Meet Our Staff

  Ani Gavoor Niffin - OWNER  "The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart." - Helen Keller -

Ani Gavoor Niffin - OWNER
"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart."
- Helen Keller -

  Jennifer Gibas   For eighteen years, Jen was a massage therapist, which means she has deep knowledge of the body and knows what needs to be done to heal and to soothe. She earned her bachelors degree in psychology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (a credential also very helpful to our community). Jennifer is a 200-hour certified yoga instructor who believes the practice of yoga is one that provides a path for connecting to something larger than ourselves, and it all starts with the breath. In her words: “The breath helps keep us present, calms the mind, and nourishes the body.”

Jennifer Gibas

For eighteen years, Jen was a massage therapist, which means she has deep knowledge of the body and knows what needs to be done to heal and to soothe. She earned her bachelors degree in psychology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (a credential also very helpful to our community). Jennifer is a 200-hour certified yoga instructor who believes the practice of yoga is one that provides a path for connecting to something larger than ourselves, and it all starts with the breath. In her words: “The breath helps keep us present, calms the mind, and nourishes the body.”

  Morgan Barnett   Morgan fell head over heels for yoga soon after she began practicing. The multi-dimensional healing that a regular practice offers sparked her passion. She graduated from MSU with a Degree in Human Biology last spring, and the next month she completed her 200 hour YTT with Center For Yoga in Ann Arbor. Morgan loves dynamic flows that allow students to focus as much on the transitions as the postures themselves. She loves the heat and the challenge. You will definitely reach your edge in Morgan's classes!

Morgan Barnett

Morgan fell head over heels for yoga soon after she began practicing. The multi-dimensional healing that a regular practice offers sparked her passion. She graduated from MSU with a Degree in Human Biology last spring, and the next month she completed her 200 hour YTT with Center For Yoga in Ann Arbor. Morgan loves dynamic flows that allow students to focus as much on the transitions as the postures themselves. She loves the heat and the challenge. You will definitely reach your edge in Morgan's classes!

  Erica Kleinsorge

Erica Kleinsorge

  Katy Trame

Katy Trame

  Jan VanElslander - OWNER   "People will forget what you said,  people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." - Maya Angelou -

Jan VanElslander - OWNER

"People will forget what you said,  people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." - Maya Angelou -

  Kathy Yatooma   Kathy took her first yoga class 16 years ago and knew she was a Yogi for life. She received her 200 RYT certification with the Yoga Alliance in 2012. Kathy is committed to teaching others to find inner calm and to harness both physical and internal strength.

Kathy Yatooma

Kathy took her first yoga class 16 years ago and knew she was a Yogi for life. She received her 200 RYT certification with the Yoga Alliance in 2012. Kathy is committed to teaching others to find inner calm and to harness both physical and internal strength.

  Courtney Viaches  "It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye." - Le Petit Prince

Courtney Viaches
"It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye." - Le Petit Prince

  Kathy Elgin

Kathy Elgin

  Brooke Ryan

Brooke Ryan

  Lisa Shields   Lisa first discovered yoga while pursuing her Master’s degree in Counseling. It didn’t take long for her to feel the transformative effects of her practice. Lisa wanted to share the gifts of yoga with others so she attended teacher training and received her 200 hour RYT. Lisa focuses on imparting the wisdom of yoga in a safe and nurturing atmosphere so that her students may achieve greater health and well being and feel empowered to find their edge.

Lisa Shields

Lisa first discovered yoga while pursuing her Master’s degree in Counseling. It didn’t take long for her to feel the transformative effects of her practice. Lisa wanted to share the gifts of yoga with others so she attended teacher training and received her 200 hour RYT. Lisa focuses on imparting the wisdom of yoga in a safe and nurturing atmosphere so that her students may achieve greater health and well being and feel empowered to find their edge.

  Erin Brown   When Erin found herself struggling with post-partum blues after having her third child, she realized she needed something to help her feel grounded and she found yoga and the way back to herself. It didn't take long before she enrolled in a 200 hour yoga teacher training at Citizen Yoga with her teacher Kacee Must. Yoga has changed her entire life and is her medicine each and every day.

Erin Brown

When Erin found herself struggling with post-partum blues after having her third child, she realized she needed something to help her feel grounded and she found yoga and the way back to herself. It didn't take long before she enrolled in a 200 hour yoga teacher training at Citizen Yoga with her teacher Kacee Must. Yoga has changed her entire life and is her medicine each and every day.

  Bonita Austin   Bonita has been a fitness trainer for over 30 years with certification as both a Personal Trainer and a Yoga Instructor with focus on physical alignment, on teaching students the right way to move in their own body.

Bonita Austin

Bonita has been a fitness trainer for over 30 years with certification as both a Personal Trainer and a Yoga Instructor with focus on physical alignment, on teaching students the right way to move in their own body.

  Stevie G.

Stevie G.

  Angela Miller  "Yoga is the supreme secret of life." - Bhagavad Gita -

Angela Miller
"Yoga is the supreme secret of life." - Bhagavad Gita -

  Tisha Ortiz

Tisha Ortiz

  Julie Law

Julie Law

  Olivia Mouradian

Olivia Mouradian