Our Instructors: Pilates

Karly Decker, MSPT, CPI Owner

Karly is a licensed Physical Therapist and has been teaching Pilates since 2005. Karly graduated from Nazareth College with her Masters in Physical Therapy in 2003, and began work at the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation in NYC from 2003-2006. She then pursued an opportunity in Bethesda, MD, where she was able to practice Pilates-based rehabilitation in a private outpatient orthopedic setting. Karly completed her mat and apparatus certification from the Professional Health and Fitness Institute in 2005, and pursued an additional Comprehensive Certification through Power Pilates in 2012, 2014 and 2015. Karly has had extensive training in manual physical therapy (including myofascial release, strain counterstrain, myokinetic alignment restoration, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation, and postural restoration with emphasis on breathing) and has found that incorporating Pilates-based exercises with manual therapy and postural alignment retraining  has been the key to treating clients with chronic pain, overuse injuries, and pain from postural imbalance.

Karly, a Bethlehem Central graduate, relocated back to Delmar to be closer to family and friends. An active part of the triathlete community, Karly hopes to encourage people in Delmar with chronic pain or fear of exercise/Pilates to come out of the woodwork, and allow themselves to benefit from transforming their bodies with Pilates.

Liesl Burnham, BSPT, CPI

Liesl is a physical therapist with over 16 years of experience, primarily working with repetitive use injuries, rehabilitation, and sports medicine. Liesl originally received her Pilates training through Australian Physiotherapy & Pilates Institute (APPI) and continued with Classical training through Power Pilates. Continuing education focus has been on lumbosacral dysfunction and stabilization. Her primary interest is teaching how to maximize individual function, so you can enjoy life! Liesl works as a Physical Therapist at the Eddy Home Visiting Nurse Association and also offers private manual therapy and teaches Pilates Mat, Tower and Reformer classes at the studio.

Talia Kuperberg, CPI

Talia entered the apprentice program at Romana's Pilates in New York City, at the age of 18. Romana Kryzanowska was Joseph Pilates' protege. After Talia took classes at the original Pilates studio in NYC and meeting Romana, Romana's daughter Sar Mejia Santo, and Romana's granddaughter, Talia believed in The Method because she experienced it changing her body and life. Talia's been teaching since she was 19 and received her certification in 2007. She has continued with Pilates and believes in the Pilates Method's ability to change the body, mind and life. Talia enjoys watching her clients' bodies and minds transform from session to session. Since 2007, she has taught in various studios in NYC, including the training center for Romana's Pilates, after graduating from the program there. Talia has taught in Madrid, Spain, Saratoga Springs, Albany and now Delmar. Talia teaches Privates, Duets (Semi-Privates), and group Reformer, Tower and Mat classes at the studio.

Tammy Thomas, CPI Healing Touch Practicioner

Tammy was introduced to Pilates while assisting a colleague (Kathryn Crago), whom she met through her Healing Touch Certification Program, with her Restorative Yoga workshops. Through her experience as a Healing Touch Practitioner, assisting yoga instructors with aligning students' bodies during Restorative Yoga, Tammy developed an interest in Pilates and reached out to Free Movement Pilates to begin training on the Reformer with her husband.Tammy was able to rid herself of chronic neck and shoulder pain/tension she developed from working at her desk job, through her experience as a Pilates student. In addition to her own progress, she saw her husband's body and posture completely change and lengthen. 

Karly encouraged Tammy to get certified after witnessing Tammy's enthusiasm for this practice, positive energy and spirit, and strong body awareness and mind-body connection.

Tammy has received her Pilates Mat Certification through Power Pilates in NYC, and her Reformer 1 & 2 training through Balanced Body. In February 2018, Tammy will begin her complete Comprehensive Certification through Power Pilates. 

Tammy currently offers Healing Touch Energy Therapy sessions at the studio, in addition to Mat and Reformer privates and group classes. Tower to come!

Cathy King, CPI

Cathy is an experienced comprehensive Power Pilates Instructor who assisted Karly when she was going through her own training at Power Pilates and also joined her in Duets under their Master Instructor, Sarah Shea.

Cathy has a degree in Public Relations from Southwest Missouri State, and moved to New York in 1989 to be a Director of Sales at the Residence Inn by Marriott in Latham. She gave up her career, willingly, to be a stay-at-home mother. As her kids entered school, Cathy needed something for "her", so she pursued a second career in fitness. Cathy became a certified Star Level III Spinning Instructor, and a certification in aerobics. Cathy teaches Simply Strength to active older adults, cardio intervals, and body sculpting. Cathy gravitated towards Mat Pilates when she realized the emphasis it placed on form, technique, precision, and overall enjoyed the challenge of the workout. Cathy loved how Pilates made her feel strong but NOT sore. Her passion for Pilates drove her to pursue her Comprehensive Certification through Power Pilates in 2012. Cathy teaches Mat classes, Privates and Duets in the fully equipped Pilates Studio at the YMCA in Clifton Park, as well as here in the studio.

