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Our Team of Experienced Teachers


Jen Palmer

  • Owner of Universal Power Yoga
  • Director of UPY 200-Hour and 300-Hour Teacher Training Programs
  • 500 Hour Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT-500)
  • Favorite Part of Class: When breath and movement are connected and the class is flowing as one community.
  • Most-Loved Pose: Backbends because they are naturally uplifting and energizing and can make you feel free. It's important to open the front line of our bodies for good posture, just like it's important to think positive thoughts. :)
  • Makes Me Laugh: Pretty much everything. I love laughing. It's good for the soul.
  • Off the Mat: With family & friends, 4 season beachgoer
  • Mantra/Quote: Strong and steady. Smooth and kind. Patience for the process.

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Sue Bonanno

  • 500 Hour Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT-500)

  • UPY Teacher Training Faculty

  • Owner of SoulSpace Meditation

  • Favorite Part of Class: Right at the start when I take in the energy of the class and that tone defines what I will teach, and how the yoga can meet up with the moment
  • Most-Loved Pose & Why: The space in between the poses, the flow, the movement of energy through breath
  • Makes Me Laugh: Other people laughing. It’s contagious!!
  • Off the Mat: family, my shitzu yorkies, herbs, potions and essential oils, hot bubble baths, ocean & dessert!
  • Mantra/Quote: Meditate and Be Great!

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Jaime MacDonald

  • 200 Hour Certified Yoga Teacher
  • 600 Hour Licensed Massage Therapist
  • UPY Teacher Training Faculty

  • Favorite Part of Class: The opening moments that set the tone for the rest of the class.

  • Most-Loved Pose & Why: Cow Face legs with a forward fold because it is grounding and provides me great physical relief.

  • Makes Me Laugh: My husband, always.

  • Off the Mat: I am constantly reminded by my daughters not to take life too seriously!

  • Mantra/Quote: It was when I stopped searching for home within others, and lifted the foundations of home within myself, I found there were no roots more intimate than those between a mind and body that have decided to be whole.

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Gale Giacobbe

  • 500 Hour Certified Yoga Teacher

  • UPY Teacher Training Faculty

  • Favorite Part of Class: You. Without the community, there is no class. And the visible shift that so often occurs from when you walk in to the studio, to the glow that radiates from you as you walk out.

  • Most-Loved Pose: Impossible to choose. Continually shifting. Whichever pose balances my current energies.

  • Makes Me Laugh: I laugh at my mistakes to take myself lightly, so long as the mistakes cause no harm to others. …and JP Sears :)

  • Off the Mat: Music, Art, Nature, Family, and Yoga

  • Mantra/Quote: “Yoga does not just change the way we see things, it transforms the person who sees.”

  • – B.K.S. Iyengar

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Cheryl Baumhauer

  • 500 Hour Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 500)

  • Certified Personal Trainer

  • UPY Teacher Training Faculty

  • Favorite Part of Class: Before, during and after. I never get enough of the great energy of our community. I could stay all day, and often do! ;)

  • Most-Loved pose: Forearm Plank-This pose is a one stop shop for core strength!

  • Makes Me Laugh: I believe in finding the levity in a situation. A good sense of humor is a gift! I love laughing with family, friends and our community.

  • Off the Mat: Family, friends, good food, traveling!

  • Mantra/Quote: OM SHANTI SHANTI SHANTI. Peace within, with each other, universally. #powertothepeaceful

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Hania Khuri-Trapper

  • 500 Hour Certified Yoga Teacher

  • Kids Yoga, Meditation and Yin Yoga Certified, Reiki Certified

  • UPY Teacher Training Faculty

  • Favorite Part of Class: After moving so much energy through a flow, there’s that moment of stillness and reflection in a pose such as half pigeon. That’s when everything is cracked wide open and I am able to receive what I need and release what I can.

  • Most-Loved Pose & Why: Triangle because I feel like I can shine from the inside out.

  • Makes Me Laugh: My oldest friend Jennifer can make me laugh till my abs are sore. :)

  • Off the Mat: Spending time with my loves, listening to my husband’s music and designing logos.

  • Mantra/Quote: You can get through anything one breath at a time.

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Rachel Smoller

  • 500 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher

  • Prenatal Yoga Certified

  • Favorite Part of Class: The first few minutes of class when you get to slow down, connect to your breath and have a true separation from what came before you stepped on your mat, and your practice.

  • Most-Loved Pose & Why: Side Angle - I love feeling strength in my lower body and open and free in my heart

  • Makes Me Laugh: My two kids, Gabe and Emma aka my two little monkeys! :)

  • Off the Mat: I love running and being active! I ran the Boston Marathon in 2015!

  • Mantra/Quote: "Nothing can dim the light that shines from within." - Maya Angelou

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Lauren DAngelo

  • 500 Hour Certified Yoga Teacher

  • UPY Teacher Training Faculty

  • Favorite Part of Class: Peak pose, you know you have made it to the highest point of the class and it's all a smooth ride to savasana from there.

  • Most-Loved Pose & Why: Seated forward fold, my breath slows down and I can go within.

