Meet The Teachers
Nicole Teufel (Nicki)
Nicki's classes are highly alignment-based and spiritually centered. She enjoys leading fiery practices as well as softer more mindful classes.
Her teaching philosophy is rooted in a deep belief that students are powerful beyond their imaginations and that yoga can help them step into that power more fully! She uses the a wide offering of yoga practices in most of her classes, including meditation, mantra/chanting, pranayama (breath-work), and blends of several different expressions of asana (poses). Nicki has been certified with Yoga Alliance since May 2010. She earned her E-RYT in 2014 and has offered more than 5,000 hrs of yoga teaching, including seven yoga teacher training programs. Anusara Yoga and Sianna Sherman are two of her biggest influences as well as Ayurveda and her mentor teacher, Natalie Piet. More recently, as of September 2015, Nicki's greatest teacher entered her life...her first child. Mama life is wild and beautiful, and a path Nicki has come to know as the highest yoga she has ever practiced.
Hatha-Vinyasa Hybrid Yoga Teacher
Zaineb has a steady, supportive nature, and a deep excitement for the power of yoga, which carries into her teaching. She enjoys getting her students sweaty through dynamic asana, yet creates an atmosphere of clearly guided mindfulness.
Zaineb has been developing her yoga practice since 2008, and in 2015, choose to complete her 200hr RYT through YogaFit, an alignment based hath-vinyasa training. This training was integrated over the course of a year, giving Zaineb a very deep understanding of the many aspects of yoga practice and teaching, which allows her to fully embody her training as she guides her students! She is passionate about integrating breathwork (pranayama) techniques through a marriage of static and flowing movements to create space and explore our bodies with high respect to alignment. Zaineb focuses closely on creating body connection and awareness to deepen her students practice of mindfulness. After finding Blue Moon Wild, she began to learn about integrating Anusara Yoga into her practice and teaching. She is very excited to be part of a studio that is enriched in community connection, alignment consciousness, and an open-hearted approach. Zaineb is currently working on completing her 500Hr RYT and hopes to soon begin to create more access to yoga for minority populations within the larger Ann Arbor community and beyond.
Celina has a calm and grounded heart-fire, that easily guides students into a warm, yet easeful practice. She offers total support, and a gentle, sensitive guidance, scaffolded by an intuitive understanding of optimal alignment and sequencing.
Celina began practicing at a donation-based studio in Berkeley, CA in 2010. She was immediately drawn to the physical movements and strength of the practice and continues to experience the transformative growth yoga provides—deeper receptivity, inner strength, and compassion for self and others. BMWY was the first and only yoga studio Celina came to upon moving to Michigan nearly three years ago. Experiencing true alignment-focused asana radically changed Celina’s practice, leading her to pursue her teacher training at BMWY. The principles of Anusara Yoga and Nicki Teufel’s guidance are two of the greatest yoga influences in her teaching and practice. Teaching yoga has been the greatest surprise and gift Celina has received. She strives to generate safe, supportive spaces where students can reconnect to their body, mind, and spirit, while rooting their practice in strong alignment and steady breath. She hopes to create inclusive classes where all students are free to explore their practice, take what they need, and leave the rest. When Celina isn’t at the studio, she can be found working at the women’s hospital, advocating for Indigenous women, reproductive justice, and health equity. She is a social worker and birth doula, who also has a passion for mixiote tacos, pinot noir, and old-school R&B.
Lily Tinker Fortel
As a student of Lily’s, you will be fully held and supported by her magnanimous grace. She offers an enveloping tranquility that allows students to create deep peace, no matter the class level, all whilst integrating excellent biomechanical queuing. Prepare to snooze hard in your Savasana, friends!
Full teacher bio Coming soon!
Gabby’s presence offers a luminescent smile and an ever-present invitation into the Self. Her classes encourage students to be present with their truest self, and to find honesty, upliftment, and acceptance through the practice. She exhibits a deep respect for her students, and provides an environment of compassion and genuine care.
Full teacher bio Coming soon!
Chelsea Low (Chels)
Chelsea brings a playful nature into her class offerings, and creates an environment of friendship, and warmth. She pairs this with deep commitment to skillful actions, mindfulness, and growth.
You may find Chelsea’s name on the schedule from time-to-time when she is available to sub a class. BMWY very much misses her regular weekly presence, and it is a delight each time she returns!
Chrissie’s classes invite students to go a little slower, create mindfulness, and engage in kindness towards their bodies needs. She enjoys implementing alignment, while maintaining a sense of intuitively informed practice.
McKenna is full of energy and light! She leads powerful and skillful asana classes, and challenges her students to raise to their full potential, while honoring the beauty of that process!
When McKenna isn’t bopping around the globe traveling for work, she can sometimes be found subbing a class for BMWY :) She held well-loved classes and is such a bright light who will hopefully one day be able to hold a regular class with us again!