Team

TEACHERS

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Ann Fancy

Ann teaches to empower and inspire. She keeps things real in the classroom — her motto is “If I show up, I expect you to show up.” Meaning, if she is here and she is present, she wants you to do the same. Ann teaches to encourage students to hone their innate strength and courage so they can take the step toward their edge. Over the past 10 years she has taught many styles of yoga and completed a 500-hour E-RYT.

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Anna Gangadharan

Ann loves life! She was raised by two incredible people who came from very little, and instilled in her a drive to care about humanity and connect with all beings. She has been on her yoga mat for ten years and teaching for three.  Anna challenges her students by testing their limits and encouraging them to develop an understanding that every moment is an opportunity to grow, discover and evolve. She believes that yoga is a lifetime journey to self-discovery to share it with others while living the journey herself. Her life is guided by the mantra that all beings are made up of the same universal love and light.

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Beth James

The practice of yoga has become Beth’s lifestyle. She is most joyful when she can help someone connect with themselves, or another, in new ways and she always makes it her goal to empower students with each and every class. Having completed a 200-hour RYT 12 years ago, Beth has studied under many teachers and practices including Yin with Sarah Powers & Paul Grilley, Shiva Rea, and Todd Tesen.

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Brittney Kanan

Like many, Brittney sought yoga as a physical exercise after certain injuries prevented her from performing regular workouts. In the beginning, she was drawn to the fast and hot classes for the added physical challenge, but over time she gravitated toward healthy-alignment and connected with a deeper yoga philosophy. Ashtanga and Vedanta are now the foundation of practice which come through in her teaching. Brittney completed a 200 hr RYT in 2013, then furthered her therapeutic training through YogaMedics. She is excited to pursue a 500 hr RYT through Citizen Yoga and continue to learn and grow with the talented, inspiring Kula here!

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Chelsea VonFintel

Following years of sports related injuries, Chelsea was initially drawn to the physical benefits of yoga in 2007.  While practicing intermittently throughout college, she began to identify with the infinite growth opportunities the practice offers. With the help of a friend, she found Citizen Yoga in 2014 and was intrigued with the practice of alignment. In 2016, she completed Citizen Yoga’s 200 hour RYT and Apprenticeship program. Students can expect an energizing, light-hearted practice that inspires growth in both body and mind.

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Chelsea Wydick

Chelsea first came to yoga as medicine while feeling the stress of pursuing a Master’s degree. She was immediately turned on to hot yoga because of its challenge, and her background as an athlete. Slowly, she began to find more value in the therapy of yoga rather than just its physicality. She received her 200-hour RYT through Citizen Yoga Teacher Training in the fall of 2014, and began leading classes immediately. She continues to provide students with challenging classes that allow for play!

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Cindy Levine

Cindy Levine is a 200 E-RYT with 9 years of experience teaching yoga classes and teacher training programs. She started practicing yoga in 2003 and is inspired by yoga’s potential to make a great shift in the world toward more mindful awareness and conscious consumption. Cindy believes in the transformational power of yoga as the practice transfers over into a student’s daily life; “True yoga happens off the mat!. Finding strength, balance, focus, and perseverance on the mat helps us develop self confidence, which improves our lives and all those we touch. Her classes are both challenging and fun, taught with love and compassion.

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Coby Shecter

For Coby, yoga is play. It is where he channels his creativity and where he shows up to have fun. He enjoys leading a class that focuses on staying present while helping students find focus and calm. Coby’s teaching style emphasizes alignment, which will leave you feeling grounded. Coby completed the 200-hour Citizen Yoga Teacher Training.

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Dayle Extrell

Dayle was introduced to yoga while studying music and theatre at Central Michigan University. The physical practice helped with breath support and was a great way to ‘warm-up’ before a show. As an anxious actor in NYC, the yoga mat quickly became a place of refuge, while fostering self-love, compassion and providing a much needed community. Dayle holds a safe space for her students to explore their breath, bodies and minds. Her classes are fun, creative and intelligently designed to set you up for success while guiding you to your edge, with lots of juicy hands on assists. In addition to being an E-RYT with over 3,500 teaching hours, Dayle is a Thai Massage practitioner offering services out of Citizen Yoga.

