Meet Our Team

Our team is young. Each and everyone of us is on a journey to become the best version of ourselves, allowing us to serve you in a dynamic and vibrant way. We do not have all the answers and we are not yet masters in our fields, but we will be. Our promise to you is that we will never stop learning, never stop asking why, and never stop the pursuit of mastery. We will take the skills we have at each and every stage of our journey and serve you to the best of our ability. Come reconnect with the basics.

Mind – Body – Universe

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Lukas Burella

Team Member

As a student of kinesiology, the human machine has always interested him more than anything in the world. The physical body, the mind and the spirit and how they all blend to form one beautiful being is the universe's greatest gift. Burella believes each and every one of us has the ability to live a life of health and happiness if we learn how to optimize our minds and bodies.

Kaizen (改善) is a Japanese word for continual improvement, a philosophy that Burella employs in all areas of his life. Put simply, Kaizen refers to the belief that one should aim to optimize and improve every aspect of his or her life. Always seeking a better way and never being completely satisfied is a key part of the Kaizen mentality.

Through Primitive Patterns, Burella hopes to allow others to find improvement in their lives through reconnecting to the universe and the basics of life, learning how to properly move and nourish the human body and living a life without limits through harnessing the power of the mind. Come reconnect with your mind, body, spirit and the universe at large.

Shayne River

Yoga and Mindfulness Team Member

Shayne grew up in the rural town of Ravenna, Ontario, where she discovered an immense passion for nature, community, and physical activity. Since then, she has remained curious about the synergistic connections between body, mind, and spirit. This curiosity inspired her to pursue academic degrees in Physical Therapy, Kinesiology, and Psychology, while also completing her 200 Hour Yoga Teacher certification in Vancouver, BC. Shayne has instructed yoga for many organizations on the west coast, including the UBC Yoga Club, Fast and Female Canada, Gathering Our Voices, UBC First Nations Longhouse, SisuGirls, and more. She appreciates the multifaceted benefits of a dedicated yoga practice, and saturates each of her classes with creative sequencing, authentic teachings, precise alignment cues, and opportunities for deep inquiry. Her mission is to empower her students to develop a sense of wonder for their bodies, their planet, and their universe.

Josh Burella

Team Member

Josh Burella is a 21 year old graduate of holistic nutrition and graduate of TEEX fire services. Josh has always been a silent leader and a protector of anyone in his circle. Over the past 4 years Josh has developed a deep love for the way the human body operates at a macro and micro level. Josh is currently studying strength and conditioning at Algonquin college. A side from Josh’s strong academic resume he also practices what he preaches exercising multiple times a week and being certified by ONNIT as a foundations instructor. Josh, like his twin brother Jake, also recently completed a 16 kilometre open water swim to raise money for mental health.

Check out their swim here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7dFrKluDQ5M

Cole Martin

Team Member

Cole Martin is a 23 year old University graduate currently continuing his education with Algonquin College to become a strength and conditioning professional, cole has also completed his level 1 CHEK health coach certification and plans to further continue studying the methods of Paul Chek. Aside from academics Cole also spent 3 years as a varsity lacrosse player with Brock University. During his time with Brock he played an important role in helping the team reach the National final two years in a row. Cole believes in continuous improvement and never settling for what conventional wisdom says is truth.

Tate Funston

Team Member

Tate is a 21 year old in his final year of Kinesiology at the University of Waterloo. Over the course of Tate’s undergrad he has been a strength and conditioning coach for several varsity sports teams. Aside from his work with varsity athletics Tate is also certified as a national strength and conditioning coach and plans to further his education studying physiotherapy. Tate has fully bought into the core values of the Primitive Patterns team and plans to be a team member for years to come, as he pursues mastery in his field.

Jacob Burella

Team Member

Jacob Burella is a 21 year old student finishing up his degree in medical science with plans to attend physiotherapy school within the next year. Jake is a dynamic hard working and loving human being. Jakes work ethic and love for the human body keeps everyone else on the team motivated to always push to learn more and never settle for average. In addition to Jake's strong academic resume he also practices what he preaches exercising multiple times a week and being certified by ONNIT as a foundations instructor. Jacob also recently completed a 16 kilometre open water swim to raise money for mental health.

Check out their swim here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7dFrKluDQ5M