DeAnna Dimmitt Mind Body Fitness

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VitaMix Tomato Soup


Need a good way to use up some tomatoes?  My mom brought me a bunch of super ripe tomatoes from her garden and I wanted to use them before they went bad. I also didn’t feel like cooking, so what to do?  Tomato soup!


Combine the following ingredients in the VitaMix

Several medium size ripe tomatoes

Cheese (all I had were two slices of swiss and some feta but could also use cheddar if you prefer)

1 clove garlic

1 shallot (could also use onion)

handful fresh cut basil

1.5 cups chicken broth (or homemade chicken stock in this case)

1 cup water

salt and pepper to taste

With the VitaMix set on variable speed, begin on 1 and slowly turn up to 10.  To heat the soup in the blender, let it run on high for 5 minutes.  Garnish with Parmesan cheese.  Great served with a grilled cheese sandwich or quesadilla!


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The difference between PiYo and yoga

The other day I was checking out my site stats and noticed that someone found my website by performing a Google search on the question “Is PiYo different than yoga?”

I’m a big fan of yoga.  I studied and practiced it for years prior to discovering PiYo.  I love them both but they are not the same.  On the other hand, I love them both and they are not different.

If there is any confusion, it lies in the perception, in the expectation of what a mind/body workout is.

This scenario is for my fellow PiYo instructors.  You have a new student who comes in the door and says, “I’m here for yoga”.  You say, “Hello, and welcome to PiYo!”  They repeat, “I’m here for yoga.” You say, “this is PiYo.” They say, “the schedule says this is yoga.” You smile and wonder if they actually read the schedule because your class is clearly labeled “PiYo.”

Conflict occurs when expectations don’t match reality.  I welcome all students to my class but when the conversation starts this way, I get a little worried inside because I infer from both their tone and reactions that they were expecting something different.  Most of the time that convo translates loosely to “I’m not here for party music and sweat.”

Is PiYo different than yoga? In my opinion, PiYo is just one of the numerous evolutionary variances in what has become known as the mind/body workout.  Being present in the body and performing actions with specific intention is all that is required for this type of experience.  PiYo moves at a fluid pace; firing up considerable heat in the body, burning fat, building muscle, focusing attention and intention, so on the mat as in life.  It’s about the flow, it’s about persistent effort, it’s about working through personal barriers, and expanding belief in what is possible.  Is this not a meditation?

If you’re looking for a concise explanation of what PiYo is: PiYo is a high energy, low impact, total body fitness routine based on the principals of yoga and Pilates.  I would describe it as fast power yoga. My friends call it The killer of “mom jeans”.  What to expect? Energetic environment, fun music, lots of sweating, and results!

Sound like your kind of fun?  See my schedule for a full listing of class times and locations.

PiYo is a journey, are you ready?

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How to clean makeup brushes

I’ve never been good at being a girly girl.  Hair, makeup, nails, handbags, matching outfits; all of these things are hopelessly confounding to me.  For a long time I knew it was bad to use dirty makeup brushes but didn’t know what to do about it.  I would buy fairly expensive bare minerals brushes, use them until they got gross and then throw them in a drawer and buy new ones.  For the record, you should wash a brush long before it gets visibly gross. Once a week is a good frequency.  Every time you use a makeup brush, oil and bacteria from your skin coat the bristles which in turn become coated with makeup, gradually forming a wonderfully disgusting petri dish crawling with the seeds of disaster.

Here’s what to do about it:

Once a week gather up all the brushes you use everyday.

Using an anti-bacterial hand soap “shampoo” and rinse the brush heads, repeatedly, until there is no sign of either makeup or soap.

Squeeze excess water from brush heads and reform the bristles into the desired shape.

Lay out on a paper towel and allow to dry thoroughly.  *Very Important*  DO NOT use wet or damp makeup brushes to apply makeup.

That’s it!

Your skin thanks you 🙂

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Professional Development

This is true in all professions: sometimes we get so busy working that we don’t make time for learning. It’s vital to remember that your current skill set can only take you so far and learning is an essential key to moving forward. Next month I’m taking advantage of two excellent opportunities for professional development.

September 9, 2012:

PiYo Instructor/Pro Training and Workshop

Together Strong in Santa Fe, NM

Click here for details

September 25, 2012

Power Yoga workshop with Bryan Kest

Yoga Junction in Louisville, CO

Click here for details

This train is just getting started!

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Exciting News!

Spreading the PiYo Love!

New Classes

Snap Fitness at Unser and McMahon

Thursday, August 9th: 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Thursday, August 16th: 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Thursday, August 23rd: 6:30pm to 7:30pm

These are demo classes.  If you are not yet a member of Snap Fitness, see me about getting a free 7 day pass!

New Mexico Sports & Wellness, downtown club

Beginning September 5th

PiYo is on Wednesday evenings from 6:50 to 7:50