Maria Dykstra, Fitness Program Coordinator & Personal Trainer
Maria “Curly” has always had a love for fitness. She has been in the fitness profession for 16 years. She loves helping others with their fitness goals.
Her credentials are:
- ACE Certified Personal Trainer
- ACE Certified Advanced Health & Fitness Specialist
- A-PAI – Certified Aquatic Personal Trainer
- Certified Arthritis Instructor
- ASFA Certified Senior Fitness Instructor
To contact Curly, you can call the club at (541) 482-4073 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Susan Jaques, Yoga Instructor
I have been practicing Integral Hatha Yoga for 14 years and teaching since 2007. Since 2004, I have attended and assisted in ongoing Yoga classes, Hatha Yoga workshops and Meditation/Raja Yoga classes. I have taught in many venues, including schools, community centers, Yoga studios, spas/clubs and online to corporate groups. Beginning with completing my 200 hour teacher training certification for Hatha Yoga at the Integral Yoga Institute of San Francisco, I continued my practice and exploration of Yoga, completing my Meditation Teacher Training Certification in 2013, at the Integral Yoga Academy in Virginia. In 2014 I spent 12 days in retreat, immersed in the practices of the “Hatha Yoga Pradipika,” gaining deeper insight on how to teach to all levels of ability and experience, with the belief that Yoga can be practiced by everyone. Classes include Asana (postures) Pranayama (breath work) Yoga Nidra (deep relaxation) and an introduction to meditation. I am excited to have the privilege to be able to serve, by teaching in my community and continue to learn and follow my passion for the science of Integral Hatha Yoga.
Lillibet Gillespie, T’ai Chi Instructor
Lillibet was born and raised in South Africa where she studied T’ai Chi Quan and Qigong and had her own T’ai Chi school in Cape Town before she moved to America in 1997. Since moving to Ashland in 1997, she had held class in Ashland, Jacksonville and Medford. She teaches a simplified 8-step T’ai Chi form that has shown to significantly reduce the potential for falls and fractures in older adults.
Shannon Rio, Gentle Yoga Instructor
After years of being a Family Nurse Practitioner, turning to yoga in semi-retirement seemed like a natural course for me. In 2013, motivated to deepen my awareness of health, balance, and the practice of acceptance and being in the present moment I completed yoga teachers training. I developed the Gentle Yoga class specifically so that any person could come, experience the benefits of yoga and have fun.
The class focuses on developing both flexibility and strength in order to gain greater stability. It is for any age person who wants to adapt the practice to fit their physical goals. In class, breath connects with movement to nourish body and mind and soul. Effort combines with ease and the overall focus is on enjoying the journey. It is with gratitude that I can say that I am a member of the Ashland Tennis and Fitness family.
Richard Lawler, Pilates Instructor
Richard was first introduced to the Pilates method through his many years of experience and involvement with marching band and drum and bugle corps. In both of those activities the Pilates principles and goals, such as centered breathing, balance, having a lengthened and lifted body, active mental awareness and good proprioception, were very important. In 2003 Richard graduated with a B.A. in history from the University of Houston. In 2004, following graduation, Richard relocated to Ashland. While exploring post-marching band activities to maintain physical fitness and a healthy lifestyle he attended pilates classes. Almost immediately Richard realized that this was what he needed and shortly thereafter pursued the teacher training program at the highly regarded Pilates Center of Boulder were he received instruction from third generation instructors Amy Taylor Alpers and Rachel Taylor Segel while studying directly under Pilates Center alumnus Celina Dominguez at Inward Bound Wellness in Ashland. Richard is committed to teaching classical Pilates while allowing for non-classical techniques that inform the fundamental Pilates principles.