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Alive Mindbody

Instructors

KRISTEN JENSEN

Yoga, Barre, Pilates, Aerial, 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!

Sign: Virgo

What makes you feel alive? 

Regularly creating flow in my body; whether by movement, breathe, music or form of expression.

Fav Bevie: Bourbon & Spicy Ginger Beer

 

Vice: Baking really late at night and listening to slow jams in the bath tub

 

Saying: "Jump in with both feet."

Which celebrity acts most like you? Chelsea Handler (as I've been told and recognized as in public)

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TRACEY COOK

Yoga, Alive Total Detox

Once you've been to a Yoga class with Tracey you'll remember her earnest, genuine nature, her soft accepting mannerisms and her perky, often boisterous laugh. As both a Registered Yoga Teacher and Registered Holistic Nutritionist, a class or program with Tracey is the whole meal deal. Expect an invitation to breathe big, get loose, and follow cues from your body as you move through energizing flow sequences. Expect a healthy bit of sweat balanced by a deep dive into sweet softening poses. Expect to leave feeling way, way better than you did coming in.

Sign: Pisces

What makes you feel alive? Running through trees. Swimming fresh water. Paddling waves. Green drinks. Flow yoga. Connection. 

Saying: “You don’t have to believe everything you think” & “Don’t be an asshole.” 

Fav Yoga Pose: Good ol’ down dog. My pal. 

Fav Bevvie: Matcha

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ASHLEY THROSSELL

Barre, Yoga, Pilates, Aerial

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.   

Sign: Cancer

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? Aerial Yoga and Barre!! Between the burn, stretch and sweat I am in fitness bliss. 

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Stefanie Papasoff

Barre

Hailing from Nashville, this bubbly and vibrant barre rockstar has brought us moves we've never seen before! Barely breaking a sweat herself, you can expect a high-energy, full body toning and sculpting class with a strength and booty focus! Her philosophy: The smaller the movements, the bigger the burn. If you thought you couldn't sink any lower or lift any higher, Stef will take you there! Her non-stop, positive encouragement will push you to reach your highest barre potential, resulting in an undeniable ear to ear grin. No two classes are identical, with fresh and feisty moves woven seamlessly throughout, prepare to be immediately addicted to her vibe. Don't expect to walk out of Stef's class, but to STRUT out, and with more energy and vibrancy than ever!

 

Sign: Capricorn

What makes you feel alive? Motivating myself and others to devote time to a grounding wholesome routine and real-deal self care. Taking my dog on little jaunts through my James Bay Community and smiling at strangers. 

What can't you stop thinking about? The psychology and pathology of literally anything and anyone. Why aren't we all talking about it more openly?

Favourite Beverage? Whiskey sour.

What is your favourite quote/saying? "In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity"- Sun Tzu, Art of War

Favourite Artist? Gregory Alan Isakov

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LAUREN GIRARD

Barre, Sassy Classes

Lauren is an extremely talented and diverse Instructor and the organization queen in her other role at Alive as Studio Manager. A sassy, smart cookie in a poker face package, Lauren is delightfully deceptive. Offering consistently challenging classes, Lauren manages to empower and uplift her class every single time through a mix of seriously tailored actions plus light-hearted camaraderie.  Lauren's class expertness lies in her musicality and choreography, she never misses a beat! You can expect spicy, full body workouts with bangin tunes and bad humor.

Sign: Scorpio

What makes you feel alive? 

Dancing in the sun, walking through the trees, connecting with the people around me through movement, and music.

Fav Bevie: G & T

 

Vice: Wearing my house coat a little too often. 

 

Saying: "Happiness Is Only Real When Shared."

What would be impossible for you to give up? Living by the ocean.

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DEENA REDMAN

Barre

Deena is gregarious, boisterous, giggly and enviously delightful. A workout with this Master of 'getting buff' is a spunky experience loaded with creative sequences and squat til you drop motivation. Known for delivering a playful, non-judgemental class, expect to have fun and be engaged the entire class. Deena has a devilishly wild side, and wild hair to match, that when unleashed you'll find yourself doing a few more pulses than you thought possible. Deena's a cute brute getting away with minimal breaks in class for a non-stop, creative and deliberately sweaty experience. Deena thrives to share her love for “the burn,” but has a knack for offering modifications to make the environment lively, engaging and accessible for all guests. Somehow this workout Bae never seems to run out of energy. 

Sign: Cancer

What makes you feel alive? Nutrition, movement, travel, sensation, connection and laughter. 

Vice: Potatoes, beer & naps.

