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Re-Defining Beauty, a Camp Experience we ALL need!

Article by Mayra McCullough

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This past Tuesday-Wednesday was the closing event of Re-Defining Beauty Youth Girls Camp, C2E’s first all girls youth summer program. Four twelve year old girls learned the Self Optimization Sanctuary (S.O.S.) method that has emerged at C2E through the past 5 years, where one gets to connect the dots of complete self-sufficiency in managing ALL of your Being DAILY, at HOME, FOREVER.

The program’s finale was a sleep over at the Villa where the Dome became their dorm, garden dining their final community meal, and fire ceremony facilitated their releasing of all the ways they had not been true to themselves.

I had the blessing to have wellness coach, Trish Reynolds, collaborate with the girls and I in creating a truly unforgettable experience for all of us.

The girls received an exceptional month of Body Integration principles at the Villa. Much heart and soul shared with them and much expanded in their hearts as we witnessed young girls understanding the concepts of loyalty to themselves, and what it actually feels like when doing it.

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They learned about all of their components within themselves (physical, emotional, mental, energetic, spiritual, and experiential) and what questions to ask each of them in order to become the best stewards of themselves ever in order to become whole and intrinsic to the world around them.

They learned what that big word Consciousness really looks like in action and also what the big word Aware looks like in action. For example, bringing all their attention to their spine as they lay on the floor and lift their hips into in to a bridge, using their imagination to breath through the spine, and say thank you, thank you, thank you for remaining an open highway of neuromuscular connection and energy throughout our body.

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They learned the essence of trusting intuition and catching impulse, which feels like intuition, but is often tied to mindsets that come outside of us, so they learned how to connect with their center (through the breath) in order to differentiate one from the other.

They learned that through art they can strengthen the intuition muscle and that it’s actually OK to “Not know what they’re doing.” They understood the freedom that exists in the type of art where they don’t have to think, but feel their way through, to be surprised more often than not that they love the end product after all.

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They learned that their physical bodies where designed to move mainly in three planes of motion and that moving in all three planes DAILY, at HOME, FOREVER, will keep all their muscles ON and engage in participating in every move they make.

They learned about the importance of rituals of self-reflection, DAILY, at HOME, FOREVER with simple tools of self-connection such as journaling, reading a book that inspires them, tracing circuits of sacred geometry as meditation, and answering important questions about what ‘bugs’ them in their lives. They noticed how the more they took the time to do this, the more they knew or understood themselves, leaving no part of their Being left behind in their discovery process.

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They learned how limiting it is to experience life when you’re not comfortable in your body. They learned that agility, vitality, strength, balance, endurance, coordination, and flexibility assist us in LIVING life fully by giving us the freedom to play, dance, lift, swing, hang, spin, jump, swim, and move on the earth in full yummy comfort.

They learned that all the food we take acts as a biochemical activator and that eating healthy snacks CAN taste very good, be easy and fun to make, as well as cause changes in the positive or negative to their moods and energy levels.

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They learned to play with their bodies’ thresholds and the importance of learning to be comfortable in the fire of exertion.

They learned to develop character in a creative process that expresses what is important for them to express at any given point in their lives through key and simple questions, such as ‘What makes me really angry?,” and “What challenges have I overcome?”

More programs to be offered soon! Please feel free to e-mail me (mayra@coach2edify.org) if you are interested in customizing a group for Self Optimization Sanctuary (S.O.S.) Training. Looking forward to spreading the LOVE!

And with that….and after thanking all the parents who entrusted me with their lovely daughters! I am COMPLETE.

A few of my clients have requested I organize an all girls pijama party at the Villa, and I was inspired this morning to facilitate one in the next coming months. Stay tuned!!

 

 

 

 


Traditional, Authentic and Handmade Heaven!

 

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 I was invited to a wonderful tasting event last Friday by my dear soul sister, actor, host, reporter and producer Julia Ho, founder of Body Mind Spirit Living, a company dedicated to tapping to the power of our wonderful Conscious community in Los Angeles. I’m always grateful for Julia’s leads, recommendations, and networking magic and encourage you to friend her on Facebook if you have a special conscious development and keep her posted of the latest creations in Conscious Community education, entertainment and all in between. I see her as sort of a Guardian Angel in this Industry my soul draw me to 5 years ago, when I decided to leave Equinox Fitness to start Coach2Edify. Thank you Julia for all your love, leadership, sharing, invitations, and for being a pioneering soul co-creating with me!

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 I was drawn to attend a Chef Gilberto Cetina’s Yucatan Tasting in his restaurant in L.A., https://www.chichenitzarestaurant.com/home for a festival of rich flavors that reminded me of what is purely traditional, authentic and handmade, exactly how they describe it.

