Yoga & Barre Instructor
Owner @ Tuck
Callie has been teaching yoga and other group fitness classes for over a decade. She has taught yoga and other fitness classes to all abilities and levels, including total beginners, Oscar-winning actors, MLB players, professional rugby players, Olympians, and those just looking to lead healthier, more active lives.
To learn more about Callie, please see our Callie & Hagana page!
Owner @ Tuck
Kate began her barre journey while spending a year abroad in New Zealand, where she trained and started teaching. Back in Philly, she returned to her job as a high school French teacher and looked for an opportunity to continue teaching barre, as long as she could find a studio where she felt at home. The moment she stumbled upon Tuck, she knew she had found her people.
Kate teaches high-energy barre classes that focus on form and challenge you to safely push your limits, while feeling the burn, embracing the shakes and getting your heart pumping. Ever enthusiastic, Kate’s classes are filled with laughter, groans, and an opportunity to affirm your status as an absolute badass.
Inspired and empowered by the community Callie and Hagana have built – an inclusive studio filled with supportive, happy people – she jumped at the chance to play a larger role. Kate is honored to own a Tuck and share a piece of this happy place with her neighbors.
She fills her barre-free time with her husband (who does something vaguely medical and can seriously rock some spandex), the sassiest little babe on this side of the Delaware, and a majestic floof named Wellington.
Owner @ Tuck
Ann discovered barre after a long hiatus from working out and immediately fell in love. She loves the challenge of barre, the energy of the class and the change in your overall strength. Ann’s classes are more boot camp than ballet and she aims to leave you feeling the burn. In her spare time, Ann enjoys making music videos and playing with dogs.
Abby discovered her love for yoga when she completed her high school senior project studying the practice in 2012. Her curiosity and passion for wellness grew, ultimately leading her to receive her 200-hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Certification from the Yoga Garden Philly in June 2019. Abby has been teaching ever since. Abby’s classes are for all bodies, all levels, offering plenty of variations, and her class playlists are something she takes much pride in! When she’s not on her mat, she’s working as a full-time community manager, teaching indoor cycling, or discovering the next best coffee shop in the city.
Yoga & Barre Instructor
Alex has been practicing yoga for over 10 years. In 2014 she completed her first training in Costa Rica, and soon after earned her 85-hour prenatal yoga certification with Senior ISHTA teacher April Puciata. Always the student, she completed her advanced 300-hour teacher training in 2019 at Washington, D.C. studio Tranquil Space and is now a 500-hour certified yoga instructor. Alex views yoga as an opportunity to relax, breathe, and get in touch with the body and soul. Alex’s yoga classes incorporate breathwork (pranayama) and meditation techniques that provide an opportunity for grounding and self-reflection. Alex believes that yoga isn’t for the flexible, but for the willing, and that it doesn’t have to look a certain way! Expect to leave class feeling refreshed and ready to conquer whatever the day may bring.
When Alex moved to Philly in 2019, a friend recommended teaching at Tuck. Alex fell in love with the welcoming and warm community, and started taking as many barre and yoga classes as she could! After 3 months of teaching yoga with Tuck she signed up for barre teacher training! Her classes have killer beats, encouraging cues, goofy dance moves, and will leave you feeling strong and accomplished! When she isn’t teaching, Alex works as a Certified Nurse Midwife and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, and enjoys exploring Philly with her partner Adam and pup Maddie.
I’ve been teaching barre since 2016. I fell in love with barre during recovery from multiple foot surgeries. The workout allowed me to slowly rebuild my strength and alignment, which has made me extremely form focused teacher. My class is a blend of traditional barre exercises layered in with stamina building combo moves (TRX background) and always accompanied by a killer playlist. I live in Point Breeze with my husband and our 3 cats. I’m an avid gardener, home cook and cocktail/wine enthusiast.
Amanda has always loved fitness but after trying barre was instantly hooked! She loves challenging herself and her class offering a kick it up a notch option while also offering modifications. She is motivating, has killer music, and inspires you to push a little deeper. Her goal is to help test your limits so you can build strength, flexibility, and confidence to overcome them. But her main goal is to make you love barre as much as she does! While she isn’t in the studio teaching or taking classes, she can be found working at HUP as a nurse. She enjoys hiking with her puppy Romey and hubby, running on the bike path, and watching all the original series on Netflix and Amazon while eating all the yummy vegan food!
Amanda started dabbling in barre as a way to blow off stream during her grad school studies. She stuck with barre at Tuck due to its high energy, good vibes, and good folks. When she is not a civil engineer, she loves to teach, move, and feel the burn. In a class with Amanda, expect to celebrate your body and all it can do!
