Our Personal Trainers

Brian Azarian

As an evolving human, I believe that everyone has the potential to grow and live a more fulfilling life. I’ve learned that things will always change and detaching from the outcome of the future is the key to being present. As I have evolved, so have my beliefs in fitness/movement, as they will continue to do so along this journey. I only wish to share my experiences with those who are no longer complacent in life, that are seeking something greater than what they now know. Whether it is obtaining health and happiness, personal development, confidence, mind-body awareness and control, or spirituality; ultimately, the burning desire to progress in life is what we all share in common in the learning environment at Connect LLC.

My path has lead me to exploring my body through all sorts of ways: sports, bodybuilding, powerlifting, yoga, dance, music, natural movement, physical labor, and every moment in between every activity of the day. In a nutshell, I used to believe exercise was something that needed to be scheduled on my calendar and every other minute of the day was considered “busy time” that I wasn’t able to workout. I used to push through severe pain in my body and constantly criticize how I looked in the mirror, punishing myself in the gym day after day, trying to get everything just perfect. Eventually, at age 27 my body broke down and I could no longer workout or move to degree I wanted to. I was losing my identity (or so I thought) and I had accepted that my physically active life was over…Little did I know, it was just the beginning of a something new.

 

With no help from the medical community to solve my pain, and no other options left, I was in a place of full surrender to the universe and only then was I ready to start healing. Body workers, yoga instructors, movement gurus and folk of the embodied type began to enter my life and taught me lessons that lead to self empowerment and self awareness. Drastically improving my body awareness and relationship between my physical and emotional health, which comes hand-in-hand when healing the body. This shift has been the turning point in my life and the true start in becoming the most authentic version of myself that I intend to let shine far and bright. I am now more body-aware, present, happy, confident, capable, and moving better than ever before, totally free of pain. The aesthetics, strength and power, have only come secondarily to improving how I was moving.

 

Through the practice of movement we can increase our capabilities in moving better with more efficiency, boosting our confidence and allowing us to feel safe in our own bodies. When we feel safe, we are relaxed, happy and free of distracting thoughts. Ultimately allowing us to become present in the moment. Exercise isn’t something that we only do three times a week for sixty minutes, it can become movement during every second of the day. This requires dedication to the practice but with that dedication comes bounties of awareness and growth in all aspects of life. There is no end goal for the path of growth, only recognizing and enjoying the moments along the way.


Jill Provost

In much the same way that a snowstorm is made up of millions of individual snowflakes, my life is an accumulation of hundreds of decisions, some major and others seemingly minor. I have learned over the course of my life that each decision I make has one central thing in common: intuition. I am driven by instinct and how certain things make me feel. I live in tune with my body; I listen, wait, nurture, and crave the connection not only mind to body, but body to surroundings. Intuition has led me to many different aspects of fitness, but a life-altering change I made was in nourishing my body with real food. Unprocessed, made-from-scratch, whole food. The food that we eat is the foundation of our health. I believe in its power to heal, because I have experienced it firsthand. When I began to eat more mindfully, I noticed how much more energy I had to move. And I wanted to move. I felt incredible, and I was not the only one to notice. People responded to me differently and I soon realized that not everyone felt this amazing. In that realization, I developed a fierce need to help others become their most healthful self. I believe that everyone has the power to feel incredible. Everyone has the power to lead a pain-free (or pain-minimal) life. I’m excited to be a part of this journey for my clients and leading others to a healthful life is something that truly feels right. Health isn’t just what you put in your body or how much weight you lift. It’s a culmination of awareness, love, community, comedy, and connection. It’s a collection of snowflakes gathering together towards one singular purpose.


Tori Chartrand

For so long I thought in order to be happy I needed to look a certain way, work out a certain way, live a certain way… Little did I know, those thought patterns completely clouded my judgment.   I was spending tireless hours at the gym striving for a superficial acceptance of myself.  And the worst part…i felt awful.  it wasn’t until I started practicing yoga when I truly started to understand it’s not about what I look like or what others think of me, it’s about how I FEEL. Yoga taught me how to breathe, how to slow down, and how to connect with myself. It has and continues to guide me on my journey to live my best life and be the best version of ME.

Once I became a certified Yoga instructor I realized my calling was to help those around me find the same path that I had found.  I want people to feel what it’s like to connect with themselves, be present,  and teach the importance of taking time for themselves.

Our mobility is a gift that we have to consistently work at and never take for granted. When you learn how to truly move efficiently and effortlessly the possibilities are endless.  You don’t need to walk around constantly in pain, you don’t need to “just deal with” that nagging back injury you’ve been dealing with forever.  With some direction and a commitment to change, you can improve your quality of life and I’m here to help you on that journey.  In the busy lives that we all live, it is crucial that we take time for ourselves and realize that we deserve to focus on our individual needs as well as those around us.  Namaste.