Bonnie Carter first discovered Pilates at a group mat class at her local gym in 2003. She initially thought it was a fun abs workout, and loved how the exercises required focus and a mind/body connection. She started taking private lessons in 2007 as a way to take her Pilates to the next level while she was transitioning out of her career in the theatre as a stage manager. It was then that she truly realized the potential of the exercises to strengthen her body's weaknesses that were caused by her scoliosis and her tibial torsion (a leg alignment condition). Standing a full inch taller than she did prior to starting Pilates lessons (really!), she decided to follow in the footsteps of her teachers and train classically with Romana's Pilates, obtaining her 600 hour certification in 2010.
Continuing to practice Pilates through each of her pregnancies, Bonnie developed a special interest in the postpartum body. Using modified exercises and a gentle approach, she relied on Pilates to regain pelvic floor strength and stability, and reestablish abdominal tone after being diagnosed with diastasis recti following the birth of her son. She loves working with new Moms who are also struggling with these issues.
Bonnie is an active practitioner of yoga. She has a Bachelors degree from Ithaca College and a certification as a Holistic Health Coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She lives in Astoria with her husband and two children.