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?