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OUR TEACHERS

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
Ashley Brayden
Ashley Brayden Yoga
It’s no surprise that Ashley’s journey to yoga was about healing herself, because after one adjustment from her, you will feel her healing kindness.
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!
Bonnie Bounds
Bonnie Bounds Barre
Bonnie loves using music to drive the energy of her class and strives to create a fun, safe and challenging environment for all levels of fitness.
Brittany Ross
Brittany Ross Yoga
Yoga has been equal parts finding balance in Brittany's everyday life, learning to bloom where she is planted, increasing physical strength, and exploring her flexibility. She cannot wait to see you on your mat!
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.
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.
Heather Osta
Heather Osta Barre/ Dance
Heather is a veteran teacher of barre and fitness classes, and is excited to bring her experience to Studio U!
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 Midence
Jessica Midence 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.
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.
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!
Paloma Cabrera-Lustig
Paloma Cabrera-Lustig Yoga
Paloma is specialized in the principals and fundamentals of Vinyasa
yoga and teaches a challenging, fun, and alignment based class.
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 is super excited to get back into teaching Barre!
Wendy Gertel
Wendy Gertel Cardio Strength
With a background in competitive gymnastics, a career in fitness just made the most sense! Wendy is passionate about fitness and helping others achieve their goals.