Baye Tilson: Chief Yogi / Co-founder

Baye Cobb Tilson, a certified yoga instructor, exercise enthusiast, and New Orleans newlywed, co-founded NOLA Tribe Yoga as an opportunity to share a practice of love, light, and inner peace, especially in times that will fly before your eyes. She has been practicing yoga for over ten years and became certified to begin teaching others three years ago.

Baye initially found yoga in high school and practiced here and there as a supplement to other athletic activity.  It wasn’t until college, where she studied yoga under a former Buddhist monk, that she sought to understand the deeper purpose of yoga.  It became clear that yoga is more than breath (pranayama) and movement (asana).  To Baye, yoga is the path to realizing, becoming, and living, as your truest, most authentic and most present self.   Yoga is the process of seeking peace in the present, truth in unknown, and love in challenge.  Baye loves yoga and sharing a fast, fun, funky vinyasa flow that moves you, from your head, to your hips, to your heart.

Baye’s Yoga Flow:

Our yoga sessions are carefully crafted to meet your group’s goals and skill levels. Baye’s classes can be restorative and Baye’s classes can be meditative, but if she had a preference, Baye’s classes are energetic and fun. Her personality is hard to contain and we’re all better off if she gets to express it. A typical class will consist of a high energy flow to music which crescendos to a mix of challenging balancing poses and core exercises that will increase your heart rate and challenge you mentally and physically.  You’ll then move into strength and stretching during relaxing mat work and ending in a yoga-stoned savasana.

While we flow as a community, yoga is a personal practice, and we believe in making it a practice that serves you. Whether it’s a special theme or focus area, we’re all about making this practice all about you!

Follow Baye on Instagram here!

McKensie Kirchner: Tribe Guide / Co-founder

To be a lover of New Orleans, you have to be a lover of life. McKensie is a born and raised Nebraskan who bleeds Husker Red. Yet she’s been caught up in a love affair with New Orleans for nearly a decade. This immense love for New Orleans has led her to hold herself personally accountable if anyone visits and leaves without a similar feeling of enjoyment/success/euphoria. That’s much of the reason why she co-founded this company.

McKensie wants to strengthen the ideals of simplicity, mindfulness and peace which are so easily lost in the daily hustle. When you hold these concepts close, you can return to this innate happiness that we all so desperately crave and together, achieve a beautiful New Orleans that’s better than ever. 
Follow McKensie on Instagram here!

Tribe 2.0

As our tribe has grown (beyond our wildest dreams) so has our list of B.A. instructors to lead it! Our team is as diverse in their style of flow as they are in the city they originate from; yet each of them hold true to the tribe's values of offering an engaging, powerful flow while promoting a new connection to your inner self and your fellow New Orleanians. 

Becca Duggan

Becca received her 200-hour yoga teacher certification from Yogaview in Chicago.  She initially turned to yoga for a low impact form of exercise after a sports-related knee injury.  However, she soon discovered the mental and emotional benefits of yoga the more she practiced leading to a calmness and inner peace, which she takes into all aspects of her life.  Becca incorporates Vinyasa and Hatha postures into her classes with Bikram and Ashtanga influences.

Follow Becca on Instagram here!


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Kathleen Settoon

Kathleen took her first yoga class in 2011 looking to heal her mind and body from cancer treatment. She has been a regular practitioner since then, and in 2016 the time was right to further commit to and share her yoga practice by joining the Shanti Yoga Training School 200 hour RYT program.  Kathleen teaches alignment based flow classes linking smart movement to breath.  Yoga has a lot of benefits, including FUN!  Kathleen enjoys creating sequences and playlists that will make you smile, feel good, break a sweat, and get your head right.

Follow Kathleen on Instagram here

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Kellis McSparrin Oldenburg

Kellis is a dancer, choreographer, and yoga instructor originally from Clinton, Mississippi.  She received her Bachelor's Degree in Dance from the University of Southern Mississippi and her Master's in Dance from New York University, and she is currently performing as a professional dancer at the Marigny Opera Ballet in New Orleans.  Dance was Kellis' window into yoga, and she first fell in love with yoga for it's full body strengthening and stretching and for it's centering of the mind and breath.  Kellis has her 200h certification in Vinyasa Yoga as well as her 200h certification in Mind Body Yoga from the Perri Institute of Mind and Body in New York City. She loves to teach an invigorating, challenging, breath-focused yoga class that will make you sweat and reflect.

Follow Kellis on Instagram here!


Harry Graham: Photography

Harry likes to say that photography and videography found him.

It started with a Nikon film camera and after many, many
hours in the dark room he discovered my passion. For the last five years he have been involved with shooting photo and video for weddings, commercial and film projects. 

We're excited to have Harry as a part of our Tribe and offer his photography skills as an add-on to any of the services. Whether it's capturing the fun of a Bachelorette Yoga Party or documenting how yoga has positively impacted your business, Harry photos tell your story beautifully.  

Either reserve him as a part of our Tribe or reach out to him directly here:

View his work here: