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Wealth of Lamorinda’s health on display at Moraga Commons

Posted on August 17, 2022
Wealth of Lamorinda’s health on display at Moraga Commons
Sunday Strong instructors at Moraga Commons Park Photo provided

Lamorinda is filled with health conscious citizens who run, walk their dogs, cycle through our beautiful hills and last summer took part in a new program at Moraga Commons Park called Sunday Strong. Sunday Strong was started by the Moraga Community Foundation, in cooperation with the Moraga Town Parks and Recreation Department, to offer free fitness classes every Sunday morning at the park in June and July.

Lamorinda’s top instructors have volunteered their time to promote the health and well-being of our community and help MCF raise awareness for the Commons Improvement Program, which includes the purchase and installation of a new 4-cabin ADA-compliant gender-neutral lavatory. the south end of Commons Park. The program featured these amazing local instructors and offered a variety of fitness classes including Bootcamp, Yoga, Pilates and Tai Chi.

“Sunday Strong has given our community the opportunity to connect personally with neighbors and civically to support MCF to improve park facilities,” said Brenda Luster of the Moraga Community Foundation ( “Engaging mind, body, spirit and community rejuvenates us and others around us.”

Christine Vleck Jensen has been teaching Pilates for over 15 years in San Francisco and is now opening Mighty Pilates in downtown Lafayette ( “The Sunday Strong program was a great way to introduce the local fitness community to a variety of classes,” said Vleck Jensen. “Participants who attended my class were thrilled to have the opportunity to try out different classes and instructors while enjoying being outside in the park.”

Vleck Jensen has been a lifelong accomplished athlete, having been a Division 1 softball player, cyclist and Ironman. With the addition of a nutrition degree from Cornell and an MBA from Berkeley, she is proving to be an invaluable health and fitness resource for the Lamorinda community.

Belle Hammond founded Moraga Bootcamp ( and is a certified instructor in several disciplines. She has spent the past 11 years passionately motivating others to adopt a healthy lifestyle. His promise is “to meet each of [my] customers where they are in their current journey. »

Katie Rogers teaches Ashtanga/Vinyasa yoga at Atma Yoga in Orinda ( Rogers began teaching yoga in 2006 with the goal “that students not only experience mental and physical release in his class, but leave with a renewed sense of inner peace and connection.”

Dina Ricksen is an avid health and fitness advocate at Moraga and has been teaching Pilates for over 20 years, currently offering her expertise to Joy in Motion ( and also runs a successful Arbonne business, which reinforces his commitment to healthy living.

Grandmaster Marilyn Cooper has been training and teaching the art of traditional Chinese Kung Fu for over 50 years, winning multiple titles in national and international competitions. In 1999, after the tragedy at Columbine High School, Marilyn found a way to bring the peace of T’ai Chi training to our youth to help prevent bullying and encourage empathy by creating the 9 Games peace of Tai Chi (

Sunday Strong has come to an end, but these health and fitness gurus continue to offer a wealth of resources and talents serving as a vital part of the Lamorinda community and our quality of life.