What to Look for in a Pilates Teacher

When you’re getting started with or continuing your Pilates practice, you want to make sure that you’re working with the right Pilates teacher for you. Pilates is a full-body workout that promotes a mind-body connection and increases your body awareness, so it’s important to find a Pilates teacher who understands how Pilates can benefit your overall physical health and mental well-being so you can feel more empowered, confident, and mindful.

While looking for a Pilates teacher, here are a few factors you want to consider:

  • What do their Pilates education and experience look like?
  • Do they teach the original, classical method of Pilates?
  • Do they work to accommodate different learning styles?
  • Are they excited and passionate about teaching Pilates?

At The Pilates Center, our Pilates teachers, many of whom have gone through our teacher training, practice and teach the original Pilates Method founded by Joseph Pilates. While all of our Pilates teachers have unique and distinct voices when it comes to how they teach, every teacher is focused on providing a nurturing and safe space for students to learn. Our approach at The Pilates Center is one that is humanistic and person-centered so that we can be adaptable and help our students learn and grow in ways that work best for them.

Our Pilates teachers all teach from a place of intention and are focused on education, collaboration, and meeting students where they are. For example, a teacher will show you how to perform a specific movement by explaining it, so that you’re learning as you move. It’s in this spirit that we’re able to cultivate a Pilates practice that promotes a healthy mind and body connection. And our Pilates teachers couldn’t be more excited about helping students start, continue, or advance their practice and find wholeness, health, happiness, and healing.


Meet Our Pilates Teachers

Amy Taylor Alpers: Co-founder of The Pilates Center, Amy received her Pilates training at the original NYC Pilates studio under Romana Kryzanowska, Joseph Pilates’ protégé. Amy is now a Master Pilates Teacher, Teacher Trainer, co-author of the “Everything Pilates Book,” and designer of a line of classical Pilates equipment with Balanced Body.

Rachel Taylor Segel: Co-founder of The Pilates Center, Rachel received her Pilates training at the original NYC Pilates studio under Romana Kryzanowska, Joseph Pilates’ protégé. Rachel is now a Master Pilates Teacher, Teacher Trainer, co-author of the “Everything Pilates Book,” and designer of a line of classical Pilates equipment with Balanced Body.

Kelli Burkhalter Hutchins: Director of Education, Licensed Teacher Trainer, NCPT—Kelli believes that Pilates can empower you to take charge of your health and that movement can help Improve your strength, flexibility, and balance.

Kaile Larson Ziemba: Licensed Teacher Trainer, TPC—Kaile loves how practicing Pilates can help you become empowered, stronger, more flexible, and able to approach life and movement with a sense of confidence. 

April Ingham: Pilates Teacher and Licensed Teacher Trainer—Pilates changed April’s life and body, and it’s why she is incredibly passionate about teaching Pilates to others who are just as committed to their own health and life longevity. 

Aubrey Dalke: Pilates Teacher, Host Advisor, NCPT—Aubrey loves how Pilates can have a positive impact on your body, general health, and quality of life. She firmly believes in the power of movement to heal the body. 

Debora Robinson Kolwey: Licensed Teacher Trainer, TPC—Devoted to teaching, Debora is inspired by how developing a Pilates practice can support us in becoming more fully human and finding deeper satisfaction in life. 

Leah Wecksler: Licensed Teacher Trainer, NCPT—Leah helps others learn how to be in control of their own health and well-being through Pilates and passing on her insight and understanding of different movement patterns.

Ruthie Pfieffer: Pilates Teacher—Over time, Ruthie has learned that the one constant in our lives is our bodies. Now she shows others how to honor and strengthen their bodies so they can feel recharged and ready to move forward.

Sherena Elharmell: Pilates Teacher, TPC Staff, NCPT—Sherena understands the importance of healthy living and helps others feel empowered, revitalized, and renewed through Pilates and whole-body health.

Susane Lee: Pilates Teacher, Host Advisor—Sue views Pilates as a lifelong journey and knows how it can have a positive impact on all aspects of our lives and everyday activities, which is what she is passionate about teaching others.

Yevett Karpel: Pilates Teacher, Host Advisor—Yevett has experienced the life-altering benefits of Pilates and now teaches others how to access strength, flexibility, balance, and a deeper understanding of their bodies and well-being.

Pace Wilson: Assistant to Director of Education, Studio Manager – Pace is an extremely valuable asset to TPC and assists all clients, students, Host Advisors Licensed Teacher Trainers, and graduates.


Our team of Pilates teachers is here to help you understand the power movement can have in your life and how it can keep us truly healthy. For more information on how Pilates works and what to look for in a Pilates teacher, check out our Everything Pilates Book.

And as we look forward to the year ahead, we want to let you know that we have updated our pricing for drop-in classes, lessons, and packages. Click here for more information.

About The Pilates Center

The Pilates Center was founded in Boulder in 1990 by sisters Amy Taylor Alpers and Rachel Taylor Segel. The sisters trained under Romana Kryzanowska, Joseph Pilates’ protégé and inheritor of his NYC studio. Amy and Rachel have worked to foster the legacy and tradition of the original, classical method of Pilates while also incorporating a humanistic approach to meet every individual’s needs. For over 30 years, they have made it their mission to heal the world by empowering people to transform their health and Return to Life through Pilates.