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

Rod Ciocho

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

Desi Dikova

  • Classes taught at Oakwood: Zumba, Step
  • Education: M.S. Civil Engineering
  • Training: Zumba Basic
  • Experience: 3 years

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.
  • Certifications: AFAA Group Exercise, Schwinn Cycling, Urbankick, Zumba. IDEA Conference attendee. Zumba Convention attendee.
  • Training: 15+ years of classical ballet; modern dance, jazz dance, West African dance. Stability Ball, Mat Pilates, BOSU, Gliding Discs
  • Experience: 15+ years

Cheryl Kasovsky

  • Classes taught at Oakwood: Body Conditioning, Stretch, Zumba. Bodysherd.
  • Certification: ACE, BOSU, Core, Resist-a ball, Kick boxing,
  • Stretch, Zumba, Zumba Tone
  • Experience: 34 years

Laurie Koneski

  • Classes taught at Oakwood: Cycling, Core and Stretch, Sculpt, Foam Rolling
  • Education: B.A. Film/Video
  • Certification: A.C.E. Group Fitness Instructor, A.C.E. Personal Trainer, Spinning, Polestar Pilates Reformer, Gravity, TRX, Nutritional Counseling
  • Training: BOSU, Stability Ball, Medicine Ball, Pilates Mat, Ballet Barre
  • Experience: 30+ years

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

Claudia Florian-McCaffrey

  • Classes taught at Oakwood: Yoga
  • Education: Julliard B.A. of Fine Arts (Dance)
  • Certification: Anusara Yoga Certification, Prenatal/Postnatal Yoga, Reiki Master, Infant Massage, Childbirth Educator in HypnoBirthing, Mindfulness
  • Training: Extensive professional training in modern dance, Alexander Technique, Anusara Yoga, Meditation, Laban Movement, Reiki Therapeutics and Childbirth education, Mindfulness
  • Experience: 20 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

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

Veera Sanjana

  • Classes taught at Oakwood: Yoga Stretch, Yoga
  • 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: 30 years

Heather Schrag

  • Classes taught at Oakwood: Spin, Body Conditioning
  • Education: University of Oregon BA Journalism, Palo Alto University MA Counseling, Pending 2019
  • Certifications: AFAA, Insanity, Group Fight, Group Power, Group Groove, Schwinn Cycling
  • Experience: 7 years

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

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: 35 years

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), Yog Alliance Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 500), Teen Yoga Training Integral Yoga Institute (SF)
  • Experience: 28 years teaching high school
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