Group Exercise Staff

Celine Dastous - Group Exercise Manager

  • Classes taught at Oakwood: Cycling, Body Conditioning, Stretch & Release, TRX, Yoga, H.I.I.T
  • Education: M.A. English
  • Certification: A.C.S.M. Group Exercise Leader, Spinning, Piedmont Yoga Certification, Smart Flow Yoga
  • Training: Resist-a-Ball, Mat Pilates, Polestar Allegro, Turning Point Studios Pilates Training, Bosu, TRX, Yoga Tune-up, Therapy Ball Practitioner, ELDOA and Myofascial Stretching
  • Experience: 30+ years
  • Hobbies: Trail running, road cycling, cooking, medicinal plants
  • Philosophy of Fitness: My favorite quote from Lao Tzu: "Health is the greatest possession. Contentment is the greatest treasure. Confidence is the greatest friend."

Taylor Beebee

  • Classes taught at Oakwood: Body Pump, Body Combat, Certified Body Attack
  • Education: BS International Business Management
  • Certifications: NASM- Personal Trainer, Dynamic Sports Performance Certified Coach
  • Trainings: Russian Kettle-bell Certification, Advanced Training for Body Pump, Body Combat, and Body Attack
  • Experience: 7+ years
  • Hobbies: Cooking, travel
  • Philosophy of Fitness: Training should be enjoyable- do what you enjoy doing not what you feel you need to do.

Lisa Andrews

  • Classes taught at Oakwood: BOSU Conditioning, Core and Sculpt, Muscle Conditioning, TRX, Stretch
  • Education: AA Child Development
  • Certifications/Trainings: Group Ex, Personal Trainer, Spin, TRX, Heart Zones
  • Experience: 25+ years
  • Hobbies: Running, cooking, gardening, traveling
  • Philosophy of Fitness: Must be user friendly, accessible and fun! Important to get out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself. Very important to worship your body- nothing is more important! You are your competition! Be you, embrace your strengths and thrive to improve your weaknesses.

Rod Ciocho

  • Classes taught at Oakwood: Yoga
  • Certification: Mark Horner Moksha Yoga Shala
  • Training: Universal, Shadow, Iyengar, Ashtanga and Yin Yoga
  • Experience: 18 years

Virginia Dare

  • Classes taught at Oakwood: Spin, Barre, Personal Training
  • Education: Marketing
  • Certification: AFAA, NASM- Personal Training, Aqua Fitness, Spin
  • Trainings: Spin
  • Experience: 8+ years
  • Hobbies: Cooking, family time, travel
  • Philosophy of Fitness: Use it or lose it!

Desi Dikova

  • Classes taught at Oakwood: Zumba, Step
  • Education: M.S. Civil Engineering
  • Training: Zumba Basic, Zumba Step, LeBlast Fitness, Silver Sneakers, AAFA
  • Experience: 12 years
  • Hobbies: Social Dancing
  • Philosophy of Fitness: Change your life one beat at a time!

Pam Hall

  • Classes taught at Oakwood: Barrefit, Gentle Fitness
  • Education: BS Business Administration
  • Certification: NCCPT, USWFA, 200-hour Yoga Certification
  • Trainings: Parkinson's Specialist, Neuro-Sensory Specialist, Water Rescue
  • Experience:40 years
  • Hobbies: Hiking, biking, indoor rock climbing, yoga
  • Philosophy of Fitness: We all deserve to feel our very best. pain free range of motion and balance are key to feeling good about yourself. My focus will be on teaching you the simple movement practices that will become the foundation of a powerful fitness lifestyle.

David Henry

  • Classes taught at Oakwood: Yoga
  • Training and Certification: RYT - Chair Yoga, Yoga Alliance, Immersion and teacher training at Yoga Kula.
  • Experience: Ballet and Ballroom dancing for 30 years, Yoga 6 years

Carah Herring

  • Classes taught at Oakwood: Cardio Dance, Line Dancing, Cardio Cut
  • Education: B.S. Mass Communications, Bennett College for Women. Master of Journalism, UC Berkeley.
  • Certification: AFAA Group Exercise, Schwinn Cycling, Urbankick, Zumba. IDEA Conference attendee. Zumba Convention attendee, Aqua Zumba, AFAA Mat Pilates
  • Training: 15+ years of classical ballet; modern dance, jazz dance, West African dance. Stability Ball, Mat Pilates, BOSU, Gliding Discs
  • Experience: 15+ years
  • Hobbies: Traveling, hiking, exploring museums
  • Philosophy of Fitness: Challenge yourself, be consistent. Stay positive and have fun.

