Yoga Teacher of the Month: Katie Callahan

This month, we’re excited to feature Katie Callahan. It’s always a pleasure to have her in the studio teaching as a substitute barre instructor. Read on to learn more about Katie!

1) Tell us a little about yourself! 

My husband Adam and I have 3 incredible kiddos (Jake-14, Finn-12 and Gigi-8).  We live right here in West Pittston - walking distance to the Home studio!

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Every day I am fortunate to work with some of the most loving, positive people on the planet - 3 year olds! I'm a Preschool assistant teacher at Wyoming Seminary. So, needless to say my days are filled with laughter and surprises.

Almost 4 years ago my mother, who was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia, moved in with us.  The progression of her disease has been steady and thus my time devoted to teaching on a regular basis has been put on hold.  I'm beyond grateful to the Home community for keeping me a part of their family and for allowing me to sub in whenever needed.

2) How would you describe your teaching style?

I like to bring levity and fun to my classes. My music choices vary quite a bit and range from classic to pop to jazz to musical theater. You never know what you're going to get!

3) How did you get into teaching barre? 

The Home community is one of openness, encouragement and positivity, which is what drew me in a few years ago after taking my first barre class. It also inspired me to become a barre instructor.

4) What do you like most about your practice and teaching others?

I exercise and teach barre because of its core benefits - balance, strength and focus.  I'm certainly not an exercise guru, but what I practice means a great deal and has undoubtedly made me a healthier and happier person.

5) What is your favorite pose and why? 

Perhaps one of my favorite things to do in barre is to 'hold' a pose - whether it be a wall sit, an arm outreach, a calf raise or a stretch. I love encouraging students to focus, breathe and build their strength, and reminding us all that even (what seems) the simplest of movements/poses create great strength both physically and emotionally.

Come HOME. I promise you… it’s just what you need.

Watch for Katie subbing at the studio to take one of her classes!

Yoga Teacher of the Month: Brittany Gallup

We’re back with another teacher feature, this month highlighting Brittany Gallup! Learn more about Brittany below.

1) What drew you to practicing and teaching yoga?

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My love for yoga was perfectly accidental. A relative needed a student to practice teaching on and I was starting a healthier lifestyle. It was love at first Sun Salutation! 

Yoga started healing me in ways I didn't even intend to discover. I became less anxious which in turn granted me patience as I wasn't always on edge. I thought: "You need to share this!" My ambition to guide was born. 

2) Tell those who haven’t taken a class with you about your teaching style. 

My teaching styles vary. I try to create a casual community-like environment to ensure comfort on a social level.

My students’ personal goals being met is my priority so I will ask you “What would you like to work on today," "Is there a part of the body feeling especially tight.” or "Want me to kick your butts?" And, of course, humor. Everyone could always use a smile. (I try to be funny anyways.) 

3) What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about taking their first yoga or barre class?

To the "first-time" yogi,  we've all been the beginner. Don't fear judgement… fear not trying. It is not our abilities that show who we are but our choices. If you choose to show up and "they" choose to judge, their intentions are not pure and that's a "them" problem. 

4) In what ways are you looking to advance your personal practice this year?

I plan to advance my personal practice this year by doing nothing advanced.

5) Tell us about some of the other work you do for the studio! 

In addition to teaching at the studio I also post on our Facebook page, sub often, and try to help out wherever I can. We are a team at the studio and I am blessed to work alongside some lovely ladies. 

6) What’s your favorite yoga pose and why?

My favorite asana is Warrior 2. It is stable and strong. Meanwhile your crown is held high and your heart is open. You must maintain a fierce gaze at what lies ahead. Take your yoga with you when you leave your mat.

Namaste.

You can take class with Brittany on Mondays at 4:15 for Level 2 Yoga and on Thursdays at 5:45 for Yin Yoga.