KACEE MUST - FOUNDER/TEACHER
After struggling with her own mental health, coupled with the loss of her sister who took her own life, Citizen founder Kacee Must began a search for meaning. Seeking answers and purpose, Kacee packed up and went to India to spend 3 years living at a formal academy studying Vedanta philosophy. A lifelong practitioner of Yoga, it wasn’t until the academy needed someone to lead the daily 30-minute Yoga session that Kacee stepped into the role of the teacher, and discovered she was born to teach. Upon returning to Detroit, Kacee started Citizen Yoga in 2013 with a mission to improve mental health and prevent suicide, offering yoga as a tool for handling the stresses of life, as inspired by her sister, Miya. Citizen is grounded in tradition, and is focused on alignment of body, mind and intellect. Always a student, Kacee embraces all schools of yoga, building upon her deep Vedanta foundation finding truth in different traditions, methodologies, and lenses such as Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda. Kacee brings to Citizen, and her teaching, the unique gift of helping you redirect your mind to gain insight through asana.
A former TEDx Talk speaker, graduate of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business program, member of Crain’s Detroit 40 Under 40 Class of 2018, lead trainer of the 200 hr CYTT, and accomplished instructor who has lead classes with 100-2,000 people in attendance, Kacee is most passionate about mental health as it relates to yoga philosophy and life. She strives to fulfill the CY mission in any way possible, and is willing to coordinate with you:
Guest teach workshops outside of the Metro Detroit area
Lead off-site private yoga classes for weddings, businesses, etc.
Guest lecture on Vedic Philosophy for Teacher Training programs
Lead large group classes at specialty venues, festivals, or retreat centers
Participate as a guest speaker on podcasts
Lead business seminars
Certified 500-hr E-RYT
Certified 200-hr RYT, YogaMedics 2010
Certified 300-hr RYT, with Todd Tesen
Logged over 5,000 hours of teaching experience
108 Training hours with Tias Little
Certified in Katonah Yoga
Studied at Vedanta Academy (vedantaworld.org) for over 2.5 yrs
IMPOSSIBLE TO POSSIBLE
Miya Jo Must, 1979-2007
Our mission is to improve mental health and prevent suicide through personal growth + transformation.
Citizen Yoga grew out of a need to equip people with necessary and effective coping mechanisms that can be applied in any facet of daily life. Grounded in connection, Citizen Yoga exists simply for every student to feel seen. Our goal is to empower the individual by teaching a safe, alignment-based practice that students of all levels can maintain throughout their lives.
Our values assert each human being is the sole author of their life’s story. This is a theme we emphasize in our teacher training, encourage our apprentices to live, and remind our students of during each class.
To fulfill our mission of empowering all people, we are active participants in the movement toward mental wellness. Our instructors and wellness practitioners partner with outreach programs to enrich the communities where we exist with educated physical and mental health alternatives.
OUR CORE VALUES
Every action and decision that we make at Citizen Yoga is guided by our 5 core values:
ALIGNMENT - INTEGRITY - COMMUNITY - SUPPORT - INCLUSION
What does alignment mean? It means there is a deeply integrated reason when and why you are doing a pose that generates a great impact on your physical and energetic body. A thoughtful and educated relationship with the body promotes a student to start experiencing the freedom that is felt when applying the optimal amount of boundary and discipline, like a parent to a child.
At the most basic level, a yoga practice is a physical practice. Just like an athlete in the weight room knows to track a safe depth when squatting, you must apply discipline while practicing yoga. We focus on helping students learn principle, rather than just posture. Students find alignment in their bodies so that they can build the foundation of a life-long practice.
The practice of yoga is about aligning not only your physical body in yoga, but aligning action outside of class with a higher ideal. Just like we have to practice yoga to master our physical form, we must also practice the art of focusing the mind and directing action rightly toward greater self-transformation.
Alignment helps strengthen the already existing relationship between our body and the mind as well as keeping us safe within the practice of yoga. When we place our bodies into any pose, even the smallest shift in thought can greatly enhance our physical experience.
An aligned practice provides a self-reflective space where one can see how each pose is similar to an experience or relationship they have off the mat. In practice, we strive to refine our actions and reactions in poses. In life, we use our gained perspective and skill to approach similar experiences and relationships with a deeper level of understanding and intimacy.
Integrity upholds Alignment. It is imperative for the direction and commitment to the whole, not just the individual, though the individual is always taken care of within the whole (Karma Yoga). Integrity is the opposite of insincerity and we strive to be transparent, but confidential. We respect each other’s limitations and boundaries. Integrity eliminates drama and insecurity.
Community is created as a result of Alignment and Integrity. We strive to create a sense of inclusion and feelings of home. Without alignment of an ideal that serves more than self, there is no integrity, no community and no support.
We feel the call of action to be of service. When done with the right attitude, this service becomes energizing.
We seek out opportunities to diversify the demographics of students who practice, train, and teach at Citizen. We continue to challenge our blindspots and make physical and mental health more accessible and approachable to everyone.
Your staff was courteous and welcoming, obviously sensing my lost nature upon arriving. I never felt intimidated or out of place, and struggled through my first time as best I could. Your instructor recognized that I was a beginner, made me feel welcome, and encouraged my attempts. They also took the time to introduce themselves after class. It truly made me feel good about myself upon leaving. — Brad Hutto
Moving to a new place is hard. Everything I own is still back in Los Angeles: my apartment, my car, my things, my coworkers and friends – so I still feel very much like a visitor here. Just before Thanksgiving, I drove out here with my boyfriend and our dog, and have been living in a hotel while we look for places. So it’s definitely been a challenging few weeks not feeling like I have a place to settle in. Happily, I’m moving into a house on Friday and could not be more thrilled to have found a new yoga home as well.
So huge thanks to you. I’ve been working remotely every day from this hotel room with my company back in LA, going a little stir-crazy for sure, and CY is just what I need to get out of my funk and start to see this new place as a home, not just a move. — Mallory McMorrow
I wanted to let you know how very happy I am to have found your wonderful, authentic, yoga studio here in Royal Oak! I began yoga when I lived out in Colorado six years ago and, after moving back, have searched for well-trained yoga teachers and studios. All of the instructors here are “The REAL DEAL” and I am convinced that Citizen Yoga is the best in the area.
While in class today I felt like, “This is home.” Thank you for offering Royal Oak (and now Detroit) an authentic yoga studio. What a treasure to find! — Sheila Moll
I had never practiced yoga before and I was definitely a little nervous to try it out. I came for Slow Burn, and it was absolutely amazing. As an outsider trying this for the first time, I felt so comfortable & welcomed to the studio by everyone. The class was challenging but I also felt safe to go my own speed and work to my own limits. I feel very lucky to have had such a positive experience, and I look forward to coming back again. Thanks for a great experience and for taking my Yoga V-card! —Hayley Freese