Group Instructors

Elaine AgamyTony CangelosiJohn CouchAnnetteLaura SheffieldJose PortilloWendell BullockJennifer PearlDouglas WalshRashidah Ali

Elaine Agamy is a certified yoga instructor whose yoga path began in the early 70’s as the Head Exercise Instructor for Shape Spa of New Orleans, and includes kriya yoga initiation by Ganapati Sachidananda and a 10-year certification in the Chinese methods of therapeutic healing and meditative yoga. She thanks her many teachers through the decades for the love and classical training she has received.

Tony has been a certified AFAA group excercise instructor since 1990. He started as subsititute instructor in the summer of 1990 at the Lee Circle YMCA and became a full time instructor in December 1990. He then went on to teach full-time at the Lee circle YMCA from 1990-1996. Tony started at the NOAC in October 1994, and teaches Step, Mini Boot Camp and the hard body classes 4 nights a week. What inspires Tony? The particpants and the drive and passion to achieve a healthy lifestyle

Fencing Instructor

Aqua Aerobics Instructor

Yoga Instructor

Boxing Instructor

Wendell Bullock comes form East Texas and moved to New Orleans in 1984. He began his fitness career in 1990. Since then he has become known throughout New Orleans for his skill, knowledge, and enthusiastic leadership in the aerobics field. His is AAFA certified in group exercise and kick boxing, certified in spinning by Johnny G. He was named Best Aerobics Instructor for Gambit New Orleans in 1991.

Jennifer became interested in Pilates while taking a program developed by the NYC Ballet Company in 1994. The program emphasized length and strength within the physical body and she found many common elements with her yoga discipline.

In 2004, she became certified by the Physical Mind Institute in Pilates Mat and in Pilates Standing Exercises. In the summer of 2005, she completed a certification in Pilates Equipment. She had planned to start teaching in the fall of 2005 when Katrina hit New Orleans, closing the NOAC for one year. Jennifer taught locally and then furthered her Pilates training in the summer of 2006 and again in 2007 with Ellie Herman in San Francisco. She set up a private Pilates studio at the NOAC in the Fall of 2006 and has been teaching mat classes and private clients. She is certified on the all equipment through the Physical Mind Institute based in NYC.

Instructor Doug Walsh is a certified 4th Degree Black Belt, Judge, Instructor and Examiner of the Japan Karate Association. Doug has been training in Shotokan Karate for over 35 years and has been teaching Shotokan Karate for 29 years. A direct student of his original and present instructor Master Takayuki Mikami (9th Degree Black Belt of the Japan Karate Association, resident of and instructor in New Orleans since 1965), Doug has practiced Karate under several world renowned Japanese Karate masters and has trained at the Hombu Dojo (world headquarters school) of the Japan Karate Association in Tokyo, Japan on several occasions.

Rashidah is a native of Philadelphia. She began her path to yoga in 2011 in search of physical and spiritual well-being. Certified  Vinyasa and Yin Yoga instructor, experienced with Reiki energy healing as well.  In her sequencing, she focuses on balancing the beauty & grace of transitions. A personal mantra that she follows is Self-Love, a practice of generating positive energy inward, then working to channel that energy  outward and into the mind-body connection of practicing yoga.  She believes that the power of ASANA is in exploration & self acceptance.