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Fitness Instructors

Click on the names below to meet the members of our Fitness team!

All of our instructors hold national certifications in their area of expertise. 

Interested in teaching a fitness class for Campus Recreation? Email fitness@scu.edu for more information or students, see our employment page.

 

 

 

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Alex is a senior at SCU studying finance, political science and studio art. Since an early age, he has been passionate about fitness and mindful practices. He believes that through yoga and healthy living we can all bring more intentionality into our lives. He currently leads the Student Senate and the SCU Mindfulness initiative on campus.  Alex received his 200 hour yoga alliance certificate from GreenYoga's international Ashram in Majorca Spain. When not practicing yoga, you can find him weight lifting, hiking, traveling, shooting photos, reading, or spending time with friends. 

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Ashley is a first year student at SCU from Portland, OR. Her passion for yoga began when she tore her ACL horseback riding accident in 2016. Yoga was instrumental in her recovery, and sparked an interest in teaching. She completed her 200hr teacher training and 50hr continuing education program through CorePower Yoga over the summer of 2018. She strives to make her classes accessible to everyone, regardless of their experience or ability. Her classes focus on the union of breath and movement to allow her students the freedom to experience all that the present moment has to offer. Outside of the studio, Ashley likes to read, cook, play with her dog, and spend time with her horses, Phinn and Griffin. 

 

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Brandy is a Marketing Professional by day and a certified Group Fitness Instructor by night (and sometimes early morning). She has been leading Group Fitness classes for 16 years. Class formats include Pound®, Body Pump, GRIT, CXWORX, Cardio Kickboxing, Bootcamp. An athlete, she has competed at the collegiate level in women's volleyball and track & field. Her philosophy is for participants to try new things and have fun during class. In her spare time, Brandy enjoys playing golf with her husband and snuggling with her four-legged fur baby, Bogey.

Bridget is a junior at SCU from NJ. She is currently studying Communications. Before college, she was a dedicated competitive swimmer specializing in long-distance freestyle.  Her passion for swimming has led her to being elected as varsity captain senior year, coaching during the summer, and teaching children with special needs how to swim. You might spot her in the pool swimming laps with the club team.

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Emily is both a yoga teacher and a law student here at Santa Clara University. She completed her 230-RYT certification in Asheville, NC and has been teaching for over four years in Columbia, SC and Austin, TX. She usually teaches mixed-level vinyasa flow classes, but has been lucky enough to teach in a wide variety of settings, including music festivals, healthcare conferences, rooftop pools, corporate offices, and even goat farms. When she's not yoga-ing or reading casebooks, you can find Emily rock climbing, lounging by the pool, or hiking with her sweet dog, Douglas.

 



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Eversley Forte presents an energetic and motivating coaching approach to group exercise.  His motto when teaching classes is “Let’s Play Hard, but Let’s Play Safe”.  Eversley  is the Executive Producer and Director of the Cardio Athletic Kickbox Video series.  He has been a martial artist, actor and stunt performer on commercials and films for over 15 years.  He trains in Brazilian Jiujitsu and Parcour, teaches Body Sculpting, Small Group and individual training, Kickboxing, Boot Camp, and Step classes. Eversley has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering, and is certified by the American Council On Exercise (ACE)and American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).  

 

Kiran is a graduate of Santa Clara University's law school and is currently practicing as a patent attorney. She was also working as a computer engineer for several years before and throughout her law school studies here at SCU. Kiran is certified to teach indoor cycling through Spinning(R), and has been a student of several styles of indoor cycling classes for nearly a decade. She incorporates her love of science into her routines by targeting specific muscles in every component of a ride. She's had a passion for team and individual sports for her whole life, and there's hardly a sport she hasn't tried at least once. When she isn't teaching indoor cycling or working as an attorney, Kiran is avidly rock climbing, snowboarding, hiking, swimming or cycling outdoors.

 photo of fitness instructor Leslie

Leslie has been practicing yoga since 2004, while pursuing her PhD in Oceanography at UC Santa Cruz. At first it was a physical outlet to keep her healthy and strong, but morphed into a deeper practice of mentally slowing down and observing. Her approach to yoga is trying to drop the awareness of the mind into the body, since her default is usually mind-driven: analytical, thorough, and concise. This translates directly into her yoga teaching style. Yoga allows the opportunity to integrate the mind and the body, attempting to turn your mind off from your constant inner thoughts. Her yoga style aims to move bodies in fun and exciting ways, pushing you into new postures previously thought impossible for you. Leslie became RYT200 certified through Jennifer Prugh’s Joy of Yoga program in early 2017, and is currently enrolled in her 500 hour. Studying under Jennifer for all these years has taught her that yoga creates space for joy, and a love for life to emerge. 

