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Team

Yoga and Barre has such a powerful effect on our minds, bodies, and hearts. We want to link up with other people who are having similar experiences. We are here to help build a community, create a team, and grow a family. This is our safe place and we hope to create that for you.

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Sam Williams

Before the age of five, Sam studied dance and gymnastics. She moved to Charlotte, NC in 2005 to purse her Bachelor's degree in Marketing. She began teaching competitive dance as well at core and fitness classes for both kids and adults. While transitioning from a student dancing 15 plus hours a week into a beginning her career as a teacher herself she was immediately drawn to barre and yoga classes as a adult to help prevent injury as well as continuing her own personal growth. Not only did she want to continue to build strength and flexibility as she grew older she also appreciated how many classes demonstrated vital aspects she learned as a child growing up. Shortly after starting her practice she learned the benefits were much more than physical healing and training and loved finding the mind body connection. Although, Sam's first love is dance she realizes now as an adult even more so how important strength, breathing, and listening to your body is essential to a happier healthier you! She is blessed to have the opportunity to help build the community of hot yoga, barre and hot barre, and fun dance classes to the Raleigh and surrounding area. Sam is also a RYT through Amazing Yoga with Sean and Karen Conley.


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Chris Young

Christopher Young is a passionate leader who strives to make a fundamental difference in the lives of those around him and in the growth and success of both of his companies. He is data driven financial manager with extensive experience in team leadership and development. The majority of his professional career has been dedicated to service as a Military Infantry Officer in the United States Marine Corps (USMC). Over his career in the USMC he has led over 300 Marines, as well as, many Afghan soldiers during multiple combat deployments in Afghanistan. These experiences molded him into a initiative driven leader, and have taught him the fundamentals of operational planning and execution. Additionally, over the years, he has come to love many of the challenges found outdoors as well as yoga. He is an avid hiker, skier, back-packer, and runner. He is also RYT certified through Amazing Yoga in Pittsburgh, PA.


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Kelsey Iani

Originally from New England, Kelsey moved to Raleigh in 2015. She started dancing at the age of 3 and has trained in a variety of dance genres including ballet, pointe, jazz, hip hop, modern, and tap. During her high school and college years, Kelsey taught dance classes, choreographed and performed. She also has enjoyed her experience as a former dancer of DanceWorks Boston, the city's largest performance-based dance organization for advanced and technically trained dancers. She has practiced yoga since high school and dove deeper into her practice at YoBa Studio in 2015. She completed yoga teacher training through Amazing Yoga based in Pittsburgh, PA. 

Kelsey truly enjoys being a part of YoBa Studio and to share her love and appreciation of yoga, dance and fitness. She became YoBa's Studio Manager in 2017. She hopes to create long-lasting connections with students and to encourage all students to try out a Yoga, Barre or YoBa class (or all 3)!


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Alison McKillip

Alison grew up playing competitive soccer and sports. During college, she was invited to attend a free yoga class on campus that happened to be a mix of vinyasa and yin style movements. This was the first time Alison was invited to move consciously without competing with peers or trying to meet expectations, which is refreshing after years of being coached and challenged to "beat out the rest!" Her early years of yoga practice helped cope with stress and anxiety from being an engineering student and has now evolved to being an adventurous tool to explore self potential and limits, both mindfully and physically. Her classes emphasize body alignment cues to garner a safe, lifelong practice where students build strength and elasticity throughout the journey.


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Allie Peyton

Allie was born and raised in Greenville, NC and just recently moved to Raleigh with her husband and two dogs. Allie grew up playing sports, doing gymnastics, and dancing. It wasn't until she was diagnosed with Legg-Calve Perthesis disease at the age of 8 that she truly dedicated her life to dance. Dance was the only thing her doctor's felt comfortable allowing her to do, so Allie immersed herself into ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, modern, and hip-hop. Quickly after dedicating her time to dance, Allie joined the NC Academy of Dance Arts company program in Greenville. Her love of dance lead her to begin teaching dance after graduating high school in 2010. Allie taught dance for 6 years, specializing in tap and jazz. Allie graduated from East Carolina University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Health Fitness. She then went on to graduate from East Carolina University in 2016 with a Master of Science in Kinesiology, with a concentration in Exercise Physiology. During her time in graduate school Allie taught KINE 1000, an introductory physical education course required by all undergraduate students. In this course, Allie had  to teach students all different kinds of physical activity, including yoga, barre, interval training, running/jogging, Zumba, and much more. Allie has also taught barre for two years at a fitness studio in Greenville. When she moved to Raleigh she immediately felt at home at YoBa. Taking classes at YoBa on a regular basis, Allie has seen significant improvements in her hip mobility and has never felt better! She loved taking classes with the friendly staff and clients and was fortunate enough to join the YoBa Tribe in March 2017. 