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 A beautifully organized event by Chef Cetina’s colleague, Brian “Chef Turok” Menendez, shined with the parade of flavors that started with a pumpkin and kobucha sqaush bean soup, tomato and pipits dip, then pork tacos that were to die for, followed by amazing mini steak sandwiches, a Guanabana drink that took me right back to Puerto Rico, and a fish that was pure butter in your mouth.

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 Chef Cetina was a dear host who took his time to go through each dish in creator perspective detail as well as spend some time with us taking endless photos of course! One of my favorite parts of going out with Julia to an event is that we will ALWAYS get the picture!!!

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If you find yourselves in Downtown Los Angeles, please consider this beautiful community complex of ‘down-home boutique’ restaurants in the Mercado La Paloma where parking is available!! (sweet!). The drive from Woodland Hills was absolutely worth it!!

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Thank you Julia, Chef Gilberto and Brian for your warm hospitality. I love to play cheerleader, and you will be part of my song for some time.

 

 

 

 

 


Garbanzo Beans, Walnuts and Radiant Energies!

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This blog is brought to you by C2E’s Nutrition Arts Counselor, Maureen Cox, aka Chef Mo. She includes very rich information about key ingredients in her weekly menu, which for this week are garbanzo beans and walnuts. Her weekly menu is released on Thursdays and people can order by no later than Friday pm (more info below with this week’s menu!).

Here I leave you with one of her adorable Food Angels and more of her nutrition wisdom. She’s giving C2E’s quarterly Nutrition Intelligence Workshop at C2E’s Villa this coming Saturday, August 22 at 11:30am. For more information, please got here: Nutrition Intelligence w/ Chef Mo

Enjoy!

~Mayra

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Good Thursday morning on this lovely grey day on our cooling down slide. YAAY  Garden has struggled a bit in the heat, probably will make it thru with some still producing tomatoes and a couple of cucumber plants, some collards and chard so we are grateful for that. I am longing to do something with corn but it just hasn’t come into our farmers market as of yet but the moment it does I will be doing something corny. In the meantime this week just the herbs from the garden on  the menu. This week’s health tips about garbanzo beans, walnuts and another energy exercise to help radiate more joy and love .

Garbanzo beans contain phytochemicals called saponins, which can act as antioxidants. It could lower the risk of breast cancer, protect against osteoporosis and minimizes hot flushes in post-menopausal women.

Weight Loss: Due to high fiber content and low glycemic index, chickpeas are excellent for weight loss diets. Garbanzos can also boost your energy because of their high iron content.

Did you know that walnuts are good for your brain? They  contain a number of neuroprotective compounds, including vitamin E, folate, melatonin, omega-3 fats, and antioxidants. Research shows walnut consumption may support brain health.One medical study found that consuming high-antioxidant foods like walnuts “can decrease the enhanced vulnerability to oxidative stress that occurs in aging,” “increase health span,” and also “enhance cognitive and motor function in aging.” If you need an afternoon snack eating a handful of walnuts could be just the boost you need.

Simple Radiant Circuit activating exercise by YogaMeli

1. Use your imagination to activate your Radiant Energies. Remember a time when you felt wonderful. Using as many of your senses as possible – see the scene, hear the sounds, fully feel the pleasant body sensations, possibly a sense of openness and warmth in your chest and belly, or a gentle breeze caressing your face. Breathe in and fully enjoy these sensations and notice what happens in your body and with your mood and level of energy.

2. Place your hands at your temples and smooth behind your ears and down your neck 3 or 4 times then let your hands rest on your shoulders. Take a nice big inhale. As you exhale pull your hands down off your shoulders and place them over your heart.

3. Breathe gratitude through your heart – for something that is good in your life, even if it is so very simple like having this moment of peace and breath. This simple exercise can do so much to shift our energies and help us feel better and more connected and alive!

All items on the menu are always Vegan, Organic and Gluten and Dairy free unless otherwise indicated.  If you have any special health concerns or questions please don’t hesitate to call (818-486-4672) or email me. Order deadline is  Friday evening Aug 21 at 9 pm.  I cook on Monday August 24 , and food will be available for pick up on Tuesday August 25from 3:30 – 6 :30pm. Happy to arrange an alternative time if you need one just contact me: maureen@rubberpi.com

Please note that while I strive to keep my pricing fair my costs have risen and therefore this menu reflects a small price increase.

CHEF MO TO GO MENU August 24, 2015 

Curried sweet potato soup with crushed walnuts    

Sprouted cooked garbanzo bean salad with zucchini & red onions and a cilantro lime dressing 

Quinoa salad with oven roasted beets, kale, celery , parsley & olives and a savory lemon dressing

Raw bok choy, carrot and apple slaw with sesame & ginger 

LiMITED SPECIAL OFFERING: Vegan gluten free mushroom & veggie pot pie 6” individual size 

Savory Organic Millet & non gmo pecan flour flatbread with herbs

Organic Millet and non gmo almond flour chocolate flatbread 

Raw energy truffles walnuts , dates, raw cacao, banana, ginger and hemp seeds rolled in sesame seeds.

