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.
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.
Anne has been teaching yoga for more than 10 years, during which she has participated in multiple therapeutic yoga trainings including an RYT 200 with Linda Kay and another through YogaMedics. As a YogaMedics instructor, she teaches foundational classes focused on strength and growth. Her goal is to help each student feel as though they are in a better place physically and emotionally than they were at the start of class.
Bashi was drawn to yoga 16 years ago when she was expecting her first child. Her curiosity to learn led her to explore 200-hour RYT. As an instructor, she believes our paths are already designed and we just have to be open to receive. She guides students based on an Ashtanga Vinyasa foundation, and teaches Ashtanga, Yin, Vinyasa, and Slow Burn. She loves to share her practice throughout Metro Detroit both in studio and in the community among our youth, teen moms, and the NFL Detroit Lions. Bashi taught workshops at the Wanderlust Squaw Valley Festival of July 2014 as supported by lululemon athletica as an Alumni Ambassador. You will often hear her express gratitude in class for her “yoga gifts” of stronger relationships, as well as a healthier body inside and out.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Luke believes teaching yoga is about helping students grow to their fullest potential so they can contribute at the highest level possible in the communities they serve. He completed his 200 RYT training through Citizen, followed immediately by an apprenticeship study, and then the 300 RYT program. His classes are bold, challenging, intentional and fun. Luke encourages students to seek deeper levels of clarity on their mats so they can align their thoughts and intentions with their words and actions in life.
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!
Nick’s practice was born out of the choice to take yoga as an elective while attending Wayne State University. After having a knee injury that resulted in surgery and extensive therapy, he learned that yoga was much more than just a physical practice. He has completed two 200-hour RYT trainings, YogaMedics training, and is in the pursuit of 500-hour RYT. He teaches a joy-filled class that helps educate students on anatomy and alignment while assisting students with building a practice that is right for them.
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.
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.
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.
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.
STUDIO EXPERIENCE MANAGERS
Alli found yoga while in college after saying goodbye to competitive dancing, which she had spent all of my free time doing for a decade. She deeply appreciates the lack of competition in yoga, and rather the acceptance of where we are today in our practice and in our lives. She sees yoga as the ultimate, comprehensive tool for good health!
Originally from Iowa, Christine moved to Michigan – from Tennessee – in January 2018. She sought out a yoga studio as a means to supplement her workout regiment and found so much more within Citizen Yoga. She immediately felt welcomed into the Community and with that felt more connected to her practice. Exactly one year after her first class at CY, Christine trained for her first shift as an EM! Christine SO looks forward to connecting with each Citizen in hopes of making them feel as connected and welcomed as she did as a new girl to the city.
After struggling with back and hip pain for years from an old injury and suffering from stress and anxiety at his corporate job, Dave walked into Citizen for his first class back in 2014. He was so overwhelmed during that class but was immediately welcomed and felt at home with this amazing Kula. Practicing and working at Citizen not only helps him focus on the positive things in his life but also reminds him to step back and take time to reflect and appreciate this journey.
Mary Beth Mannino
MB stepped foot on her mat for the first time back in college. In an effort to find a healthy way to relieve stress, she signed up for a semester’s worth of yoga classes on a whim and while she was initially attracted to the physical side of her practice, she was very quickly impacted by the mental and spiritual aspects of being on her mat. She connects very deeply to CY’s mission of making every person who walks through the studio doors feel seen and valued in our community, which is something she strives to uphold both as a staff member and a member of the CY community at large.
Adina studied Psychology in college, and though she found her studies fascinating, she didn’t connect with the one-size-fits-all approach to health that her program offered. Her desire to find more holistic practices led her to yoga, a healthy plant based diet, and to Reiki energy healing. Adina felt a shift once she’d discovered what worked for her and was inspired to share this with others who sought the same thing – stress relief and a happier and more fulfilled way of life. Adina completed the Reiki Master Program with Lourdes Gray of the John Harvey Gray Center for Reiki Healing. Adina’s life’s purpose is to support others on their own healing paths. She holds space for her clients and guides them as they discover a more loving and nurturing relationship with themselves.
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.
While Amber used to teach high school and travel, she is thoroughly enjoying home and family life and sharing her work as a licensed massage therapist. Her sense of touch is exceptional. The style is typically a flowing fusion of several modalities including Myofascial release, Swedish, a touch of Reiki and Thai, with full range of pressure available. You can opt for total relaxation or interactive/educational massage. She has also helped many moms-to-be through prenatal massage. Amber is so excited to be immersed in the beautiful energy of Citizen Yoga and get back to the practice! Her motto is: Breathe. Transform. Shine.
Dayle has been practicing Thai bodywork since 2013. She has studied the Asokonanda and Shivagakomarpaj lineages, traditional Thai foot reflexology and was honored to be the resident Thai Bodywork Practitioner for the cast and crew of off-Broadways “Fuerza Bruta”.
Mary Beth Mannino
As a former PR and sales professional in corporate America, Mary Beth equated success and happiness in life with wealth or being rich. She worked my way up various corporate ladders and it wasn’t until she was at the top when she stopped to realize she was really depressed, 25+ pounds overweight and turning to food and alcohol to fill the void of searching for something deeper in her life. MB was chasing the wrong kind of richness. Instead of wealthy, she wanted to be “wellthy” or rich in living a life by her own design, on her terms and in her own unique way. She wanted to be rich in experiencing each day as the very best version of herself that she could possibly be through taking care of her body, mind and soul. She took responsibility for her life. She no longer identified with living by other people’s standards, expectations or rules and once she made that decision, the universe responded: “Okay. Now the fun begins!” MB felt my nudge from the universe to take the leap of faith of switching career paths into becoming a certified holistic health coach. Now, she cultivate conscious connections and meaningful life experiences. Whether it’s through 1:1 health and lifestyle coaching with individuals or with a group through wellness events, she gives people the tools and resources they need to step into a life that serves their truest, most authentic selves.
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.