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Yoga, Barre, Pilates, Conditioning, Barre Certification Master Trainer
Kristen owns and operates Alive Mindbody, actively teaching, laughing and gabbing around the studio. Kristen prides herself on clever, functional classes that push boundaries, bend rules and feel insanely good on the body. With Kinesiology and Education degrees and various specialty trainings, mixed with a zest for music and motion Kristen’s classes are truly a smart, holistic combination of actions that will make you feel remarkable. Expect to giggle your way through an expressive and flow-focused movement experience. Connection to music, breathe, movement and others in the room is Kristen's jam!
What makes you feel alive?
Regularly creating flow in my body; whether by movement, breathe, music or form of expression.
Fav Bevie: LA Woman AKA Skinny Margarita
Vice: Having more plants than one person should and hot tubs/hot springs until I go to raisinville.
Saying: "Jump in with both feet."
Which celebrity acts most like you? Chelsea Handler (as I've been told and recognized as in public)
Barre, Yoga, Pilates, Conditioning
Ashley is a focused fitness fiend and her classes reflect this incredible sense of organization and planning mastery that leave you feeling extremely taken care of. This little dynamo is your cheerleader and will coach, push, boogie and laugh all the way to the finish line with you. You can always expect a great burn and a full body workout to some fab tunes. Some rocker anthems like Imagine Dragons and Coleman Hell make frequent appearances. Expect efficiency, a kind ear to listen and an Instructor who thrives off feedback from you, to make the classes just what you need.
What makes you feel alive? Doing exactly what I want in life right now and continuously creating goals and obtaining them.
If you could go for dinner with anyone right now, who would it be? THOR! Doesn’t matter where.... it’s a date with Thor.
Fav Artist: Steven Tyler
What can't you stop talking about? Barre!! Between the burn, stretch and sweat I am in fitness bliss.
Ashley's Studio Classes
Quiet and introspective upon first meet, Shannon's delicate, and congenial demeanour lends to a sly workout and undercover sweat. Just like her actions are smooth, grounded and calculated, you can expect to receive the same silky soft delivery of an astonishingly rigorous and gnarly workout. Not one for being in-genuine or wasting your time, you'll get a direct, quick n dirty. With a soft, yet firm tone and calculated coaching style you find yourself turning off your brain in class and enjoying feeling the music and mastering cool movements. A bit of a Ballerina, Shannon draws from her dance background, love of movement and sweet musical tastes to deliver a really soft, sweepy, dancey class in an easy to follow sweaty, hot sneak up.
What makes you feel alive? Dancing.
Vice: Coffee & hashbrowns
What is your favourite way to spend the weekend? Not waking up to an alarm, fresh coffee and a homemade breakfast- usually pancakes topped with fruit. Getting fresh air and exercise.
Favourite Saying: “In the waves of change we find our true direction.” I love going to the beach to think, reflect and listen to the waves.
Looking for the perfect blend of grit and grace in a fitness class? Meet Ayva, a professional Dancer, who has relocated back to Victoria. You can find her working hard prepping her Barre classes for YOU, teaching strong, elegant and sweaty numbers each week. Outside of the studio Ayva still dances her way through life, taking advantage of everything the West Coast has to offer, and indulging in as much coffee and ice cream as she can (no matter the weather!). Don't be fooled by her seemingly sweet demeanor, this cheeky powerhouse will have you sweating (and swearing!) in no time. What can students expect in Avya's class? You will feel energized and lengthened while getting a serious burn. Expect to be sore in all the right places the next day.
What makes you feel alive? Improving to my favorite tunes and letting my inner quirks run wild! The moment of bliss after having had a killer workout! Swimming in the Ocean and exploring the wonders of nature.
Fav empowering quote: “If you can’t love yourself, then how the hell are you gonna love somebody else?” — Rupaul
What is your favourite way to spend the weekend? Lazing at the beach with good company!
