Soul Academy
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Meet Our Amazing Educators

Mike Wisniowski

Biography:

My name is Mike Wisniowski, and I have been a fitness professional for over four years and an educator for over six. I consider fitness and wellness one of my true passions--what started as a sports fanaticism in my youth quickly evolved into an obsession with wanting to know how to achieve peak performance, be it in an athletic competition, artistic performance or everyday activity. Also, after five years teaching teenagers how to appreciate Shakespeare in classrooms, I've discovered much prefer teaching adults in gyms, outdoors and online! (Though I still do teach English Language classes from time to time...) When the COVID-19 pandemic first shut the doors of gyms and studios all over the world, I, like many of you, was struggling to find ways to keep active while stuck at home; I can only imagine how difficult it must be for those of us who did not regularly exercise before these drastic changes. That's why, in the months where I was not at my gym, I dedicated myself to learning, certifying myself, and growing my expertise in dynamic ways of working out outside of the gym, including TRX, Stick Mobility, and the movement system I'm most excited to share with the Soul Academy family: Animal Flow. This quadrupedal, bodyweight-based program is, in my opinion, one of the most incredible ways to exercise I have ever come across and has led both myself and my clients to accomplish fitness goals initially thought impossible. I truly hope you will join myself and other burgeoning Flowists in my Animal Flow classes, but if you want to chat fitness, wellness, nutrition or anything else, feel free to reach out! I am thrilled to join this incredible community and look forward to helping you achieve your ideal self!

Specialization:

Animal Flow (L2 Instructor); Bodyweight exercise (including TRX & Stick Mobility); Personal Training and Fitness Coaching (CanFitPro, DTS Level 1); Nutrition Coaching (Precision Nutrition L1, L2 pending)

Emily Lewis

Biography:

Hi! I'm Emily and I help people reduce stress, get unstuck, and wake-up to their lives using Mindfulness Meditation! I am a fully qualified Mindfulness Teacher and I hold a MSc in Mindfulness-Based Interventions from the School of Psychology at University College Dublin. I am also a member of the Mindfulness Teachers Association of Ireland (MTAI) where regularly attend 'Mindfulness in Action' meetings with other members to discuss ways to promote diversity and inclusion in our field. I adhere to the standards set down by the MTAI including regularly attending meditation retreats, teacher-trainings, and supervision. I believe that a healthy mind helps create a healthy body, and vice versa. I am passionate about where neuroscience meets Mindfulness and 'how' it actually works, debunking the myths about Mindfulness, and most of all, using Mindfulness as a therapeutic tool for stress and anxiety. Mindfulness is not a fix-all pill but we can get closer to the root of a lot of our stress by learning how to not expel so much energy pushing away the bad and holding onto the good in our lives. In other words, we can reduce stress by changing how we RELATE to the stress. Additionally, I am stoked about neuroplasticity and resilience! We CAN do something differently. We can train the mind the same way we can train our bodies! We ALL have the capacity within us to cultivate this skill, all we need is an open-mind, a willingness to show-up, and consistency. My intention is to give back to the community by making Mindfulness as accessible as possible and providing individuals with tools for better managing many aspects of their lives including work, relationships, and self-care. Since finishing the masters program in 2019, I have worked with diverse populations including youth, seniors, Psychologists, Corporate businesses, and folks recovering from addictions. I came into this field after discovering the extensive psychological research suggesting the benefits of using Mindfulness as a therapeutic tool during my BA in Psychology. In 2014 I started cultivating a daily meditation practice and began seeing how stuck I was in all sorts of automatic and unhealthy habits, repeating cycles, and maladaptive coping mechanisms that I had never seen before. I quickly realized, 'Wow! This stuff works and there's a lot of work to be done!' Since then my Mindfulness journey has been one of cultivating compassion, personal healing, and self-development. Mindfulness has not only changed my life (and continues to) but has changed the lives of people around me; when we resource ourselves we have a greater capacity to help support others. I am certain that there is space for fun, humour, silliness, and tons of honesty within Mindfulness training. I believe that connecting with my clients and sharing our human-ness together is the magic that can support us both. We are truly in it together; we ALL (including me) have minds that have minds of their own and we can do something about it! I offer Mindfulness training both 1-to-1 and in groups. I facilitate Drop-in Mindfulness sessions, 4-week Introductory Mindfulness courses, and the ‘Gold Standard’ of Mindfulness training which is the heavily researched 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course. Currently, all of these sessions are hosted online via Zoom. I am looking very forward to meeting you soon! Please feel free to drop me a line at [email protected] if you have any questions. Emily x

Specialization:

Mindfulness | Meditation | Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction | Evidence-Based Courses | Meditation Retreats | Drop-Ins | 1-to-1 |Groups

Monique Shapiro

Biography:

I'm a certified personal trainer with a focus in TRX Training modalities. My specialty is in women's fitness and coaching women, specifically women over 40. My clients are women with fitness goals to feel better and move better and tend to be in their 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s.

