May 26, 2015

Portraits_of_the_Mind_Carl_SchoonoverFitnessista describes intenSati as:

A revolutionary workout, fusing high-energy aerobics, martial arts, dance, yoga, and strength conditioning. Combining spoken affirmations with simple choreography, intenSati provides a heart-pumping, exhilarating workout that builds physical, mental, and spiritual muscle. “Inten” derives from “intention”, and “Sati” is a Pali word which means mindfulness. (Fitnessista)

IntenSati was created by Patricia Moreno. Dr. Oz says IntenSati “is the latest fitness craze sweeping the nation. It strengthens your muscles while it sculpts your self-esteem.”

Moreno says that intensati is “a workout for your body and your mind.” She continues:

“I realized that what determines one’s success is their state of mind. So I wanted to create a practice where people could actually practice this consciously, choosing positive thoughts, empowering thoughts, success thoughts while working out their body so not only do you improve your body, your physical strength, you improve your state of mind at the same time.”

Moreno, during a guest appearance on the Dr. Oz show shared her four principle moves:

  1. Commitment: Reach for the ceiling, reaching for ceiling, arms straight at the highest point, alternating quickly while saying aloud, “Yes, I’m committed.”
  2. Shimmy: Feet wide apart, shimmy shoulder, loose, quickly, moving forward and backward. While smiling, say, “To live a life I love.”
  3. Desire: Legs apart, bend at the knees, arms in front with hands making the a triangle in front of one’s heart. Then jump and when land push arms outwards. Jump and push. Jump and push. And say, “I want it, I want it, I really really want it.” (It: You want to live a life you love.)
  4. One has to try something new if a new outcome is desired. Bend the knees, arms in front, palms facing toward the body, hands disted. First, a right upper cut, followed by a left upper cut. Then go as fast as possible and say, “I’m gonna break through, I’m gonna try something new.”

The whole workout is a combination of kickboxing, dance, yoga, and martial arts. Each movement is combined with an affirmation. Each set of these combinations has a particular message, such as empowerment.




Dr. Wendy Suzuki is author of Healthy Brain, Happy Life (Dey Street Books, 2015) about the effects of exercise on brain function. She’s a professor of Neural Science and Psychology at New York University’s Center for Neural Science. She has presented at the World Science Festival and TEDx.

Dr. Suzuki states in Healthy Brain, Happy Life that “it was a workout for my body and my brain.…Asking your brain to remember arm and foot combinations, as well as affirmations to shout out, is asking our brain to work!” Now, Dr. Suzuki was already in good physical shape, but she realized that “this workout was so special because it brought the power of the brain–body connection to life for me more powerfully than I had ever felt it before.”




This “body-brain” connection “has a powerful influence on our brain functions and conversely that the brain has a powerful influence over how our bodies feel and work and heal.…And the first thing I noticed was how strongly this workout (body) boosted my mood (brain).”

On June 1st, Dr. Suzuki will be at Lulu Lemon leading a one-hour intenSati class with live African drumming followed by an interactive lecture about her new book. Afterwards, Lulu Lemon “athletic ambassador” Nick Pratley will lead guests through a breathing exercise and meditation.










Healthy Brain, Happy Life
Monday, June 1st, 7-8:30 p.m.
Lulu Lemon, 103 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena




Excerpts from Healthy Brain, Happy Life sourced from



Flintridge Books

Lyd and Mo Photography

Louis Jane Studios

Homage Pasadena