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FOUNDATION COURSES

The ZEN•GA™ program is a teaching modality that consciously connects the body and the mind. Throughout the work, the power lies not only in the movement itself, but rather on a purposeful intention while we move. Through intention and imagery, ZEN•GA will unleash the body from tension and bring more clarity to the mind. We use various props to support the body and to create a focal point to direct our breath allowing for more fluidity and ease in the physical body. 

ZEN•GA Program choices:

  • Instructor Foundation Course, Mat
  • Instructor Foundation Course, Equipment      

After completing any of these programs students will be prepared to teach the repertoires safely, effectively and with confidence. 


Our ZEN•GA™ programs provide a balanced and thorough blend of theory, observation and practical experience to help you master the repertoire. Both courses teach you workouts that are functional; combining strength, endurance, flexibility, and dynamic stability of the entire body while increasing awareness and mindfulness through movement. Provide your clients with a mindful workout that encompass the bodies’ natural rhythms developing more ease and proficiency while developing a more youthful, resilient fluid body, stimulating the neuromyofascial web of the body and hydrating the myofascial meridians.

General Course Objectives:

  • Explain the origins of ZEN•GA and be able to define what it is.
  • Summarize the ZEN•GA principles – Breath, Support, Yield, Flow – and explain how they are incorporated in movement.
  • Teach a ZEN•GA Foundation class to any level participant.
  • Effectively teach ZEN•GA programming to a client at any level.
  • Explore foundational movement patterns and the fascial system through movement.
  • Experience programming ideas that bring the principles to application.

ZEN•GA™ Instructor Foundation Course, Mat

The ZEN•GA Level 1 Mat Course will help us explore the foundational principles that make up the method and apply them to movement programs designed to help reach the desired goals. This is a seven-hour in-class training (plus one-hour break) - and some yoga or other mind-body training is highly recommended.

What you will learn:

  • The four ZEN•GA Mindful Movement principles
  • Experiential exercises on the Mat to reinforce these principles
  • The definition of fascia and an introduction to the new model of training termed fascial fitness
  • The benefits of training the neuromyofascial web
  • An introduction to a new field of study in the human body called biotensegrity
  • Exercises on the Mat that explore the Myofascial Meridians

Requirements of Qualification:

This course is intended for those already working in the fields of fitness or movement (dance, Yoga and/or other mind-body training) however, all those interested in this material are encouraged to participate.

Continuing Education Credits

CECs:  
STOTT PILATES 0.7
REPs 6.0
ACE 0.7
canfitpro
4.0

ZEN•GA™ Instructor Foundation Course, Equipment

The Equipment program created through the ZEN•GA approach to movement allow us to utilize the unique quality of spring resistance. The coiling and uncoiling quality of the springs creates a more fluid, resilient body. The ZEN•GA Equipment Course will help us explore the principles that make up the method and apply them to movement programs designed to reach the desired goals. This is a seven-hour in-class training (plus one-hour break) - and some previous yoga or other mind-body training is highly recommended.

What you will learn:

  • The four ZEN•GA Mindful Movement principles
  • Experiential exercises on the Reformer to reinforce these principles
  • The definition of fascia and an introduction to the new model of training termed fascial fitness
  • The benefits of training the neuromyofascial web
  • An introduction to a new field of study in the human body called biotensegrity
  • Exercises on the Reformer that explore the Myofascial Meridians

Requirements of Qualification:

This course is intended for those already working in the fields of fitness or movement (dance, Yoga and/or other mind-body training) however, all those interested in this material are encouraged to participate.

Continuing Education Credits

CECs:  
STOTT PILATES 0.7
REPs 6.0
ACE 0.7
canfitpro
4.0

ZEN•GA™ Mat Education Materials

For the courses a complete set of notes is provided to students on the first day of the program. These are included with the course fee and cannot be purchased separately

ZEN•GA™ Mat Equipment Required

1 per Student: Mat (yoga or Pilates); Flex-Band® (regular-strength); 7”, 10” & 12" Mini Stability Ball™

ZEN•GA™ Reformer Education Materials

For the courses a complete set of notes is provided to students on the first day of the program. These are included with the course fee and cannot be purchased separately

ZEN•GA™ Reformer Equipment Required

1 per 2 Students: V2 Max Plus™ Reformer; Vinyasa Triangle; Padded Platform Extender; Jumpboard; 10” & 12" Mini Stability Ball™; Flex-Band® (regular-strength)

Both the ZEN•GA™ Mat and Equipment courses are intended for those already working in the fields of fitness or movement (dance, Yoga and/or other mind-body training) or someone with an interest in developing these skills. There are no prerequisites.

Courses/Workshops fees:

Click here for a price list from the Toronto Corporate Training Center for courses, exams and materials.

NOTES:

  • Prices listed are for the Toronto Corporate Training Center and are provided as a reference. Prices will vary depending on region and location. Please contact individual training centres for up-to-date pricing information as well as any packages or discounts that may be available.

