About Our Instructors /

Below you can find more information about our instructors


- "Pilates enhances the mind, the body and the spirit"

Lisa M. Yakel (owner) has over thirty years in the dance and fitness industry.  She earned a B.A. in Dance Performance from Russell Sage College, performed with local dance companies, including Maude Baum & Co. and Dance Eclectic, taught at local dance studios, and Russell Sage College and choreographed for numerous school productions.  Lisa also founded In Motion School of Dance, as well as taught fitness classes for many years at The Sweat Shop of Albany.

Discovering the Pilates Method was an "a-ha" moment for Lisa...sensible movement. It gave her an empowering awareness of her body and mind and truly connected the two. While dancing and teaching fitness classes Pilates helped Lisa stay injury free. The Method had such a profound affect on her that she became Mat Certified through The Physical Mind Institute in 2001 beginning her journey of teaching her passion. Yearning for more knowledge she became Comprehensively Certified through Power Pilates of NYC in 2003. She had the blessing of learning the Method from Bob Liekens, a Master Instructor and 2nd generation teacher. Lisa credits Jeanette Somner for nurturing both her knowledge and love for the Method. Lisa believes that Pilates is more than just an exercise program - it is a Method that is the foundation of all movement. It inspires her to watch people gain strength and stamina in ways they never did before. In 2106 Lisa became certified to be a Teacher Trainer for Beacon Pilates Teacher Training Program. Teaching future instructors has added a whole new dimension to Lisa's practice and she finds it very gratifying to be part of their journey. 

Lisa is committed to the teachings of Joe Pilates and is passionate about sharing it with her students!

Contact Lisa for more information at 518-727-0271
Email: lisa@corepilatesalbany.com


Joan Coffey is a Comprehensively Certified Pilates Instructor having received her certification through Power Pilates in New York City in 2003.  Joan has had teaching experience in the Pilates Method since that time, has taken numerous continuing education classes through Power Pilates, and is continuing her love of teaching Pilates at Core Pilates of Albany.  While Joan's formal college education is not in physical fitness, her lifelong interest and activities have always centered around various forms of physical fitness.  These activities include alpine skiing (including teaching), cross country skiing, sailing, aerobic & weight training exercising, bicycling, hiking, swimming and tennis.  Once Joan discovered the Pilates Method in 1999, it has remained her number one favorite form of physical fitness.  She incorporates this method in every other physical activity, and encourages her students to do the same - the "Pilates Mind" is always present!
Email: joan@corepilatesalbany.com

Pauline Morris

Pauline discovered mat Pilates classes in 2003 and was hooked right from the start.  In 2012 Pauline became mat certified by a national association and began teaching classes at a local gym.  She quickly realized she needed more in depth training and turned to Power Pilates.  In 2013 she became beginner & intermediate mat certified.  Pauline holds several other group fitness certifications however Pilates has always been her favorite class to teach and preferred form of fitness.  Wanting to continue learning about the Pilates Method she entered a training program through Beacon Pilates and became comprehensively certified in 2015.  Pauline has a communications degree from the University at Albany.
Email: pauline@corepilatesalbany.com

Barbara Carpenter

Barbara has been a dedicated Pilates student for the past 10 years.  At a young age, ballet played an integral part in Barbara’s life.  The fundamental disciplines of dance became deeply embedded within her and those disciplines are seen in her Pilates practice today.  As an avid “mover”, Barbara enjoyed playing tennis, long distance running and working out in the gym.  She committed to a regular exercise program for fitness but something was missing.  Barbara wanted to ensure strength and stability in her framework, so she tried a Pilates class.  Pilates was the missing link in her fitness training.  Barbara quickly became passionate about her Pilates practice.  Pilates has impacted her fitness both in the studio and in her everyday life.  Barbara’s enthusiasm for Pilates grew fervently, so much that she wanted to share her knowledge with others.  Barbara completed her certification as a Comprehensive Pilates Instructor through Beacon Pilates.  Barbara truly values the benefits of the Beacon Pilates program and continues to practice, expanding her abilities and knowledge of Pilates.  Her commitment to Pilates has come full circle as she now derives satisfaction in teaching.  Barbara will integrate Pilates into an exercise program that will not only change your fitness level but will also change your life!