Integrative Wellness, Inner IDEA-Style

May 18, 2010


Incredibly, two of our four fitness events for 2010 are now wrapped up; the IDEA Personal Trainer Institute and IDEA Fitness Fusion Conference™ were terrific successes. We are charging toward the IDEA World Fitness Convention in August (4–8) with great excitement, but this month we want to take a moment to talk about the Inner IDEA Conference coming up in September.

Five years ago, the Inner IDEA Conference changed the landscape of fitness education with a groundbreaking event dedicated to exploring the cutting edge of wellness. This year, Inner IDEA will celebrate its 5-year anniversary by taking a closer look at the emerging “big picture” of health: integrative wellness of mind, body and spirit.

Inner IDEA will be held September 23–26 at La Quinta Resort & Club in Palm Springs, California, and will feature more than 100 sessions on Pilates, yoga, Nia®, GYROKINESIS® and GYROTONIC® exercise, integrative movement, mindfulness and meditation, nutrition, research, mind-body medicine, motivational coaching, and wellness business and career development.

One of the most powerful aspects of the Inner IDEA Conference has been its emphasis on community. This is a gathering of people in our industry who are passionate about enhancing wellness on a deep level. They want to help other people and help the planet. They come both to learn and to share—what a powerful combination! When we created Inner IDEA, we strongly felt the industry needed a conference dedicated exclusively to wellness principles and practices. We wanted it to be a different kind of event where you didn’t just learn about mind-body-spirit wellness—you experienced it just by participating. The response has been overwhelming. Every year we have more wisdom to draw from, and we keep evolving. We are so grateful for the support this event has received, and for the opportunity to work together with the Inner IDEA community to inspire the world to wellness.

If that’s not enough to compel you, consider the unique team we are featuring as this year’s keynote speakers: six-time Ironman® world champion Mark Allen and shaman and healer Brant Secunda, who taught Allen the integrative approach that was the foundation of his competitive success. They are co-authors of Fit Soul, Fit Body: 9 Keys to a Healthier, Happier You, and as part of the conference’s Opening Ceremony, they will discuss and demonstrate how integrative wellness can profoundly enhance health and happiness.

Consider giving yourself the gift of this unique experience. You can start your mindful decision-making by reviewing this year’s brochure and rich programming line-up at

Speaking of mindful decisions, be sure to read this month’s excellent feature story, “Mindfulness and Weight Loss,” by Kelly McGonigal, PhD. Societally, we’ve learned to view foods as “good” and “bad.” Often we beat ourselves up for “slipping” and indulging in foods we’ve come to believe are taboo for whatever reason (diets being the biggest culprit). Rather than savoring (in moderation) a rich dessert, a handful of potato chips, a juicy cheeseburger, we judge ourselves for being weak if we “succumb” to these foods. What if we learned instead to fully experience their taste and texture, without guilt or judgment; to pay close attention to how we feel afterward (do they really make us feel better?); and to become more aware of all the environmental and emotional factors that influence the many choices we have surrounding our food? Welcome to mindful eating, designed to address both the rising rates of obesity and the well-documented fact that most diets don’t work. A growing body of research reveals how this approach can support weight loss and improve health.

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In good health,

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