Amy discovered yoga during a particularly stressful period in her life and immediately realized it was a practice she never wanted to live without. After earning her 200 RYT she decided to leave her job in Interior Architecture and Design and follow her heart to teach yoga full time. Through teaching Amy strives to create an environment where students can explore the profound positive effects a yoga practice can create in every aspect of their lives. She enjoys challenging her students, all with a playful sense of humor. By breaking down the foundation of more complex poses, her goal is to create an environment where students feel strong, empowered and capable in their own practices and bodies. In Amy’s classes you can expect to flow, sweat, be challenged, and maybe even try a new arm balance or two!
Barbara has had the privilege of studying and learning from some of the most inspiring yoga teachers. Their dedication and generosity spurred her to become certified and share the wisdom and benefits of yoga. She has been teaching for 15+ years and loves providing her students with a safe and nurturing space.
Her intention as a teacher is to have you feel deeply connected to your body, mind and spirit. This connection will enable you to make changes more profound than you have ever imagined possible for yourself. Your Agni (fire) rises as you become one through an intense, yet inspiring asana, pranayama and meditation practice. B.K.S. Iyengar said: “Yoga is a light, which once lit, will never dim. The better your practice, the brighter the flame.”
Becca’s ever present smile and positive attitude welcomes each student to the practice. She teaches accessible, inclusive classes through a trauma sensitive lens with lots of choice, breath work, and meditation. Expect to move in all directions and laugh as you flow through practice.
Becca started practicing yoga in 2008 and graduated yoga teacher training in June of 2016. Since Becca enjoys guiding yogis of all backgrounds and abilities, she has taught in several different settings to different populations all over Philadelphia County.
When not bringing yoga to the community, Becca is focused on completing her Master’s in Public Health in Health Policy at Temple. Her life goals include providing access to under-resourced communities, resisting the status quo, and fighting for a more just and equitable world. She is also a distance runner who raises funds for local and international nonprofits who create change.
Bree started teaching at Tuck because she enjoyed the classes Tuck had to offer and wanted fitness in her life after grad school. Now that she works full time in finance, barre is a way to add a little spice to her life! Bree enjoys the challenges and constantly changing classes barre has to offer. Bree’s classes are hard as heck but you’ll smile through it with her warm and encouraging teaching style!
Never a big fan of working out, Caitlin took her first barre class at Tuck at the suggestion of a friend. Four years—and countless pulses later—she was fully converted and pursued her teaching cert through Tuck, motivated to inspire other exercise-avoiders to embrace the burn. Caitlin credits Tuck’s welcoming community and amazing teachers for giving her the confidence to keep coming back and she hopes to encourage others in the same way. Her classes feature a mix of thoughtful movements, occasional bursts of cardio, and lots of opportunities to increase or decrease the intensity based on how you’re feeling in the moment. Whether you’re going hard or taking it easy, her goal is to get you feeling muscles you didn’t know you had.
Cassie is a long distance runner since high school, and while she loved running, the high-impact nature of running had begun to take its toll on her. When she found barre, she fell in love with the challenge, but it also left her feeling like she wasn’t hurting her body. After two years of being a barre student, she trained with at tuck to become an instructor and join their team. She loves the community feel of the studio and the classes and likes that barre can be modified to each student’s level. During the day she works in marketing for a Philadelphia radio group and loves her dog Poppy every minute she gets. Follow her at @_basic_poppy.
Chalise began her yoga journey at the age of 12 as a recommendation from her doctor to treat her scoliosis. She practiced at home to yoga videos for years until she found her way to her first hot yoga studio. After years of consistent practice, she then decided to become a teacher so she can share this beautiful practice with the world. She is certified in the 26/2 series, Vinyasa and Yin yoga.
While ballet was her thing once upon a time, Chloé fell in love with barre after years of being a runner and craving a new challenge! When she isn’t teaching, she is the friendly face slinging wine and French food over at The Good King Tavern and le Caveau bar à vins in Bella Vista. Her classes via zoom are high-energy bootcamp style, always with some creative cardio, but for in-studio right now, she is focused on making you stronger safely which means burn, baby, burn!
Many years ago, Corey sought out yoga simply from curiosity. What she found was a practice that she fell head first in love with, gave her tremendous empowerment, and deep healing. In 2013, Corey completed her 200 hour Yoga Teaching Training and Certification from Charm City Yoga, in Baltimore, MD; where she also trained, as an apprentice, in leading Mysore-style practices (a branch of ashtanga yoga). Corey has been teaching yoga since 2014. Corey believes that yoga is for everyone that wishes to practice, and can teach the balancing lessons of self-acceptance and love, alongside the commitment to your own evolution. Corey’s vinyasa classes prioritize the tristana method: linking breath, movement, and gaze, in order to find the moving meditation. Corey aims for her classes to be both invigorating and grounding. When Corey isn’t practicing or teaching yoga, she participates in social justice activism, cooking vegan food, and being a dedicated bookworm.
