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!
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.
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.
I've been practicing yoga since 2013 when I found my life had become more challenging than I was able to handle on my own. I really wasn't sure how yoga was going to help me but through my practice and my teachers, I was not only able to deal with life better, I was able to live my life better.
My yoga practice, and the way I teach, extends beyond the physical aspects. I practice yoga every day and for me that means that I incorporate aspects of yoga (physical practice, meditation, self care, self reflection, breathwork, etc.) throughout my day.
I got my RYT200 through teacher training at Santosha Yoga in 2017. My classes are a little slower emphasizing the breath and movement giving time to really become mindful of our bodies.
Outside of yoga I enjoy gardening, cooking, my 2 dogs and family.