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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Working Out In The Zone: The Mind/Body Connection

I think most of us, when we hear the phrase “mind/body workout”,  conjure up a mental image of yoga mats in a room with dim lights, soft music and maybe some chanting.  Nothing wrong with that, of course, unless you’re looking for a more dynamic adventure.

So, are there other types of mind/body workouts?  The answer is: yes, any workout that you bring your full attention to, and perform with specific intention, becomes a mind/body workout.  An impressive thing happens when you not only pay attention to what you’re doing but also do it with a goal in mind; the workout becomes effective and you achieve results.

I remember a recent conversation I had with someone who told me their fitness regime consisted of walking on a treadmill while reading a book.  I was like, “did you say reading a book?”  I suppose walking and reading does burn more calories than sitting on the couch. I have to wonder, though, what could I realistically expect to accomplish with a workout that I was not mentally present for?  Let’s draw a broad parallel; have you ever accomplished anything by not paying attention and half heatedly going through the motions?

If I could offer one tip to ensure success in achieving fitness goals,  it is to be present in the moment.  When you’re working out, clear your mind of all the clutter. Don’t think about everything you have to do, pay attention to what you are doing. Make your workout a meditation on self empowerment.  It doesn’t matter if you lift weights, run, jump around in a salsa aerobics class, or do PiYo; all of these activities are an opportunity to tune in,  pay attention to being in your body and to get in touch with your whole being.

The rest of your life will still be there when the workout is over so don’t phone it in, bring your A-game to the mat.

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What is Piyo?

“What’s that thing that you teach?”  I get asked this question a lot and I’m always happy to answer it because it means that people are interested in learning about fitness and PiYo.  So what is it?

PiYo is all about strength training and core conditioning for people who want to sweat their way to sculpted abdominals, increased core strength and greater stability! It’s the perfect fusion of strength building, rhythmic movement and power with a foundation in Pilates and yoga that burns calories while transforming the body. It includes modifications so everyone can participate, yet offers progressions to challenge the more advanced, either way, you will get results!  Participants can expect a dynamic class structured around powerful movements, strength and flexibility training, and all in a positive atmosphere with high energy music.  My strategic design results in a class unlike any you’ve tried before.
Ignite your passion for fitness with PiYo!