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Our teachers are skilled to teach various styles of yoga, pilates & dance. They continue to train and may have ongoing assistantships with senior teachers to keep expanding their knowledge and understanding of their craft. More importantly, all of our teachers share two common traits – they teach dynamic personalized classes and are dedicated to the community at Studio U.
Katie Flanagan - Executive Director, Studio U
Aylon Pesso
Aylon Pesso Cardio Strength/ Core Crunch
After years of appreciating exercise and the body’s abilities, he made the jump into the fitness industry in 2013!
Danielle Barmash
Danielle Barmash Yoga
Danielle has been practicing yoga for the past 14 years. She is a firm believer of the trans-formative power of yoga.
Deneeb Ruiz
Deneeb Ruiz Cardio Strength
Deneeb Ruiz is a personal trainer, fitness instructor, and mind and body specialist!
Ellen Wells
Ellen Wells Yoga
Ellen’s classes bring focus to the breath, whether it is during a Vinyasa flow, a restorative sequence or a seated meditation. As long as we have breath, we have all that yoga offers within us.
Erica Thorp
Erica Thorp Dance/ Yoga
Following her life as a professional dancer, Erica saw yoga as a way to keep her body flexible and strong.
Erika Valadares
Erika Valadares Cardio Strength/ Zumba
Erika's fitness journey started when she was over weight and needed to make a life change. She quickly realized her love for teaching fitness and now enjoys helping others get fit!
Eva Christopherson
Eva Christopherson Yoga
By practicing with an open mind, a bit of playfulness, and sense of humor, Eva is certain that yoga will give us lifelong tools to incorporate on and off our mats.
Hannah Adams
Hannah Adams Pilates
Hannah is a holistic fitness enthusiast who draws from her diverse background to create a well-rounded, safe, and challenging class. She has extensive training in both Pilates and yoga, as well as boxing, dance, and the Alexander Technique.
Heather Dowd
Heather Dowd Yoga
Heather is continuously amazed, inspired and humbled by what she learns about herself and others while practicing yoga.
Jamie Faro
Jamie Faro Cardio Strength
Jamie enjoys staying fit through a well-rounded approach of yoga, weightlifting, running and cycling, and she enjoys bringing a lot of energy to early morning classes!
Jessica Jarmakani
Jessica Jarmakani Zumba
Originally from Honduras, Jessica has an insatiable passion for music and dance across all cultures that she loves to blend into her Zumba routine.
Jessica Pate
Jessica Pate Yoga
During her classes, Jessica draws from her yoga trainings, as well as her academic and scientific, research background, to incorporate elements that best serve the energy and needs of the class.
Kathryn Boland
Kathryn Boland Pilates/ Yoga
Kathryn Boland is a 500-hr registered yoga instructor with experience teaching various forms of yoga, Pilates, Zumba/Cardio Dance, and Barre.
Katie Flanagan
Katie Flanagan Studio Director/ Yoga/ Cardio Strength/ Core Crunch
Katie found yoga about 11 years ago after a long time of running and spending hours at the gym.
Kevin Groenjes
Kevin Groenjes Yoga
Kevin has served the Boston community as a catalyst for health and well-being since moving here from Minnesota in 2014. With a background in Kinesiology, his style blends yoga, strength training, and cardio into a complete body/mind workout.
Liana Bonavita
Liana Bonavita Barre
Barre is truly is a practice of mind, body and soul. I look forward to starting my journey with Studio U and look forward to meeting you all!
Marta Velez
Marta Velez Barre
Marta has committed to leading an energetic and effective workout every class!
Meaghan McSherry
Meaghan McSherry Zumba
In addition to her enthusiasm for Zumba, Meaghan is also a Spanish instructor in the Needham schools!
Rachel Almeida
Rachel Almeida Cardio Hip Hop Dance / Mixxed Fit
Rachel's teaching style is to have fun and bring lots of energy!
Sigourney Wendt
Sigourney Wendt Pilates
Pilates has taught Sigourney that one can get in shape while listening to their body!
Siobhan Reardon
Siobhan Reardon Barre/ Pilates Fusion
Siobhan first discovered Pilates in high school after being diagnosed with Kyphosis, and since then has found a love for Barre and it's high energy workout!
Tara Cowan
Tara Cowan Barre
Tara's passion for Barre is one of a kind. From fluidity of movement, to work out intensity, to music selection you will be leaving class feeling confident, peaceful, and maybe even a little light-hearted.