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Instructor Spotlight: Katelyn Page

We are thrilled to have Katelyn Page back with us,  teaching Barre and Yoga. We asked her a few questions about her motivations as a teacher, her teaching style, and the importance of community.

FHC: You teach different types of classes, such as Barre and Yoga. What are the benefits of practicing a variation of classes?

KP: I love Yoga and I love Barre and they each give different challenges physically and mentally, and I think that’s important.  A well-rounded approach works best in the fitness world. Each class has a different intention. With Barre, there’s a big emphasis on muscle endurance. With yoga, there’s more emphasis on stretching and growing flexibility. It’s important to find different ways to gain muscle strength, cardio-respiratory endurance, flexibility, muscular endurance, and of course intentional nutrition. When the goal is optimal results, it’s important to find the well rounded cross-training experience.

FHC: How did you start teaching yoga?
KP: I fell in love with yoga when I was young. My mom has scoliosis and so we would do some yoga together in our living room. I was drawn to how powerful I felt breathing with intention, and to how strong I felt holding postures. Armed with this appreciation, my relationship with yoga grew the more I practiced. Once I decided to take the leap and take teacher training, I haven’t really looked back since.

FHC: What inspires you most about teaching?

KP: My students. Seeing their progress each week inspires me to be better. There’s such an incredible feeling when a student gets crow pose after weeks of practicing. Or seeing a student nail a V-Sit Ball Exchange. Experiencing that communion together feels spiritual. A lot of my students have become my closet friends, and it’s just because we both show up each week. I am genuinely honored to be teaching and it’s been so humbling to meet so many amazing individuals.

FHC: Why do you emphasize community in your classes?

KP: I have never tried to incorporate community, inclusion has always come naturally for me. Many students come to the same classes each week, and we see the same faces each time. We experience a class together, and if you’ve taken my classes then you know it’s a challenge, and we are all struggling together. To me, it feels natural to show encouragement to each other, or interact and acknowledge that we are all experiencing something together. At the beginning of each Barre class, I have my students introduce themselves to their neighbors and instantly the mood in the classroom shifts from a very intense and solemn vibe to a more playful, friendly, and inclusive experience. It’s hard to make friends as an adult, and I understand that for many, life is really freaking hard, and sometimes lonely. Taking the time to create a sense of community, to know that we’re not alone, it’s important.

FHC: For those that haven’t taken your classes yet, what do you want them to know?

KP: In my classes, you can expect a playful and challenging class, where you can come as you are. I try to let loose, have fun, and will probably dance during class. Oh, and I play fun music that you’ll want to dance to too. Life is way too short not to celebrate! I want my students, new and old, to know that I think they are important, that they matter a great deal, and that showing up is enough. My only expectation for you is to be kind. To those around you, but also to yourself.

Instructor Spotlight: Meet Janell Hartman

Janell Hartman, true to her name, has a big heart. She has been teaching Vinyasa Yoga at FHC since we first started six years ago.  In the early years, she volunteered with us, while we got established.  Her knowledge, experience, and love for the art of yoga have been a life-changing for many. Besides her involvement with the FHC, she is spreading her love and knowledge of yoga to critical programs like Yoga Behind Bars and offers Teacher Trainings in the Seattle area. Basically, Janelle is a rock star and we wanted to share a few things about her with you all.

What drew you to volunteer to teach with Yoga Behind Bars?

Early 2013 I happened to answer a call for help one evening at a friend’s restaurant when one of their servers was sick. They were hosting a fundraiser for Yoga Behind Bars and one of the guest speakers was a former inmate who had been released from prison a couple of years prior. She shared how the yoga classes and teachers had impacted her life inside and helped her integrate when she got out. I was moved to tears. That was it for me. I got involved right away.

What inspires you the most about teaching in prison?