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Ashley Randall

Ashley first came to yoga seeking gentle, strength-based exercise, having no idea that yoga would change her life. After personally experiencing yoga’s positive effects on depression and anxiety, Ashley knew she wanted to share this practice with others as a yoga instructor. A graduate of Wilmington Yoga Center’s Yoga Teacher Training program, Ashley’s classes focus on breath, strength, balance, and mindful movement. She has also received intensive training in Trauma-Sensitive Yoga from David Emerson. Ashley received her master’s degree in Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling from UNC Chapel Hill and is combining this degree with her yogic knowledge to make a difference in the community. Ashley is passionate about making yoga accessible to all people and does this by combining her love for serving and empowering others with the movement of yoga. She believes that the most important facet of yoga is that there is always something to learn, to work on, and to improve - regardless of whether it is your first class or your 100th.


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Caity Greenfield

Caity fell in love with Yoga while she was getting her masters degree in South Florida. She loved the way it made her feel and always got her out of her head during periods of anxiety. No matter how stressed she got her mat was always there to get her through it. She continued to deepen her practice through the years and Yoga soon became something she couldn't go without. Caity decided to get her 200 hr RYT in 2014 while living in Las Vegas, NV. She found a passion for connecting with her students and building a community within her classes. Upon moving to Raleigh in 2016, YoBa was one of the first studios she attended and she was instantly in love. She loves being a part of the YoBa tribe because the amazing family vibe that exists within the four walls of the studio. She loves being both a teacher and a student and continues to learn something new from every class.


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Dia Crist

Dia’s love of ballet started in Elon, NC where she studied under John Walker at Walkerdance Ballet Company. She spent her high school summers at North Carolina School of the Arts studying technical ballet and contemporary. After graduating as a Teaching Fellow at UNC Wilmington, Dia began her career as an elementary school teacher and currently works at Ravenscroft School in Raleigh, NC. With her background in ballet and love for balance in body, mind, and soul, Dia is over the moon to share her love of Barre with Yoba Studio!


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Jenna Little

Jenna was born and raised in eastern North Carolina and moved to Raleigh 2 years ago with her husband and two little girls. Jenna has been active and involved in athletics and movement for as long as she can remember. During college, she realized her passion for nutrition and decided to become a Registered Dietitian. In 2010, Jenna completed her undergraduate studies from East Carolina University and began a distance dietetic internship through Utah State University. In October 2011, she became a Registered Dietitian and in 2013, she completed her Master of Science in Nutrition. Recognizing her passion for equipping others through nutrition and physical activity, she completed her group fitness certification through AFAA in 2014. She taught boot-camp style workouts for moms through a stroller fitness class as well as teaching nutrition education classes. In 2015, yoga entered her life when she was seeking a safe place to connect and go inward. Yoga provided a unique experience in that it connected the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of life. Yoga became a place for healing, creativity, insight, and energetic release in her life. After experiencing the multitude of benefits, she knew she wanted to become a yoga teacher and continued to study the art of connection for her personal practice. In 2016, she began her RYT-200 hour teacher training through Longwave Yoga studio in Wilmington, NC. She believes that practicing connecting the mind, body, and spirit on the mat, equips one to live balanced, connected and present off the mat.


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Jennifer Parks

Jennifer discovered the benefits of a consistent yoga practice just a few years ago. Yoga provided a sense of calm to balance her role as a medical sales and marketing manager. She continues to feel the life-changing effects -- better sleep, less anxiety, a clearer lens to handle any challenge that life throws her way. She feels stronger both inside and out. Yoga has also rekindled her love of movement, one that developed at an early age. In her teens, Jennifer stayed active through competitive dance, cheerleading, acrobatics, softball, and in college as a member of the University of North Carolina dance team. Her first part-time job was actually as a dance instructor. Though she enjoys getting the body moving through the physical practice of yoga (asana), yoga is not a sport. She values the grounding effects of pranayama and meditation, the ability for physical postures to be modified and made-accessible to everyone, and the healing power to move scar tissue throughout (be it from physical injury or emotional scars). Jennifer earned her RYT-200 hour certification May 2017 through Indigo Hot Yoga Center of Raleigh. She is excited to share this practice and join the YoBa community!


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Katelyn Blackman

Katelyn grew up in Minnesota, as a competitive swimmer she turned to hot yoga to stretch her muscles in a new way and to combat the cold weather. She reconnected with her love for yoga in college as a way to soothe stress and anxiety. Yoga has been a constant in Katelyn's life over the last eleven years. When she moved to Raleigh, finding a home studio was a priority for her. She was so thankful to find YoBa, a place that both challenged her practice and allowed to be part of the most joyful, loving community. Katelyn recently completed YoBa's first 200-hour hot power vinyasa teacher training and can't wait to share her love of yoga with the rest of the YoBa community. She is so grateful for the amazing people in this group and hopes to create a nurturing, safe space for students to connect their mind, body and spirit.


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Kristen Horn

Kristen's love for dance and fitness began at the age of three. She grew up dancing competitively for Dance Productions in Charlotte, NC. She has been trained in variety of dance genres including ballet, jazz, hip hop, modern, and tap.  Her love for dance continued as she attended college at NC State University. Kristen is a 2009 graduate of NC State University. She has a Bachelor's degree in Business Management with a concentration in finance and a minor in accounting. Kristen spent 4 years on the NC State University Dance Team and was the teams Captain from 2008-2009. She was also named an National Dance Alliance Collegiate All American.  Since graduating and starting her career Kristen has continued her love for fitness and connecting the mind, body and soul! She is very excited to be apart of the YoBa Studio family! She hopes to encourage and inspire her students through Barre classes! She hope to encourage them to live a healthy lifestyle and grow stronger every day!





