Ariel Achatz has been practicing yoga for over five years. Ariel was first drawn to Yoga for stress-relieving benefits and immediately began to find the amazing benefits, both physical and mental, that Yoga could offer. In 2015, Ariel decided to continue her yogic journey and become a RYT-200 Ashtanga yoga instructor.
Besides teaching yoga, Ariel works full time in Communications for her family business and serves her passion for environmental sustainability by running a nonprofit garden, Phenomenal Farms. She also creates natural beauty products with Dirty Love Soap Company and is a current Master’s student at Wayne State University.
Ariel grew up in Armada and is excited to bring Yoga to the community!
Penny Carroll is a 500hr-RYT and E-200-RYT, with training including the Warriors at Ease Program-Yoga for Tauma, Yoga for 12-Step Recovery, and Yoga Nidra. She is currently studying at Healing Hands Myomassology School and looks to gain her LMT in Spring 2018. She has extensively studied cross-cultural mythology with stories emerging intuitively through her lessons and workshops. With deep gratitude for the ancient yoga texts, she incorporates themes from the Yoga Sutras the Bhagavad Gita into her classes which are rich with inspiring cues to allow every body an opportunity to experience the yoga. Penny is a military daughter, wife and mom and a former military officer with a Masters’ Certificate in Servant Leadership from Gonzaga University. She completed the 2015-2016 session of the Cardoner Institute for Contemplative Leadership with Alan Haras of Hamsa Yoga.
KATHLEEN TENNISWOOD, PH.D., D.F.C.C.A., C.I.C.B.
Dr. Tenniswood holds the Maestro Cecchetti Diploma as well as a Ph.D. in Dance and Related Arts from Texas Woman’s University, the only person in the U.S. and just one of two in the world to have earned both distinctions. Her Cecchetti Ballet studies were with Ruth Carney, Theodore Smith, Marjorie Hassard, and Marjorie Randazzo and she spent summers in NY studying at ABT, Manhattan School of Ballet, etc. Her dance training includes several dance genre and body/mind techniques. For 16 years, she owned the Kathleen Tenniswood School of Dance in Warren, MI from which emerged many professional dancers and teachers. She has taught in colleges and universities and for dance organizations throughout the US. A permanent examiner and liaison to the CO Committee of the CCA, Dr. T. is a member of the National Executive Board, CCA National Historian, and shares the work of the National Scholarship Committee with her sister, Laurie Papovich, D.F.C.C.A.
Working with all ages and levels of students, Dr. T. realized that a great benefit could be derived from a program of gentle stretching and strengthening and relaxation techniques. She began developing a system first while teaching at the School of Cleveland Ballet for the CCA and expanded and honed this system at the University of North Texas. She has taught these exercises at dance seminars throughout the U.S. as well as for the American Diabetes Association and for people of limited mobility. Her method is designed to be specific to the ages and abilities of her students. Arm Chair Exercises have been developed for those who have problems with mobility.
Dr. T. recently returned to Michigan from Houston, TX where she choreographed for Joyful Praise Dancers, a liturgical dance group, and volunteered teaching ballet to underprivileged children in two school districts in addition to her professional responsibilities. Active in the community, Dr. T. is a Stephen Minister, past President of the Denton branch of AAUW, former President of Denton Civic Ballet, former member of the Houston Ballet Guild, former President of Dance Masters of Michigan, Coordinator for regional and national American College Dance Festivals, etc. She lectures throughout the U.S. on dance related subjects and her research is requested by dance scholars throughout the world.
Melissa Graebert believes movement is the best way to stay feeling young. She is a fully certified Stott Pilates instructor and has taught clients for the past 14 years in Bloomfield Hills, MI. Her certifications include Level II Mat, Reformer, Cadillac Chair and Barrels, Injury and Special Populations, pilates for breast cancer survivors, pre and post natal pilates, pilates for athletic conditioning, and most recently, Fascia Movement Foundation Course. As a former ballet dancer, she uses her extensive knowledge of dance, fitness, alignment, and anatomy to maximize her clients’ workouts. Melissa enjoys bringing awareness and knowledge to her clients to help them achieve their fitness goals, prevent chronic pain, improve posture, and help them feel their very best.
Melissa is also a ballet teacher and co-director of the ballet company at Main Stage Center for the Arts. She is the mother of two beautiful girls and loves raising chickens, gardening, and helping her family find natural ways to live healthy.
Meet Kristen L. McGillen - health coach and personal trainer.
There is no typical story anymore as to how someone begins a weight loss journey.
In high school I hit over 300 lbs. When I got to college, the meal plan in the dorms pushed the weight gain to its peak as I reached my heaviest weight ever: 365 lbs.
I was physically tired and emotionally sick of being morbidly obese. I was embarrassed to be out of breath walking up one flight of stairs to my classes. Finally, in 2006 I was ready for a change. I entered my university's gym with absolutely zero knowledge of how to work any machine and without any trepidation I got on the treadmill and tried to make it go. I got it to work but like most obese people looking for "the answer," I felt lost and unsure of how "diet and exercise" worked. I found my tribe at the gym who helped me find my way.
From there I started with exercise alone which took off the first 65 lbs. The next 60 took a lot of ups and downs with food (but that happens for everyone). After the first 120 lbs came off, I decided that I wanted to learn how to run. After an 8 week training program, I was down another 50 lbs and could run for 30 minutes straight. Before I knew it, I had lost 170+ lbs and was running 5K's. Since then I've completed 5 half marathons and the Detroit Free Press Marathon in 2012. I finally learned how to swim in 2014 and completed a triathlon. Little compares to the adventure of fitness.
My career adventure is a different story. While working full time for an insurance agency I earned my personal training and health coach certificate through the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and my life hasn't been the same since. I now reside in Roseville with my beautiful son Maxwell who has become my life.
I want to share my personal experience with others so they can understand that change can be made and sustained. I want to make it clear to people that there is more to creating and maintaining a healthy lifestyle than just sheer willpower and force - that there will be ups and downs along the path and that path never ends. I want to share my journey with you and help you begin and/or follow through on yourjourney. You may not have 170 lbs to lose. Maybe you want to lose 10, 20 or 50 lbs. Maybe you want to focus on flexibility or gain muscle. No matter the goal, you have to start somewhere and you might need some encouragement and guidance along the way. I can help you with that, so let's work together!
Meet Shelly Haag - I started my health journey when I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia 20 years ago and little by little learning about nutrition, clean eating, exercise and eventually becoming certified in these areas is how I created " Trainer Girl System": Personal Fitness Trainer, Lifestyle and Weight Management Specialist , Fibromyalgia Muscle Management Specialist, Implementing a Weight Management Program, Nutrition and Weight Control, Nutritional Concepts for Success, Eating Out the Right Way, Sculpting Her Body Perfect , Advanced Strength Training Programs, Women, Exercise and Metabolism, ABC Fitness Training Specialist, Metabolism and the Hormonal Highway, Smart Programming for the Peri and Postmenopausal Woman.
I have written an 8 week program that includes simple everyday things that you can incorporate into your busy life that will promote health and fitness
Meet Tara Doane - Minds Meeting at the Barre Class Instructor.
Tara graduated from Oakland University with a communications degree and is now pursuing a career in advertising/marketing. While in college, and after many years of dancing at Main Stage Center for the Arts, Tara found barre classes and completed her certification. Tara is excited to come back to her home town and be an instructor and motivator for Mainstae...Good for the Soul "Minds Meeting at the Barre" Class. "I love seeing people get a great workout and be over joyed with their results"