Tiffany Hoover

  • Classes taught at Oakwood: Bosu Burn, C, Core and Balance, Cycling
  • Education: BA in Theater, MA in Theater, MA in Theology
  • Certification: ACE Group Ex and ACE Personal Trainer
  • Training: BOSU, Keiser Cycling, Stages Cycling, Group Power, Yin Yoga, Mixxed Fit
  • Hobbies: Dancing, reading, walking my dog, wine tasting
  • Philosophy of Fitness: I approach teaching and training with playfulness, kindness, and direction. I am a life-long learner and hope to always be a resource for education. I want my clients and students to find enjoyment in moving and I want them to feel seen and heard.

Karen Johnson

  • Classes taught at Oakwood: Aqua Aerobics, Body Conditioning, Dance Fitness
  • Education: BA from Hayward State
  • Certification: AFAA Group Fitness, Zumba, Mixxedfit, USWFA
  • Training: USWFA, SCW Mania Conference, AFAA Sunrise Yoga and Group Fitness, Mixxedfit, Zumba
  • Experience: 21 years
  • Hobbies: Horseback riding, reading, dancing
  • Philosophy of Fitness: Find workouts that you enjoy, then it never feels like a chore.

Cheryl Kasovsky

  • Classes taught at Oakwood: Body Conditioning, Stretch, Zumba. Bodyshred
  • Education: Hairstylist, Real Estate Investing
  • Certification: ACE, BOSU, Core, Resist-a ball, Kick boxing
  • Training: Stretch, Zumba, Zumba Tone
  • Experience: 37 years
  • Hobbies: Scuba diving, travel
  • Philosophy of Fitness: To enhance the quality of life through health and fitness. While having fun!

Janet Kaufman

  • Classes taught at Oakwood: The Nia Technique
  • Education: BA Psychology
  • Certification/Training: Nia first degree Black Belt, Nia MoveIT
  • Experience: 16 years
  • Hobbies: Jeweler Silver Smith, metaphysical
  • Philosophy of Fitness: Movement that is physical keeps you coming back.

Laurie Koneski

  • Classes taught at Oakwood:Core and Sculpt Fusion, Core/Restore, Cycle Body Conditioning
  • Education: B.A. Film/Video
  • Certification: A.C.E. Group Fitness Instructor, A.C.E. Personal Trainer, Spinning, Polestar Pilates Reformer/Mat, TRX, Nutritional Counseling
  • Training:Functional Fitness, Myofascial Release/Restoration, Corrective Exercise, HIIT, Boot Camp
  • Experience: 30+ years
  • Hobbies: Music, film, crossword puzzles, pickleball, reading
  • Philosophy of Fitness: Laurie believes in providing services that prevent injury and imbalance and promote health and healing.

Andrea Legault

  • Classes taught at Oakwood: Aqua-Fit
  • Education: BS Business CSUEB, AA Retail Management FIDM, AFAA Group Ex Certified 2010- Current. AEA Water Certification.
  • Land Training: Bosu, Interval, Step, Zumba Gold, Piyo Live! Strong by Zumba
  • Aquatic Training: Aquabata, aqua kick, intervals, HIIT, Sport conditioning, deep water
  • Experience: Land Classes 2002, Aqua Classes 2003, 14 years

Tina Ory

  • Classes taught at Oakwood: Mat Pilates
  • Education: B.S. Physical Education, Teaching Credential
  • Certification: Certificate in Pilates by Physical Mind, U.S. Water Fitness Assoc. A.F.F.A. instructor, Yoga for Kids and New Generation Yoga
  • Training: Resist-a-Ball, Balance Body Reformer , Yoga Kids
  • Experience: 35 years
  • Hobbies: playing with my two grandsons, going to the beach, hiking, swimming, opening my door for friends
  • Philosophy of Fitness: I teach young kids, so I have always felt fitness needs to be lifelong learning, things you will do as a child, then as a teen, going into adulthood, parenthood and grandparenting! Keep it fun, uplifting, motivating and good for you, what makes you feel good and you can share it with others is a true blessing of fitness.

Kathleen Ostler

  • Classes taught at Oakwood: Zumba, Body and Sole
  • Education: Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater and Dance
  • Certification: NIA Black Belt, Zumba B1/B2, MELT Method Certified hand and foot, AFAA Certified
  • Training: 3 Mastery of Teaching intensives
  • Experience: 13 years

Noel Panganiban

  • Classes taught at Oakwood: Cycling, Ball, Zumba, Body Conditioning, Gentle Pilates & Stretch.
  • Education: B.S. San Francisco State University
  • Certification: AFAA Group Exercise Leader, Zumba, Lifetime Spinning, U-Jam, Urban Kick, Strong by Zumba
  • Experience: 40 years, Wellness Director for Berkeley YMCA for 12 years

