Edward Francis Pio
MONTEREY >> Edward Francis Pio
isn't your ordinary 82-year-old.
a visionary, a seeker, a vibrant spirit and a teacher.
For 50 years, Pio
has been teaching people how to use their minds to relax, sleep, heal, control pain, even stop bleeding.
The Carmel Valley resident was at the ROTA Psychic Fair Sunday at the Monterey County Fairgrounds talking about his
classes in Theta Brain Wave Technique and Yoga Nidra Meditation.
Amid booths selling essential oils, balsamic vinegars and herbal teas, Pio
spoke to anyone who would listen about the benefits techniques.
As executive director of the International Mind Body Institute, Pio teaches classes in the techniques at his office in Monterey.
Over the years, he
has taught some 36,000 people through live and home-study courses.
has lectured internationally and on cruise ships.
classes began as self-hypnosis instruction and evolved to something deeper and even more effective.
How is it done?
By focusing the mind, Pio
Your body, he
explains, has two computers, better known as the right and left hemispheres of the brain.
Learning to control them can result in less stress, deeper sleep, less dependence on prescription drugs, lower blood pressure, pain control and overall wellness, Pio
Unlike meditation techniques with the goal of an out-of-body experience, Yoga Nidra Meditation, which originated in India, focuses on the body.
explains it, the technique turns the left hemisphere down and the right hemisphere up at the same time.
While in the theta mind state, Pio
gives instructions to focus on various parts of the body and imagine and feel each part.
then gives specific instructions to the student to deal with problems such as arthritis, chronic pain, migraine headaches, high blood pressure, sleep disorders and many other problems.
The suggestions aren't limited to problems.
The images he
asks a person to envision in the meditative theta state might also include better performance at work, at sports, at music or any other endeavor in which a person is interested.
describes Yoga Nidra Meditation as an active rather than a passive practice.
The biggest change in his
said, is the creation of a relaxation technique that overcomes a person's fight or flight response.
It doesn't negate fight or flight, he
said, but rather allows a person's mind to stop fighting the fight or flight response.
According to Pio
, the theta state is necessary for healing.
said, "the focus is always inside the body.
My thing is grounded in the body."
"We are all built-in to be self-healers," he
We just need a procedure like the one he
teaches to jumpstart the process.
emphasizes that in the technique he
teaches "there is no loss of control.
You can check it out yourself by calling Pio
at 831-298-7332, seeing his
website at www.mindbodyinstitute.org or visiting his
office at 950 A Cass St. in Monterey.