TONI PORRELLO, OWNER
Toni Porrello has been teaching in the fitness industry since 2006, and has over 1200 hours of training in Pilates mat & apparatus, Yoga, Prenatal Yoga, Aerial Yoga and Barre. She is also a published writer and holds a MFA in Creative Writing. She was a featured blogger on the press team for the Wanderlust 2013 VT Yoga Festival. She has appeared on numerous yoga and Pilates DVDs for the fitness company Regeneration of which she held part ownership. She is also an assistant to Eric Paskel, a nationally renowned yoga teacher who essentially invented doing yoga to rock music. She most recently assisted him at the Yoga Journal Conference in NYC.
Before teaching full time, she spent years working for a chiropractor and pain management doctor which gave her a deep and practical understanding of anatomy and the body systems well beyond her yoga and Pilates trainings. This knowledge of the body comes through in each of her classes, ensuring clients feel safe and well aligned while getting the most out of the movements offered. Her writing background enriches her teaching style with her ability to articulate and communicate with such clarity that despite any demonstrations offered, she could be followed precisely with her words alone.
A bit of a renaissance woman, she was also a featured singer on the Grammy award winning children's album Songs From The Neighborhood: A Tribute to Mr. Rogers in 2006, and her EP of original music "Smells Like Rain" was featured in Brazil's popular magazine: SPEAK UP in 2011. She has been writing music and singing since childhood and plays the piano and ukulele. In her spare time, she works on crocheted crafts and makes paper and fabric flowers for all occasions.
After a life changing experience in Eric Paskel's Life Training in Costa Rica, she realized that owning a studio of her own was a dream that she was bound to make reality. Things fell into place in a way that clearly showed her how much it was meant to be. Opening True Definition Studios, where people come to define themselves from the inside out, is a dream come true. Toni strives to make each class a unique experience, truly becoming acquainted with the body and the mind all while having a blast!
Carly has been teaching in the fitness industry since 2000. She has over 1200 hours of training in Pilates Mat and Apparatus, Yoga, Spin and Barre. In addition, she has worked with many amazing Pilates experts including- Jay Grimes, Brooke Siler, Peter Fiasca, Siri Galliano, Edgar Tirado, Bob Liekens, and MeJo Wiggin. Carly was the creator of the Regeneration Institute for Pilates which certifies teachers in both mat and reformer which is now being merged with Definition teacher training. Through Regeneration, she was the featured instructor on several fitness DVDs available on amazon.com. She believes that through practicing Yoga and Pilates, the body can be healed, nurtured, and can transform into a stronger, healthier being regardless of body type or age. All of Carly’s classes will condition the entire body and no class is ever exactly the same! Music is her driving force, as she creates an adventure that will get everyone uplifted, motivated, and very sweaty!
Susan first discovered Pilates in 2012 while looking for a new workout with a mind/body connection. After her first class on the reformer, she was hooked. Susan practiced Pilates with Toni and Carly as her instructors for the next few years and was inspired to become a teacher herself after winning the Pilates spring challenge 2 years in a row for most classes taken in 30 days and really seeing the difference in her body during that time. Susan completed her teacher training in 2016 in Pilates Mat, Reformer and Tower. After many years in the corporate world, teaching Pilates is an exciting opportunity and brings a welcome balance to her professional life.
Caitlin grew up as a competitive gymnast which instilled a lifelong appreciation for all forms of exercise due to the benefits she felt both physically and mentally. She was first introduced to Mat Pilates during a class offered through her college gym and immediately loved the mind/body connection of the Pilates method. After years of taking group classes, she decided to take it a step further and share her love of the exercise with others by teaching. She competed her Pilates mat, reformer and Barre certifications through True Definition Studios, and her Aerial Yoga certification through Fly & Release, hosted by True Definition Studios. Caitlin works full time in Product Development but her favorite part of any busy day is to end it by either taking or teaching a Pilates, Barre or Aerial class. Her top priority in teaching is to provide a fun, safe and effective workout that leaves all attendees feeling better than when they arrived.
Bonnie has been a Pilates Institute of America certified Pilates instructor since 2006. Her Pilates certifications include Mat 1, Mat 2 , Pilates on the Ball, Mat in a Chair, Bosulates and she has completed courses for Reformer certification through True Definition Studios. Bonnie has also earned a Level 1 Instructor certification through YogaFit Training Systems and several certifications with Silver Sneakers - a physical fitness program for seniors. It is this intensive training and her experience teaching that enables Bonnie to design customized training sessions to meet individual fitness levels and needs. Bonnie is committed to helping her clients achieve their fitness goals and beyond. She has found that by creating a program that is both challenging and enjoyable she can keep her clients motivated, healthy and strong.
Leigh grew up as a gymnast and competitive dancer and instructor. She trained in all forms of dance but ballet was her main focus. When she retired from dancing, she turned to yoga as a way of continuing what she love: teaching. Leigh became a 200 hour certified yoga instructor in 2015. With her dance knowledge, she infused her yoga classes with intense Pilates based exercises that would help to strengthen and bring a unique spin to a traditional yoga class. It was from there, she became a certified Pilates teacher, through True Definition Studios, and in turn became certified in Barre, Pilates Mat & Reformer. She then completed her aerial yoga teacher training through Fly & Release, hosted by True Definition Studios. Leigh works full time at a high end fast-paced salon and spa. She is a licensed manicurist by trade but is also part of the management team, assisting in inventory control, spa membership and the salon's website. Her happy place is teaching at Definition! When you take her classes, expect a fun upbeat and intense class that will leave you sweating and smiling!
Jaclyn Priore graduated from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University with a BFA in Dance. She has been teaching various styles of dance since 2009. She has a 200 hour vinyasa teacher training certification through OM Factory in NYC, her Barre certification through True Definition Studios and her Aerial Yoga certification through Fly & Release, hosted by True Definition Studios.