Obsessed with cultivating community, confidence, cats & a bit of comedy, that basically sums up a Kailey class. You'll feel welcome as if you just arrived at your best friends house, supported, and treated to a slinky, stretchy and zesty practice. Like a feline, class will be a mix of snoozing in the sun and surprise pouncing and playing! A lover of music, enjoy sweating, smiling and singing along during class. With a discerning eye for individuality, Kailey cleverly coaches and ensures an open path for all. As a cool cat you might develop a crush at first meet, but you'll keep returning because of her mastery in recognizing that we are each our own brand of wild.
Sign: Sun in Virgo, Moon in Pisces, Aquarius Rising. Does that mean something to you because I’ve been told it's important.
What makes you feel alive? Back bends, and jumping into any body of water.
Describe your classes in one word: Juicyfruit. A natural delicious snack, a tribute to good music (RIP BIGGIE), and packed with intense awesome flavor but it doesn’t last too long… but just long enough 😊
What is your favourite way to spend the weekend? I love spending the weekends getting my sweat on, then my brunch on.
What are you terrified of? I am absolutely terrified of centipedes/millipedes (BARF), and not being my truest self.
Down to earth is the best way to describe Mel as she's happiest outside, experiencing life by getting out and getting in it. Her yoga classes will leave you feeling grounded yet open, with newly discovered room to grow and explore. A paddleboard fanatic and dessert enthusiast, Mel creates an environment of kindness and caring everywhere she goes, including in the studio. Expect to feel expertly taken care of and ready for your next adventure with a little added pep to your step.
Sign: Sagittarius Capricorn Cusp
What makes you feel alive? Momma earth moments - paddle boarding, camping and sweet hikes with my perfect puppy.
If you could pick anyone to have dinner with, who would it be and where? My brother, a brunch tour here in Victoria.
Favourite quote/saying: ‘the cure for anything is salt water - sweat, tears, or the sea’ - Karen Blixen
Would you rather be able to fly or read minds? Fly! “Higher, further, faster, baby” - Captain Marvel
Amanda is the hype girl you’ve been missing! An outstanding dancer, fierce mama and a fit firecracker. She is a part of a bold babe community, and you can find her dancing at any given moment of the day. Amanda's classes are always a great sweat, lots of smiles and leave you feeling energized from the inside out! Expect lots of energy and encouragement for students to listen to their body and tune into the present moment! Amanda has a deep passion for uplifting energy being shared in the class - leave feeling confident, stoked and empowered! Your buns will thank you later!
Favourite quote/saying: “Comparison is the thief of joy”, “Pump up voice: *Lets Go*!!”
What makes you feel alive? I feel most alive when I am being true to myself. I know it sounds cliche but when I teach a dance or a barre class I feel present and to me being present is one of the greatest gifts.
Favourite Beverage? Rootbeer Zevia.
Most memorable teaching moment? Putting together a music video, creating a flash mob for a wedding, or being on the News in spandex work out gear dancing my heart out.
What would be impossible for you to give up? Dancing/Fitness/Treats.
This Aries sun/Scorpio moon gal is spicy, AND so nicey - bringing the burn and the mellow to her classes, with some space for free movement! Moriah has a background as a registered massage therapist and her understanding of physiology is evident in her flows. Her practice finds you noticeably improving yours - with special attention paid to proper placements and poses. You can expect sneaky strengthening and mobility moves, sweet tunes - obviously, and a whole lotta light hearted fun with Moriah! You’ll barely even notice the extra lil’ flutter kicks ‘cause you’ll be focused on balance as you move through slow, exaggerated transitions - and the sweat rolling off your brow.
Sign: Aries Sun / Scorpio Moon
What makes you feel alive? Laughing and crying, lol
If you could pick anyone to have dinner with, who would it be and where? Ani Difranco at her house
Most embarrassing teaching moment? I was so into whatever I was teaching, the class was nearly full, probably 40 students in the space, I was walking around while instructing and watching the students intently, when bang! I walked sideways so hard into a giant pillar that was in the middle of room. I was very startled and confused lol, everyone fell out of their pose and we all laughed
What is your favourite Yoga pose/Exercise? Exercise - Deadlifts, Yoga Pose - Warrior 1