About Sammi Ke-a, 200 Registered Yoga Teacher, Studio Manager

Sammi grew up in the world of competitive swimming. Unfortunately, due to injuries, her swimming career had ended prematurely. With lack of exercise, along with unhealthy eating habits, excessive weight gain and depression had soon taken over.

Sammi’s understanding, love and passion for mindbody fitness started in 2013 after a friend invited her to a BarreAmped class. “It wasn’t until BarreAmped that I reconnected to the spiritual and physical challenge that I had missed after swimming”. After eight months as a client of mindbody fitness Sammi lost 40 pounds and gained the confidence and strength to ‘follow her bliss’. Although Sammi also has a teachers’ spirit (from years of teaching children), she is always looking for new perspectives and opportunities in personal growth- tapping in to being the best version of herself. She brings that excitement to all of her classes while sharing and celebrating others’ similar goals.

  • 200 RYT
  • Barre Amped Certified
  • Buti Yoga Certified
  • tap n’ pow{h}er Certified
  • Master Teacher Trainer FXP Hula Hoop

Q&A

Words to Live by? “If you do follow your bliss you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. Follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.” Joseph Campbell
Favorite Vacation Spot? I do not have just one favorite vacation spot. I love to travel and explore new places. Really, anywhere with open water, sunshine, and family is where I want to be.
Guilty Pleasure? I watch an episode of The Office and/or Seinfeld just about every night before going to bed.
Career outside of FreeBird? I teach at several studios around Nashville ( Hot Yoga Plus Nashville and both Serenite’ Fitness locations) and I am a Master Teacher Trainer for FXP Hula Hoop Fitness. You can also find me in the lobby at HOTBOX Fitness.
City & State you’re from? born in New Hampshire, lived in Germany until I was 8 and was raised in Huntsville AL.
Favorite type of workout? I do not have just one favorite workout. My Yoga practice is always a part of my workout routine and for the past year I have been obsessed with HOTBOX… an hour long heated kickboxing class!
What did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to be an aerospace engineer, teacher, and an Olympic swimmer.
Secret Talent? I write and paint.
Favorite Music that pushes you during your workout? too many to list.
Favorite Healthy Snack? avocado