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Alison

Alison is an AFAA certified instructor and has been teaching aerobics and yoga since 2005. She originally trained at the University of Kansas and also worked an instructor trainer and personal trainer at the University of Notre Dame. In her spare time, Alison runs marathons with her dad, spends hours in the kitchen concocting new recipes, and attempts to make progress on her PhD in French literature. She also speaks Arabic, and some Japanese and German and is always looking to expand, so come by and greet her in any language!

Annie Annie discovered SAY during a stressful year of trying to figure out how to teach freshmen to write research papers. She couldn't believe how much better she felt when she took some time to challenge her body and play. Now she teaches Pilates and Pilates-inspired (Core and More) group classes that she hopes will bring joy and energy into people's lives (not to mention some sore abs). Outside of Hacienda Commons Annie is working on a doctorate in English, coordinating graduate programming at the Women's Community Center, tutoring at Hume, and singing with her band, The Great American Novel.
Anya Anya started teaching for SAY in 2010. Before becoming an instructor, Anya was an eager participant in conditioning and step classes; her passion for exercise was fueled by her passion for baking (all those cheesecakes and macarons add up). When she isn't moonlighting in the kitchen or at the gym, she's a PhD student in Microbiology and Immunology. Her research focuses on how Toxoplasma gondii crosses different biological barriers, and she's happy to tell you all about it at any time (really). Despite being born during a frigid winter of St. Petersburg, Russia, and spending the last 14 years in NYC and Boston, Anya is still a very cheery and happy person.
beth Beth is excited to be teaching Hatha Yoga at SAY! She began practicing yoga in 2009 to compliment her dance training and completed her 200 hour teacher certification from Brenna Geehan and Jean Mazzei in 2013. When she is not doing yoga or spending time outdoors, Beth is pursuing a PhD in Mechanical Engineering. Beth studies Hatha yoga, meditation, and pranayama, taking an energetic approach to working with the mind through the body. You will find Beth’s classes to be highly approachable, lively, and mentally calming.  Her classes focus on balancing flexibility and strength to increase subtle body awareness and quieting the constant churning of the mind. She strives to help her students experience the joy of living from a truly loving and authentic place.
bridgette

Bridgette started teaching with SAY while working on her PhD in Psychology and now, many years later, still considers SAY her favorite place to teach. Bridgette loves teaching "classic" formats like Step, and newer formats like Jungshin Fitness. She encourages SAY participants to embrace new challenges: "We are often afraid to try something new at the risk of messing up and looking like a fool. But if you don't mess up, then it means you aren't learning anything! Remember that it took you a year, and many stumbles and bruises, just to learn to walk. So try a new class; feel uncoordinated for a while; stay determined; and take joy in how much you learn and improve over time."

 

