Katherine Quinlin – Never Judged, Always Accepted

by | Feb 24, 2022

I came to Alkalign many years ago because I was looking for a productive way to fill my time between the time when I finished work and my husband finished work. I didn’t want to just sit around waiting to fold laundry (side note: I thought there was a lot of laundry then but after two kids I can say that I was sorely mistaken.) What I found was good music, great education and an incomparable staff and community. 

Alkalign made me I feel like I could learn about my body at my own pace while being supported the whole way. What I thought would be like an exercise physiology flip book turned out to be a novel with infinite pages as I STILL am learning about my body, how it works and how to be the best partner with it in the trajectory of my life.

As I spent more time at the studio I felt a draw to be there, surrounded by happy, sometimes sweaty people. I worked the front desk and learned people’s names and made genuine connections; something I realized I was lacking outside of my work life. When I returned from traveling, the Alkalign folks showed concern that I hadn’t been there for that period of time. I felt seen. I felt special. I felt like I wanted to do more.

Then, AND THEN, a sage instructor approached me and asked me if I had thought about being an instructor. I had, of course, but I was terrified of failing, so I had passed on that thought. Then she uttered the magical phrases: “It will elevate your practice. If you can teach it, it will transform your understanding of it.” No truer words have been spoken. It has been the best decision I have made (aside from the choice of husband and birth of two girls). I became totally ingrained in the walls of Alkalign (look for my name on the wall as I literally mean that!). You get out what you put in, not only in terms of a workout but in almost everything. I put sweat, tears and overcoming my fear of public speaking into becoming an instructor and I have been rewarded 1000 fold. I have been supported through ten cycles of fertility treatment, two pregnancies, a pandemic and the resurfacing of my anorexia. I have never felt judged. I have only felt acceptance.

We all face our fair share of struggles (“sonder” is a concept I frequently revisit) and know I, too, am a work in progress.

I love Alkalign because it’s a safe place where I can show up as myself. I never feel ashamed of being me. I don’t feel I need to hide behind a fake, perfect image. I have split my pants twice during class and felt comfortable enough to just keep going. I have worn my shirt backward and inside out and just kept going. I have done glute bridges with a fussy baby on my chest and been totally embraced. I know that, no matter what, the Blue Crew has my back and I want my clients to know that I have theirs as well.

From managing your angst to improving your alignment and deepening your engagement (mental and physical), my goal is to help you forget about the outside world for the time you are in an , and to reenter the world with a little extra pep in your step and fire 🔥 in your glutes. I hope that you feel accomplished and good about yourself when you leave my class, and your experience sets you on a more positive trajectory for the rest of the day. Oh, and we *just may* have a little fun along the way too. 🙂

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Hi! I’m Erin and my passion in life is helping others feel better by helping them get out of their own head. So much of our relationship to food and fitness is a reflection of deeply rooted beliefs that were imprinted on us at a very early age. These beliefs drive all sorts of behaviors, many of which are not good for our physical or mental health. I know this first-hand. As a former calorie-counting cardio queen I played right into all the toxic messages about what it meant to be “healthy”. That all changed when I hit rock bottom. Since leaving my corporate career in 2009 I have been fully committed to shifting the narrative and helping people experience better physical health by unpacking unhealthy beliefs. My biggest inspiration are my two young daughters, who I hope to raise in a household that openly illuminates and addresses the misinformation instead of adopting it.

CONTACT ME: erin@alkalignstudios.com