Neither the ZEN•GA™ Mat nor Equipment courses have exams. 

Please note: These are general Merrithew Health & Fitness™ Policies. Please refer to the specific course and facility policies when registering for instructor training at any of our licensed training facilities around the world.

Prospective Pregnant Registrants

While it is considered safe and desirable to work out during pregnancy our courses can be quite demanding, and have not been tailored for pregnant women. We do not accept registration into our courses from students who are knowingly pregnant. Under certain circumstances permission may be granted for select workshops. Requests must be submitted in writing to the Senior Program Director, Education at least 30 days prior to the workshop date.

Auditing

We allow auditing of the following courses if a student has previously taken them: IMP, IR, ICAD, ICHR, IBRL, AM, AR, ACAD, ACHR, ABRL, CMR, and CCCB. We also allow auditing of the ISP course if taken post-June 2007 to present and the RMR1, RMR2, RCCB1 and RCCB2 courses if taken post-June 2012. Please contact your closest Training Center if you are interested in auditing. We do not however, allow auditing of any Functional Anatomy course and any of the workshops we offer (CEC / introductory) as the main goal of the workshops is continuing education and not certification.

Please note: Auditing is not permitted for any Foundation Course.

Absenteeism & Make-up Hours

It is strongly advised that make-up hours are done as soon as possible after they are missed - especially if it occurs in the middle of a course. This allows students to cover the missed material prior to returning to the course. Please note that this is done in private review at the student’s expense. Students have six months to make up any hours missed. If they exceed this timeline, the course is forfeited and the entire course must be retaken in order to examine and certify.

  • Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chairs and Barrels Essential courses Less than five hours of a course - 2:1 ratio of hours missed to hours made up (i.e. students need to make up half the time in private review).  More than five hours of a course – 1:1 ratio of hours missed to hours made up (i.e. students need to make up the entire time in private review). 

  • Rehab, Anatomy courses, ISP and Advance courses Any make-up hours for these courses are done on a 1:1 ratio due to the density of the course material and the expectation that it will take the same amount of time to teach one student as to teach a group.

Note: Licensed Training Centers must inform us via the submitted class list that a student has not completed a course. A note will be made on the student's file. A letter of completion will be sent to the student when the Center has confirmed that the student has completed the remaining hours.

No time can be missed during any Foundation Course. If a student misses any time then the course must be re-taken.

Date of Certification

Upon successful completion of the exam, students are considered certified instructors from their exam date. If the student takes the exam on two separate days, the latter date is the date that they may refer to themselves as a Certified Instructor. CECs are then earned the next full calendar year after one becomes certified, regardless of what month they examine in.

Video or Audio Recording

Audio or video recordings of courses being taught is strictly prohibited. If there are exceptional circumstances that make this necessary, the student must apply for and receive express written permission from the Senior Program Director, Education and sign a contract restricting its use. This policy is to help us avoid any infringement on our intellectual property.

Observation Hours

Observation hours can be logged during or after the course and can be accrued by watching a STOTT PILATES Certified Instructor teach clients, as well as observing the relevant course package DVDs. We recommend that 80% of observation hours be completed by watching a Certified Instructor teach. Please contact your nearest Training Center or STOTT PILATES Certified Instructor, to arrange for observation.

Eligibility

Candidates must be at least 18 years of age to participate in any STOTT PILATES® course, workshop or examination.

Special Exam Accommodations

Special exam accommodations may be arranged for students with disabilities or circumstances that prevent them from taking the STOTT PILATES written examination as outlined in our regular procedures. In order to be considered, a formal request supporting the student's situation must be provided to the Program Director, Education at least 30 days prior to the scheduled examination date. Merrithew Health & Fitness reserves the right to determine the reasonableness of the accommodation requested.

Cheating Policy

Merrithew Health & Fitness takes dishonest and unethical behavior very seriously. If a student is found to have cheated on any exam a mark of zero will be recorded for that exam and the student will be unable to re-take that exam for a minimum of six months. The re-take and any future exams will then need to be completed at our Toronto Corporate Training Center or at one of our Licensed Training Centers and may not be proctored. The student will be required to pay for a STOTT PILATES Instructor Trainer to be present during the written exam. Merrithew Health & Fitness™ will not be held responsible for any adverse effect this policy may have.

Certification Appeals Process

Students who choose to appeal their certification score may do so in writing to the Senior Program Director, Education within 30 days of their exam scores being issued. All appeals will be attended to within 60 days of receipt.

Grievance and Appeals Process

Students who choose to submit a formal grievance regarding their education training may do so in writing to instructorcustomercare@merrithew.com within 30 days of the course or workshop completion. Grievances should include details regarding the specific situation, the desired resolution of the grievance, and any other relevant supporting information. All grievances will be attended to within 60 days of receipt.