MISFIT GANG | Kat Lourenco
Get to know KAT – a MISFIT who we've had the pleasure of watching grow from a passionate student to inspiring teacher. For Kat, what started as a method of self-exploration has turned into a full-time practice, an opportunity to share a movement experience with others. We're SO grateful to have Kat as part of the gang!!!
Tell us your love story with MISFIT.
When I first came to MISFIT, I was trying to find my place in the city. I’d been at home in bars and concert venues, was working long, inefficient hours. And while I loved it at one time, I was exhausted and ready for a change. MISFIT gave me the space to breathe, to move in a way that felt familiar — moving to LOUD music, lit up and alive — only now in a way I could live with, could sustain, could explore different aspects of myself within. Being a teacher was something I imagined doing years down the road, but the week before the MISFITMETHOD training started, I thought, ‘Why wait to become who I want to be?’ I signed up for training, sold my car to pay for it, and started training a few days later.
What is it about teaching that lights you up?
It’s the shared experience with a room full of people. Without a shared agenda, or even knowing what brought us all into the room that day, I love that for an hour we all get to hang out and do something good for our bodies (and our souls!). All those little moments that are hard, that light us up, or let something go, I’m feeling those too and am honoured that I get to experience those moments with such a wild, fun crew.
If your best friend were to describe you in three words, what would those words be?
He says, “Determined, purposeful, and proud.” I guess I can’t argue with that.
Standout memory from your time at MISFIT?
The first few weeks the Ossington studio was open. The movement classes — Get Classical, Get Sculpted, Get Physical, Get Hot — I had never done anything like them, and they felt like an exciting little secret in my life, a secret identity that no one else in my life knew about.
What do you do to stay grounded?
I turn off my phone when I’m ready to wind down my day, and try not to come back to it until I need to in the morning. It’s my time to just be nobody, to not have to be anyone or anything out in the world.
Where can we find you on a Sunday afternoon in the city?
After teaching at the Ossington studio on Sunday mornings, I take a walk home along Queen west, usually grabbing groceries on my way, or meeting a friend for coffee. It’s been my Sunday ritual since the Ossington studio opened (and long before I was teaching here).
If you could go back in time and live in any era, what would it be and why?
I’m quite content to live in this era — it’s an inspiring time. I think years from now we’ll look back and realize this was the beginning of some major positive change for the world.
Favourite class to teach?
Get Worked: It’s the class that’s really helped me rebuild strength and mobility in my neck, back and shoulders (after spending way too much time on a computer).
Queen Street or Ossington?
Queen Street — it still feels like the secret hideaway that it once was for me.
Song you have on repeat?
Pretty much anything by Kevin Garrett.
Who is a Woman Warrior that inspires you?
The team of women at The Health Loft are superheroes disguised as chiropractors. They’ve inspired a new perspective for me on caring for my body — one that has me examining how my lifestyle and habits impact my brain power, my mobility and my overall health. Plus their beautiful space in downtown Toronto is a pleasure to visit! It’s a shining example of what a healthy work environment can and should be.
If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?
The ability to stop time. I’m obsessed with finding those little moments that feel like hiding out while the world is on ‘pause’. Early mornings in the city, especially.
Favourite words to live by?
“I am deliberate and afraid of nothing”. — Audre Lorde
How do you like to start and end your day? Any go-to rituals?
I start the day with a coffee and full breakfast (I mean full — eggs, sautéed veggies, hashbrowns, homemade guac or mayo). It’s the one thing I try to do to set myself to be a kind, patient and hopefully productive human for the day.
Magic Lessons with Elizabeth Gilbert. This is the podcast that I listen to whenever I need a reminder that it’s okay to do something without an agenda — to play around just because it feels good to.
What does being a MISFIT mean to you?
For me it means being deliberate with how I spend my time and energy, and being gentle with my expectations of myself. It’s giving myself permission to live within my values, and my means, to like what I like and make space for the things that are important to me.
Find Kat on the MISFIT SCHEDULE.