Meet KATHRYN, affectionately known as GILMORE around the studio. Gilmore lights up the studio with her quirky, kind, and encouraging vibes. Her classes are fun and challenging, while her spunk and Gilmore-isms make you forget you've been doing arm circles for over a minute. Get to know Gilmore!Tell us your love story with MISFIT.
Almost three years ago I walked nervously into the studio not knowing what to expect. What revealed itself to me was this beautiful and brilliant coven of strong humans, excited to move for so many other reasons besides “getting fit”. Up until that time I had been “working out” from a place of dismay and disconnect with my body. Associating movement with a burdensome sense of obligation, it was with deeeeeep relief that I discovered a place that cultivated strength and community – that revealed the JOY behind it all. There was a magic that rippled through the atmosphere in the studio and a hook of belonging that kept me on the mat and stayed bubbling beneath the surface long after I’d left. A love affair with a studio and community that continues to build each and everyday. Gratitude beyond belief!
What is it about teaching that lights you up?
Woooooof. All of it! When you catch people reveal a smile throughout challenging sequences, when you feel the room get lost in the movement. As my personal journey with teaching along with being a human evolves, I’ve been able to uncover more and more of myself. The palpable magic that radiates when a room of humans sync up and move together is intoxicating. The relationships that have revealed themselves through the community is also so deeply special.
If your best friend were to describe you in three words, what would those words be?
Standout memory from your time at MISFIT?
Tough one! Of course the whole process of the Teacher Training was such a majestic ride, but I would have to say it’s a combination of a million little moments. Every time you connect with someone new at the studio, all the silly moments in class, and of course the insanely babely and INSPIRING women I get to work with!
What do you do to stay grounded?
I tend to be a bit of an introvert and definitely need a healthy dose of solitude to remain emotionally//mentally sound. When I feel myself growing scattered I enjoy the simplicity of taking a strut through the city to steady my thoughts. Movement has been a major aid in my own personal journey with anxiety so it’s also incredibly cathartic to get up and physically shake//dance//stretch it out when it starts to pile up.
Where can we find you on a Sunday afternoon in the city?
Honest answer: I serve brunch on weekends so you’ll likely find me slinging eggs in the West End. Though my ideal Sunday afternoon would be spent taking a little day trip exploring nature outside the city or taking a slow and delightful walk with a really good soundtrack attached.
If you could go back in time and live in any era, what would it be and why?
I would love to travel back and explore a little disco dancing from the 80s. The fashion and dance moves were juuuuuuuust cheesy enough that I can get on board and do my best to incorporate as much of that lighthearted fun in classes like Get Physical or Get Shifted.
Favourite class to teach?
Tough! I’d have to say Get Shifted. Truthfully that class intimidated me quite a bit at the beginning, the willingness to be so vulnerable in front of a room scared me. The incredible thing was the more I taught the class the less I thought about being vulnerable and the more it just naturally occurred. The movement draws it out from within you. There’s a profound thing that occurs when you give yourself permission to move without judgment and ego, but for the sake of joy and release.
Queen Street or Ossington?
Hm, tough one again. I would have to say Ossington as it holds so many special memories. Teacher Training and of course where I first began to foster a voice as a teacher. But the magic that is embedded in the walls of the Queen studio is impossible to ignore. Both studios have such unique offerings, I find myself so excited to get to share magic at either locations!
Song you have on repeat?
Hah! “Psycho” by Post Malone. Great song to have a moody solo strut to!
Who is a Woman Warrior that inspires you?
Well cheesy or not I’d have to land on my Mom. That woman is a 5ft2 powerhouse that raised three kids by herself and taught me kindness and compassion in the face of adversity.
If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?
Well gotta go with a classic – to be able to fly! Who wouldn’t want to zip around through the air and feel that rush of freedom! I’d never be late again!
Favourite words to live by?
“Support yourself through both the healing and revealing processes needed to create your life as it’s own work of art.” - Chani Nicholas
How do you like to start and end your day? Any go-to rituals?
Being a work in progress not all mornings are the exact same. I’m starting to recognize the importance and need to stay away from screens especially an hour before bed. It’s been really nice spending time reading or meditating at night and I’ve noticed my sleep has quite drastically shifted. That being said, there are times when I’ve got certain songs on loop in my head and some late night solo dancing is required to release whatever I’ve been holding.
I’ve been enjoying a podcast called The Struggle Bus lately. It’s an advice podcast with an understanding that there isn’t always one right answer or obvious solution to a problem, but that sometimes having your voice heard and acknowledging you’re not alone in your struggle can be enough.
What does being a MISFIT mean to you?
Being a MISFIT to me is someone who is unafraid to show up as they are, perfectly imperfect, willing to make mistakes and learn from them. Someone who understands that strength is both a combination of hard and soft edges. That vulnerability is the most powerful weapon we all have. Someone who is willing to be open to the life-long and necessary work that is healing ourselves so that we can begin to heal as a collective.
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.