photo of Nalia a fitness instructor

Naila is a first year student here at SCU majoring in psychology and child studies. In high school, she was team captain of the women’s rowing team and participated in track and cross country. With a passion for racing sports, Naila regularly practices cycling on the road, through trails, and in her local spin classes. Once her sports seasons ended, Naila got certified to lead indoor cycling, finally making her transition from student to teacher. She is beyond excited to start instructing and plans to create a fun, upbeat environment in her classes. For fun, Naila likes to read good books, go to the gym, and be with her friends.

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Maria is self employed. She runs a home cleaning service and her husband's soccer business. Two years ago, she got certified with Les Mills Body Pump. She started teaching at East Valley YMCA and now teaches at two other YMCA branches. In her spare time, she attends other Les Mills classes (body step), enjoys hikes, and going out for morning/evenings jogs. Sunday's are her family and recovery day.



My name is Mireya and I am originally from Mexico. I'm a mother of four children and weekends are dedicated to my family. My fitness career started for fun and became a career four years ago. I started this journey teaching Fuego Fitness and I am currently also teaching at UFC Gym in Sunnyvale. I'm certified in Zumba and BollyX & U-Jam which is my favorite! I have created my own class named Bolly Fire which is a Bollywood Fun Cardio-Workout class with a twist of Latin Fusion. 





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Hello Yogis! My name is Molly and I am a yoga instructor from Corpus Christi, Texas. I am a first-year student here at Santa Clara University. To give a little info on my yoga journey, I started in 2010 as a Yogiño with Elizabeth "Beth" Reese, Ph.D., E-RYT, RCYT, the founder and executive director of Yogiños: Yoga for Youth® (YYY). I participated in two instructional kids' yoga DVDs led by Dr. Reese. Being only 12 years old, I found my passion for yoga very young. I have also been a dedicated ballerina for 14 years and a company member at Corpus Christi Concert Ballet for 6 years. My love for movement and physical expression has drawn me back to yoga in recent years after multiple injuries in ballet. I completed my 200-hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Training at the Yoga Studio of Corpus Christi under my beloved guru Michelle Acebo (Uma Devi) the owner and CEO of Yoga Studio of Corpus Christi. I also completed a 50-hour teacher training under Peter Guinosso at Yoga Tree in San Francisco.  I hope to bring my students a sense of liberation in my classes by cultivating compassion, self-love, and gratefulness. My love for the relationship of the mind and body made on the mat has inspired me to spread this practice with those around me. I teach mostly power flows with an emphasis on utilizing the core to build our inner fire but also mindful and engaged stretching. So come join me in an energizing, strengthening, but soothing flow class!

photo of Robert a fitness instructor

Robert is a kitting Tech by day at Intuitive Surgical Inc. They deal with Robotic surgery. At night he's a fitness and dance instructor. He's been dancing since the age of 12 yrs old. Grew up doing freestyle & hip hop dancing. In 2000 he went into ballroom dancing. There he trained in Smooth, Latin Dances and started teaching regular classes. Performed with students in showcases until 2008. Also at the same time joined performing groups doing Salsa dancing. Trained and practices for performances in venues, Salsa congresses. In 2013 he got certified to be a GX group fitness instructor. Those would U-Jam & Zumba Fitness. In his spare time likes to stay active in sports & working out. Plus spending time with family.


 





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Suzanne has a Masters degree in Accounting from the University of North Texas and is a CPA. She is very passionate about fitness and has been teaching group exercise classes for 15 years. She is certified in nine Les Mills programs including BODYPUMP, GRIT, and CXWorx.  Suzanne enjoys attending sports events, particularly SF Giants games, and spending time with her son.  





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Marge is a third-year undergrad studying English and International Business here at SCU. Ever since she was young, she has loved to dance as an outlet to spend time with and entertain others. After attending many Zumba classes in high school and college, she noticed the positive energy that the workout projects. So, she decided to get certified this past summer in Michigan - her home state! She hopes to give her students the feeling of empowerment that Zumba has taught her. All are welcome!