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Laura Mason

A Raleigh native, Laura’s passion for barre stems from her early years as a dancer. After recovering from a severe knee injury, Laura found barre as a safe way to regain core strength while relieving stress in an adaptable but highly challenging environment. In addition to the health benefits, she is passionate about how barre challenges students to push themselves to develop a disciplined mind and body connection.  Laura loves the shared experience of group fitness and is passionate about empowering YoBa’s community of students to take their workouts to the next level. Laura is a full time paralegal specializing in business immigration and recently earned her Master’s degree from The George Washington University.



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Leanna Feeney

Leanna's passion for health and fitness began in college as she became certified as a group exercise instructor in 2008 while at Penn State University. She began practicing and teaching yoga through college until she graduated in 2011 with a major in Education and a minor in Nutritional Studies. She moved south three years ago to teach high school science and completed her 200 hour RYT certification while pregnant. This gave her an appreciation for Prenatal and gentle yoga although Power Vinyasa remains her passion. She loves teaching all levels, encouraging and motivating her students to meet their goals.

Leanna is also nationally certified in group fitness and continues to teach cardio, spinning, and weight training classes. She believes that yoga combines perfectly with any athlete or fitness junkie's routine, balancing their workout and connecting the body and mind. Her fitness philosophy is that it should be something you love and enjoy, striving to make each class friendly and fun with just the right amount of sweat!


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Micaiah Norby

Micaiah started dancing at a young age and continued to do so for most of her life. She studied ballet, pointe, modern and jazz. She moved to Raleigh to begin her college career at NC State. In college, her love for dance and physical activity turned into a passion for exercise, especially group fitness. She always hoped to be able to share that passion with others. Micaiah graduated from NC State in 2014 and became an Account Manager at a marketing firm in the Raleigh area. She continued to make fitness a priority and fell in love when she found the tribe at YoBa.  Now a part of that tribe, she hopes to share her passion with others as she encourages them to push themselves and reach their goals in each class she teaches. 


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Paige Derouin

After she started practicing yoga, Paige immediately noticed an improvement in many aspects of her life. Through her practice, she has gained physical and mental strength as well as an ability to better manage stressful situations both on and off the mat. The effects of Paige’s practice were so positive that she wanted to share yoga and its benefits with everyone in her life, including the staff and students of the high school where she currently teaches biology full-time. Paige recently completed YoBa’s first 200-hour hot power vinyasa teacher training and is excited to start sharing her love of yoga with others at the studio that has become a second home for her. She is thankful every day to be a part of the YoBa community and strives to fill her classes with opportunities to experience personal growth, gratitude, and good vibes.


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Sarah Baker

Sarah's path to yoga began shortly after graduating from NC State University in 2009, and she completed her 200-hour certification at Arrichion Hot Yoga in 2012. In addition to gaining the physical strength she desired, Sarah discovered the value of self-reflection through a consistent yoga practice. As a student of yoga, the time she spends on her mat is truly "her" time, which remains invaluable as Sarah is a full-time middle school teacher.


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Sarah Buddo

Sarah's love of yoga started shortly after she graduated from NC State in 2014 with a business administration degree and started working full time. She loved the way that connecting her mind, body, and soul could bring calm, and relieve the mental and physical stresses of a full time job. Yoga quickly became a huge part of her life and she wanted to share the amazing benefits! She became RYT - 200 certified through YoBa in November of 2017 and looks forward to continue learning and growing in her practice as both a teacher and student as part of the YoBa tribe!


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Victoria Schuch

Victoria Schuch is a recent NC State Grad. Raised in Charlotte, NC, she fell in love with the Raleigh area while pursuing her Fashion Marketing and Brand Management degree and has now been here for 6 years. Growing up Victoria was always involved in gymnastics, dance, cheerleading. She grew up competitively dancing, which is why she was initially drawn to YoBa, because barre and yoga allow her to take what she has known her whole life and use it to guide her through her practice. Having scoliosis surgery at the age of 11, has not stopped her in continuing to push her boundaries and learning to understand your body and it's physical limitations. In high school and throughout college, Victoria loved working at The Little Gym, teaching infants to adolescents everything from how to point their toes to how to do their first cartwheel. Her favorite part was watching them become confident in their skills and in themselves. Currently she is a Marketing Analyst at Fujifilm Medical, Wedding Planner Assistant with Sally Oakley, volunteer at Duke Children's Hospital, and now a YoBa certified barre instructor! Victoria loves to encourage others, and help them grow, whether it be physically or spiritually. She is excited to see what the future holds and join the YoBa community, and hopes her "can-do" attitude will be a light to others.


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Lady YoBi

Lady YoBi is our studio pup! She is here to meet and greet students, wag her tail, and show some love. You may even find her doing Downward Facing Dog from time to time. We hope everyone loves her as much as we do :)

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