Mind 2 Body™ is not just another studio. Originally established in 2002, our teachers are recognized for helping clients get the finest results using Classical Pilates and GYROTONIC® exercise methods. From therapeutic conditioning to athletic training, our teachers customize exercises for each client based on their individual experience level, physical condition and personal goals.
Handpicked by studio owner Lani Pelino, our instructors bring outstanding knowledge of the body and exceptional teaching skills. They’re experienced motivators and graduates of the most stringent training programs in the world, as well as experts in a variety of related disciplines.
Sessions are ideal for athletes, dancers, seniors, individuals seeking to improve overall fitness and individuals overcoming knee surgery and other joint issues - even children.
Because training styles and session preferences are unique, Mind 2 Body™ focuses on personalizing training needs and wellness goals. We aim to pair our clients with trainers that are specifically suited for them to optimize time and amplify results.
Our welcoming Mind 2 Body™ Studio in Studio City, California offers a unique opportunity to experience the full breadth and depth of the Pilates Method of Body Conditioning and the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM®.
Lani Pelino is the owner and founder of Mind 2 Body™ studio.
A Michigan native, Lani earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Ohio University in 1998. While a member of the university dance department, she discovered her passion for the Pilates Method of Body Conditioning.
After graduation, Lani continued her Pilates training at The Atlanta Ballet, where she studied, apprenticed and taught. Aligning herself with current best practices, she received comprehensive training in three specific areas: The Pilates Method of Body Conditioning, Power Pilates and The Pilates Method Alliance. It was here that she had the opportunity to immerse herself in the Classical Pilates methodology under the guidance of Romana Kryzanowska, a direct pupil of Joseph Pilates.
A lifelong learner, Lani went on to study the GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® exercise methods as a way to further expand her professional skill set. She was certified as an instructor by Juliu Horvath, founder and creator of the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM®.
Lani completed City Yoga's Teacher Training program, where she’s registered through Yoga Alliance at the 200 hour level. In addition to body conditioning techniques, she studies aromatherapy and energy work, using essential oils as means to support rehabilitation, the healing of emotions and general health. She similarly incorporates elements of visual imaging into her sessions.
Above all, Lani is dedicated to the idea that exercise is more than physical exertion; it’s a way of life. It’s this decidedly fresh and holistic approach to mind and body health that’s helped her take clients to new levels of physical fitness and personal satisfaction for years.
A veteran instructor, Bruno Artero brings more than a decade of teaching experience to his Pilates and GYROTONIC® sessions. He received his training through Balanced Body University and is a certified instructor for both GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS®. Additionally, Bruno is a member of the Pilates Method Alliance and certified in Booty Barre™.
Outside of the studio, Bruno coaches a number of rugby teams, including the U18 USA Rugby National Team. Blending the agility of Pilates with the physicality of sport, he uses his unique perspective and experience to help his teams find success on the playing field.
A dancer from the age of three, Jill Denison has had a lifelong connection to movement and healing modalities. She was first introduced to the GYROTONIC® Expansion System in 1999 while studying at the State University of New York-Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College and quickly dedicated herself to the discipline.
Since that initial positive experience, Jill has become a Specialized Master Trainer in GYROTONIC®, a Master Trainer in GYROKINESIS®, and a GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® Level 2 Master Trainer, as well as a Master Trainer on the GYROTONER® apparatus. Her expertise focuses on a variety of advanced specializations, including therapeutic applications for the pelvis and scoliosis, and the “dancer’s application.” She also regularly studies with GYROTONIC® founder Juliu Horvath.
In addition to teaching trainings at Mind 2 Body™ studio, Jill teaches educational courses on all facets of the GYROTONIC® system with the hope of imparting the love of movement to all her students. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from the University of Wyoming.
A certiﬁed Pilates instructor for over 24 years, Niedra Gabriel trained directly under Romana Kryzanowska, a protégé of Joseph Pilates, while completing her Pilates Certiﬁcation at the New York Pilates Studio. In addition to Pilates, Niedra’s breadth of expertise also extends to yoga, dance, choreography, and Circus / Aerial Arts training, which she ﬁrst learned as a hobby and has recently begun teaching and performing. Niedra is committed to ﬁtness education in both the U.S. and abroad. In addition to her role as a Master Trainer at Mind 2 Body™ Studio in Studio City she also frequently teaches segments of the comprehensive training as a guest teacher in other studios in California and internationally. Niedra holds master classes and workshops throughout Europe, and is currently establishing the Mind 2 Body™ Pilates teacher training program in the Caribbean island of St. Lucia. She regularly leads classes and retreats on physical and personal growth and lifestyle, taking a comprehensive approach that includes an exploration of nutrition and wellness.
Visit Niedra's website at: www.spirit-moves.com
Originally from Phoenix, Arizona, Casey Gonzalez moved to Los Angeles in 2014 to continue pursuing a career in professional dance. As a classically trained dancer who’s studied ballet, jazz and modern dance since she was three years old, she uses her unique perspective and keen sense of balance to help clients achieve their fitness goals. A homegrown expert, Casey began practicing Pilates in 2011 and later completed the Mind 2 Body™ teacher training certification program at our home studio. Additionally, Casey is a certified GYROTONIC® and GGYROKINESIS® instructor.
As part of her training, Casey obtained a certificate in dance through the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York City. She’s since has gone on to perform, teach and judge professionally within the United States and Canada. Casey earned a Bachelors of Science in Healthy Lifestyles and Coaching from Arizona State University.
Bringing a positive and compassionate approach to her sessions, Elese Orrell is a classically trained Pilates instructor who believes that everyone can benefit from the discipline. A graduate of the Whole Body Pilates Method and the Mind 2 Body™ Classical Pilates training program, Elese began studying Pilates to help others gain a better awareness of their bodies, improve strength, balance, and movement, and prevent injury. She decided to focus on the Classical Pilates methodology because of its unique emphasis on the mind-body connection.
When she’s not helping clients, you can find Elese pursuing her other two passions: dance and the creative arts. Over the past few years, she’s gained experience performing as an aerial dancer in a variety of shows and competitions. A graphic designer by trade, she’s also heavily involved in projects related to film, theatre, music and event production. Elese earned a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Communications from the Brooks Institute of Photography.
Originally hailing from Naples, Florida, Jamie Thomas studied Environmental Science and Policy at the University of Southern Florida before making her way to the west coast. A natural born athlete, Jamie’s love for sports influenced her to study Pilates and complete the Mind 2 Body™ teacher certification program, as well become a certified GYROKINESIS® and GYROTONIC® instructor. Beyond that, Jamie is a certified Pre-Trainer, which allows her to teach Pilates apprentices.
When skies are clear, you’re sure to find Jamie riding her bike across town, hiking or getting together with friends to play a game of softball or soccer.
Eric was first introduced to the Pilates Method of Body Conditioning as a means of rehab for a knee injury. Since then, Pilates has become vital in keeping Eric injury-free in athletic endeavors. He was certified through Power Pilates as both an instructor and a Master Trainer. In addition to Pilates, Eric is a competitive runner and cyclist.