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.
Abby began her yoga journey over 10 years ago. Her soccer coach at the time recommended she go to improve flexibility; however, the combination of breath work, mindful movement, and meditation had much more profound an impact than she ever imagined. Abby eventually went on to play D-1 soccer and study Kinesiology at Long Beach State University. With a bachelors in Exercise Science and certifications in Pilates, personal training, functional movement, and yoga, her teaching encompasses a rich and diverse practice. In her classes, Abby facilitates a movement experience that helps people gain a deeper, more loving awareness of their bodies. Her goal is to help students build strength, mobility, and focus, through cultivating more balance and ease to movement and breath. As a passionate “body-nerd” Abby is excited to continue to deepen her knowledge of the body, but also to study the more subtle and spiritual aspects of yoga through the Joy of Yoga 500-hour program. Students can expect education on core stability, healthy movement mechanics, and a deeply satisfying savasana at the end.
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.
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.
I am very excited to be joining Santa Clara University’s fitness program. I have over 20years experience as a Registered Dental Assistant. Being in the health care industry I understand the need for physical and mental health. One of main reasons I became certified as a group fitness instructor is to be a cheerleader for my workout buddies. Whether it’s the hour, the day or the weeks to follow. I want everyone who comes to class feel welcomed and that they belong. For that one hour they can focus on themselves in a fun, safe and positive environment. Allowing them to achieve effective mind and body heath. I am certified in World of Dance U-Jam Fitness (Cardio Dance Fitness), POUND (Cardio Jam session inspired by playing drums), and WERQ (Dance. Fitness. Workout). In my spare time, my husband and I love to take our four legged fur boys (Buster and Tomac) to the beach and/or hike. I also love to watch old classic movies.
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).
Grace is a first year student at SCU from Wilmington, Delaware. She has always been passionate about sports but starting at the beginning of high school she found a love for kickboxing. She worked at 9round, a kickboxing gym, for four years. Recognizing the benefits both mentally and physically of exercise, she decided to give spinning a try as well and immediately loved it. With a passion for inspiring others to be their best self, she received her cycling certification from Spinning. She can not wait to spin with you all!!
Hope was a sale in PC industry for over 20 years. She retired several years ago and spent few hours daily in the gym to keep a healthy lifestyle. She works part time as an assistant for an Ophthalmologist currently. She believes exercise benefits not only physically, but also mentally and emotionally. Since her enthusiastic to exercise she decided to become an instructor to inspire and encourage more people to have a healthier lifestyle. She got her Certification of Ujam, a cardio dance workout in 2017 and Pound, a full body cardio workout in 2018. Her goal is to make everyone in her class having fun and unleash their inner rockstars.
Hope is studying Civil Engineering as an undergrad. She has received her cycling instructor certification from Spinning. Hope is also a lifeguard at the Sullivan Aquatic Center. Indoor cycling, lap swimming, weighted yoga, and hikes are Hope’s favorite ways to get exercise. Hope appreciates the physical and mental health benefits of regular exercise and aims to foster a happy and challenging environment in her classes. She’s open to music suggestions that get you pumped!
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.
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.
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!
Sami took her first Yoga class over twenty years ago at the University of Oregon and it was love at first asana. At first, she was so drawn in by the strength and flexibility she gained in creating interesting shapes on the mat, which eventually morphed into a deep appreciation for the mindfulness, bio-mechanics and the science behind yoga. After living in chronic pain for many years after spinal surgeries, yoga saved her life one breath and posture at a time. Her approach to yoga is to help people feel joyful ease and build strength through strategic sequencing to open the body, center the mind and connect within. She draws on the creativity, grit and structure she’s cultivated from her careers as a chef and in human resources. In her classes you can expect a fun, sweaty, connected and meditative vinyasa style class. Sami became RYT200 certified through Jennifer Prugh’s Joy of Yoga program in 2018, and is currently enrolled in her 500 hour training.
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.
Tricia’s first yoga class was at a college rec center; she tried it because it was free and she’d been told she needed to work on flexibility. She had no idea then -over ten years ago -what yoga would come to mean to her. It was through yoga she developed a curiosity for movement and a sense of wonder for how the body functions. This curiosity led her to a lifelong study of alignment, mobility, biomechanics, and how being connected to our bodies through all forms of movement can heal and transform the mind. When she’s not doing or teaching yoga Tricia also enjoys Pilates, mountain biking, and strength training.