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Mr. Edward Francis Pio

Wrong Edward Francis Pio?

Executive Director

International Mind Body Institute

Employment History

  • Teacher
    International Mind Body Institute
  • Owner
    Global Music Consultants
  • President and Chief Executive Officer
    Global Music Exchange
  • Owner
    Global Music Exchange
  • Manager
    Watsonville Band
  • Onetime Manager
    Watsonville Band
  • Owners
    Edward Pio Associates
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Web References
Edward Francis ..., 2 Nov 2014 [cached]
Edward Francis Pio
MONTEREY >> Edward Francis Pio isn't your ordinary 82-year-old. He's 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. He has lectured internationally and on cruise ships.
His classes began as self-hypnosis instruction and evolved to something deeper and even more effective.
How is it done? By focusing the mind, Pio said.
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 said.
Unlike meditation techniques with the goal of an out-of-body experience, Yoga Nidra Meditation, which originated in India, focuses on the body. As Pio 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. He 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.
Pio describes Yoga Nidra Meditation as an active rather than a passive practice.
The biggest change in his work, Pio 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. In his technique, he 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 said. We just need a procedure like the one he teaches to jumpstart the process.
He 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 or visiting his office at 950 A Cass St. in Monterey.
MHBQA News: The Hao Yu Chi Singers Teach in Shijiazhuang, 22 July 2001 [cached]
The Orloffs have sung together in the MHBQA quartet "Mixed Metafour" for nearly 20 years; the Becks have sung together in the MHBQA quartet "Kindred Spirits" for over 10 years (as well as individually in a few other rather well-known quartets!) When Global Music Exchange received a request from the Governor of China's Hebei Province (the area surrounding Beijing), asking if they had some barbershop musician friends who could teach the Province's retiree mixed choirs how to sing in the barbershop style, Global Music Exchange CEO Edward Pio turned to his barbershop travel partners Kim and Jerry Orloff.
Our primary spokesman was Ed Pio, the owner of Global Music Exchange and our "sponsor."Ed has been in other sessions like this down through the years (both pre-planning trips, and actual performing trips), involving the various jazz groups he has brought to China, and the high school band "parade" he had brought just the month before.Ed was not only our sponsor in the financial sense, but also in the much more important "who you know" sense, introducing us to his friends and aquaintances as "persons of consequence who can be trusted."It should be noted that while the Hebei Provincial governement and the Tourism Bureau picked up the tab for the hosting (meals, auto transport and housing), Ed paid the majority of the quartet's bills, including our airfare to and from China, and our airfare for all the Texas/California commuting for rehearsals.He really BELIEVES in getting the Chinese people exposed to barbershop harmony!
We were in Ed's capable hands for most of the initial meeting... until the Hebei Chorus music leaders asked for specifics.Just what IS this type of music, and how are you planning to teach it to our singers???Then the four of us were center stage.
Then, to further encourage the formation of a men's quartet, Ed Pio made the offer to pay all expenses (!) to bring one Chinese men's quartet from the chorus to the SPEBSQSA International convention in Portland in 2002.That definitely got attention... they immediately started plans to form men's quartets (including involving some of the men who had not been able to attend the classes), with later auditions and contests to select the best quartet.On our return flight, Ed also discussing with Brian and Jerry the possibilities of bringing other quartets to China (male, female, or mixed) to continue this teaching.
Global Music Exchange - Edward Pio Travel "International Communications through the Arts & Travel", 8 Aug 1995 [cached]
Kay Burtness and Edward Pio are the owners of Global Music Exchange, Edward Pio Travel and Edward Pio Associates as well as the specialty travel divisions - Ultimate Bicycle Tours, Ultimate Music Tours, Barbershop Chorus & Quartet Tours and the Community Bands and Choirs of America.
Edward Pio and Edward Pio Travel is a member of the Cruise Line Association (CLIA), National Association of Concert Bands, Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America (SPEBSQSA), American Choral Directors Association, National Bicycle Rider Directors Association, Salinas Chamber of Commerce - Salinas California, and Travel Designs, a 400 member travel consortium.
Edward Pio is the President and CEO of Global Music Exchange.Edward Pio is a well-known community volunteer, musician and for 36 years he has been the manager of the Watsonville Band, an adult concert and marching community band.The Band is based in Watsonville, California, with membership coming from many Central California communities.The Watsonville Band is 54 years old and Mr. Pio has been a trumpet playing member of the Band for 53 years.
Mr. Pio has been responsible for the Watsonville Band's fund-raising, performances and travel to Europe on two tours covering eight countries.He has also arranged travel to Montreal and Calgary, Canada; Mexico City, Mexico; New Zealand, Australia, Fiji; and domestically to Chicago, Seattle, Honolulu, Washington D.C., and many cities throughout the State of California.The size of the traveling groups have ranged from 329 to over 650 persons.
The Community Band of America was created and produced by Mr. Pio.
Watsonville Band - The Manager - Edward Pio, 25 June 2002 [cached]
Watsonville Band Manager - Edward Pio
Edward Pio joined the Watsonville Band in 1948 when he was a junior in Watsonville High School and has been playing trumpet in the band ever since.In 1964 he volunteered to be the temporary manager of the band for six months and thirty two years later, he's still in the position.Mr. Pio is the owner of Edward Pio Associates, a company formed in 1969.
Hearing postponed for former manager of Watsonville Band Travel agent faces charges of swindling cruise customers By TOM... April 27, 2005, 27 April 2005 [cached]
The preliminary hearing for travel agent Edward Pio, onetime manager of the Watsonville Band, has been postponed so defense lawyers can sift through volumes of evidence and prepare for the case.
Pio, 72, and his business partner, Kay Burtness, 51, both of Salinas, were arrested in early December on suspicion of swindling hundreds of customers out of thousands of dollars by promising Caribbean cruises the customers never took.
Pio and Burtness pleaded innocent on early January.
Pio, a Watsonville High School graduate, was a part of the Watsonville Band for more than 40 years.
He was instrumental in raising money for the group, which is known for playing concerts in Monterey and the Pajaro Valley and performed for then-President Bill Clinton at the White House in Washington, D.C., in 1996.
The band has parted ways with Pio since his arrest.
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