Kevin looks to strength building to ensure optimal performance in his life, from taking his dog for a run in the crisp winter air to dodging punches in martial arts practice. For him, strength is critical in any sort of physical well-being.
Coach and Fitness Instructor at YYOGA
Favorite winter sport: Taking part in a little après ski
His dog: Chocolate Lab named Holly
How do you think power fits in with the yogi lifestyle?
It’s all about balance. Strength is a critical component to any sort of physical wellbeing. I see my classes as the yang side of YYOGA. Not that you can’t have yang practices in yoga, but people’s feedback has really clarified for me that my YSculpt and YExpress classes are the yang part of their practice.
People keep telling me that they’re noticing they’re more athletic after taking my class. The fitness format classes give the feeling that you have more to bring out on the hill, or on the ice, whatever they’re doing. It makes sense, you know, there’s principles to all this and without doing them you’re kind of breaking the laws and you can’t really get to where you wanna go unless you work through the things that are part of these classes. It means you’re going to sweat too much and feel gross but then feel really good on the other side.
People keep telling me that they’re noticing they’re more athletic after taking my class. The fitness format classes give the feeling that you have more to bring out on the hill, or on the ice, whatever they’re doing.
All of the challenges that we bring into this class help people get more out of the activities they want to do outside of it. Everyone feels like they’ve gotten to do what they want to do easier and maybe a little better than they thought they could before. I have a personal training client who couldn’t run, he had given up six months ago and he’s running now. He said he didn’t think he could do it so we focused on some stuff, worked on his balance, got him breathing differently. He came in and said “I ran a kilometre, my wife didn’t wait for me but I ran a kilometre.” I was so happy for him.
What’s your favourite restaurant?
The Greek by Anatoli. They play ‘90’s hip hop and R&B all night. Emma and I, that’s my Fiancée, it’s our spot. If we were to pick one place to bring friends it would be there.
What does balance mean to you?
Balance feels like the line between order and chaos. Being balanced means that things feel like they’re effortless and I know I’m close to balance when I’m not as aware of the time. In other words, balance means being in the zone. It’s like a little slice of heaven.
To make sure I’m balanced I ask myself, is this something I want to do? I actually ask myself every day in the morning, what could I do today to make today better? I try to do whatever that is.
Where is your favourite place to spend time outside during the winter?
To be honest, I don’t get out much in the winter. I go shopping, we’ll go out to Whistler. It’s more about the après-ski.
What’s your favorite way to sweat?
Honestly, martial arts! It’s meditative for me. There’s not a lot I can worry about when there’s a punch coming at my face. That’s the quickest way for me to get present.
What are you listening to right now?
I’m on soundcloud. Everybody should follow DJ Brandon Wade, just as a blanket statement. When people come up to me after class to ask about music, it’s always him. That’s the big money secret. For me, I draw from a mix. For example, I went and saw A Star is Born on the weekend and I was like, I want that soundtrack. I’m Carribean, I’m listening to a lot of afro-beats, music that remind me of my parents, maybe because the holidays are coming up. I don’t know, I’ve just stumbled into some different sounds. You’ll see in my classes, I like to mix it up.
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