All of our trainers are passionate about their work. They understand that no two bodies are alike and will work with you to get fit at the right pace.


Sequoia Chappellet

Co-Founder of Axé Oakland.

Sequoia teaches boot camps, small group classes, personal training, and nutrition at Axé.

I am a personal trainer and nutritionist in Oakland, CA. I am passionate about helping women get strong, fit, and flexible. My goal is to help you meet your goals, whatever they may be! I train women in their 20s and women in their 70s. I train pregnant women, recent moms, and women with injuries. I got you whether you've never worked out before (I have clients who literally never worked out before they met me) or are training for a marathon! I am inspired every day by the women who I train.

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Professor Chipa

Co-Founder of Axé Oakland.

Chipa teaches boot camps and capoeira classes at Axé.

I have been a student of capoeira for 27 years and have been teaching for 18 years. I love sharing my knowledge of my culture and history through capoeira to children and adults.

I provide an exciting and high-enegy class that facilitates improvement in coordination, endurance, memory, balance, music, language, core strength, and flexibility. I specialize in youth and adult classes starting at age 3. Capoeira is a fun and unique way to explore your body’s abilities.

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Minerva Arias

Minerva teaches yoga at Axé.

As a DominiRican born and raised in the enclave known as “the Heights” in NYC, now thriving in Oakland, CA Minerva came to yoga at a time when she was able to be receptive to its healing and magic. The connection of body, breath and soul, made from a continuous practice, is in every way what keeps Minerva deeply devoted. Passionately dedicated to creating healing spaces through Yoga, Ayurveda and the sharing of truths, she is never shy to offer her compassion, intelligence or magic to make it possible. Minerva's classes are full of dope tunes, creative sequencing and some NYC DominiRican flavor and she is always excited to welcome new and familiar faces! Learn more at