Get to know JO – a MISFIT since 2013 and our resident Earth Mama! She fills the studio with her warm, positive energy and nurturing vibes. We love you Jo!!!
Tell us your love story with MISFIT.
I discovered Misfit in 2013 the summer after I took my 250hr Yoga Teacher Training! The class was of course, FUSION with the one and only Amber J… I was hooked. Saturday morning Fusion was my FAVOURITE. I have probably taken that class close to 1000 times! The music, the studio, and of course Amber’s magnetic energy and powerful movement method!!!
What is it about teaching that lights you up?
I love the accessible nature of mat work. It can be tailored to suit so many bodies! Pilates is not about how your body looks, it’s about how it moves. Anytime anyone leaves class, and feels more confident in themselves: that’s what lights me up. I hope my classes give people a way to celebrate the body you are in and feel strong and mobile, no matter what it looks like!
If your best friend were to describe you in three words, what would those words be?
I cheated and asked my best friend since I was 11… her response : Creative , Caring and Free-Spirited… it’s so interesting to compare how we look at ourselves versus how we are seen through the eyes of others. I would never have thought to describe myself as free spirited, I love a good plan! Haha.
Standout memory from your time at MISFIT?
This is such a hard question to answer! Many of my personal milestones have been linked with the studio, not just my teaching life. My husband and I had a fairly small wedding that we knew we wouldn’t be able to invite ALL our friends to, so we threw a big open engagement party at the studio. The team also organized me a baby shower there!
What do you do to stay grounded?
Motherhood is busy and can be overwhelming at times. I set intention in 2018 to try to reclaim a bit of self care time even though my routines and rituals are shaken up by the needs of a small human! I treated myself to a facial dry brush from Province Apothecary in January. So now, after I put the baby down for his morning nap, I pour a coffee, light some Palo Santo, and then start my skin care routine. Additionally, getting back to teaching after taking a 6 month maternity pause has also been especially grounding these days!
Where can we find you on a Sunday afternoon in the city?
You can find me at the Ossington studio for 10:30 GET LIFTED! Recently after class I will stop at Crafted and treat myself to an Americano, and head back home and relax with my family, listen to records and cook a nice meal! When the weather gets warmer my husband plans to bring my son down so they can meet me after class, that way we can stroll through Bellwoods, or treat ourselves to brunch! La Cubana, Golden Turtle and Fresh are some go tos!
If you could go back in time and live in any era, what would it be and why?
One of my favourite books is “Just Kids” by Patti Smith. It focuses around the time she was living in New York City in the late sixties and early seventies with Robert Mapplethorpe. It sounded like such a creative and liberating time! A time when living in New York wasn't expensive and one could just BE an artist! It was a time of change and shaking shit up, which I really love. I think we are actually going through that a bit right now.
Favourite class to teach?
Get Cheeky! It was the first Misfit class I taught that was my own! SIDE BUM IS A GAME CHANGER.
Queen Street or Ossington?
When we were all asked this in the Fall I think I said Queen… but now I’m not sure. Previously most of my classes were at Queen, and I had been taking class there for so long! Now the tables have turned, and I am teaching at Ossington 2/3 of my regular classes a week. The spaces and energies are different, the fact that Queen is located in an old Church, gives it that feeling of being a sacred space, a healing space. For me it really feels like home, I have spent hours on those floors, machines.. and couches. Ossington's vibe seems to buzz a little higher. No matter what time of day, or time of year, the space always seems bright!
Song you have on repeat?
Candy by Leyya, a band out of Austria. It’s super short, but perfectly loopable
Who is a Woman Warrior that inspires you?
My mom. She raised me solo from the age of 5 onward. Now that I’m also a mother I have SO MUCH respect for her. We are best friends, we talk almost daily. She looks after my son once a week so I can teach! She’s also an amazing cook!
If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?
The ability to get my baby to sleep through the night. It’s amazing how highly you can function on very little sleep.
Favourite words to live by?
Excuse my language but “ GIVE ALL THE FUCKS” Since when is it cool not to care. I care deeply about things, I am passionate, I get angry when things aren’t fair. I don’t think there’s room for ignorance and in-action in today’s world. Women especially, we’ve been taught to be quiet. BE LOUD, SPEAK UP, GIVE ALL THE FUCKS!
How do you like to start and end your day? Any go-to rituals?
In the morning my son and I always eat breakfast together and listen to a podcast or some music! When you have a small kid, you hang out at home… a lot. Once the babe is in bed, my husband and I relax and watch Netflix, or read. Nothing too exciting, but we really love spending time with each other and unwinding after a busy day.
I am just getting into podcasts! What I am listening to a lot right now and I highly recommend if you are part of the “movement” community, is Kathryn Bruni-Young’s “Mindful Strength” podcast. Kathryn is one of my teachers, who recently described her movement philosophy as “The science of strength training combined with the mentality of Yoga”. She has such an open mind and connects with so many interesting guests from all kinds of movement professionals.
What does being a MISFIT mean to you?
A MISFIT is someone who isn’t afraid to take risks. Someone who dives in fully. Gives their whole heart. Someone who will shake things up a little... or maybe a lot! I feel like MISFITS attract others like them. People with open minds who aren’t afraid of trying something new. Being a MISFIT, is being brave.
Learn more about our summer pop-up classes with Amber Joliat at 183 Geary Ave
Join us Tuesday evenings from July 10-August 28th for special movement classes led by Amber Joliat at 183 Geary ave.