PRICING:

Curried sweet potato soup                                                            $11.00 qt

Sprouted garbanzo salad                                                               $11.00 qt

Quinoa salad                                                                                   $11.00 qt       

Raw bok choy, carrot salad                                                           $11.00 qt

Vegan gluten free mushroom & veggie pot pie                           $11.00 ea 

Flatbreads ( 4  3”x 3” pcs per order)                                            $5.00 pkg 

Raw energy truffles                                                                        $3.00 ea or 2 for $5.00 


ENERGY MEDICINE: Kidney & Bladder Health Article by Dr. Janice Kalec

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KidneyBladderBOXARTICLENature in all of Her wisdom arranges Herself in ever repeating cycles.  All life on our planet has access to communication from Nature.  In the season of WINTER seeds and bulbs of plants lie still and quiet, harboring great potential.  Winged ones and other animals have migrated to warmer climates or have found safe places to hibernate.  All of the plant and animal kingdoms listen intently to the messages of the cycles of Nature.  Urban humans are perhaps the most disconnected with Nature of all the species on earth.  Humans who do choose to hear the messages of Nature and live their lives accordingly find it easier to establish and maintain a higher level of health and wellbeing with greater ease.

In several health related systems each season is associated with an element.  The element related to WINTER is water.  We humans are essentially water beings.  The average weight of a human body is approximately 70 % water.  We start out life as a fetus being 99 % water and we float in amniotic fluid.  When we are born we are about 90 % water.  By the time we reach adulthood we are down to 70 %. In old age the percentage of water in our bodies decreases.  Throughout our life we exist mostly as water.

Water is the most receptive element.  Water has the capacity to  reflect and is considered a mirror of the soul.  All things vibrate each at a unique frequency.  Everything is creating sound as it vibrates.  Water, the MASTER LISTENER,  receives the sounds as it is so sensitive to each unique frequency being emitted and it efficiently mirrors the outside world.

As YOU ponder this, YOU who are approximately 70 % water, now in the apex of the season associated with water, is your interest peaked to learn more about how to consciously and beneficially work with this element?

Make it easier for yourself to stay healthier in WINTER by learning simple practices and meditations for this season.  Experience  gentle practices to help you consciously work with the emotion associated with this season, FEAR.  Learn how to better support your body with nutrition and helpful herbs.  Enjoy guided visualizations which you can repeat on your own.  Sleep is even more important to health in this season of longer nights.  Take home tips to implement deeper more restorative sleep.

Save the date: January 31, 2015.  Attend a workshop at C2E 10:30 am – 1:00 pm to learn more and enjoy a higher level of health with greater ease.

For registration details please click here to go to Event’s Page


Mindfulness in the Kitchen…key breakthrough to overcoming cooking anxiety

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I must say that one of my greatest challenges in life has been cooking. I mean, I’m really not exaggerating when something one needs to do about 3 times a day, is such a source of grief and discomfort. I literally considered myself as having panic attacks as a single Mom and my little boys would come to me in the afternoon to ask me the INfamous question in our house: What’s for Dinner? Yes, cooking anxiety does exist!

I know I’m not alone, and every year since I started my journey in the health and wellness industry, I have taken baby steps to make adjustments and learn to appreciate the importance of embracing this time of nurturing our bodies with foods that promote healing and restoring. Hence my passion for nutrient dense foods and C2E’s monthly curriculum called Nutrition Intelligence, where we bring a guest coach quarterly to offer a monthly workshop (3rd Wednesday). Nutrient dense foods are loaded with the vitamins, minerals, macro, and micronutrients our bodies need to have thriving energy.

This quarter’s Coach, Woodland Hills neighbor, Maureen Cox, aka Chef Mo, brings such a fresh twist to the art of preparing meals (notice I’m trying to eliminate the word cooking from my vocab;) that I’m kind of starting to look forward to spend some time in my ‘invisible kitchen’ (yes, that’s the look I wanted for my Kitchen when it was remodeled about 14 years ago!). She brings mindfulness to this process of nurturing our bodies, by helping us set an intention, connect with our bodies and trust our instincts. It is a fact that the energy we have affects everything we prepare. Chef Mo makes cooking look like a beautiful dance of grace and love, as she connects with every tool, veggie & fruit just like Snow White resonated with the animals in the forest!! Her knowledge base is huge and makes any question approachable and grounded. So grateful to have her with us this quarter and for the other coaches who have paved the way at C2E for some serious Nutrient Intelligence downloads of passion, knowledge, incredible recipes, tips, and most of all, love for our bodies.

Feel free to join us at C2E’s Villa this Wednesday, May 21st at 7pm, to catch beautiful Chef Mo, give us her superpowers to the world, her superb Mindful Cooking. For more info on this class please go to: http://bit.ly/1k0npfP