If "No Pain, No Gain" was the fitness slogan of the 1990’s, the popular mantra of this era is "No Mind, No Body." Staples of our modern fitness routine, yoga and Pilates, reinforce that to transform your body, you must evolve your mind. Patricia Moreno’s intenSati, takes it one step farther, cultivating a practice for your mind, body and heart. IntenSati challenges the physical muscles through high-energy aerobics, martial arts, dance and yoga, while honing the mental muscles through positive affirmations ("I am the master my my fate" and "I lift myself up to a higher state") infused into the workout. For years, women across Manhattan have been stealthily leaving the office early to land a coveted spot in one of Patricia’s wildly popular classes. Patricia is bringing the power of intenSati beyond Gotham through her best-selling book, The intenSati Method: 7 Secrets to Thinner Peace and through the development of the IntenSati leaders program.
Patricia talks to MindBodyGreen about her first experience with the power of positive affirmation at age 13, what to know before your first intenSati class, and how her intenSati routine has evolved during her pregnancy.
MindBodyGreen: How and when did you get inspired to develop intenSati?
Patricia Moreno: I was inspired to develop intenSati in 2001. After many years of struggling with my weight and eating disorders I felt exercise and diet were not the only factors in achieving success. I had been a avid student of yoga, meditation and personal empowerment education and felt there was a way to combine the world of fitness and spiritual transformation. I wanted to bring yoga to those who would not normally take a yoga class or who wanted a more physical spiritual workout.
MBG: IntenSati fuses dance, yoga, martial arts, and strength training: what role do these play in promoting our physical health?
PM: Sati means mindfulness and part of the intenSati practice revolves around challenging your body in new ways so that you stay mentally engaged. Another part of the intenSati method is about moving your body in different ways so that you embody different states of mind. The martial arts moves like punches and kicks help people connect to the warrior within, courage, confidence, strength, discipline etc. The dance moves help people connect to joy, playfulness, grace and sensuality. The yoga moves help to develop help to become more centered, flexible and focused. How you move your body influences how you feel. We literally practice courage, confidence, love, joy, strength, etc..