Kailey and Jilaine are an incredible team whose partnership, which you will learn in this episode, started at horse camp many years ago when Jilaine was actually Kailey’s camp counsellor! Community, connection, accessibility, and inclusivity are their foundation for creating a space and place for people to move, learn, and grow.
Kailey & Jilaine are friends, family, and lovers of movement, people and deep connection. They believe in goodness, growth and that everything is better in community. They are both Mommas, each with two beautiful little humans, who are their reason to be better and to do better everyday.
Together they co-own Junction 9 Yoga & Pilates, a studio located in Calgary, Alberta, that was born out of a desire to create a space that focused on an inclusive community and on different people coming together with common goals, to connect, share and move together. Both movement teachers, Jilaine and Kailey share a love for encouraging others and helping people believe they are capable of so much more than they believe possible.
Listen in as we talk about:
- Teaching and learning at Junction 9. Kailey and Jilaine share how teaching and learning have impacted their business, growth and mission.
- The importance of core values. They share the importance of knowing your core values and how that has influenced the ways in which they teach movement.
- The power of connection. Kailey and Jilaine share their experience with the power of connection and making people feel welcomed and supported in their space.
- There is no one in the world like you. In a world full of different influences and perspectives, it’s important to discover your own special voice.
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TEACHING AND LEARNING AT JUNCTION 9
Kailey and Jilaine have learned a lot about teaching and leadership through their experience running a yoga studio. They believe that the expected challenges, such as teaching and getting everyone on the same page, are natural learning curves. However, they were surprised by the leadership role they had to take with their staff, front desk team, karma cleaning team, and contract teachers. They had to learn how to encourage people to engage with their business and be on the path with them while never losing their learning capacity and inquisitive nature.
Despite feeling like new business owners in their first few years, they had to step up and lead their team, which was something they could not have prepared for. They had to find a formula that worked and a vision that people wanted to be a part of. Overall, this experience has been a blessing, allowing them to bring their vision to life in a different way beyond just teaching classes.
THE IMPORTANCE OF CORE VALUES
The guiding force behind the decision-making at their studio is accessibility, inclusivity, connection, and community. Kailey and Jilaine want everyone who steps through their doors to feel supported, welcome, and included. Taking that first step to try something new is a big deal, and they want to make it as easy as possible for people to do so.
Inclusivity and accessibility may sound like buzzwords, but the studio wants everyone to feel like they belong. They understand the feeling of being nervous and anxious when trying something new and want to make sure that once people make it through the front door, they feel cared for and included. Creating a community where everyone looks out for each other is essential to their core values. Ultimately, they want to encourage people to develop a wellness routine and come back to their studio by offering a welcoming and supportive environment.
THE POWER OF CONNECTION
“What we have created is an incredible community and watching that community band together and support one another makes us realize that our success is so much greater.” ~ Kailey Beddoe
Kailey and Jilaine discuss the importance of connection and community in their fitness classes. They believe that when people feel seen and connected with, they work harder and show up differently for themselves and others. They credit their teachers and front desk staff for making the effort to get to know the community and create a welcoming atmosphere.
They also discuss the rewarding experience of being a teacher and helping people see their strength and potential. They believe in assuming the best intent in their students and clients and looking for the best in them. They see this as an opportunity to create a positive and supportive environment that encourages growth and development.
THERE IS NO ONE IN THE WORLD LIKE YOU
“There is no one in the world like you. Identify the things that make you tick and that inspire you to the place where you have the confidence to speak about them.” ~ Jilaine Beddoe
In a world full of different influences and perspectives, it’s important to discover your own special voice. We get inspired by different people and see ways to make the world better and connect with others more effectively. Your voice might not sound like what your teacher taught you, but this different insight gives you a fresh perspective and a new way of looking at things.
When we find a catalyst that shapes everything we do in a way that’s unique to us, that’s what people will want to see. They don’t want us to take things from others and pretend they’re our own. We can take inspiration from others, but our own voice is what really connects with people. If it doesn’t, they’ll look for someone else who does. When we work towards finding our own voice, we can help people when they need it and find help when we need it. We can do this by using our unique gifts.
RAPID FIRE QUESTIONS
What is something that you would love to learn about or something that you would love to learn how to do?
What is a place that is at the top of your travel bucket list?
What is a book, podcast, or TV show that you have enjoyed recently?
TV Show: Ted Lasso
- Podcast: The Skinny Confidential
Podcast: Pilates Elephants
- Book: Impossible Odds by Jessica Buchanan
If you could sit down and have a conversation with someone that you would love to learn from, who would it be?
Jilaine: Carolyn Myss
Kailey: Raphael Bender
1:00 Meet Kailey and Jilaine
2:40 Kailey and Jilaine’s story
9:20 Kailey and Jilaine share how teaching and learning have been a part of the work that they do at Junction 9 in both expected and unexpected ways
18:55 Kailey and Jilaine talk about their core values and how these influence the way they teach movement
29:05 Kailey and Jilaine discuss how teaching movement is the same as and different from more traditional styles of education
35:40 Kailey and Jilaine reflect on their favourite teachers
42:05 What Kailey and Jilaine are most proud of looking back on their journeys so far
48:55 Kailey and Jilaine answer some rapid fire questions
54:25 Kailey and Jilaine’s words of wisdom