Our Story


As told by Sam Williams, CEO/Owner.

I was searching for something that I just couldn’t seem to find. I was looking for somewhere that I could belong, unapologetically. A place where I could show up as myself, whatever that meant day-to-day. I was craving a place where I could move my body in a way that served me that day, regardless of what I looked like, what I was wearing, or if I was feeling my best, physically or emotionally. I was looking for a studio where I could build relationships and be part of a community. A studio where I was known by name and where the instructors and the owner were present and genuinely cared about what I needed and why I was there.

On top of that, my body and heart personally crave a variety of movements. The type of movement that serves me changes from day-to-day, and I started to notice that not many studios offered an intentional, complimentary line up of movement styles. Since I grew up as a dancer, I enjoy moving my body freely, with self-expression, and in a way that makes me feel like the artist of the movement. And I also find deep value in the stillness and mindfulness that yoga creates, and how complementary it is to other forms of movement. The more I dug into what I valued in a movement studio, the more I saw the importance in a place that offered many types of movement, wrapped up into one membership. I knew I couldn’t be the only one craving TRUE human connection and an intentional variety of movement.

After being turned down for a job teaching in Raleigh because I didn’t seem to be “in shape” enough (a blessing in disguise), I was motivated to educate myself more and create a studio that stood for all the things I couldn’t find anywhere else. Someone’s personal health isn’t based on what they look like. We all deserve to feel free, alive, and in a respectful relationship with our body, heart, and spirit. That’s the practice! I knew I wanted to create a studio that embodied this. A studio that offered a place for EVERYONE, all shapes, sizes, backgrounds, and colors, to come and find joy through movement. And that’s exactly what YoBa Studio is and was designed to be.


The purpose of YoBa Studio is to provide a space to get you out of your head & into your heart.

YoBa Studio is conveniently located in Raleigh, NC in between North Raleigh and Midtown Raleigh off Falls of Neuse Road. Our full-service studio offers 6 different infrared heated class types that include vinyasa style yoga flow, barre, dance cardio, vinyasa flow + barre, vinyasa flow + restorative yoga, as well as our own branded class called Signature. We use Infrared Heat to heat each studio. Our team is here to serve and take care of this community. When you come to any of our classes, you can expect to encounter intentional movement, radiant heat (both warmth inside the room and from our team), and a musically driven experience that allows you to drop fully into your body.

While every day is a new and different day for your body, your heart, and your mind, one thing that we can guarantee here at YoBa Studio, is that you belong.