DeAnna Dimmitt Mind Body Fitness

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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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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


Minor changes

Have you ever been sitting at Starbucks, nursing a grande soy mocha latte and feeling frustrated about your income? You know the thoughts: If I could just make a little bit more money, I would have so much more freedom and be so much happier. Rich people suck and my life is so unfair, boo hoo….  Hold that thought.

Yesterday Rick and I ate lunch in Old Town.  As we were walking back to the car Rick says, “I want ice cream”, so we made a detour to the ice cream shop which was conveniently located right by our car.  I was perusing the flavors and deciding what I wanted when Rick says “Unless you’re really set on this, I’ve changed my mind.”  I wasn’t really set on it so we left.  On the way back to the car I asked him what happened.  “It just seems silly to pay almost $4 for one scoop of ice cream when pints of Ben and Jerry’s are on sale for $3.99 at Albertson’s”, he said.  Hard to argue with that.

I use the coffee analogy all the time.  For the cost of two drinks at Starbucks you could buy enough coffee beans and Hershey’s syrup to serve mocha latte’s to the whole neighborhood so why spend $9 on only two drinks that don’t even have alcohol in them? Where’s the rationale in that?

The other biggie for me is going out to eat.  Eating out is arguably my most favorite pastime but it makes no sense.  For two people to go out and have a reasonably nice dinner one could realistically expect to spend at least $50, probably more, maybe even a lot more. That’s one dinner, one night; you go home empty handed and wake up hungry again the next day.  How many really great meals could you prepare at home with $50 worth of groceries?

It took me a long time to figure out that I can spend my way through any amount of income.  The answer to having more is not necessarily making more, it’s spending better.  Past a certain point, financial freedom is not contingent on income, it’s contingent on how the income serves you.

You might be wondering what frivolous spending has to do with fitness or PiYo.  Well, what it really has to do with is priorities.  How do you allocate your resources so as to provide yourself with freedom and happiness instead of being enslaved by debt and ego?  I can only speak for myself but I don’t want to work 16 hours a day just to pay the bills so one day I can drop dead from exhaustion.  To me, health and fitness falls under the heading of freedom and happiness so I continuously look for ways to make these things work together.

The number one reason people site for not working out is a perceived lack of time and the number two reason is a perceived lack of money.  Why don’t people have time? Usually because of work and why do they work so much? Because of money.  This is the cover story but in many cases it is simply not true because untold dollars and hours are being wasted every day.  It’s easy to say “I’m too busy to work out” but yet there seems to be plenty of time for watching TV or surfing the internet.  Easy to say I can’t afford a gym membership or home workout dvd’s but where is that money going instead?

Don’t get the wrong idea, I’m not criticizing anyone for going out eat or spending time on facebook but I am only pointing out that many times the things we think are missing in our lives, like time and money, are not missing at all. We have both of them in abundance but fail to capitalize on what is already available. We allow resources to slide through our fingers instead of using them to better ourselves.

My great uncle recently died at the age of 91.  My cousin, who is a well known baptist minister in Arkansas, flew out to preside over the ceremony.  He said a lot of stuff, most of which went right in one ear and out the other, but he said one thing that just may have changed my life.  He said “No one has any more time than anyone else.  We all have the same 24 hours in a day, it’s what you do with that time that will set you apart.”