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Erica Thomas

Erica experienced her first yoga class 10 years ago after a cross country practice. She went to simply “stretch” her tight hamstrings so she could improve her race times. After a handful of impactful classes, what she found was a much deeper, more meaningful experience that allowed her to soften her inner dialogue and become more empowered by her breath, body and the surrounding community. Erica completed Citizen Yoga 200-hr RYT and Apprenticeship program in 2016 and continues to grow her practice, as well as her teaching. Come ready to feel included and inspired and leave feeling more balanced and alive!

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Erica Treais

Originally resistant to the practice, Erica began taking yoga classes with her mom at a young age. During college, she recognized the value of self-study and consistent reflection to help her evolve off the mat. Taking the seat of the student has allowed Erica the opportunity to mature as a teacher. She completed an Intensive Yoga Teacher Training in 2013 and received her 200-hr RYT in 2015. She recently moved back to Detroit from Chicago and graduated from the Citizen Yoga Apprenticeship Program. She hopes to inspire an anatomically mindful, yet playful, yoga practice.

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Kacee Must | FOUNDER

Grounded in Vedic Philosophy, Kacee teaches alignment-based yoga, and opened the first alignment based Vinyasa studio in Metro Detroit. Her classes focus on self-expression and exploration. A 2006 graduate of Northwestern University, she opened the original Citizen Yoga location in Royal Oak, Michigan as a means to equip people with necessary and effective coping mechanisms. You can count on Kacee to instruct a safe, energetic practice that will leave you feeling nurtured, challenged, and will transcend the physical asana. Kacee is a certified 200-hour RYT, E-RYT, and she will soon be launching the 500-hour Citizen Yoga Teacher Training.

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Lauren Meier

Lauren’s passion is mental and physical health, so she uses the practice of yoga to properly heal the body and condition the mind to cope. With experience gained from the completion of the Citizen Yoga 200-hour RYT, she’s made a point to never teach the same class twice. This challenges students to look inside. Her mantra is, “The more you can get to know yourself on your mat, the easier life becomes off of it.”

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Paul Witherspoon

Born and raised in England, long-time resident of Metro Detroit — Paul has been a dedicated Vinyasa yoga practitioner for well over a decade since completing his 200-hour RYT. His classes are meant to challenge the body while engaging the mind to increase stamina, strength, flexibility, and balance. This improves overall physical health and feelings of well-being. He encourages students to light their own internal fires as they journey through self-discovery.

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Sara Ophoff

Sara grew up dancing and so yoga seemed like a natural physical supplement to a strenuous dance regime. She quickly found that yoga had so much more to offer than just flexibility and strength. After only a few classes at Citizen, she fell in love with the intellectual approach and welcoming space that Citizen provides. She completed her 200 hour RYT with Citizen Yoga and the Apprenticeship Program in the Summer of 2015. Sara provides a challenging and supportive practice. She encourages all students to focus on the progress that has been made, what the present moment is offering and acknowledging that there is always space to learn.

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Soojin Kim

After working in the corporate world for some time, Soojin wanted to explore something that presented a new challenge — the public relations and marketing industry had created a lack of something. After exploring various yoga practices she completed a 200-hour RYT in the spring of 2013 and later traveled to India to study under Swami Parthasarathy. The goal of her classes is to take students on a journey inside the body and help connect mindful alignment with pranayama.

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Todd Tesen

Todd believes his role as an instructor is to usher meaningful shifts for students on the mat so they can then make shifts in their lives that enrich their experience. He has studied yoga for more than 30 years with concentrations in Ashtanga, Anusara, Buddhism, and Rajanaka Tantra yoga of Dr. Douglas Brooks. He leads an advanced class with modifications for students of all levels. Todd has received both his 200-hour and 500-hour RYT.

ADMINISTRATION

WELLNESS PRACTITIONERS

Wellness Practitioner

Alex Herman

Alex earned a Bachelor of Science in nutrition at Michigan State University and a Master’s in traditional Chinese medicine from the prestigious Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. Registered in the state of Michigan and licensed in the state of Illinois (LAC), she is board certified by NCCAOM in acupuncture as well as Chinese herbology (Dipl. OM). With expertise in acupuncture and Chinese herbs as the foundation of her practice, she strives to provide the highest quality of individualized care by enhancing acupuncture and herbology with guidance on nutrition and exercise, along with supplemental therapies such as gua sha, moxabustion, cupping, and electro-acupuncture. Always at the forefront of her treatment plan is the safety, comfort, well-being, and longevity of all of her patients.