Elizabeth teaches yoga in a style which encourages and enables students to come and practice as they are, welcoming their full selves. Elizabeth’s teaching style aims to be inclusive and accessible to varying levels of experience and ability. She supports students to develop a sustainable and intentional practice by offering alignment-based cues and variations, moments to explore curiosities and playfulness, and encouraging and holding space for rest. Elizabeth has been practicing yoga for over 10 years and teaching since 2018. Elizabeth has completed a 200hr yoga teacher training as well as supplementary training in Restorative Yoga. When Elizabeth isn’t on the mat, she enjoys singing, making music, cooking, and cuddling with her dog.
Emily has been a passionate barre instructor for 4 years. She started teaching classes her sophomore year of college at the University of Pittsburgh. She fell in love with the creativity it involved and enjoyed the ability it allowed her to challenge herself and others. She loves to read and write in her free time and is always up to try a new workout class. She firmly believes in the connection between body and mind and hopes her class leaves you feeling ready to conquer anything!
Jami started practicing barre in an effort to gain awareness of her body while also getting an intense workout. She took the teacher training at Tuck for two reasons: to help others become more in tune with their bodies, and to make it burn. In her class, be prepared for challenging workouts, bad jokes, and a teacher who may be taking just a little too much pleasure in your pain.
Jasmine loves barre’s ability to strengthen from the inside out. With a background in West African and Afro-Caribbean dance, she has a deep appreciation for the power and joy that movement brings. In her classes, expect a physical challenge, soulful music, and lots of encouragement. Outside of the barre studio, Jasmine is a professor who writes and teaches about dance and performance.
Jordyn found her love for yoga in 2016. She has practiced both vinyasa and Ashtanga-style yoga and completed her 200-hour teacher training at Yoga Vida in NYC. She moved to Philadelphia in 2020 where she discovered Tuck and a welcoming local yoga community. Jordyn’s vinyasa-style classes are active, with a focus on strengthening and using the breath to find a deeper asana.
Julia fell in love with barre years ago and trained to become a certified barre instructor with Tuck in 2018. She is so grateful to be a part of the Tuck community and loves sharing the energizing, uplifting power of barre with others. A health educator by day, Julia loves working with people, cooking, and spending time outdoors. Julia’s classes encourage you to take time to take care of yourself and dive into movements designed to leave you feeling refreshed, stronger, healthier, happier, and excited to barre again!
Kate has been passionately practicing and studying yoga over the past 10 years. She completed yoga teacher training in Goa, India in both Hatha and Vinyasa styles. As a registered nurse by day, she is constantly amazed by the healing potential of yoga–“Heating the body to cool the mind” is her motto. When she is not practicing yoga, she most enjoys international vegetarian street food, traveling to new places and being outside as much as possible.
As an avid fitness lover, Katie is always looking to try new ways to move and challenge herself. She took her first barre class at Tuck UCity in 2018 and was immediately hooked on energy the classes provided. A believer of “you’re stronger than you think you are,” Katie’s classes will motivate you to push yourself a little harder, while also offering modifications throughout. She will be your biggest cheerleader and encourages you to be silly and have fun while feeling the barre burn. When not in the studio, you can find Katie outside, either hiking, running, biking, or just sitting in the park with a book in hand.
Lauren has been teaching yoga since she completed a 450-hour teacher training at Swan River Yoga in New Orleans, Louisiana. She has studied with Michelle Baker, Keith Porteous and Kelly Haas– yogis in the lineages of B.K.S Iyengar, Ram Dass, Shri K. Pattabhi Jois and Sharon Gannon. Both natives of the Philadelphia suburbs, Lauren and her husband moved to New Orleans in 2013, then happily returned to Philadelphia in 2019 with their cat, Vivian. They just bought their first house in Point Breeze, a stone’s throw from the studio. She loves sharing the practice with all beings and believes yoga is a healing tool accessible to anyone. One Sanskrit mantra from yogic teachings that she often returns to in her own practice is Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu, which translates to “May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all.
