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Andre Talbot

Director, Spirit Loft Movement Centre

Movement, Strength & Mindfulness Programs

In my own words…

I enjoyed a 10-year career as a professional football player in the Canadian Football League where I was able to achieve numerous accolades including Grey Cup Champion, All-Canadian and Team Captain.

Since retiring from the rigorous and grueling nature of athletic competition I have continued to explore, research and share in different disciplines of movement and stillness practices. This research and study has inspired me to share my lifetime of experience and dedicated practice with others, co-founding Spirit Loft Movement Centre, along with my wife Catalina, Toronto’s east end movement and mindfulness studio and community.

I have been working as a personal trainer and movement educator for over 18 years. And I have had the opportunity to study and learn from a diverse and elite set of coaches and teachers in the arts of athletic development, track & field, movement practice, strength & conditioning, mobility training, gymnastics and even dance. More recently I have studied and been inspired by the work and methods of Agatsu, Ido Portal, The Prague School of Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS), Dr. Stuart McGill, Fighting Monkey/Rootless Root, and Matt Nichol Training Systems, to name a few. This wealth of experience provides me with a very broad and deep set of tools and skills to work with human beings, whether it be for sport-specific applications, rehabilitation, or generalist movement practice.

My inner journey into the art of stillness and meditation began with an intensive yoga teacher training program at the Yandara Yoga Institute. I am inspired by and continue to study meditation, mindfulness and the Buddha dharma with my teacher and mentor Poep Sa (Dharma Teacher) Frank Jude Boccio, mindfulnessyoga.net. As a mindfulness facilitator and Dharma Chingu (Friend of the Dharma) it brings me great joy and happiness to explore the teachings and practices of the mindfulness tradition with individuals and groups.

I wholeheartedly feel that movement and stillness practices provide us with the tools to deepen and strengthen our relationships and help us to build a greater sense of connection, community, and well-being. For this reason, I have also served as a facilitator and mentor with the New Leaf Foundation, newleafyoga.org, a local charitable organization which offers programming that utilizes yoga and mindfulness-based practices to support youth and their caregivers in fostering emotional regulation and resilience in under-served communities throughout the Greater Toronto Area.

I look forward to sharing and practicing with you!

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