  • Makes Me Laugh: My 7 nieces & nephews, my siblings. I laugh a lot!

  • Off the Mat: Same thing as on my mat: Patience, kindness, & love for all.

  • Mantra/Quote: "Earth below me, sky above me, fire within me"

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Mary Walek

  • 500 Hour Certified Yoga Teacher

  • Kids, Pre-Teen and Prenatal Yoga Certified

  • Favorite Part of Class: Hearing the class inhale and exhale in unison and visibly seeing the relaxation on my students' faces as class comes to a close.

  • Most-Loved Pose & Why: Child’s pose. I love giving myself permission to rest and recharge in the middle of a class!

  • Makes Me Laugh: My students at the school I work at! They always say the funniest things and keep me on my toes.

  • Off the Mat: Snuggling my little buddy, Thomas, who was born in March 2018. :)

  • Mantra/Quote: "It seems to me there's so much more to the world than the average eye is allowed to see. I believe, if you look hard enough, there are more wonders in this universe than you could ever have dreamt of. "

  • - Doctor Who

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Paula Leeds

  • 500 Hour Certified Yoga Teacher

  • Favorite Part of Class: The end of class when everyone is seated. I love to see how everyone has relaxed, silent and calm in body and mind.

  • Most-Loved Pose: I love them all!!! I will choose triangle because of the length I'm able to feel while twisting.

  • Makes Me Laugh: My son makes me laugh when he's trying to be sneaky ;)

  • Off the Mat: I love spending time and cooking with my family

  • Mantra/Quote: Everything works out in the end.

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Amanda Spector

  • 200 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher
  • Certified Kids Yoga Teacher
  • Favorite Part of Class: Knee knock pose with one hand on the chest and one on the belly--the transition from the fast pace to the slow down and being present with the body right where you are
  • Most-Loved Pose & Why: Half-Moon--In all it's challenges with just one foot on the ground, you can still find stability and upliftment
  • Makes Me Laugh: Being with the ones I love (When I'm with my loved ones we are far from being serious people)
  • Off the Mat: Spend time with family and friends, Football Sundays, anything outdoors, and travel
  • Mantra/Quote: Moment by moment, step by step, breath by breath.

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Erin Wachtendonk

  • 200 Hour Certified Yoga Teacher

  • Kids, Yin Yoga & Meditation Certified

  • Favorite Part of Class: The first 5 minutes and the last 5 minutes. Settling into class, getting grounded and breathing. After you've done the work, resting in Savasana.

  • Most-Loved Pose & Why: So many! So I'll go with Chair- the pose we all love- haha! Makes me feel so strong- love the challenge. ;)

  • Makes Me Laugh: My husband and kids and dog. We try to keep it light-hearted.

  • Off the Mat: I'm a full-time working mother of 2 boys. Our yogi family likes to stay active and make memories by travelling and enjoying great food.

  • Mantra/Quote: Be Kind. Show Love. Be your most authentic self.

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Rhianne Berardi

  • 200 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher

  • Certified Health Coach

  • doTERRA Essential Oils Wellness Advocate

  • Favorite Part of Class: The flow! I was a dancer growing up so the flow is where I feel I can express myself and let it all go.

  • Most-Loved Pose & Why: Half Moon. It takes a lot of abdominal strength and balance which took a while to get back after having my daughter! It makes me feel strong.

  • Makes Me Laugh: My singing voice! ;)

  • Off the Mat: With my husband and 17-month old daughter, Joia. Beach. Cooking. Helping people improve their health and happiness as a health coach.

  • Mantra/Quote: "Live life as if everything in rigged in your favor" - Rumi. Life is full of good moments and not-so-good moments. But, when we think that ALL of our experiences are there to benefit us - to make us stronger, more compassionate, better versions of ourselves - we can walk through life as a student. Empowered with forward motion, always learning.

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Kathy Waldman

  • 500 Hour Certified Yoga Teacher

  • Certified Meditation Teacher
  • Favorite Part of Class: After class when students share with me that this class touched them in some way, eg: “that’s just what I needed!” or I just see it on their faces.
  • Most-Loved Pose & Why: supported fish; great relief and relaxation for my back while feeling very open in the chest and heart.
  • Makes Me Laugh: seeing my long haired Chihuahua run and play.
  • Off the Mat: Hiking in the woods and hills with my husband and dogs while breathing in nature’s smells, sights, and sounds
  • Mantra/Quote: Breathe. Let It Go. Surrender.

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Stacey Chiacchio

  • 500 Hour Certified Yoga Teacher
  • Favorite Part of Class: The whole thing! Are you kidding?
  • Most-Loved Pose & Why: I love half moon
  • Makes Me Laugh: My daughter makes me laugh the deepest
  • Off the Mat: I love to teach. It is wonderful to see people feel strong and successful. It's about giving someone the tools to shine in their own way. I also love Arts & Crafts ;)
  • Mantra/Quote: May you have compassion for yourself and for others. May you speak kind words to yourself and to others. May you have kind thoughts for yourself and for others.

