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: 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.