Improve Mobility, Decrease Pain,
Restore Function, Improve your Life
Lauren Strait, RYT
Registered Yoga Instructor
Certified Holistic Health Coach
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 fulfillment.
Liesl Burnham, MSPT, CPI
Licensed Physical Therapist
Certified Pilates Instructor
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 Pilate training through Austrailian Physiotherapy & Pilates Institute (APPI) and continued with Classical training through Power Pilates. Continuing education focus has been on lumbosacral dysfunction and stabilizaition. 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 and Tower classes at the studio.
Sharon O' Meara
Licensed Massage Therapist
Certified Pilates Instructor
Sharon has an undergraduate degree in Therapeutic Recreation and years of participation in sports, ballet, jazz, 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. She has enjoyed a 28 year career in publishing to pursue her true passion of bodywork (massage therapy) and teaching Pilates.
Karly Decker, MSPT, CPI
Owner, Physical Therapist, Certified Pilates Instructor
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 additional comprehensive certifications from Power Pilates in 2012 and 2014, and 2015. Karly has had extensive training in manual physical therapy (including myofascial release, strain counterstain, myokinetic alignment restoration, and postural restoration with emphasis on breathing) and has found that incorporating Pilates-based exercises with manual therapy and posture 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.
Tammy Thomas Faist, CPI
Certified Power Pilates Instructor;
Certified Healing Touch Practitioner
Tammy was introduced to Pilates while assisting a colleague, she had met through her Healing Touch Certification Program, with her Restorative Yoga Workshops. Through her experience with Healing Touch, and assisting yoga instructors with aligning students' bodies during Restorative Yoga, Tammy developed an interest in Pilates. She 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 had developed working at her desk job through her experience as a Pilates student. Karly encouraged Tammy to get certified after witnessing Tammy's enthusiasm for this new exercise, positive energy and spirit, and strong body awareness and mind-body connection. Tammy has received her Pilates Mat Certification through the Power Pilates Training Program in NYC, and has received her Level 1 Reformer Training through Balanced Body, another largely accredited Internation Training Program. She will be continuing on with the Comprehensive Training Program through Balanced Body throughout the next year. Tammy will be offering private Healing Touch Energy Therapy sessions in addition to offering Beginner Mat and Reformer Privates and Group Classes.
Please Contact Tammy directly at 518-366-7440 or email@example.com to set up a Healing Touch Energy Therapy Session.
Melissa Hurt, RYT
Registered Yoga Instructor
Lessac Certified Trainer,
Public Speaking Coach
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 find 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 Kinesensic 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 prenatal, postnatal, traditional Hatha yoga, and Vinyasa.
Students can expect that she 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 Embodied Actor Training (Routledge).
Talia Kuperberg, CPI
Romana Certified Pilates Instructor
Talia entered the apprentice program at Romana's pilates in New York City at the age of 18. Romana Kryzanowska was Joseph Pilate's protege, and after Talia took classes at the original Pilates studio in NYC and meeting Romana, her daughter, Sari Mejia Santo, and Romana's granddaughter Talia believed in The Method because she knew it would change her body and her life. Talia has been teaching since she was 19 and received her certification in 2007. She has continued with Pilates and believes in the Pilates Method and its ability to change the body, mind, and life. Talia enjoys watching her clients' bodies and minds transform from session to session. Since 2007, Talia 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, Duet (Semi-Privates), and group Reformer, Tower, and Mat classes at the studio.