Co-Founder & Director, Spirit Loft Movement Centre
Enjoyed-endured a 10-year career as a professional football player in the Canadian Football League achieving numerous accolades including Grey Cup Champion and Team Captain. Graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University (B.A. Communications) after a 4-year career as a student-athlete where he garnered 2-time All-Canadian and team MVP honours.
Co-Founder & Director of Movement & Mindfulness programming at the Spirit Loft Movement Centre, Toronto’s east end movement and mindfulness studio and community. Founded in 2011.
Personal Trainer & Movement Educator
Trainer and teacher in the field of movement and athletic development for over 18 years. Studied and mentored through a diverse and elite set of coaches and trainers in the arts of athletic development, track & field, strength & conditioning, gymnastics and even dance. Andre uses his rich athletic experience and specialized trainings through The Prague School of Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS), the Dr. Stuart McGill Method, Agatsu and Fighting Monkey/Rootless Root as foundational tools to skillfully assess, train and help human beings in the fields of sport-specific performance, rehabilitation and optimization for life.
As a mindfulness facilitator and Dharma Chingu (Friend of the Dharma), educated and mentored through Zen training at Empty Mountain Sangha mentored by Poep Sa Frank Jude Boccio. Andre facilitates the teachings and practices of the mindfulness tradition from a naturalistic, scientific and empirical understanding. As a program facilitator and mentor lead with the New Leaf Foundation, he is skilled at delivering mindfulness-based life skills practices to support youth and their caregivers in fostering mental-emotional regulation and resilience in under-served communities throughout the Greater Toronto Area.
Peak Performance Mindset Coach
As a mindset and peak performance coach Andre works hand-in-hand with elite athletes and professional sports organizations to develop unique and personalized mind training programs to assist in the development of the mental skills necessary for the high stakes and high pressure arenas of sports performance. His list of clients include CFL, NHL, AHL and Olympic level athletes and organizations.