Specialization:

FUNctional Fitness, helping women move better and feel better by coaching them through personalized and progressive programs for strength, mobility, and flexibility, improving overall fitness and wellbeing. Canfitpro Personal Trainer Specialist TRX Training Advanced Group Training, TRX Sports Medicine, TRX Yoga, TRX Group Training, TRX RIP Training Precision Nutrition Level 1 Canfitpro Health and Wellness Specialist YogaFit for Seniors YogaFit Back YogaFit Level 2

Andrea Brozik

Biography:

Mother, wife, proud member of the Canadian Armed Forces, and a Yoga Instructor. Being a lifelong learner, I continue my studies toward a Personal Trainer Certificate and am currently finishing up my Barre Teacher Training. I look forward to the day I can fully incorporate that concept to my practice and offerings. My goal is to encourage a deeper sense of confidence in my students and I strive for everyone to leave class feeling empowered, inspired, and excited for more movement in their lives. I aim to create a safe, non-competitive space where students can take the time they need to really show up for themselves. I invite all skill levels to come move with me and welcome anyone who wants to have a little fun. Follow me on Instagram @yogafitandrea for fun videos/workouts.

Specialization:

Fitness based yoga for all levels. A blend of functional movement, stillness, strength, and flexibility.

Georgia Katsabanis

Biography:

Hi! I'm Georgia. Having endured back pain and imbalances from scoliosis surgery for many years, and finding healing through a committed Pilates practice, I am inspired to help people transform their lives through Pilates. There is nothing quite like the feeling of empowering bodies and influencing them to be their best version through educated movement. When I became a Comprehensive Pilates instructor, I decided to pursue my dream of owning a studio and I opened Infinite Wellness. My studio is located in the heart of downtown Kingston and is a Pilates studio that offers small group classes in mat, reformer, and barre, as well as private training. I love sharing Pilates and supporting my clients as they grow and learn on their own personal journeys. When not teaching Pilates, you can often find me with my bulldog Oddis, getting lost outdoors with my fiance, or amongst family and close friends. Reach out any time: [email protected] and I can't wait for our paths to cross!

Specialization:

Pilates (mat, reformer, springboard, barrel, cadillac) Barre

Tracy Wilson

Biography:

​For 20+ years the magic of yoga has been present in my life.  Through my personal practice and instruction of yoga, I have found a 'me' that I love - creative, curious, compassionate, caring, and calm.  Loving ourselves first is one of the most important pieces I have learned during my journey.  Yoga is simple, yet so profound.  I am constantly and continuously a student in awe of its magic. ​Tracy  E-RYT500

Specialization:

Yoga for all levels including - Yin, Hatha, Beginners, Power Vinyasa Flow, Wall Yoga

Stacey Hinch

Biography:

Hi! I am Stacey...although I have been in the fitness world for a lifetime, what encouraged me to complete my CANFIT Personal Training was working with a trainer myself. The energy of working with someone who had my best interests in mind encouraged me to delve into holding space for others. If you're like me and want to be held accountable, connect, and to work on or improve your physical health - I am the tough-love, dedicated kind of trainer you might be looking for. If you still are not sure we'd be a match, please send me an email at [email protected] so we can learn more about each other!

Specialization:

CANFIT Certified Personal Trainer

Ann Donachey

Biography:

With experience in a variety of athletics ranging from gymnastics to rugby and as an IFA certified personal trainer, my priorities as a movement educator focus on creating mobility and relaxing the strong bodies seized through Military service and conditioning. If you are a previous or existing member of the military looking for a tailored, confidential 1-on-1 training to recover from stiffness, tension, aches and chronic pains without losing strength: book in for a consult call through email [email protected] or hop right into my calendar to book today! https://soulacademywellness.com/teacher-account/profile/

Specialization:

Movement Educator and Mobility Specialist