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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.

We're Hiring! Please Email Your Resume to: YobaStudioRaleigh@gmail.com



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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 as 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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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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Mary Margaret Wise

Mary Margaret has spent her entire life (minus a short 3-year stint in Oregon) in Raleigh. She has cheered on NC State's Wolfpack since she can remember, and her love brought her there to study after high school. Mary Margaret graduated from NC State in 2012 with a Bachelor's Degree in Communication. She has been dancing since she was three with a concentration in ballet, jazz, and hip-hop. When she was not dancing, you could find her on the volleyball court, the soccer field, church youth group, or spending time with family, friends, or her pups (shout out to Mully :). Her athletic background, passion for fitness and love for dance brought her to fall in love with barre and yoga.

Mary Margaret is the Assistant Manager at YoBa Studio, where she focuses on client support, studio operations and spreading the YoBaShine. In addition to Assistant Managing, she teaches all of classes: Barre, Yoga, YoBa Signature and Groove at YoBa Studio! Mary Margaret strives to find the personal connection with all of her clients and cannot wait to meet you soon!


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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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Erin Rood

Erin found YoBa shortly after they opened their doors in Spring of 2016. She was immediately drawn to both the mental and physical side of yoga. With four kids at home, Erin is a mother first above all else, but as she was preparing to send her youngest off to kindergarten she knew she wanted to explore yoga further. Erin joined the YTT program at YoBa in early 2018 and a new journey began for her. She wants people to know that no matter where they are in life, there is space for them to grown, learn, and try new things. Erin truly believes that everyone has a story to share and a journey of growth in front of them, and she brings this to every class she teaches. She loves that yoga is truly for everyone, its does not discriminate age, race, gender, or physical ability. Erin has found that YoBa is a safe place for herself and so many others, and she's discovered this through being both a student and an instructor. She truly feels like no matter where you are at in your life, yoga is beneficial and she can't wait to share this with you in her classes and be a part of the YoBa family! 


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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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Kathryn Auten

Kathryn found a passion for dance, fitness, and movement at the early age of three. She spent many years in the studio and received training in tap, ballet, jazz, and modern at the Piedmont School of Music Dance in Charlotte, NC. Her training focused on ballet and allowed her the opportunity to dance in a variety of the classic ballets, with her favorite being the annual Nutcracker! Kathryn attended an Alvin Ailey Summer Intensive in high school, where her love of modern dance grew. She continued to dance in college at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a contemporary dance group where she served as the Artistic Director during her senior year. Kathryn graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2015 and moved to the Raleigh area. She is jazzed to join YoBa's family and is excited to continue to encourage the connection between movement within your body and soul! 



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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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Mary Mac Moore

Originally from Greensboro, N.C. and a proud graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill's School of Journalism & Mass Communication, Mary Mac's North Carolina roots run deep - which is ultimately what recently brought her "back home" to Raleigh after several years living in Atlanta, GA. Mary Mac has always been passionate about health and fitness - growing up she was a competitive and avid equestrian, runner & lacrosse player. Though she has been practicing yoga on-and-off for many years, it wasn't until after she graduated and was living and working full-time in Atlanta that she really dove in and started to discover the countless other benefits beyond physical strength and challenge. Yoga - and power vinyasa in particular - became a sacred part of Mary Mac's routine that allowed her to get out of her head and into her body, a true moving meditation. 

One of her first priorities after moving to Raleigh was finding a new home studio - she knew pretty much immediately that she had found that in YoBa after her first visit. The sense of community & belonging, strong physical practice, infrared heat and killer music were unmatched and she was hooked! Mary Mac recently completed her YTT-200 certification at YoBa and is so grateful to have the opportunity to share this life-changing practice with everyone in her life and community. 

When not at the studio, Mary Mac works full-time as a marketing specialist at Citrix. She loves to explore Raleigh with her husband Jack and new pup Ernie, try all of the Mexican restaurants & coffee shops, cook delicious healthy meals and make Spotify playlists. If you don't know her already, she can't wait to meet & flow with you!


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Nicola Ferraro

Nicola grew up in Falmouth, Massachusetts and has now lived in Raleigh for just over a year. Nicola grew up dancing and was in her first ballet class at age 3. She had an instant love for dance and spent many years in the studio taking ballet, pointe, and modern class. In high school, Nicola taught ballet classes at her local studio and at an after school program at an elementary school. Nicola's love for dance continued at East Carolina University as a dance major where she took technique classes, choreographed, and performed. Nicola graduated from East Carolina University in 2015 with a Bachelor in Fine Arts In Dance Performance and a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. She is currently a graduate student at East Carolina University in the Masters of Arts Education Reading program and is looking forward to graduation! When Nicola moved to Raleigh, she began teaching kindergarten in Apex and loves the excitement and energy her students bring to the classroom! Nicola is excited to be a part of the YoBa Studio family and share her love for Barre!



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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 manager 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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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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