Yoga Teacher of the Month: Kayla Wolthoff

Welcome to our Teacher of the Month series! Each month, we’re going to feature one of the studio teachers so that you can learn a little more about them.

Our first featured teacher is Kayla Wolthoff!

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1) How long have you been practicing and why/how did you start?

I have been practicing since 2013 and I started because the studio I lived by was offering a free week of classes... 7 days later I was hooked!

2) What is your teaching style?

My goal for every class is to be as authentic as possible. I want students to know the poses or exercises that I too struggle with so it's more relatable. I would also say I try to keep it fun!

3) What advice would you give to someone who has never taken a yoga or barre class but wants to?

You have nothing to lose and everything to gain! Try it out and ask questions!

4) How are you looking to advance your personal practice this year?

Honestly, I just want to make it to more classes. Specifically, for yoga, I really want to work up to a handstand.

We’re with you there, girl!

5) Tell us a about your favorite way to practice, train, or teach!

My favorite classes are ones where I feel extremely connected with the entire class. Whether that's through laughing, cracking jokes are even crying, my number one goal is that connection. It's what drove me to teach in the first place.

One thing is for sure—Kayla certainly brings a lot of passion and excitement to her classes. Her style of teaching reflects her personality so well, and we know you’ll love her!

If you’re interested in taking class with Kayla, you can find her teaching Barre on Sunday mornings at 9:15 am.

Stay tuned for our next teacher spotlight next month. If you have any questions for our future spotlights, let us know in the comments below and we’ll ask!

Meet Brittany!

You may have taken several of her classes at Home Yoga & Barre - let's face it, you probably have. Brittany is a great team player and fills in for us ALOT! We love her and so do many of you, but how much do you know about her? That's why we started this series, introducing Brittany to YOU!

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1. How long have you been a yoga teacher?

I have only been teaching yoga for 6 months. Though I am new to teaching I feel I'm exactly where I should be. 

2. What brought you to yoga?

I was introduced to yoga by a relative who also teaches at Home Yoga & Barre , Tom. It was love at first down dog. Shortly after I found my passion for yoga, my sisters health, which was already a struggle, drastically took a turn for the worse. We lost her. I then dedicated my practice to her and promised myself to help others the way I wish I could have helped her. This mission led me to become certified to teach yoga and share my findings with those who share my passion. 

3. How has yoga changed you? Physically and/or mentally.

Yoga has changed my life physically, mentally, and spiritually. Yes, I'm healthier physically but mentally, I am also grounded. I feel like I can "hold it together ", live with less anxiety, and just breathe.  

4. What intrigued you about teaching at Home Yoga & Barre?

The environment of Home Yoga & Barre is truly like no other. I walk into this studio and relief overcomes me. Alyssa and Jonelle have created such a place that's not just another studio or a class at a gym. The other instructors are also a huge contribution to its "home like" comfort. 

5. What's your favorite post class meal or snack?! 

I can eat the bark off a tree after a good yoga practice (so I'll eat anything in my path!) 

6. Complete this phrase..."On a typical Saturday you can find me..."

On a typical Saturday you can find me anywhere my loved ones are ♡. 

Join Brittany on Thursdays at 5:30PM for Intermediate Yoga, Sundays at 7PM for Yin/Yang, and Mondays at 5:30PM for Intermediate Yoga!

Meet Joy!


You've seen her name on the schedule the last two months. You've thought about possibly coming to Pilates & Barre on a Thursday night, but something else came up. Maybe you've come to Joy's classes before, and you've loved them - but you don't know much about her. 

We are bringing Joy to YOU! Learn a little more about our instructors on our blog every so often as we interview and introduce them to you in a different way! You may learn something about them you wouldn't have expected! :)


1. How long have you been a Pilates and barre instructor?

I've been teaching Pilates for almost 5 years.  I always used many Barre moves in my Pilates classes, but just recently began teaching Barre.

 

2. What brought you to teaching Pilates?

I fell in love with Pilates over 10 years ago.  Fitness was just becoming part of my life and I broke my foot.  As I was healing I began doing different Pilates videos at home to just get moving and somewhat active again.  I couldn't believe how long and lean it made me feel.  Over the course of a few months I noticed the strength in my core and everywhere else and my flexibility was remarkably improved.  I also loved the feeling of finally mastering a move I never thought I could and that I always had to modify.  I always explain to my students how important the modifications are...they truly make you stronger.  I simply had to share my love of this practice with others and that's why I decided to get certified.  

 
3. How has Pilates and barre changed you? Physically and/or mentally. 


Pilates has certainly changed me both physically and mentally.  Physically I am so much stronger than I was before I starting practicing.  The strength I built in my core as a result of Pilates, made so many other types of fitness doable for me.  I am also much more confident and I am very happy and proud of my body.  Before I discovered my love for Pilates, my weight was a constant struggle.  Pilates changed that.  In addition to the physical benefits I reaped many mental ones.  I learned the importance of patience. 

Next, I learned the importance of consistency  and perseverance.  I needed all those things to practice Pilates at the level I do today and that carries over to daily life.      


4. What intrigued you about teaching at Home Yoga & Barre?

After taking a few months off from instructing I was so excited to join the team at Home Yoga & Barre.  I couldn't wait to get back and share my love of of yoga, barre and Pilates with others.  I absolutely love the way the studio is so involved in the community that it is located in.  I think that's so important.  Of course, I also looked forward to working with Jonelle and Alyssa and meeting new friends in fitness.    


5. What's your favorite post class meal or snack?! 

This is a tough one!  I usually make protein shake that combines protein powder with frozen berries, spinach, almond milk and flax-seed.  Currently I am also obsessed with Quest protein bars, the chocolate peanut butter is my favorite!    


6. Complete this phrase..."On a typical Saturday you can find me..."

On a typical Saturday you could find me spending time with my husband, our families, or our friends.  I normally get up and get my workout done in the morning so I have the rest of the day to do what I need to.  My husband and I are big football fans, so during football season you could find us watching Penn State!  


Join Joy this Thursday evening at 7pm for Pilates & Barre! Why not try something new and get ready for the weekend?!