There are very few folks who ever get to know themselves as well as those who’ve been to very dark places, have been ostracized, and experienced profoundly deep conflict. When that degree of darkness is navigated and transformed, the light of that redemption can guide a suffering world into balance. I witness the power of ethics and soul development at the core of the ancient Yogic teachings changing these guys in a big way. They’re forging true freedom independent of their circumstances. They’re turning around and sharing it. That inspires me.

What else are you up to?

I conduct teacher trainings for Yin and for Restorative yoga a few times per year here in Seattle and out at Breitenbush Hotsprings. My main work is at the Tummy Temple, a wonderful naturopathic healing center where I am a colon hydrotherapist and electro-lymphatic therapist. I’m also their director of outreach and education. I teach a free community class on a different practical natural health topic every first Thursday of the month at Tummy Temple. Hop on our website and check out our services and happenings!

Cookies, foam, yoga and self-defense

So, not only does FHC care about you when you’re here, but we care about you when you’re not here. That’s why we’re offering free self-defense classes with our amazing and world-class instructor, boxing phenom and creatively hilarious Manny Dunham this month. Learning self-defense and knowing how to protect yourself and others is an essential skill. As Manny would say- “touche touche”.

Self-Defense Workshops w/ Manny

SATURDAY December 17th, 2016 FREE to members & public
Pick your time:  1:15-2:00pm OR 2:15-3:00pm
We don’t do things “by the book” here at FHC. That’s why we’re totally loving Katelyn’s fun and charming “Cookies class” class. It’s the best part of getting your Zen focus on, combined with your favorite part of a bake sale-the cookies. Remember, no nuts. Milk mustache optional.

MONDAY December 12th, 2016 — FREE to members

Cookies & Yoga! w/ Katelyn

Bring a dozen “no-nuts” cookies & get some in exchange!

6-7:00pm POWER VINYASA YOGA (& cookies!)

7:30-8:30pm Level 2 POWER VINYASA YOGA (& cookies!)

 

Life isn’t all about cookies yoga and self-defense, you know! We strive to give everyone balance and power too. Teagan Callaway, our resident science guy/strong man is preaching the benefits of foam rolling. I know that since he has shown several of us around the gym the proper techniques, it has changed the way we work and recover.
I can also personally attest to the strength gained from his power-lifting workshops also. Neither are required, but both are absolutely worth the time and effort.
SATURDAY (12/10)
Teagan will be doing FREE workshops:
1:30-2:30 – Foam Rolling & Mobility
2:45-3:45 – Power Lifting

Rooftop Classes, Barre, Yoga, and Bodyweight with a View of Lake Union!

We now offer some of our Barre, Yoga, and Bodyweight classes on the roof overlooking an amazing view of Lake Union. Shade and sun can be found up there, and we always provide sunscreen! This is a unique experience to the Fremont Health Club, and an excellent treat for our members. For any rooftop class meet in the lobby by the front desk and walk up as a class.

 

Rooftop Schedule: (when weather permits)

Tuesday Vinyasa Yoga with Katelyn 5:30-6:30pm

Wednesday Yoga Sculpt with Cassie 5:45-6:45pm

And classes with Kris often end up heading up there! 🙂

What is Viniyoga?

Viniyoga is a highly adaptable, meditative style of yoga that coordinates movement with breath to improve both physical and mental health. It is a uniquely healing form of yoga and can be used by people of all levels and physical abilities, including those with limited mobility. Each student is given tools to individualized and actualize their process of self-discovery and personal transformation.

Viniyoga stresses the function of posture (asana) over form – the purpose is to serve each unique individual. Therefore an appropriate form varies from person to person. breathing is linked to movement and students movie in and out of a posture before staying for any length of time. This gives the body time to prepare and compensate. And there is less of a tendency to go too deep or stay too long in any give posture. Therefor the use of props is very limited.

If you’d like to learn more about Viniyoga please join Heidi for class on Sunday’s at 10:00 a.m. in our group exercise room.

Looking forward to seeing you! Meet Heidi