Christine Pupke Edwards, Massage Therapist, CPI

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Our Instructors: Yoga

Samantha Jo Wanglund

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Lauren Strait

Lauren Strait is a 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher, certified holistic health coach, and co-founder of Amara Muse (www.amaramuse.com), a women's healing and upliftment business. She's been teaching and studying the practices of Yoga for nearly a decade and is passionate about creating a space for students to inquire deeply, show up fully, heighten their self-awareness, and ultimately heal the places within themselves that need to be tended to. Lauren infuses her classes with life experiences, intelligent sequencing with breath correspondence, humor, and inspiration. It's her goal, within the space of each class, to cultivate a safe, trusting atmosphere where students can dive deeply into themselves, explore their inner and outer landscapes, and use their practice as a way to transform their lives. Lauren is committed to facilitating an experience that asks students to be present, available for what arises and willing to refine their awareness so they can live a life of health, purpose, happiness, and fullfillment.

Melissa Hurt

Melissa recently relocated from Northern Virginia where she taught yoga at Sun and Moon Yoga Studio and River's Edge Yoga. She took her first yoga class in her late twenties and finally found a place where she could feel her breath with ease. Melissa teaches from a place of curiosity, devotion, and wonder of what the body/mind/spirit are capable of once integrated and engaged in the moment. There is a certain magic that happens when one feels her/his breath move inside the body and taps the stillness of the spirit. Melissa encourages her students to approach this space with a sense of humor, reverence, and ease. Whether exploring a yoga sequence, voice or speech, her students ind ways to connect with her/himself and the moment of expression, feeling grounded and light at once. Melissa became a certified trainer of Lessac's Kinesenic voice and movement work in 2010, and a certified yoga teacher in 2012. She is deepening her yoga studies in Sun and Moon Yoga Studio's 500-hour program. She has taught many levels of yoga including pre and post natal, traditional Hatha yoga, and Vinyasa.

Students can expect that Melissa will care for their experience and find ways to deepen their understanding of sensation in the expressive moment so they can find a connection to their true selves. Melissa is the owner of Integrative Studio, LLC and is the author of Arthur Lessac's Emodied Actor Training (Routledge).

Suzanne Arenos

Suzy has been teaching Kripalu style Yoga for over 22 years. Before that, she was incorporating a Yoga practice into her Special Ed pre-school classes (having taught for more than 15 years), and was innovative in bringing Yoga to schools. She began after-school Yoga, family-orientated Yoga programs & workshops, and training teachers on how to incorporate Yoga into the classrooms.Suzy is also a licensed NYS Massage Therapist, Nationally Certified, and Certified in Kripalu Body & Energy Work. Suzy is commissioned to massage a variety of musicians before & after their shows at venues like SPAC, Times Union Center, Palace Theater to name a few. She also teaches Pregnancy Massage part-time at the Center for Natural Wellness Massage School. Both Suzy's teaching and massage therapy style have a meditative, calming, nurturing quality, following movements of the spine and incorporating her knowledge of anatomy and energy flows within the body into her classes. Her mesmerizing  voice carries through, making each student feel welcomed, soothed and actualized.

Suzy's Credentials list her unique background:

  • Certified in Kripalu Yoga & Energy/Bodywork -1995 (Advanced level 2006)
  • NYS LIcensed & Nationally Certified Massage Therapist -1999
  • Fertility, Pregnancy & Infant Massage & Yoga -1999
  • Reiki Levels 1 & 2 -1996, 2000
  • Owner/Manager of Suzy Yoga Studio - 2001-2007
  • M.SS in Special Education -1984
  • B.A. in Anthropology/Psychology- 1980
  • Mother of 3

For More Information on how to contact a specific instructor, call Karly at the studio number: 518-275-2644. 

Sharon O' Meara

Sharon has an undergraduate degree in Therapeutic Recreation, she also has years of participation in sports, ballet, jass, and Argentine Tango, as well as a foundation instructing gymnastics and swimming. Sharon has a strong background in body movement and fitness, and became immersed in Yoga and Pilates. In recent years, she has acquired a 40 hour training certificate in Ashtanga yoga and over 100 hours of Anusaara style yoga training. Since 2004, she became a certified Power Pilates Instructor. Sharon has enjoyed a 28 year career in publishing to pursue her true passion of bodywork (Massage Therapy) and teaching Pilates.