BeActive Classes Health and Fitness







Group exercise or activity is a great way to stay motivated in your fitness routine and social life. These workouts and activities are prepared and led by fellow certified OIST members and external certified instructors. They are guaranteed to bring you fun and an exciting fitness experience. We also offer a variety of cultural activities to engage in... check out the cultural activities page.

Strong Nation

Maeva Techer - Sensei

Meava-san will get you back into shape in a very fun and energetic way. Get ready to sweat and power through some push-ups, squats, burpees, lunges, jumps and more moves all sync with the music! All levels welcome (She will show low, normal and max out options and correct your posture). Maeva is an official certified STRONG Nation® instructor and SYNC Member since February 2019.

Classes for 2020 schedule (need to pre-register):

Tuesday 18:30-19:10 in the Ocean View Room

Tuesday 19:20-20:00 in the Ocean View Room

Wednesday 19:30-20:10 in the Ocean View Room

Sunday 19:00-20:00 in the Village Center Meeting Room

Any changes are informed here or on TIDA.

Information - HERE

Flamenco Dance Class

Noriko Shimabukuro- Sensei


Noriko started dancing Flamenco for exercise, but soon progressed to value this art, especially after her experience performing with live music. With limited resources in Okinawa and her desire to learn more, she traveled to Seville, Spain to take lessons from top artists. Currently she helps run the curriculum of Escuela de Flamenco de Andalucia in Okinawa (lectures), and she performs in various events. Noriko says many Flamenco artists have told her that Okinawa is similar to Andalucia. She hopes to bring the passion and fun to OIST community as well.

Flamenco Dance (baile) is a highly-expressive, Spanish dance form. The flamenco is a solo dance characterized by hand clapping, percussive footwork, and intricate hand, arm, and body movements

Classes for 2020 schedule:

Starting Fridays from 7:00-8:15pm in the Village Center Meeting Room.

Please bring:

  • Comfortable clothes to dance
  • Flamenco skirt (or long wide skirt)*
  • Flamenco shoes (or heeled shoes, not too high)*
  • Water

*Don't worry if you don't have them, just come in and try it out!

Registration and inquiries, please send message to:

Flamenco Video - Noriko-Sensei


Tai Chi Class


(Classes are currently on hold due to teacher availability. We will inform the community when classes open again. )

Shima Yoshiki -Sensei has over 20 years training and over 7 years teaching experience around Okinawa.

This class will focus on releasing stress and work out your body, mind and spirit while having fun with Tai chi!

No registration, just wear comfortable clothes and bring water.

Schedule: Wednesdays 6:30 - 8:00 and Fridays 20:30 - 22:00

Please check with for location in the village center.

Price: 500y/class, first class free trial.

Each class is composed by two main parts:

1. Warm up and Qi Gong excersises.

2. Tai chi (and sometimes Kung Fu) practice.


YOGA CLASSES - Offered by Certified Instructors

Hatha Yoga Classes

Classes are full and we are currently not accepting new registrations. We will inform you when there is availability. Thank you for understanding.

Leilee Chojnacki - Sensei

Leilee has been a practitioner of ashtanga-based vinyasa yoga for the past 6 years and a RYT200 yoga teacher since 2017, and teaches vinyasa yoga. Leilee will be teaching Ashtanga-based Vinyasa Yoga to the community of OIST. Among the physical Hatha yoga practices, vinyasa yoga is the technique of coordinating motion of the body with the cycle of breath. This is a powerful relaxation and strength building technique which fosters the connection between the deep core and respiratory muscles and limbs. Her classes will focus on developing tristana, the threefold relation between breath, posture or movement, and attention to bring the body and the mind together into balance. Community Classes are Free!

Community Class Schedule

Friday 5:30pm-6:30pm in the Ocean View Room

Beginner's Yoga: Slower-paced movement class. Suitable for complete beginners and experienced practitioners looking to refresh basic alignment.

Please contact the instructor for more infomration

Yoga Therapy

Miya Taillefer - Sensei

Miya-san is certified by the Japan Yoga Therapists Association & the Indian Central Government-accredited by Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samshana (S-VYASA). She is a certified yoga instructor (YIC) and yoga/therapist (YTIC). Miya can focus on areas for maternity, handicapped children, people with diseases, as well as regular courses.

Her classes will be taught in Japanese and little English. The Language exchange is welcomed!

Saturday, May 22nd and Saturday June 26th

Location: Village Center Ocean View Room

Payment method can be cash on the day of or by PayPay

All OIST members (OIST students, OIST employee and families) are 1,500 JPY

Please Register HERE

Iyengar Yoga

Yasuko Ruidel- Sensei

Yasuko Sensei is a certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor Level 1 and 2. She was certified in Prune, India in 2020 and has completed the RYT-200 program in Ashtanga style in Doha, Qatar in 2014. She has been practicing Yoga since 1998.

She will teach beginners/mix level for all age levels, experience level and gender. Her teaching goal is “yoga for everyone”.

Lunch Time Yoga

Time/ Day: 12:10-12:50pm (Every Tuesday)

Location: Village Center- Ocean View Room

First Class is Free

Cost after 1st class:

Students: 500 JPY

Non-Student: 1000 JPY

Lessons are taught in: Japanese, English, some Chinese

Please Register Here

Ashtanga Yoga

Prezemek Keppe - Sensei

Prezemek-san is a student and teacher of Ashtanga Yoga, devoted to the traditional teachings of this method. His goals are to teach Ashtanga Yoga in a traditional way. A dynamic and demanding practice of Asanas (positions), involving deep concentration and meditation. With emphasis on all the aspects of Yoga and how to apply them off the mat. With over 16 years of experience in and out of India, he would liek to share his philosophy on his personal practice of Yoga, Meditation and Pranayama.

Classes are in the Ocan View Room and Village Center Meeting Room

Monday: 7:45am - 9:45 Ocean View

Tuesday: 7:45am - 9:45 Village Center

Wednesday: 7:45am - 9:45 Ocean View

Thursday: 7:45am - 9:45am Ocean View

Friday: 7:45am - 9:45 Ocean View

Please contact the instructor if you are interested in attending.

Przemek Keppe

Donation -based

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