This week, get to know one of Campus Rec’s incredible instructors, Lei Shanbhag!
Q: What format(s) do you teach?
A: Zumba, Zumba Gold, Ballet for Beginner, Yoga. At this moment, and maybe for a VERY long time, I am leading Zoom Fitness Classes at the following times:
- Mondays 9am Ballet/ 10am Gentle Yoga
- Wednesdays 10am Zumba
- Fridays 10am Zumba
Please feel free to join one of my classes using this link! (The password is Lei)
Q: How long have you been teaching?
A: Seven Years.
Q: How long have you been teaching at Campus Recreation?
A: Since the beginning of this Spring Semester.
Q: Do you have another role at the University (e.g. student, faculty, staff)? If so, what is it?
A: I am a group fitness instructor of several local gyms: Champaign Fitness Center, Savoy Recreation Center, Stephen Family YMCA, and Mettler Center, as well as OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute).
Q: What motivated you to become a certified group fitness instructor?
A: Fitness is one of the most important goals in my life, and what can be better of being a fitness instructor, where I can put in efforts whole-heartedly, not only for myself, but also for the participants.
Q: What is your fitness philosophy?
A: Fitness is not only for the physical body, but also for the mind and the spirit.
Q: When you’re not regularly teaching, what are the other ways you like to stay active?
A: I like to walk with my family or friends. Travel is another fun way to stay active.
Q: When you’re not teaching your own classes, what type(s) of group fitness class(es) could we find you in?
A: Yoga, Ballet, or Zumba
Q: What is your favorite post-workout meal/snack?
A: A bowl of ramen, though most unlikely available :)
Q: Do you have a favorite source of workouts, fitness blogger, or health-related podcast that you’d recommend?
Q: What is your favorite way to practice mindfulness?
A: It is when I could remind myself to be at the present, in a Zen state: be it while washing dishes, cleaning floors, walking, eating, reading.