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Rachel Houk Seeger

  • 200 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher
  • Kids Yoga, Yin Yoga and Reiki Certified
  • Favorite Part of Class: Gently bringing my students out of savasana is my fave. I love reminding them of their accomplishments and the self care to take with them into their day.
  • Most-Loved Pose & Why: Mountain. It is so grounding and centering at the same time. As Rolf Gates says, 'Mountain Pose holds the potential of all poses within it, just as stillness holds the potential for all movement.'
  • Makes Me Laugh: Laughter is contagious. If someone around me is laughing, I want in!
  • Off the Mat: I love taking care of my family, friends and flowers.
  • Mantra/Quote: Sat nam. I am. Self love is tricky for me sometimes. Meditating on it and sharing this mantra in class is an awesome reminder to us all. Sat nam.


Grace Steele

  • 500 Hour Certified Yoga Teacher

  • Favorite Part of Class: Finding a balance between effort and ease within each pose.

  • Most-Loved Pose & Why: Child's pose- it feels great and is a reminder to come back to breath and listen to what your body needs in that moment.

  • Makes Me Laugh: Most things! It's easy to make me laugh :)

  • Off the Mat: I'm passionate about my work as a social worker, specifically focusing on empowering girls and women.

  • Mantra/Quote: As you are. As I am.

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Deb Morse

  • 500 Hour Certified Yoga Teacher

  • Yin, Meditation and Reiki Level 1 Certified

  • Favorite Part of Class: At the end when everyone takes a deep, satisfying, cleansing breath before savasana!
  • Most-Loved Pose & Why: Bound side angle. Makes me feel strong, open and connected.
  • Makes Me Laugh: My husband, good old sit-coms, and seeing my kids happy makes me happy.
  • Off the Mat: Traveling and being outside!
  • Mantra/Quote: You are never too old to try something new. If you believe you can, you will.

    “Maybe the journey isn’t so much about becoming anything. Maybe it is about un-becoming everything that isn’t really you, so you can be who you were meant to be in the first place."

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Susan DeSisto

  • 500 Hour Certified Yoga Instructor

  • Yin Yoga Certified

  • Licensed Massage Therapist

  • Favorite Part of Class: When students are tuned into their breath and body and flow naturally. I feel like I'm watching a dance.

  • Most-Loved Pose & Why: Eka Pada Koundinyasana (fun arm balance!) - I feel like I'm flying

  • Makes Me Laugh: Falling out of a balance posture in class and trying again!

  • Off the Mat: Connecting with family and friends. Being in nature

  • Mantra/Quote: Trust in the guidance of the universe

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Julie Hall

  • 200 Hour Certified Yoga Teacher

  • Prenatal Yoga Certified

  • Favorite Part of Class: Mingling with the UPY community and getting to know the students and teachers before and after class

  • Most-Loved Pose & Why: Savasana, when I can bask in all the benefits and rewards of my practice

  • Makes Me Laugh: Cat videos - they never get old!

  • Off the Mat: Soaking up every moment with my snuggly newborn, Cameron!

  • Mantra/Quote: Be here now.

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Zach Heyman

  • 500 Hour Certified Yoga Teacher

  • Favorite Part of Class: The start. Giving students an opportunity to actively think about their breath.

  • Most-Loved Pose & Why: Handstand – With practice, I see progress.

  • Makes Me Laugh: Making mistakes and not taking myself too seriously.

  • Off the Mat: Creating music, movement, and movies.

  • Mantra/Quote: I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.

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Sara Gottfried

  • 200 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher

  • Kids Yoga & Prenatal Yoga Certified

  • Favorite Part of Class: When everyone's breath is audible throughout the studio!

  • Most-Loved Pose: Ardha Chandrasana (Half Moon)- A strong pose!

  • Makes Me Laugh: Any Adam Sandler Movie!

  • Off the Mat: Lifetime movie re-runs!

  • Mantra/Quote: Be kind, be true, be you.

  • Sara teaches our Kids Yoga Classes

Deb Flanagan

  • 200 Hour Certified Yoga Teacher

  • Prenatal Yoga Certified

  • Favorite Part of Class: Watching a group of hard working yogis settle into a peaceful and restful savasana.

  • Most-Loved Pose & Why: Half pigeon – it allows me to open up both mentally and physically.

  • Makes Me Laugh: My two kids and their fun loving personalities!

  • Off the Mat: Making memories with my family and friends and spending my summers at our family house in New Hampshire.

  • Mantra/Quote: Be present. Trust in the Universe.

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Bill MacDonald

  • 500 Hour Certified Yoga Teacher
  • UPY Teacher Training Faculty
  • Favorite Part of Class: Arriving
  • Most-Loved Pose & Why: Savasana because it is peaceful
  • Makes Me Laugh: Anabelle
  • Off the Mat: Family, music, surfing
  • Mantra/Quote: "There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged, to find the ways in which you yourself have changed." - Nelson Mandela

"Best studio in the Norwood area."

Owner and instructors are welcoming, knowledgeable with great training backgrounds, and strive to build a great sense of community. Great variety of classes and workshops to keep you motivated and help take you to the next level, or just a great place to keep your practice going. Highly recommend.

-Chris B.