From Sarah

News, newsletters, info from Body Divine Pilates Studio, Blairgowrie



Newsletter / March 2015

body-Divine-blog-1-150x150[1]Hello again :-)

2015 started off with a bang with the new arrival of our second little miracle. Joshua Gregory Laatz was born 1 December 2014.  And while most of us were taking a December break, splashing in the ocean or braaing with friends, Ryan and I were comforting our colicky infant. Joshie is now 14 weeks old and settling nicely and I have a renewed energy to get stuck into Body Divine.

Weight Loss Boot Camp


We started our Weight Loss Boot Camp on 28 February 2015 and – although the group is small- each member has seen amazing results already, with each losing an incredible 2kg in one week!

The way the camp is structured is really wonderful.  There are no starvation diets or cutting out carbs or any other healthy food group. Only clean, healthy eating, moderate daily exercise and some serious positive attitudes. Its been fun so far, and I look forward to meeting the group every Saturday for our weigh-in and run!

My Challenge

This Weight Loss Boot Camp holds a very personal challenge for me too. During my pregnancy I once again gained a whopping amount of weight and am on another mission to shed the unwanted kilograms and gain my fitness again.

(I say again because in 2013 I had my first son and gained an incredible 30kgs. I managed to lose the weight by the time Joshie was conceived but it was a long haul.)

This time I am having a very positive experience as I invite others to join in the journey with me. My Weight Loss Camp motto is: “Every day in every way we are getting slimmer and fitter…” and we truly are!


Vegan Eating an option for Increased Energy? / 28 August 2014

Vega-licious ElenaIs it possible that vegan eating could be the answer to all our health concerns, especially low energy?

I’m 25 weeks pregnant and have been suffering from chronic preggie fatigue. Ok, to be honest I’ve never really had insurmountable amounts of energy. I have always loved my sleep, even before I fell pregnant, but lately its been unbearable! It’s pretty normal to feel tired in the first trimester of a healthy pregnancy but after I hit week 23 and was still exhausted all day long, I decided to take action.

I came across this great website Vegalicious – Plant Based Diet Made Simple and decided to try out some of Elena’s vegan recipes.

Although I’m not ready to make the move from being a meat eating, dairy loving preggie chick to strictly plant-based foods, I have been incorporating loads of fresh fruit and vegies into my diet and avoiding all processed foods. I have also tried out a few of Elena’s green smoothies for an extra energy kick.

It has been just over a week and although I’m still tired, I can honestly say that I’ve noticed a few positive improvements in my health. Who knows- maybe vegan eating is the way forward?

- Sarah

Biokinetics vs Pilates / 28 August 2014

Running_WomanMy Pilates clients often ask me, especially when trying to recover from an injury or treat a chronic condition, what the difference is between the services provided by a biokineticist and a  Pilates teacher or fitness coach.

I know the answer in my heart, of course, but I thought it was time to do some research.

According to the Sports Science Institute of South Africa (SSISA), ‘A biokineticist can play a key role in helping you improve your quality of life or performance. He or she does this by means of an individualised assessment and by designing a customised exercise health plan that addresses your specific needs. Biokineticists are specialised therapists who are professionally aligned to health and medicine and are registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa.”

This makes biokineticists professionally recognised individuals in the medical community, which differentiates them from those of who are specialists in Pilates, fitness, gym and related areas.

But I believe that the roles we play are very similar.

After all, at its core, the word ‘biokinetics’ comes from the Greek “bios” which means “life” and “kinesis” or “movement”. In other words, it refers to maintaining individual quality of life by means of regular physical activity.

What do you think? Are the two similar or different? Does being a medical practitioner make a difference, or is it about results? I’d love to hear from you.

- Sarah

Food Fit by Cara / 20 August 2014

Food Fit by Cara1They say that it’s only 20% exercise and 80% food. As a Pilates teacher, that’s sometimes hard for me to hear. But I believe firmly that – while diet makes you look good in clothes – exercise makes you look good naked.

Having said that, you need to be food fit if you want to be exercise fit. Here’s how:

Use an expert.

Nutrition really is the basis of our health and we really ‘are what we eat’. But because there’s no quick fix to health and wellness, our approach cannot be single-minded.

We need professional guidance to navigating the health journey. We need to embrace and invest in this journey every day. And we need to take our eating as seriously as we do everything else.

That’s why we think you should check out Food Fit By Cara today! You’ll be glad you did.


Learning from Oprah / 20 July 2014

Skinny OprahRemember when Oprah was doing Pilates?

That was the best she’s ever looked. Seriously. Look at those abs.

And there are some really good reasons for that physical transformation…

We can’t all be Oprah, with chefs and stylists and photoshoppers. But we can have a Pilates instructor who knows their stuff – and cares about our abs.

Take a look at this comprehensive article on ‘How Pilates can help you lose weight’, which focuses on muscles, perception, the core, eating right, and adding cardio.

If you’re already a Pilates fan, are you doing all of the other things too? If not, here is some background for you. Email us today for more info.


Newsletter / December 2013

Thank you for supporting Body Divine in 2013. It was an exciting and eventful year, with so many wonderful highlights.

In January 2013 my son Gabriel was born and I became a mom!


During my maternity leave I had a fill-in instructor to teach Pilates on my behalf. I missed the studio terribly and was back to work within 6 weeks of giving birth. Balancing my passion for being a Pilates Instructor with the demand of being a first-time mom was a challenging task, and  I continue to work it out daily!

I was then asked by Top Billing to teach Lee-Anne Liebenberg Pilates, for a special episode on her second pregnancy. I felt ready to take on this exciting challenge after going through my own pregnancy journey and  experiencing what pregnancy is like first hand.

Lee-Anne Liebenberg, Sarah Laatz and Top Billing's Lorna

Lee-Anne Liebenberg, Sarah Laatz and Top Billing’s Lorna

I have also had lots of experience with pregnant ladies, teaching preggie Pilates from first trimester through to 9-months-about-to-pop!

Lee-Anne was lovely and the show aired on Top Billing on Thursday 24 November 2013. South African Airways has also been airing this episode on their flights, which is wonderful exposure for Body Divine Pilates. View the teaser here!

We then began the ‘Body Divine 9 Week Challenge’ – a weight loss and bikini-ready competition inspired by Leigh Crymble, who lost 15 kgs in 3 months. Leigh has since become Body Divine’s brand ambassador.


Leigh Crymble and model Juicy Gemma in downward dog and praying crouch poses

The Body Divine Challenge – which involved Saturday weigh-ins; life coaching & goal setting; Power Pilates sessions in the park; and 5km trail runs was an amazing success. It was tons of fun but also extremely challenging.


Annemarie, our winner, lost 8 kilos in 9 weeks! Well done, Annemarie!


Due to the success of this first Challenge, I have decided to run it again in 2014! Follow @BodyDivineSa on Twitter for updates, or drop me an email on

All in all 2013 was a wonderful year, and I thank you for your continued support and loyalty.

- Sarah