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YoBa Tribe

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 tribe, 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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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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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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Kate Kirby

Kate C. Kirby (Kate) has been practicing Yoga for 7 years, with 4 years of teaching under her belt. Kate’s first love was Power Vinyasa Yoga, and she loves nothing more than to share the physical and heartfelt aspects of Yoga with her students. With a background as a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist and exercise physiologist in the college sports environment, Kirby values safety and mindfulness in every aspect of training. Her holistic approach to life sparked her development in multiple styles of yoga. Kirby is working toward her 500-hour certification as a Registered Yoga Teacher, as well as the completion of a specialization in Mindful Yoga Therapy for Eating Disorders. She has completed a notable amount of hours teaching prenatal yoga and core strength yoga classes. All levels of practice are welcome to Kate’s classes!


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Kelsey Ruediger

Originally from New England, Kelsey recently moved to the Raleigh area. 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.

Kelsey is excited to be a part of YoBa Studio and to share her love and appreciation of dance and fitness. She hopes to create long-lasting connections with students and to encourage all students to try out a Barre or YoBa (Yoga + Barre) class!


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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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Tiffany Carnes

Tiffany Carnes began her yoga journey over 5 years ago originally seeking new fitness challenges. The total balance of mind, body and spirit she began to experience motivated her to pursue teacher training so she could share the love she had unintentionally found. In December 2014, Tiffany completed her 200 hr certification with Wilmington Yoga Center at 9 months pregnant. This helped her to realize her true passion for teaching special populations such as prenatal, trauma sensitive, seniors, kids, etc. Whatever the need, it is her hope that every student leaves feeling refreshed, renewed and ready to accept all of life's blessings and challenges. Tiffany believes yoga is for everyone. Come as you are!


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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.