MISFIT GANG | Lindsay Kinzinger
Get to know Lindsay beyond the mat – from her most memorable moments at MISFIT to the women who inspire her (spoiler: it's Jane Goodall – how cool is that?), we're so excited to share all of Lindsay's sparkle with you.
Tell us your love story with MISFIT
My very first class was a Robyn Breen class, I had been meaning to check out the studio for quite awhile and had just started teaching Pilates myself. I remember being really engaged in the class, the music was fun, the vibe was really different and Robyn's cuing blew my mind. After a few more classes with Robyn and Amber I knew I had found my place, I wanted to be apart of the studio and it quickly became the only place that I really wanted to teach.
What is it about teaching that lights you up?
This is so hard, because really it’s so many things. Truthfully, before beginning my movement teaching journey I could barely get up in front of a crowd and speak, so to lead an entire 60 min class, sometimes 12 plus times a week is a huge fear I had to overcome. I had to work really hard to get as comfortable as I am now with teaching, so every time I teach a class it feels like it sparks something in me. It’s like, as I continue to grow and evolve I want to be able to transfer some of that to the people that come to my classes, to pass it on, to maybe help provide a space or a practice in which others can feel safe enough to discover new things about themselves as well.
If your best friend were to describe you in three words, what would those words be?
So I cheated with this question, my first thought was she would probably say “annoying and weird” because my best friend is basically my sister, we’ve been close since we were 3 years old. I told her this through text, thinking she would just affirm my thought but instead she replied and said “No, I would say caring, funny and loyal” and then I cried. Hahaha.
Standout memory from your time at MISFIT?
My Fusion exam, the amount of support from MISFIT students and friends was overwhelming. I was so nervous and a little shaky before starting and I know Amber could tell, she guided me gently into the big room on Queen and told me to take a few minutes for myself, she left, closed the doors, and I sat with some Palo Santo on my mat and had a little talk with myself…… Thank you Amber, #crying.
What do you do to stay grounded?
In the summer I do something called “earthing”, I take the time to walk barefoot in the grass or dirt, I dig my toes in sand, I touch leaves and tree bark. When I can I sit under trees and listen to the sound of the leaves in the breeze…… anything the connects me with nature. The other thing I take time to do is Kundalini Yoga, it’s a practice that I picked up only this year but it rapidly became an important part of my week as a way to recharge and take a little time to connect and deeply listen to myself. Every class includes breathwork, movement for body, mind and spirit, meditation with mantras and often a gong sound bath (If you haven't had a sound bath put it on your “to-do” list).
Where can we find you on a Sunday afternoon in the city?
Wandering with a coffee in my hand, thrifting or vintage shopping. My husband and I frequent the Sunday St. Lawrence Antique Market in the winter and the Aberfoyle Market near Guelph in the summer, we also love a good classic brunch at home or at a local restaurant. As often as I can I drive to Port Hope to visit my parents, there I enjoy as much outdoor time as possible.
If you could go back in time and live in any era, what would it be and why?
1970’s for sure, so many things!!!...... The fashion for one, sequins, sparkles, high wasted jeans, fringe, and jumpsuits, I mean come ON! The 1970’s also brought us some of the best albums ever, think Elton John, David Bowie, Stevie Wonder, Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac…. I could go on forever (Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Jackson 5) Okay I’ll stop. Oh and of course Farrah Fawcett hair.
Favourite class to teach?
It’s a toss up between Bosu and Fusion
Queen Street or Ossington?
Queen for social time and fun, Ossington for quiet times, to lay down in sunny spots on the floor.
Song you have on repeat?
Chromatics- I’m on Fire
Leisure- Got it Bad
Maggie Rogers- Split Stones
Who is a Woman Warrior that inspires you?
Dr. Jane Goodall, her love of all things nature, devotion to Chimpanzees and the fact that she dedicated her entire life to what she truly loves and believes in is so inspiring. “I do believe in some greater spiritual power. I feel it particularly when I’m out in nature.”
If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?
To close my eyes and be transported to anywhere in the world.
Favourite words to live by?
“Live in the now” - Garth Algar
How do you like to start and end your day? Any go-to rituals?
Coffee first thing, magnesium usually at night. In the afternoon I light incense and I write, read if I have time and go over the week ahead.
I don’t listen to podcasts, I’m more of a reader and I really enjoy complete silence. Current books, Women Who Run With The Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes and Invincible Living by Guru Jagat.
What does being a MISFIT mean to you?
Family and support, being able to provide and receive both of those things.