Best workout anthem? Anything by Meek Mill!

If you could have dinner with anyone, who would it be and where?  Chef Grant Achatz at his restaurant Alinea. (I just watched his appearance on The Final Table - he’s weird in the best way.) 

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MICHAEL TORU

Yoga

A class with Michael is like a ride on a magical unicorn. It's regal, playful, feels right, and you're not quite sure how you amazingly got in that position?! With creative flows at the heart of his class, you'll fall in love with Michael's genuine love for movement and authentic, hearty spirit. Expect an intentional practice that gets you deeply embodied and fully present. Classes demand students to press against the edges of their mind-body-spirit to unleash a great joy within. His vibes are high and his enthusiasm for living in the now will rub off on you.

Sign: Capricorn

What makes you feel alive? Pushing my body to the edge of its physical capacity during a yoga practice, playing with handstands, snowboarding, surfing, or other activities that demand full engagement with the NOW. 

What can't you stop talking about? I’m obsessed with authenticity. How can I be a more authentic human being, and how can I empower others to be exactly who they are?

If you could pick anyone to have dinner with, who would it be and where? Joe Rogan at an amazing sushi restaurant in LA. He is the epitome of authenticity and he doesn’t give a f*ck what others think of him.

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SHANNON REHSLER

Barre

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. 

Sign: Virgo

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. 

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CARLY GREENE HILL

Yoga

Her yoga classes are a lot like her hair: ever-changing, colourful and full of joy. Meet Carly Greene Hill. She’s a yoga teacher, poet and spoken word artist. Often found with a cappuccino in one hand and pen in the other, Carly creates avenues of self-expression under her pen name tiny.writer. Her yoga sequences offer something for everyone — be it encouragement, heart, funk, flow or rejuvenation. You’ll come for the sass and soulful tunes, but stay for the vulnerability and never-before-felt sense of freedom. 

Sign: Cancer

What makes you feel alive? There’s a small second where body and rhythm form a serendipitous, little rebellion. Syncopating movement with what you hear is my favourite moment of being alive. 

What can’t you stop talking about? Creativity! Creativity, creativity, creativity. I think it’s what reminds us were human, and therefore, makes life so paradoxically tortuous yet absolutely delicious to live out. 
 

Describe your class in one word? Reverence.

Favourite Artist. Phantogram. Go listen. You’re welcome.

Favourite quote/saying. “There are thoughts which you cannot grasp, without changing your life.” 

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Jassy Blue

Yoga

She's the gal in bright pink pants, cheetah tops and sparkly hightops- reminding us that life is for fun, spirit, and personality! Jassy's classes have a sprinkling of this creativity and a good mix of dazzling Yoga poses. Surprisingly, you'll experience a deep and internal journey focused on subtleness in class, delivered by a radiating, rather radical babe. Interestingly, this is Jassy's forte, providing a lighthearted approach to a virtuous method that Jassy is deeply connected to. Rigorous in her personal practice and Yoga connection, you'll experience a stunning blend of tradition and creativity. You'll get into your body through breathe and feeling. Expect to flow with a balance of challenge and nourishment.

Sign: Capricorn, Libra moon

What makes you feel alive? Sunshine, dancing, moving, acro, laughing, traveling and seeing all the beauty in this world.

What would be impossible for you to give up? Meditation and Yoga, Girl be crazy without!

Favourite Beverage? Matcha bubble tea

What is your favourite Yoga pose? Triangle! If I could only do one pose forever this would be it.

Favourite Artist? I love art and things are created purely for beauty. My favourites are the pieces created to experience - Installations and interactive pieces. Some favs are Magrite, Takasi Murakami, Crystal Wanger and Richard Serra.

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PORTIA FAVRO

Sassy Classes

The divine Portia Favro will leave you with some new sexy skills and empowerment beyond words. With a serious pedigree of dance education, performance history, choreography and production, Portia is no stranger to the land of jiggle, giggle and slay. Portia LOVES throwback jams and you can always count on music that you can sing along to in the shower. With a knack for bringing music video style and celebrity dance moves to the mainstream, you can feel confident and comfortable knowing Portia is just the gal to teach you the tips, tricks and moves for all bodies and everybody.

 

Sign: Scorpio

What makes you feel alive? I love seeing and guiding my students to push themselves out of their comfort zones and discover something new in their movement and artistry. 

Best Workout Anthem: Call On Me by Eric Prydz 

What sport would you play if you were a professional athlete? Definitely swimming! 

Fav Bevie: Rose wine or a Prosecco 

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