Meet ROBIN – Robin completed the MISFITMETHOD Teacher Training and taught at the studio before embarking on a move to Hamilton. Inspired by the teachings and method of MISFITSTUDIO, she has started her own Teacher Training program, Ritual Island. It's been a true pleasure watching Robin grow through the training and we're honoured to play such a pivotal role in her life as a teacher.
Tell us a bit about your day to day hustle
I’m a mama, partner, mindful movement instructor and co-creator of Ritual Island. I have 2 young boys, River who is almost 4, and Parker Rain, who will soon be 2. After I ship them off to daycare, I hustle on Ritual Island programming. Ritual Island is a Movement and Wellness collective, co-created by Dr. Emily Bennett ND and myself. Together we are interested in building self-awareness and community by creating accessible and inclusive experiences or offerings through decolonized wellness platforms. After a day of teaching, dreaming and manifesting, I put my mama&wife hat back on and hustle keeping our family well and connected.
What's your MISFIT love story?
I found MISFITSTUDIO shortly after I was introduced to Pilates. Prior to, I was a pretty “indoctrinated” yogi. Yoga. Only. After having River, it became clear to me that my movement practice needed a major overhaul. I decided to explore other studios. MISFIT is a stone’s throw away from my former home-studio. The moment I walked in, met Amber and experienced her approach, I knew it was time for me to pack up and move in.
What is it that drew you to MISFIT?
Everything. The loud music. The artful space. The focus on the JOY of movement rather than the specifics. It was also the first time that I witnessed how a mindful movement practice can remain sacred yet be against the grain. It was the first time I experienced my embodied spiritual practice outside of the conventional environment of Om symbols and sanskrit. And it felt more real for me. More authentic to who I am and what my values are.
Favourite MISFIT class?
Amber’s Fusion. I don’t go often. But when I do go, I cry every time. I straight up find Goddess within me. And I think that’s why I don’t go often, because that shit is soooo real. Such powerful medicine.
Fondest memory from a MISFIT experience?
Ouuffff. Too many. As a teacher, as a student of the MISFITMETHOD, there have been countless memories that I hold dear. One stand-out though, is having River and Parker with me at the Ossington studio one Sunday before my class. When they discovered the closet of squishy balls, they lost their minds. They emptied out the closet, ran around the studio and made every student that walked in laugh. Pure joy.
Who inspires you and why?
My children. They are my most impactful teachers. My mama. The hardest working woman I know. My sister. So committed to staying in alignment with her dreams. My friend and teacher Cecily, who’s knowledge of the body is mind-blowing. And of course, Amber. Encouraging people to step in and step up. To go where it’s scary and watch it transform into beauty. The way she teaches, runs her business and cares for her community, is unparalleled by any other studio owner I know.
What do you do to stay grounded?
You mean, other than binge eat croissants? Kidding, not kidding. I’m a jungle mama. Tending to my plants and flowers every morning, regardless of the family chaos that every morning holds, is my meditation. I mist them, water them, touch them, breathe with them. They bloom and grow anew for me. They remind me that Spirit is in everything.
What was your biggest learning in the MISFITMETHOD Teacher Training?
That I have a voice. I have things to say. And to stay true to that voice. To use the platform of teaching movement as a way to affect change. I’ve taken many trainings before MISFITMETHOD. But it was only after the MISFITMETHOD Training that I felt a fire light within me, untapping a confidence I didn’t realize was there.
How has the MISFITMETHOD influenced your new teacher training endeavour with Ritual Island?
In so many ways. Taking the MISFITMETHOD training unlocked the confidence within me to take the leap and do it. It’s the only training I’ve taken that had the students practice teaching right away, so that is a teaching tool I’m using in the Ritual Movement Method Training. I also LOVE the deck of movements that Amber created. I found it such an effective way to learn moves and sequence classes. I’ve created a deck as well, culminating all the yoga poses and movement exercises I feel the most connected to from the 11 trainings I’ve taken. And probably most importantly, the emphasis for the individual to find what works for THEM. To make the training an individual journey for each student rather than dogma.
Favourite self-care ritual?
I take monthly pedicures. Once a month, I get to tune out of my hustle and let my hard working feet be tended to.
What's your spirit animal?
Eeeps - don’t want to answer this question. I read an article recently where an indigenous woman took great offense to the de-sacralization and appropriation of this very important cultural practice to her community.
If you could develop any superpower, what would it be and why?
To be able to travel anywhere in the world in a blink of an eye. I have such a hunger for experiencing culture, but damn travel is expensive, takes its toll on Mama Earth, and I’m rolling deep with my husband and 2 boys.
If you could hop on a plane to vacation anywhere tomorrow, where would it be?
Brazil. No real reason, other than I’ve feel called.
What gives you strength?
My community. The people that show up repeatedly to my classes, refuelling my faith in my gift. The friends I’ve made here in Hamilton. I feel held by them. They are true gems.
What qualities do you value the most?
To be honest with oneself – what one needs, what one wants, what needs to change, what needs to flourish. To be honest to those around you, representing oneself in a true and authentic way as one relates to the world in a true and authentic way.
If you could give your younger self one piece of wisdom, what would it be?
You are perfect. You have everything you need. You are enough. Haters gonna hate, but just keep vibing love.
What does being a MISFIT mean to you?
It means doing ME, without abandon. It means stepping into my truth and staying committed to it, regardless of convention or status quo.
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.