CrossFit Homeward is pleased to announce the addition of Yani Lyons to our coaching team.


After a pre-Covid stint as a CrossFit Homeward athlete, Yani is transitioning into a coaching role. Yani has been an avid basketball player since she began ruling the courts at the age of 4.  Always ready for a challenge, Yani put her diverse athletic skills to work and started Crossfit in 2013.

If she had to choose, Yani favors and totally enjoys the weightlifting aspect of Crossfit.  She has competed in both Crossfit competitions and Weightlifting meets throughout the Mid-Atlantic area during the time period between 2013-2016 and also extensively in Hawaii until 2018.

Yani actually moved to Chapel Hill last summer (2019) in order  to be closer to her family.  She has three daughters ages 13,12, and 10. Outside of the gym, Yani is a special education teacher focusing on students with severe and profound disabilities in elementary grade levels.  She enjoys traveling, going to sporting events, and trying new restaurants.

SECRET INDULGENCE:  Her favorite all time food is cinnamon rolls…for any meal including dessert 😊.

Where can we find Yani:

FaceBook: @aiyanilyons

Instagram: @aiyani34