am also reflecting on 2015. For me it was a year to find balance with my time. I’m a new mom, wife, and business owner. Learning how to negotiate all of my roles is a juggling act; one I’m continually refining. I have so many interests and priorities. My life is full. I’m blessed and blessed to have all of you. Thank you for your continued dedication to the studio and your pilates practice. Without you, none of us would be here.

The studio also went through changes in 2015. Carole Amend, my mentor and the creator of the Bodies Mind Program of Study came and taught the beginning requirements for her program. These classes further deepened our movement awareness (we found our anchors!) and gave us a new framework to think about pilates on the mat. The two apprentices of the studio, Matt Rod and Chandler Suggs completed Pilates by AIM and all of the teacher training for the reformer. Look out for them in 2016 as they begin teaching classes. I’m thrilled with how far they have come.

I hope to continue our growth both professionally and as a business in 2016. Classes are going strong and hopefully we will be adding new class times this year as we did last year. I’m super pleased with our staff right now. I don’t know what I would do without these girls. We have a good team. I am also updating the website slightly to make it more user friendly. I’ve signed up for HealCode which embeds the scheduler right into my website. Soon everything will be done directly on my site. I’m planning on starting a “community class” soon which will be taught by Matt at a lower rate. Please look out for that.

You may have heard that we are increasing our prices effective February 2016. My rent has increased steadily and I haven’t increased rates since I opened in 2011. For members all charges after January will be at the new rate. The new rates are all on the website. Classes are only going up $2-$3 per class. I appreciate your cooperation and understanding in this matter.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions, concerns or ideas on how to improve the studio. I’m only one person and would love any and all support or feedback. I appreciate all of you so much. Thank you for making the studio a place of learning, community and friendship.

All the best,




Weekend Workshop

Posted in Blog news, Pilates by Meghan Pickrell on June 10, 2013
Pam, Lise, Deborah, Carole and Heather for the Bodies Mind Intro Course

Pam, Lise, Deborah, Carole and Heather for the Bodies Mind Intro Course

Last weekend we had the pleasure of holding a workshop presented by my mentor, Carole Amend. We had a fantastic weekend looking at teaching styles and cues, new ways of thinking of the body and understanding process. On the practical side, we broke down movements found within the pilates repertoire to better understand how we can serve our clients.  We even had a “virtual” colleague from Nova Scotia… ahhh technology. The weekend was both educational and inspiring. Thank you Carole!

Carole and I at the studio

Carole and me at the studio

New Press From Larchmont Chronicle

Posted in Blog news by Meghan Pickrell on January 7, 2012

Larchmont Chronicle was kind enough to feature Mind & Motion in the January Health and Beauty section. A big thank you to  Larchmont Chronicle!

Happy New Year

Posted in Blog news by Meghan Pickrell on January 1, 2012

Carlos Santa was very generous to Mind & Motion this Christmas. I arrived to the studio last week to these awesome new shades that both block sun and advertise my business. Take a glance over as you drive down 3rd St if you are in LA.

I also received this unique “wave” sculpture which now sits in the Mind & Motion book shelf. Ahhh… calming.

I’m very excited for the new year and am planning new ventures for the studio in 2012. Come take a free class if you haven’t already! Look inward, move your body and reward yourself this year. Be good to yourself!

Happy Holidays

Posted in Blog news by Meghan Pickrell on December 13, 2011

Happy Holidays (once again… yikes) from me and Mind & Motion. This has been a busy year for me and Mind & Motion. I graduated with my master’s degree in kinesiology, I opened up a new pilates studio and I my fiance proposed to me! That’s a lot!

Despite holiday madness at this time of year, I like reflecting on accomplishments and goals during December. I also like to see where I am right now in this moment and where I want to go from here. I’m quite pleased with the growth at my studio and am interviewing young women to bring on an assistant (Hallelujah!).

Just a reminder: we do offer gift certificates so if you would like to purchase a few pilates classes for a friend or loved one, now is the perfect time. Email me and we can discuss options.

I hope you have a wonderful holiday season! Let’s have an epic… do I dare say?… 2012. xx, Meghan

Happy Weekend

Posted in Blog news by Meghan Pickrell on November 11, 2011

Driving over the bridge during my last visit

I’m heading to San Francisco tomorrow for my cousin Belena’s wedding. After graduating in the spring and then quickly opening Mind & Motion in September, a short weekend away is truly needed. But before I take off I wanted to touch base and write a little note. I’m thrilled with all of the energy and new clients at Mind & Motion. We are getting a steady flow of new people every week and I couldn’t be happier with the turn out. 🙂

Next week I’ll be writing a short post about my research during my Master’s program. It was quite an interesting thesis topic which I will share… Well, ok, here’s a hint… Ever wonder why you get so tuned into someone else’s emotional experience? There’s more to it than meets the eye. Stay turned and have a wonderful weekend!

Recent Press + Studio News

Posted in Blog news by Meghan Pickrell on October 29, 2011

Daily Candy, which directs locals to the happenings of the city graciously featured Mind & Motion on Friday. The article, which you can read above, is also live on their site this weekend. Thank you Daily Candy! The article is quite charming… I’m smitten.

On other news, I’ve recently started a Prenatal Pilates class on Thursdays at 6:15pm. I have several soon-to-be-mamas prancing around the studio and decided it was time to get them together for a little transverse and pelvic floor party. I’m sure they will push those babies out with vigor and ease… ahhhh!

A big thank you to my friends and clients for ALL of your support during this stage of new beginnings at Mind & Motion. The studio is bustling with new clientele and I’m rather enjoying the environment that we have created – inviting, calm and full of energy. That’s all for now, more soon. Meghan.

New Studio- ooohhh! ahhhh!

Posted in Blog news, My Practice by Meghan Pickrell on September 27, 2011

Here are a few pics of the new space. Carlos bought those cypress trees to frame either side of the door. I think they look quite nice if I do say so myself.

The waiting room. Let’s actually call it “The Library,” shall we? The bookshelf to the left is filled with exercise, anatomy and pilates books for your perusal. Soon I will serve tea for you to enjoy pre-session.

The studio – where you can get your sweat on.

The cadillac – where you can hang like a monkey (I know that’s been your life’s ambition)

The reformer – enough said.

Your educational tool in understanding how your joints articulate. Please visit my website to schedule for a free introductory class www.mindandmotionpilates.com. I’d love to have you.

Grand Opening Party

Posted in Blog news, My Practice by Meghan Pickrell on September 25, 2011

Yesterday was the grand opening of my new pilates studio, aptly named Mind & Motion, Pilates and Beyond. I kick started the day with free classes starting at 9am. Classes ended at 4pm and the reception was held that evening. My stepdaughter, the lovely Melina Hannemann, was kind enough to help out with the admin duties during classes and photographic duties for the party. Here are a few shots of the studio and party last night.

We have four reformers and a trapeze table…

The lovely Lucy playing with a blue ball, one of the many fun props we have at M & M.

The party in full swing

Gigi and I enjoying some wine

Sherri, Jane and I

Chatting with Linnea

Carlos with the very talented Paul Wehby.
My website is also up and running where you can book classes online www.mindandmotionpilates.com. Sign up for a free intro class when you have a chance.

I Have a Sign

Posted in Blog news by Meghan Pickrell on September 18, 2011

Stay tuned! The new website should be up shortly. I will try and post another video later in the week as well. Have a wonderful week.