MISFIT GANG | Paluna Santamaria
Meet PALUNA – a TRUE Warrior Woman and unicorn. Paluna boasts a beautiful blend of strength and grace, a tranquil yet fun-loving energy. We are so blessed to have Paluna teaching with us and sharing her passion, knowledge and experience with movement.
Tell us your love story with MISFIT
I’ve been teaching Pilates for over 10 years. I was new to the country when MISFITSTUDIO was founded. Friends and colleagues had told me to apply for a job there because there was this cool chick who taught Pilates like I did (not the traditional way). I looked it up and I was immediately intimidated. I was self conscious about my English as well so it wasn’t until a million years after that when Rachel Mclean came to one of my private classes for few months. We became friends and chatted movement things. One day I finally made it and fell instantly in love with everyone from the front desk to the teachers and of course the space. This was before Ossington was open. I feel so fortunate to have seen that studio shape and become the magical place it is now.
What is it about teaching that lights you up?
The fact that in that room for as long as the class is running we (teacher and students) are one. We are friends, we are confidants, we are cheerleaders. We all have fears and insecurities. We all feel alone sometimes but movement brings us together, allowing us to connect with ourselves and each other in a way that words alone can’t.
If your best friend were to describe you in three words, what would those words be?
Innocent, caring, disciplined.
Standout memory from your time at MISFIT?
Meeting Amber for the first time. I had known of her for years but had never met her in person. The day I walked into her class and introduced myself it was instant love, the more I got to hang out with her the more I saw her in every corner and every detail at the studio. The MISFIT logo is just like Amber, ALL HEART.
What do you do to stay grounded?
I spend time alone daily. I’m an introvert by nature so re-charging is an important part of my routine. Weather it is a solo weightlifting session, an early morning coffee while my man sleeps or a long walk while listening to audiobooks, I cherish those moments alone.
Where can we find you on a Sunday afternoon in the city?
Sundays are busy for me in a good way. After I teach RESET at Ossington I usually grab a snack or a coffee in the area and program for my online clients. Then I do a workout and head home to hang out with my dog for the rest of the day.
If you could go back in time and live in any era, what would it be and why?
This is tough. I’m a live in the moment type person. I am fascinated by the medieval times but life was awful for women, the 70’s seem fun, mostly because I’d love to watch Led Zeppelin live. I feel like I could think of something I would’ve love to experience from each era so I think I’m going to stick with today.
Favourite class to teach?
WORK IT and GET CHEEKY, as a weightlifter I’ve found great benefits of working ALL the muscles in the glutes to compliment my squat training plus is sooo much fun!
Queen Street or Ossington?
Queen to attend class, Ossington to teach.
Song you have on repeat?
Mmmm my life is a musical. One song on repeat per moment of the day and it changes often but my new waiting for students song is Love Lies by Khalid
Who is a Woman Warrior that inspires you?
This is hard. My life is full of warrior women! My sister Ivana who just graduated from Med School, my best friend Liliana who has gone through hell and has managed to build a life doing what she loves while dancing daily and keeping a smile on her face.
If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?
Tele-transportation. I have no family in Canada and my best friends are scattered all over the world. It’d be great to be able to see them often.
Favourite words to live by?
Don’t forget to have fun.
How do you like to start and end your day? Any go-to rituals?
Start of the day: coffee, meditation, journaling. End of the day: puppy snuggles, TV shows, fall asleep to guided meditation.
Ooooh there’s over 10 but I’ll give you 3: Oprah’s Super Soul conversations, Guys We Fucked and Dear Sugars.
What does being a MISFIT mean to you?
Embracing who I am, listening to my gut, following my heart regardless of what the world thinks is best for me.
Find Paluna on the MISFITSTUDIO Schedule.