Rebby Kern, they/them
100hr Rocket Vinyasa Certified
SweatNET Charlotte Ambassador
Rebby Kern (they/them) is a wandering spirit shining light into the lives of others. Rebby’s personal mission is to operate from connection, seeking justice and empowering voices. Rebby generates space for connection, empowerment and self-discovery through their 10 years in LGBTQ activism drawing connections to the yoga world and uplifting experiences of marginalized identities. Their experience drives their passion to include diverse identities around race, gender identity, sexual orientation, body, ability and more.
Rebby began their yoga practice in 2011 as a student, learning to find source within during their recovery journey. As a student, Rebby was curious about the ways trauma, recovery, yoga and social justice intersect together through experience and outreach.
After moving to Charlotte, NC in 2013 to work for an LGBTQ non-profit, Rebby began practicing at Yoga One, a Baptiste affiliated studio, and developed a strong community of support. Rebby works full-time as a social justice warrior supporting LGBTQ youth across the state and region through education policy, youth programming, anti-racism work and leadership development.
In 2018 an opportunity opened for Rebby to complete their first Yoga Teacher Training at Yoga One. After completing their training, they began assisting classes and soon arrived as a teacher in their first permanent class October 2018. Since then Rebby has been teaching in studios, yoga for queer youth, yoga with horses, head-start programming to introduce yoga to children and in many spaces in the city of Charlotte.
In 2019 Rebby was selected as one of the first lululemon Ambassadors for the newest Charlotte store, Atherton Mill. As a lululemon Ambassador, Rebby is able to lead in power in the Charlotte community and beyond. Rebby is the first non-binary person of color to represent lululemon in the region and continues to uplift voices of LGBTQ and BIPOC people who often don’t find themselves represented within the lululemon brand.
After completing their training, opportunities to lead social justice work within yoga spaces presented themselves and Rebby began working with Jasmine Hines and Amplify & Activate to teach yoga as a tool for self-care and social justice. This work stems from anti-racism work and challenges current practices and ethics present in yoga studios and fitness spaces. From that work stemmed Rebby’s Race, Gender & Bias workshops, facilitated for YTTs, studio staff and virtual workshops during COVID-19.
To continue their education, Rebby explored Rocket Vinyasa under their teacher Jaimis Huff, completed a Rocket Vinyasa immersion weekend then their first 50 hour certification with David C. Kyle in 2019 and the final 50 hour with Jaimis Huff in 2020.
In 2020 Rebby joined forces with SweatNET Charlotte to localize their work within yoga and fitness spaces and create a more equitable, accessible sweat experience for each person who seeks it.
Rebby also completed Yoga 12-Step Recovery Training returning to the foundation of their own practice to explore an addiction recovery model that connects yoga, neuroscience, and the practical tools of 12-step programs.