Posted on June 18, 2011



This was one of the many affirmations I chanted this morning but before I get to this and the others that featured, let’s go back to the beginning.

I got in touch with Yvette of Breathe Believe Pilates via the wonderful Noura whose yoga I’ve been to (see Ironing out the kinks & Hidden gems). Turns out Yvette is another diamond in the rough and I can think of few people I’d rather have been in the company of this morning.

First up was Pilates, an intensely enjoyable class that acted as a firm reminder that, despite my best intentions to stretch more following last weeks column on, I am still failing miserably!  However, lots of great core, strength and flexibility work later and I felt suitably warmed up for the class to follow …

intenSati …

Never heard of it?  No wonder.  Neither had I because it’s brand new to our shores and Yvette is the only intenSati teacher around.

It is impossible to convey the fab factor of this one in words so you need to try it for yourself but to give you a brief overview:

  • intenSati was created by New Yorker Patricia Moreno and is based on positive psychology and the law of attraction (i.e. 100% up my street!)
  • It is the ultimate in embracing the mind:body connection … a combo of aerobics, martial arts, endurance principles and positive affirmations with an overall ethos of living a life you love in a body you love
  • The physical side of the workout entails a warm up and then an upper body and a lower body section …. think 80’s style  high-energy aerobics aka Jane Fonda sans leg warmers; no gimmicks just effective movements that give you a body of steel
  • The mental side of the workout entails affirmations and declarations that you shout out at the top of your voice …. ‘I have confidence and courage’, ‘I have the will to succeed and change’, ‘All I need is within me now’ …. and so on …
  • Bring them together and these physical and verbal actions work in unison to workout your body, mind and soul simultaneously
  • You need to stay really focused throughout the class … be present … be mindful … be in the moment.  No matter how hard we try, no matter how self-aware we are, this isn’t always easy to do but even my little monkey mind managed to stay present for the entire class
  • I finished intenSati feeling utterly empowered … like I’d given my heart, body and mind the undivided attention it deserves instead of a half-hearted attempt whilst planning what to have for dinner or what to wear tomorrow
  • I also finished intenSati thinking that whilst it might have been my first class, there’s no possible way it will be my last

In fact, I’m not even sure it can be classed as a class per se; it’s a movement, a way of life and an approach to the way we think about ourselves and our lives … and whilst I’m already a firm believer in affirmations, a week today as I dig deep for inner strength during Singapore’s Sundowner event, I shall think of Yvette and her class this morning … and I shall repeat in my head, over and over …


PS. And it really is a tough workout …. despite being a fit bunch in the class, we were all dripping in sweat by the end and I imagine my bottom might be screaming tomorrow in (loving) memory of every lunge endured.

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