Team

TEACHERS

Amanda Taveras

Growing up in dance and music, the joys of rhythm and movement have been a big part of Amanda’s life. During her freshman year of college, she experienced her first yoga class. She recalls feeling completely blissed out after, but also getting that first taste of a deeper connection to her own existence. She began to consistently practice yoga throughout the years of her undergrad and masters in Art History and Business. During this time she also had the opportunity to study and live with a Shaman in the Amazon jungle. He encouraged the importance of meditation and finding stillness in daily life. A few years later, after running and managing two successful art galleries, she knew she wanted to make yoga a bigger part of her path. She completed her 230 hour Yoga Certification from the Yoga Center of Minneapolis, and immediately started teaching and spreading her passion for this ancient practice. Over the last four years she has focused on bringing yoga to all demographics and settings, leading events, workshops and retreats locally and internationally. She recently completed another 200 hour training with her favorite teacher, Patrick Beach. She enjoys teaching intelligent sequencing, unique movements and creative transitions. She specializes in vigorous and fluid vinyasa flows, actively working with the body to find more overall connection. Her goal as a teacher is to help people build a stronger and more loving relationship with themselves through movement. 

Anna Gangadharan

Anna 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.

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!

Caitie Fey

Caitie started practicing yoga as a way to reduce stress and anxiety while she was working as a high school teacher. She quickly fell in love with the practice because it allowed her to cultivate a deeper, more meaningful connection to herself and to the world. She completed Citizen Yoga’s 200 hour RYT and Apprenticeship programs in order to be able to share the practice. She aims to offer challenging and mindful classes while encouraging students to use their practice as a tool to grow the happiness in their lives!

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Carly Cenit

Carly discovered the transformative power of yoga in 2009 while being offered a desk job at a new studio in Kalamazoo, Mi. Yoga quickly ignited her spirit on a journey of self-love, personal transformation, and happiness within. In 2011, she was gifted with the opportunity to complete 200-hour RYT.  She continues to educate herself as a YogaMedics practitioner and licensed clinical social worker in order to ensure students practice safe, alignment-based yoga that reconnects each person with their inner personal power — breath.

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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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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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Giustina Easton

Giustina first discovered the transformative effects of yoga in 2011, experiencing a deep emotional and physical healing that inspired her to choose wellness as a career path. While finishing her schooling at the Costa Rica School of Massage in 2013, she became fascinated by the knowledge and understanding of human anatomy, and how our lifestyles directly affect our health and what we feel inside of our bodies. The therapeutic, alignment-based approach that Citizen Yoga offers spoke to her both personally and professionally, which prompted her enrollment in the 200 hour teacher training and apprenticeship programs. A few years into her career as an educator, she now works with Citizen Yoga in course planning and instructor of Anatomy for both 200-hour and 300-hour teacher trainings. In the yoga room she offers an authentic and articulate therapeutic practice that encourages self-love, reflection and personal growth.

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Jeff Stone

Since finding yoga, Jeff feels as though his life is just beginning. Self discovery through the practice of yoga has enabled an awareness within him that has resulted in an ease that accompanies his days.

After developing a love for Asana, Jeff completed his 200 hour RYT in February 2017 followed by the CY apprenticeship program.

He wants to share what the practice has taught him by teaching students that finding presence and stillness can become one of life’s ultimate thrills. He will offer a challenging, but supportive class focused on alignment and breath.

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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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Kayla Spray

Kayla began practicing yoga during her time at Wayne State University while completing her philosophy degree. Initially yoga was a means of overcoming anxiety and tendonitis. Once she recognized the immense healing that her practice provided she decided to complete her 200 RYT in order to share this practice with others. Eager to continue learning and growing she completed her 500 RYT, Thai Yoga Massage Certification, Citizen Yoga Apprenticeship and received her E-RYT 200. Kayla knows there is always room for personal growth in practice.  In class, she inspires her students to strive towards new depths, both mentally and physically.

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Lauren Laudani

Lauren has been a dedicated and passionate yoga practitioner since 2009, initially, to help manage the difficulties associated with her rheumatoid arthritis. Embracing both the mental and physical benefits of a consistent practice, yoga has since become a meaningful part of her daily life. Adventurous by nature, Lauren brings a lighthearted and playful energy into the yoga room, encouraging laughter and play within every class. Lauren completed her 200-hour teacher training in 2015, and recently completed her 500-hour training through Citizen Yoga in December 2017. 

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Misty Marcum

Misty found yoga after graduating from Art College. Having a ballet and figure skating background, yoga looked appealing to her but didn’t fall in love with it right away. Yoga was her escape after vigorous days as a professional automotive industrial designer in metro Detroit. Nearly 10 yrs of practice later bonded a strong appreciation for yoga. This inspired her to take the 200 HR RYT training followed by the Apprenticeship program at Citizen Yoga. With a solid year of teaching experience since, Misty has been drawn back to the Citizen culture where she feels most at home. She is ready to share her energy and love of the practice!

 

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Nicola Malloy

Nicola initially turned to vinyasa yoga for its therapeutic benefits. She used the challenging asanas and rhythmic flows to find present moment and just breathe. Nicola felt the profound impact yoga made on her mental, emotional, and physical health, and she knew she wanted to be able to share that gift. Nicola completed her RYT 200 training in April 2017 and moved to Detroit shortly after. Nicola found Citizen Yoga and was immediately drawn to the alignment focus. She completed an apprenticeship with Citizen Yoga in May 2018. Nicola strives to present her students with a safe, challenging practice while guiding them to discover their own inner light.

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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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Sitara Bird

Sitara is a movement enthusiast with a passion for holistic health. With roots in alignment-based yoga, she also expresses her spirit through hoop dance. Sitara loves Citizen because it is consistently inspiring growth and encouraging her to be the best and most authentic expression of herself. With a wild heart, she furthers her study under a multitude of teachers who have a variety of movement backgrounds. She has completed two 200-hour RYT programs, one of which was with Sofiah Thom and Ashleigh Sergeant of Danyasa Yoga Arts.

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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.

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.

Wellness Practitioner

Rachel Redmond

Rachel has been a dedicated student of Ayurveda, the sister-science of yoga, for nearly 15 years. In 2010, Rachel became a certified Ayurvedic practitioner, and earned her degree as a Doctor of Oriental Medicine 5 years later. She is also a licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist. Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word that means, “the science of life”. In learning the basic principles of Ayurveda, we learn the tools for self-discovery, self-awareness, and self-healing. It all begins with mindful awareness and a willingness to look within. Rachel believes that it is truly possible to feel better, live healthier and love more fully than we do. She believes that this is not only possible; it is within reach for all of us. Her Ayurvedic consultations support tailored lifestyle and dietary programs that make this level of wellness both accessible and maintainable for each of her patients.

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