changing hearts & minds

you are always one decision away from a totally different life.”

the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.”


integrate: combine one thing with another to become whole

Carolyn Valenzuela is the founder of and main contributor to Hearts & Minds Movement, a virtual studio to support women begin, maintain, or expand their physical, mental and spiritual fitness routines. She offers an enthusiastic, honest, all-inclusive approach to self-care. With more than 15 years of leading fitness classes and coaching personal development, she now brings the classroom experience within the comfort of your own living space.

Carolyn’s first career was engineering support. Her vocation began with technical writing and illustration, from the drafting board as a detail drafter to a computer generated mechanical designer, change documentation control from the file cabinet to electronic product data management, from writing program specific specifications to process improvement at the enterprise level.
Carolyn always looks at things from a different perspective.

As a non-traditional student, she received a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Philosophy & World Religions. Her post graduate work included psychology and then earned a Master of Science in Metaphysics. One common thread through her studies was her enjoyment of research and writing to weave patterns and stories. Her love of writing waited until recently to offer her first book as well as a series of booklets for the child in every heart.

Here are the parts; fitness instructor, change agent, and creator. Add the energy generated wife, mother, mentor, and coach to create the whole. Carolyn intends to unify practicality with technology to offer support & opportunity to build and benefit the best you.

it is exercise alone that supports the spirits and keeps the mind in vigor.”


move: go in a specific direction or manner; change position

The Hearts & Minds Movement Studio sprouted from a seed of isolation and bloomed into a bunch of possibilities.

The idea of a virtual movement studio extends beyond brick and mortar to a whole and complete fitness program with constant availability that includes direct communication with the actual instructor. Be a part of building community, a collaboration of spirits that strive to be their best self.

The fitness program is simple. Begin with breathing. Move with Pilates, Yoga, or Barre. Add a fitness walk. Within an hour a day, you have a well-rounded fitness program, available in the comfort of your home, on your schedule. Choose to join a predetermined live event or select a video from the library at your convenience. If you desire to experience personal instruction, Carolyn is a button away from setting up your own program.

Have questions? Review the faq page or ask your own. If you need a sample or want to talk with Carolyn first to schedule a preliminary conversation of expectations. The most important thing to remember when beginning any journey is to step away from resistance and judgment, get up, & move. Carolyn is there for you every step of the way.

life isn’t about finding yourself. life is about creating yourself.”

George Bernard Shaw

create: bring into existence through artistic or imaginative effort

Carolyn is fascinated by the workings of the various levels of the many bodies of our existence. An avid reader and active student, she explored journalism, art, drafting, philosophy, religion, psychology, and metaphysics or the information behind what is visible.

Her creative process aims to reveal possibility in a new way of being with fresh potential. Her first book “Heart Mind Belly” unearthed the implication of experience in a different light. Life stories, either real or reflected in myth and lore, help to understand the three centers the heart, mind, and belly. The forth coming, second volume addresses the importance to bridge and connect thoughts, feelings, and actions to bring about awareness of who we are.

Boundless imagination soars to enliven points of light with sparkling perspectives like stars in a moonlit sky. From this writing place comes her series of illustrated short stories. The origination of these stories came about through conversations with her mother the months following her father’s death. Subsequent pieces share the joy of bringing together fanciful words and simple illustration.