Maura discovered her (love) for yoga in high school when yoga was a much needed ‘rest day’ from swim team practice. Her love of yoga grew as she more intentionally integrated a yoga practice into life throughout college. Maura pursued Yoga Teacher Training with Dana Hot Yoga in Bala Cynwyd the fall of 2018. Maura also holds a Pilates certification from Power Pilates. In class, Maura seeks to integrate fun flowy movements with a gentle and comfortable environment for all-bodies. When Maura is not on the mat, she works as a School Counselor, she can also be frequently found showing off pictures of her dog, and trying to sneak in an afternoon nap.
Meagan discovered barre as a fun, fiery, and always challenging way to relieve stress during law school. Since then, Meagan completed her barre teacher training at Tuck. As a Philly transplant, Meagan loves Tuck for its sense of community and dedication to making every person who enters the studio feel welcome. Expect to sweat, and hopefully smile, in Meagan’s class where she mixes classic barre moves with fun and challenging ways to build your strength and feel your best.
I’m a south jersey gal who fell in love with barre during covid. It’s the only thing that got me through lock down! I love to jam to eclectic playlists and really feel the burn! It’s important to me that I show barre is for every BODY. Anyone can do it, that’s what makes it great! When I’m not teaching I’m chilling with my dog Chowder and playing endless games of fetch.
Yoga & Barre Instructor
Molly started at tuck teaching yoga, and once Callie saw her fire she knew she would be a great fit for barre as well so she trained at tuck to become a certified barre teacher. Her passion for yoga started on vacation when she and her husband decided to try out a class the resort was offering, and she was instantly hooked. Two years into her personal practice, she decided to quit her corporate job to pursue her passion and become certified in yoga. Teaching an alignment-based vinyasa flow, Molly’s classes build strength and challenge your personal practice. Molly‘s barre classes are guaranteed to keep you moving, burning, shaking, and toned. All levels are welcome and modifications are always given when necessary, but be prepared to be pushed to your limits. Her philosophy on barre is a love/hate relationship, but she definitely leans towards love because she keeps coming back for more, and so will you! Besides Molly’s passion for yoga and barre, she is a foodie (a word she grapples with because who isn’t these days) and is constantly planning her next meal (or 5!)!
While living in Denver, CO in 2014 Rachael was introduced to just how incredible yoga can make you feel. The post-yoga glow of a body that’s been well worked, a mind that’s a bit clearer and an overall deeper connection to yourself. After moving to Philadelphia, she earned her 200-hr Teaching Certification in 2019 from The Yoga Garden under Nikki Robinson and Mark Nelson. She has been teaching Vinyasa and Gentle Yoga classes ever since. Come to class expecting a mindful flow, instruction to safely explore a variation of postures and tools to help you quiet your busy mind. It is truly a joy and an honor to teach yoga and she can’t wait to meet you!
Sara is a Philly-bred yoga teacher and writer. She discovered her love of the practice after realizing that “stretching” was key to recovering after long shifts in restaurants. After years of home practice, she enrolled in Dhyana Yoga’s yoga teacher training program where she focused on yogic philosophy, ashtanga vinyasa, and pranayama practices. She believe in the mental health benefits of yoga as much as the physical–her goal in teaching is to be gentle, grounded, and accessible to those who have experienced trauma. She believes that teaching, studying, and practicing yoga is one of the most rewarding exercises in both gratitude and connection. Catch her biking around the city or laying in a park on her mat with a book.
Sarah signed up for her first barre class just for fun while after a grad-school fitness/self-care hiatus. She knew after her first class at Tuck that she was hooked despite how difficult it was to move the next day! She loves incorporating full body movements, cultivating playlists, empowering others, and getting into that deep burn. When she’s not working with kids as a pediatric PT, she’s reading, exploring Philly’s food scene, or adding to her ever-growing houseplant collection.
In 2017 Taft relevéd up for the first time and the rest is history. The moment he stepped out of his first Barre class he knew he had found his passion. Barre is more than just a workout for Taft, it’s a positive influence; increasing his physical, mental, and emotional strength. In wanting to share his love for Barre Taft received his Barre Certification in the summer of 2018. Delivering fun and unique classes that express his love for pulsing, lunging and Jessica Simpson; you’ll be sure to break a sweat.
Vanessa has a BFA in Dance from the University of the Arts and is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer. She began her career in fitness in 2017 and quickly fell in love in barre. With her background in dance, she connected with the technique and loves to add a ballet spin on her classes. She has a strong focus on alignment and creates workouts that are challenging for everybody.
Yvette began seriously practicing yoga after moving to Philly in 2016. She prioritizes inclusivity and wants her students to feel comfortable and empowered in their bodies. She teaches a vinyasa flow style that is equal parts playful, uplifting, and grounding. Yvette completed her 200 hour YTT at Palo Santo Wellness and a 75 hour advanced training at SKY TING.