Monica Phillips

  • Classes taught at Oakwood: Yoga
  • Education: MA International Education, BS Journalism
  • Certification: YogaWorks 200 and 300 hour Teach Training Graduate, Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 500), Professional Certified Coach with the International Coaching Federation, Certified Positive Intelligence Coach
  • Training: Vinyasa Flow Gentle Flow, Strength, Stretch and Balance, Reading Bodies, Yoga Nidra, Pranayama, Yoga Philosophy, Meditation and Mindfulness
  • Experience: 28+ years
  • Hobbies: Spending time outdoors and near the ocean, hiking, paddle boarding, traveling, reading, listening to music
  • Philosophy of Fitness: Invite movement into your body so you gain strength in your body, peace in your heart, and calm in your mind. Being present is the biggest gift we can give to ourselves and those around us. In this busy, always-on world, that can be the hardest thing to do.

Veera Sanjana

  • Classes taught at Oakwood: Hatha Yoga, Gentle Yoga, Energy Yoga, Chair Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Yin Yoga, Yoga for Stress and Meditation
  • Education: M.A. Economics, M.S.W (Social Work & Community Services)
  • Certification: Munger School of Yoga Teachers Training Certification (India), Certificate of Teaching Yoga Center, Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner, Certified Compassionate Touch Instructor
  • Training: Yoga Pravesh, Yoga Parichay in India, Dance and Movement Therapy, Herbology (Ayurvedic and Chinese), Vipaasana Meditation, Kripalu Yoga
  • Experience: 35+ years
  • Hobbies: Research and study in fields of Eastern Philosophy, Yoga, wellness, brain and the power of the mind, mantras, mudras, meditation, mindfulness, tapping. Growing herbs and medicinal plants, ayurvedic cooking, doing workshops on healthy healing foods, Yoga/Meditation retreats, herbal cooking classes
  • Philosophy of Fitness: "Yoga does not just change the way we see things. It transforms the person who sees." - BKS Iyenger

Heather Schrag

  • Classes taught at Oakwood: Spin, Body Conditioning, Kickboxing
  • Education: BA Journalism, MA Counseling
  • Certifications: AFAA, Insanity, Group Fight, Group Power, Group Groove, Schwinn Cycling
  • Experience: 12 years
  • Hobbies: Gardening, playing with my dog, kids, traveling, music
  • Philosophy of Fitness: It's better in groups!

Balvinder Singh (Ballu)

  • Classes taught at Oakwood: Yoga for all, Cardio Cut, Spin & Athletic Conditioning, Bollywood Dancing, Conditioning on the Ball.
  • Education: Masters in Physical Education with Yoga Specialization, Post Graduate Diploma in Physical Education with Yoga Specialization, Bachelor of Science (Electronics)
  • Certification: Performance Enhancement Specialist - NASM, Certified Spin Instructor - Maddogg, Certified Group Ex Instructor - AFAA, Certified Fitness Trainer - ISSA, Certified Group Exercise Instructor - NESTA, Certified HRV Bio-force
  • Experience: Changing lives since 1992
  • Philosophy of Fitness: Believe is small steps to achieve goals; listening to your body and mind to make a synchronized move to enhance performance at any level of fitness.

Tori Sovocool

  • Classes taught at Oakwood: Cycling
  • Education: UCLA
  • Certification: Schwinn, TRX, ACE Group Fitness
  • Experience: 13 years
  • Hobbies: biking, sewing quilts, baking dairy free
  • Philosophy of Fitness: Progression! You will have ups and downs but keep going and you'll feel better!

Sue Thomas

  • Classes taught at Oakwood: Step, Cycling, Muscle Conditioning, Interval Training, Circuit Training, Boot Camp, TRX, Tabata, Step with Muscle
  • Certification: A.C.E Group Exercise, A.C.E. Personal Trainer, Spinning
  • Training: Bosu, Gliding, AI Stretch, Stability Ball, TRX
  • Experience: 38 years
  • Hobbies: Hiking, biking
  • Philosophy of Fitness: Make it fun and you'll keep doing it!

Chris "Coach" Walsh

  • Classes taught at Oakwood: Yoga Vinyasa Flow (Level 2)
  • Education: M.S. Anatomy and Physiology, B.S. Physical Education, Started Yoga Program at Campolindo High School 2013
  • Certification: YogaWorks 200 and 300 hour Teacher Training Graduate, Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 500), Teen Yoga Training Integral Yoga Institute (SF)
  • Experience: 29 years teaching high school
  • Hobbies: Hiking, reading Yoga philosophy books
  • Philosophy of Fitness: My purpose is to share the beauty, wonder and magnificence of this sacred tradition to awaken my students fullest potential. The body you have when you are 25, you can have when you're 65 if you take care of it.
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