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Voices Discovered: Kelle Yokeley

December 27, 2018

 

With a mission to be the change in our community, Kelle Yokeley –the founder of Yoga Mindset High Point, is deeply rooted in community outreach. Yoga Mindset, is a karma-based yoga studio that provides yoga to all, despite financial difficulties. Non-profit Yoga Mindset Collective is the key leader in providing yoga in schools, guiding our future generation in mindfulness.

Kelle is quite the accomplished woman, she is an E-RYT200-certified yoga instructor; the founder of Yoga Mindset High Point, which was just recently named Traid’s Best Yoga Studio of 2018; founder of Yoga Mindset Collective non-profit 501(c)(3); and High Point’s only certified yoga school, Yoga Mindset School of Yoga and Wellness. Kelle has been named Lululemon Yoga Ambassador, OrganicAF cold pressed juice Ambassador and Xero shoes Ambassador.

As a traveling yogi being able to understand our fellow humans from the intimate standpoint of where they come from and what they believe nurtures the soul, learning to respect and enjoy the traditions of other cultures keeps Kelle exploring the world around her. We were thrilled to get the opportunity to chat with such a wonderful woman. We hope you have as much fun learning about her as we did!

Q. How did you wind up in the yoga industry?

A. After practicing yoga for a number of years I decided to get my 200-hr. yoga certification, then made the choice to open a studio based on the mission that all people from all walks of life would be welcome despite financial difficulties. 8 years later here we are, grateful for every soul that walks through our doors.

Q. What type of career would you have in an alternate universe?

A. A river guide.

Photography by ZoZo Photography

Q. What do you wish you knew when first starting that you know now?

A. To trust the universe.

Q. What would people be surprised to learn about you?

A. I am an introvert.

Q. What motivates you?

A. Radical love.

Photography by ZoZo Photography

Q. Best career advice you have ever received?

A. When a door opens do not be afraid to walk through it.

Q. Favorite book?

A. Currently- Yoga and the Pursuit of Happiness by Sam Chase

Q. Best vacation you have taken?

A. Ambergris Caye, Belize

Q. Where will find you on a Sunday afternoon?

A. On my yoga mat, hiking or relaxing in my hammock

Photography by ZoZo Photography

Q. Your go-to cocktail (or mocktail)?

A. Basil strawberry lemonade.

Q. What makes you truly happy?

A. Traveling, diving into different cultures and sharing the journey of yoga.

Q. As you know, HPU is right here with incredible students looking to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams. What three pieces of advice would you give them?

A.

1. Trust yourself, all the answers you need are within you.

2. Laugh a lot and enjoy the journey.

3. Remember 80% of people you meet will like you, 20% will not. F​​ind peace with that 20%.

Photography by ZoZo Photography

Q. Where do you like to grab a cup of coffee?

A. FosterHobbs or 83 Custom Coffee

Q. Restaurant you can’t get enough of?

A. Fixins and 98 Asian Bistro

Q. Local shops doing everything right?

A. OrganicAF

Q. Favorite place to grab a drink?

A. Blue Water Grille

Q. Excluding yours, what High Point company or business do you admire the most?

A. Rich Fork Preserve for hiking and walking trails, Oak Hollow Lake for kayaking and paddle boarding, Feeding Lisa’s Kids, and, of course, the only yoga studio voted Triad’s Best since 2014, Yoga Mindset.

Voices Discovered is a series where High Point Discovered asks questions to High Point business leaders and entrepreneurs to share their view. Consider it a peek into the heart and soul of our local businesses. We hope you will be inspired to investigate more. Past guests have included Joe Hubay and Jason Phillips.

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