Patricia Moreno, co-creator of Powerstrike, has introduced the first DVD of her creation, IntenSati. I thought it was awesome, and I am a fitness instructor and have done lots of DVDs. For those of you who know Patricia Moreno, you know she is an incredible instructor and an incredible motivator. I do not think she has done any other videos since PowerStrike.
IntenSati is literally the practice of being aware of your intentions and performing as such. What makes IntenSati unique is Patricia’s use of small, but powerful, sayings with each movement. These are positive affirmations like, “I am strong!, I am focused!, I CAN, YES!!” And as you perform movements you repeat these words over and over again. The idea is to clear your mind of any negativity towards yourself, your peers, your workout, or your life, for that moment of your life, and focus on what you desire. And ultimately, those positive thoughts will stay with you as you leave your workout and enter into the life you live everyday.
The DVD is broken into four sections. A warm-up, upper body cardio, lower body, and yoga/meditation. Each part can be done individually or combined as an entire workout. The beauty of this video is that you can do any one section and feel physically and mentally challenged. So if you are pressed for time, you can still get a workout in only a few minutes.
The workout itself is as difficult as you are willing to make it. In the upper body cardio section, Patricia uses very simple upper body movements like arm circles, overhead reaches and punches in a series that is repeated several times. She introduces each movement and the affirmation that goes with it, then puts the entire sequence together. The lower body sequence has a graceful yet powerful feel. The movements are long lunging and balancing postures. Your leg strength and endurance as well as balance are really challenged in this series. The lower body section has much more of a mind/body feel to it. Finally, Patricia ends with a yoga stretch and meditation. After the initial stretch Patricia guides you through a meditation that draws from the affirmations you use during the workout. She has a remarkable way of taking you deep into your body, allowing you to remove yourself from distractions that cloud your mind.
At first, I was thrown off by Patricia’s requests to repeat these phrases while I was working out. But when I started to listen to what I was saying and hear everyone joining in, it didn’t seem awkward at all. And the more I spoke the words, the louder I became, and I found myself wanting to reach higher, and stretch farther, and go beyond the level of intensity I had previously been. I felt like I could do better and better with each series, and I WANTED to push harder and be better. And as tired as I was, I was NOT going to let up. The workout went so beyond what I had ever done. That’s what I think you get from this workout, if you choose to do it. Patricia encourages you to do your very best and to not give in to those voices that are telling you that you are tired, or distracted, or just can’t do it. And if you feel that the movements are “too easy”, she encourages you to challenge yourself and make them work for you. You can do it and she has found the way to help you understand that. Everyone on the video is clearly feeling that as well. Even in the comfort of your home, her message rings loud. I have done this workout a few times and am often overcome with emotion when I finish. It reminds me that in everything I do, I choose to be at my very best.
IntenSati is really a fantastic mental and physical workout and like no workout video you have ever seen. Patricia is truly a master in her field and it is clear that she loves and believes in what she is doing. She is easy to follow and the workout is great for exercisers of any level. The DVD quality is great, and the set is beautiful. She has a web site, www.intensati.com, which is where I bought my DVD. She also has a life coaching and weight loss coaching part of her business.
Patricia is an incredible instructor and motivator. It is clear that she loves her work and that she wants the best for her students. Her cues are easy to follow, as are her movements. Patricia really knows how to get the most out of a workout, physically and mentally.
Aug 3, 2006
I love it. It's a unique program, and very energizing and rejuvenating. I was fortunate to attend Patricia's New Year's Eve Inten-Sati workshop. She was amazing.
Patricia is an awesome instructor. She's sincere, caring, encouraging, and committed to integrated fitness and wellness.
January 1, 2007