Andrea Thomas

Andrea Thomas
Kinesiology, Athletics, & Dance
PC 806
(707) 778-4118

I was born in Fargo, North Dakota and grew up across the river in Moorhead, Minnesota. (And yes, people there do have the accent you hear in the film "Fargo."). I was a dancer and loved activities like cycling, ice skating, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing (Minnesota, remember). I started teaching group fitness classes to my peers when I was an undergraduate student and continued moonlighting as a group exercise and yoga instructor throughout my first career in print and radio journalism. Eventually I decided my part-time job was more rewarding and returned to school so I could work full-time in health and fitness, with the goal of teaching at the college level. Along the way I've lived in eight different states before arriving in California, the place I described in my high school journal as my dream destination.
Professional Areas of Interest: 
Wellness Coaching
Yoga and Mental Training for Athletes
Body Image and Eating Disorders
Mind-Body Practices
Stress Management
Online Teaching and Learning
Professional Involvement and Community Service: 
American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
Yoga Alliance
American Academy of Sports Dietitians and Nutritionists (AASDN)
Empire Runners Club