Candice Candice got hooked on teaching group exercise classes back in college in 2003. Before coming to Stanford, Candice taught all kinds of crazy classes at UNC-Chapel Hill. At SAY, Candice loves keeping her Pilates students challenged and checking out all the wonderful classes offered by her fellow instructors! Outside of Hacienda, Candice is a PhD student in the psychology department studying health behavior across the life span. Although her blood will always run Carolina blue, Candice loves calling California home!
caroline Caroline teaches Aerobic Kickboxing. After starting Taekwondo at 14 inspired by Buffy the Vampire Slayer, she discovered Aerobic Kickboxing in college. She loves its energizing music and intense workout. She got hooked on Turbo Kick after moving from France to the USA and became a certified Turbo Kick instructor in 2012. She likes to make classes cardio intensive and fun. When she is not chasing vampires, Caroline is a PhD student in the Civil and Environmental Department and studies alternative financing of infrastructure projects. In her free time, Caroline tries to visit as many National Parks as possible.
hattie Hattie is thrilled to be at SAY sharing her love of yoga. She received her teaching certification through Avalon Yoga Center, under the mentorship of Kelly McGonigal. Hattie's classes are breath-centered, and she hopes students leave feeling a bit more grounded, joyful, and at ease in body, mind, and spirit!
katie Katie is a Zumba Instructor from Cleveland, Ohio. During her undergraduate study at Youngstown State University, she had the opportunity to train in ballroom and swing dancing and led the university’s ballroom dance team.  Ballroom dance opened to the door to Zumba, where a passion developed over several years before Katie became a certified Zumba instructor in 2009.  Katie moved to Stanford in 2012, where SAY classes and community kept her company as her husband completed his Masters degree in EE.  Katie is also employed as an Occupational Therapist and in her free time she enjoys hiking and traveling. 
maria Maria As soon as the music starts Maria can barely keep her feet on the ground. It all started in 2008 in Europe when she first attended a zumba class. Since relocated to the Bay Area (2011) she has been visiting as many SAY classes she can and she is so excited to be an instructor. She received her Master in law (L.L.M) from the University of Heidelberg in Germany and in german linguistics from the University of Zurich in Switzerland and has been practising law for several years in Greece. She is now honored to teach at german-american schools in Palo Alto and is a proud owner of the cuttest Maltese dog in the universe.
marily Marily has been a personal trainer since 2000 and has just entered into the group ex world this year. She has always been passionate about fitness and promoting healthy lifestyles, and has worked with a wide range of people from patients in cardiac rehab to the general "wanting to get fit" public. She has her MS in Nutritional Science and is a Registered Dietitian, so she LOVES to answer nutrition questions (seriously!) She is wrapping up her doctorate in Educational Psychology focusing on motivation and health behavior change, or otherwise playing with her nephews and her awesome puppy dog. She wants everyone to be able to build their fitness, develop strength, and achieve their health goals so they can lead active and happy lives.
mary Mary started teaching group exercise classes at SAY while working on her PhD, and now, six years after graduating, she's thrilled to be back! In the meantime Mary opened a restaurant and taught cooking classes, and her passion for food complements the aerobics classes she teaches. Mary enjoys teaching classes with fun, frequently-changing choreography to keep participants engaged. She teaches each move with different options and modifications so participants can choose their own level.
nancy Nancy instructor at the Brown Belt level who has been teaching Nia since 2003 and for SAY since 2005. She also works for the University Libraries at Stanford as a Data Analyst in the Digital Libraries Systems and Services Department. When she is not spending time helping to build digital libraries or teaching, she enjoys dancing, hiking, gardening, birdwatching, and skiing.
rachelle Rachelle is a postdoctoral scholar working on environmental learning at the Stanford Graduate School of Education. She is passionate about anything and everything OUTSIDE, and is thrilled to be teaching outdoor yoga on this gorgeous campus we share! Rachelle completed her yoga teacher training at the Avalon yoga studio in Palo Alto. This training emphasizes the scientific elements and benefits of yoga, and brings in a diversity of instructors to expose teachers-in-training to a variety of yoga styles and philosophical variations (e.g., Ashtanga, Jivamukti, Iyengar, Hatha, YogaTuneUp, emphasis on fascia, yoga philosophy, Sanskrit, Bagavadgita, etc). Please join Rachelle in exploring and playing with the richness of yoga -- outside!
rona Rona has been doing Zumba, a Latin-based dance fitness program, since 2007, and got licensed as a Zumba instructor in 2011. She now does Zumba almost every day. She loves the music, the exercise and most of all the fun of it, quoting their motto: "Ditch the workout, join the party!" She goes to as many SAY classes as she can and is thrilled to be an instructor. Rona received her MD at UCSF and did a fellowship at NIH before joining the Stanford department of psychiatry in 1998. Since she is part of an academic faculty she will often cite sources or inspirations for the choreography in her class. As a mom she enjoys biking, swimming, and walking the dog with her family.
sara Sara is a licensed instructor for Zumba fitness and has been teaching aerobics since 2012. Her early dance training in classical ballet inspired her passion for dance. Now, she is happy to share her love of dance through Zumba fitness! Sara leads a high impact Zumba class with hip hop, Latin, and world music dance styles, designed to give you a tough workout that feels like a dance party. Her intention is to give you a fun, energetic, and effective class to help you burn calories, build confidence, and achieve your fitness goals! Whether you are new to dance fitness or a Zumba fitness pro, Sara will make each class a fun and exciting challenge. When she isnít teaching Zumba, Sara is a medical student in the Stanford School of Medicine.
rona When Stephanie began power yoga in 2010, she was a typical stressed out student--constantly in her own head worrying about abstract concepts.  Stephanie finds that yoga helps alleviate academic and other stress because it requires concentration on strengthening, controlling, and understand one's physical body rather than on solving abstract problems.  Therefore, her classes focus on strength, alignment, and body awareness.  She especially loves being upside-down and arm balancing, so you can expect to see handstands and arm balances thrown into her sequences!  Stephanie is also a PhD student in Behavioral Marketing at Stanford GSB.  Broadly speaking, she researches self-concept, and self-evaluation.
tony Tony teaches muay thai kickboxing at SAY. He has been training in mixed martial arts, boxing, jujitsu, and muay thai for many years. He's won four championship titles and now fights professionally. When he's not training, he is usually eating chocolate, or playing with his Persian cat,Steve. He has a passion for animals, especially dogs and reptiles. His biggest fears are spiders and cloudy water. The worst thing that could ever happen is if he were wading in cloudy water with spiders crawling on his head. He hopes for the successful return of the once famous soda,Surge.