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Who is Yogi

Tierra Katreece "Yogi" Tyler | THE YOGI COLLECTION

Tierra Katreece "Yogi" Tyler (14 November 1989 – 3 March 2017) was an American healthcare specialist and wife of Ray Tyler (creator of The Yogi Collection). Affectionately nicknamed "Yogi" by her mother when she was a baby. Her glowing personality, love for yoga and fitness, and passion for healthy living inspired the creation of The Yogi Collection.  

Yogi grew up as a military child. She was born at Andrews Air Force Base in Prince Georges County, Maryland at Malcolm Grow Medical Center on November 14, 1989, at 4:32 pm – the youngest of 3 daughters. She lived on several different military facilities throughout her childhood. And was raised at Bellevue Naval Housing, Washington, DC; Naval Submarine Base, Groton, CT; Naval Station Norfolk, Norfolk, VA, and the Naval Station in Naples, Italy. She returned to the United States in December 2005. 

In August 2006, she and her family moved to Durham, North Carolina where she graduated from Southern High School in 2007. She pursued health care education at Durham Tech & Guilford Tech from 2009 to 2012 and received a nursing assistant certification in 2012. She was deeply passionate about helping and caring for people. Her dream was to become a Registered Nurse. The majority of her career was spent as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA).

In March of 2010, Yogi met and eventually fell in love with her future husband Ray Tyler. They lived in Greensboro, North Carolina for 3 years before leaving for San Diego, California to pursue employment, education, and travel opportunities. On September 25, 2016, they were joined in marriage at the Prestonwood Country Club, in Cary, North Carolina.

Yogi believed in love, life, family, and peace. She prayed intently and attended church regularly until her final week of life on earth. Her untimely passing was due to complications while giving birth to her first child. The daughter she always wanted, Angel. At only 19 weeks at the time of delivery, Angel was unable to survive. Yogi was only 27 years old when she passed.

In early 2018, Ray Tyler created The Yogi Collection to honor his wife's memory and to help bring awareness to the life-threatening women's health issues that disproportionately affect Black women.

Each year in the United States, about 700 to 1,200 women die from pregnancy or childbirth complications, and black women are three to six times more likely to die of pregnancy or delivery complications than white women. The U.S. has the worst rate of maternal deaths in the developed world.

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