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Fitness Instructors

Current Instructors



Anja is a group exercise instructor and has moved from Slovenia almost a year ago. She started her sports career first as a dancer in dance school, where she was competing in show dance. Later she joined dance group and started performing at different dance shows and events and also discovered world of group exercise. She studied at the Faculty of Arts and graduated from the University of Ljubljana. She also owns a Master’s degree from Counseling Psychology from the same University. All her studying years she was working as a dance teacher in various kindergartens and dance schools. She was a Camp Coordinator and Leader for many years and for different organizations. She was also a Leader and Coordinator of camp for the people with special needs.  She is trying to connect her professional knowledge with sports education and lifestyle. She is certified Les Mills Instructor for Body Step, Body Flow (yoga, pilates, thai chi) and Sh’bam dance workout.  When you ask her about teaching her classes she would say:"I love and simply enjoy working with people, helping them live healthier lifestyle and achieving their goals. Educating them through my classes and everything that happens during that process is my purpose of life. Every single generation can give you a lot. We learn from one another."
 Diane B


Diane has a B.A. in Exercise Science from Cal. State Northridge. She has been teaching group exercise for 30 years. Diane has worked with special populations including seniors and weight loss. Her formats are: step, sculpting, spinning and boot camp.  For fun she likes to play tennis.


Emily is an undergraduate student at Santa Clara University pursuing a double major in Dance and Business. She is a Group Fitness Instructor certified by the American Council on Exercise and she loves teaching energetic Kickbox Body Sculpt classes. Emily has a passion to promote healthy lifestyles at SCU and in her hometown of Santa Barbara, CA. In addition to teaching fitness classes, Emily enjoys cooking, traveling, dancing, and hiking.

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Evelyn has certifications in both Yoga and massage therapy, and over 14 years of group fitness experience. She began teaching at SCU in 2006 and will be teaching and energizing and relaxing Vinyasa Yoga class. Her other interests include hiking, wellness, reading, dancing, and movies.

 Eversley Forte


Eversley has a degree in Electrical Engineering and is certified by ACSM, ACE, and AFAA. Since 2001, he has been leading energetic and motivating fitness classes here at SCU. His coaching approach to group exercise allows him to challenge all fitness levels. Eversley is also the Executive Producer and Director of the Cardio Athletic Kickbox video and DVD series. He has been a martial artist, actor and stunt performer on commercials and films for over 13 years.

Jeanee' Begg


Jeanee' has a degree in Exercise Physiology from San Jose State University. She has been teaching group exercise for 18 years and personal training for 13 years. She has special studies focused in nutrition, Pilates and weight training. Jeanee' is certified in Pilates and BalleCore as well as by ACSM.



Lirio has studied yoga for 20 years and has taught yoga to people of all ages and abilities for the last 15 years. She teaches a classical system of yoga that includes the study of pranayama (breathing practices), meditation and yoga asana (physical postures). She enjoys making yoga accessible to all people regardless of physical limitation or ability so that they may experience its benefits.

Louise Nistler


Louise is a certified instructor through Spinning and Mad Dogg Athletics. She competes with the SCU triathlon team, with cycling being her favorite part of the race. Louise played Varsity basketball and participated in triathlons as well. She plans to major in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Mathematics. Louise loves exercise and has always had a passion for motivating and coaching others to reach their highest potential. Along with triathlons, Louise loves traveling, singing, watching movies, roller coasters and being outdoors.




Mari is a certified Spin Instructor through SchwinnFitness. Her love for riding started outdoors, as she began competitively mountain biking her freshman year of college. She swims on the SCU club team and loves the differentfitnessprograms SCU has to offer. Mari's classes are energetic, upbeat and will leave you sweaty at the end. Mari is a psychology major, eventually striving to get her teaching credential. Besides spinning and swimming, Mari enjoys horseback riding, yoga, skiing, backpacking and singing.



Mary is an undergraduate student from Seattle, Washington. She is studying Communication, and is a certified spin instructor through Mad Dogg Athletics. Ever since attending her first spin class; Mary has fallen in love with the upbeat and energizing atmosphere of this workout, and strives to make each of her classes unique, challenging, and fun. Having played varsity golf and tennis all throughout high school, Mary enjoys staying fit through running as well as spinning.



Sadhana grew up practicing Indian classical dance (Bharatanatyam) and was a competitive synchronized swimmer for 7 years. She has also been involved in activities such as soccer, tennis, collegiate rowing, and even participated in a half marathon. Sadhana always practiced yoga on her own to complement all of her activities. In October 2014, Sadhana decided to participate in Core Power Yoga's teacher training to gain her 200 RYT certification. Sadhana fell in love with yoga once she realized that she could take what was cultivated during her practice off the mat and into her life. Sadhana is also currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Information Systems at Santa Clara University.




Stephanie is a certified Yoga instructor as well as an undergraduate majoring in philosophy.  A graduate of the Yogaworks 200 hour teacher training, Stephanie shares her love and appreciation of vinyasa yoga through classes focusing on alignment, and the linking of breath and movement.  She strives to create a mindful and individual practice offering modifications to all levels.  Her classes are welcoming, strong, and fun.