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Our Instructors

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Carlos Concepcion, Founding Instructor

Q: Tell me about your career path and how it led you to fitness.
A: I was unhappy in a previous job and was looking to do something that was meaningful and impacted people’s lives in a positive way.
I was always active growing up and movement was always something that made me happy and changed my outlook on life & My mom is a Pilates instructor and watching her be passionate about her career pointed me in the right direction of wanting to be in fitness. I’ve never been happier because of what I do.

Q: What is something unique/ weird about yourself that someone would never guess? It can be nothing or multiple traits by all means
A: I’m really bad at small talk. But launch into a deep personal conversation with me and I will have so much more to say.

Q: What do you want to accomplish while teaching at MBP?
A: I want to be able to reach a broader spectrum of people and to be able to impact their lives in the same positive way I give my personal training clients.

Q: What’s your ideal meditative environment?
A: By the ocean. I’m an island boy. I grew up around water. Nothing gives me a greater sense of peace than sitting by an ocean.


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Andrew Samuels, Founding Instructor

Q: Tell me about your career path and how it led you to fitness.
A: I had a previous life as an attorney before pivoting into fitness. I was unfulfilled and uninspired and wanted to do something that aligned with who I was and who I wanted to become. I found that in fitness and coaching.

Q: What do you want to accomplish while teaching at MBP?
A: I want to use movement to facilitate connection. I want to create an environment where people can share a physical and emotional experience that leaves them connected with each other and more connected with themselves.

Q: What’s your ideal meditative environment?
A: Brooklyn Heights promenade.

Q: What is one workout movement that you dread or struggle with?
A: Anything that requires balance, I'm extremely unbalanced.

Q: If you had one last meal, what would it consist of?
A: Pineapple, all day.

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Kendra Thomas, Founding Instructor

Q: Tell me about your career path that led you into fitness, and why.
A: I've always been an athlete, but I thrived as a competitive swimmer because it required a different kind of calm and focus than other sports. I enjoyed the physical challenge, and I loved that it was just me and the water once the race began. When I switched from swimming to acting I needed something physical that also helped me calm my mind, and I found yoga. With yoga, I was able to help train the mind and the body, and I plan to further that ability at Mind Body Project.

Q: What is something unique/ weird about yourself that someone would never guess? It can be nothing or multiple traits by all means
A: I am very double jointed and have a few fun "party tricks" that I can do with my arms.

Q: What do you want to accomplish while teaching at MBP?
A: MBP offers exactly what I have been looking for. We live in a chaotic city/world and MBP gives me the platform to help people grow mentally and physically.

Q:What’s your ideal meditative environment? It can be on a hammock in Bali or on your fire escape in BK...anything
A: Sitting on a beach post-swim, in the grass post-run, or at the summit of a mountain I've just climbed.

Q: What is one workout movement that you dread or struggle with?
A: Burpees...the worst!

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