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A New Dawn of Fitness is Here!!!

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SOS(Abbrev)YellowThe moment I left Equinox 4 years ago, I owned the fact that my journey as a business owner was there to help me express myself fully in this world. My vision was there for my own growth, and since expansion is one of my favorite hobbies, I took on the journey with my typical excitement, curiosity, and eagerness to stand in my evolutionary edge and see me expand to the most authentic version of my personal trainer self. The past 4 years have been a true discovery road to what I experience as almost complete wholeness!  Finding my signature training system, and philosophy has allowed me the opportunity to integrate all of who I AM into how I serve the world. With the help of Soul Art Shaman, Laura Hollick, and her epic annual Nü Icon Movie event, which I’ve attended for the past 3 years, I’ve obtained more and more clarity as to how to bring all of ME into my practice. Dancer, model, filmmaker, art journalist, celebration queen, social architect, conscious evolutionary, prayer warrior, meditation guide, and even parenting coach. In her Nü Icon Movie events Laura leads a magical vision quest where annually I would unearth more of my treasures that needed to be expressed.

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Click here to visit one of Laura Hollick’s (my muse) Beautiful Galleries 

As you can probably tell (or realized already) ALL these aspects of myself created for some time a big mushy mess that not many could see the east from the west. My comfort zone in complexity began to be a detriment in my marketing. Nobody really understood what I was doing. It was a season of discovery and I gave myself permission to let it be, trusting the impulse of my creation, just how my other Visionary mother, Barbara Marx Hubbard, encouraged me to do that one day I was convicted to leave my corporate job. Seeing the negative effects of my muddy planet, I dove in to a search for answers in October 2015, after purchasing Laura Hollick’s Creativity Cleanse. This process that Laura has packaged so beautifully was the catalyst to my new found C2E CLARITY and STRATEGY for 2016. Giving myself the time to receive the answers from my heart, which is ONE with divine guidance, has been the most precious gift I have received from putting myself through these rich practices of soul searching. It has been through this undertaking, where I realized that what I bring to the fitness world is a New Dawn of Fitness! A new dawn that is about finding our essence (our true selves), instead of our ego; finding a deep love for ourselves, instead of beating ourselves up with critical putdowns about our physique; and doing our self-care practices as an urgent responsible act DAILY, AT HOME, FOREVER, instead of ‘when I have time some day.’

DAILY, AT HOME, FOREVER will bring a New Dawn of Fitness to our lives.

DAILY, AT HOME, FOREVER, has become my life saver, my connection point where I can maintain sanity, stay connected to my truth and actually feel amazing MOST of the TIME!

DAILY, AT HOME, FOREVER, has been the ultimate way to activate a regenerative process in my body, mind and spirit, where I honestly feel I get younger every day as I find myself more agile, with more endurance, more strength, and a more effective immune system!

DAILY, AT HOME, FOREVER, solves the two greatest obstacles to our fitness: time and money.

DAILY, AT HOME, FOREVER, is the mission of what I have coined as the Self Optimization Sanctuary™, which is the vortex I help others create at home so that we are pulled effortlessly to take care of ourselves just like we brush our teeth every morning and we feed ourselves at least 3 times a day with unfailing discipline!

January 2016 marks a new season of clarity, unbroken focus, and openness to share with the world all the beautiful discoveries through 10 years of  tenacious work. Birthing a system of full body integration that has been tested to be a bridge builder between our vision of wholeness and the practical application of actually BEING WHOLE, has been the greatest reward.

I will begin the conclusion of this post here with my deffiniton of Body Integration Specialist, my new vocation that I hold as a Master Trainer who has evolved her practice to contain all of the gifts I have to offer as a human being. No longer compartmentalizing myself, but allowing a WHOLE me lead others by example to the state of full expression and well-being that is our birthright!

Body Integration Specialist: A holistic fitness professional involved in exercise prescription and instruction with the intention of assisting individuals integrate all the components within themselves, in order to become whole and intrinsic to the world around them.

I invite you to join me on Monday, February 1st @ 7pm in a FREE ONLINE WEBINAR where I will show the greatest pitfalls to loving ourselves to wholeness, and how to overcome them with practical, DIY tips that, when applied, will bring great shifts that are designed to not only get you to your potential, but will also teach you how to EXPAND your potential. I’m thrilled be using the Teleseminar/Webinar technology which facilitate great educational opportunities in the comfort of your home. Expect a nice audio/visual arrangent!;) Below is all the information you need to join the FREE event:

Title: YOUR NEW DAWN OF FITNESS
Date & Time: Monday, February 1st at 7:00pm Pacific

Attend by Phone:
Guest pin code: 415871#
Primary dial in number: (425) 440-5100
Secondary dial in number: (818) 922-0801
Full list of dial in Numbers:
http://InstantTeleseminar.com/Local/?eventid=79696479 

Event Page:
http://iTeleseminar.com/79696479

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In this uncertain times, personal transformation of body, mind, and spirit is crucial to live abundantly.

There’s no short cut, or happy pill, or lotto ticket that will bring this personal transformation other than getting our hands actively, seriously, and responsibly involved in the process. Transformation is not, as many like to call it, a new-agy term, it is an urgent call to all of us inhabiting this planet if we want rise above the turmoil that exists.

Self Optimization Sanctuary’s ™ acronym S.O.S. is there to remind us of the urgency it currently exists for all of us to take serious care of our most important piece of real estate: our body, which is made up of physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional energy. Saying ‘I’m not a spiritual person.’ these days is simply denying who we ARE.

I challenged myself to create a series of 12 videos this year, one monthly, where I will do my best to communicate the meaning of Body Integration. Here is video #1, which I titled Essence, as a tribute to finding the treasure of my self-expression.

With music by Badmarsh & Shri from the Album Signs, Tribal was a song that was part of C2E’s inception music collection. It’s a style that Mayra resonates with and inspired her in many levels. “Essence” will take you to a very intimate space for me, my S.O.S. at home that embodies my own living altar of well-being. It is in this space that I find strength, comfort, inspiration, release, witty ideas, great joy, piercing screams and all the jungle of life wants to express through my inner homo-luminous beast,  Master Trainer & Body Integration Specialist. The video is my first shot at filmmaking about 20 years and it has been a true joy to embrace this craft that I was so passionate about and brought me to California to study in UCLA’s Film School in 1985. When we see our lives going through these kind of full circles, it is usually that moment when, as Buddha has been quoted to say: “When you realize how perfect everything is, and then you tilt your head back and laugh at the sky.”

I would like to thank Deborah Kolb, my photography angel who has been integral in this journey of self-discovery. She has been there to encapsulate my transformation from day one and we are now teaming up to offer my clients the amazing opportunity to have Deborah photograph their new found selves! You can find out more about that  on the FREE Webinar on February 1st (details above). She shot all the still photography of this video and once again captured my zone!

 

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Mayra is the Founder and President of Coach2Edify, a residence based boutique gym, spa, and urban retreat in Woodland Hills, California. Mayra offers Premier Lifestyle Coaching Programs to those ready to turn their lives into their greatest masterpiece!

 


Another OmGym® Suspension Yoga™ Routine!

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This one is a short and sweet post of this VLOG that I recorded before going to Wanderlust this Summer. This routine is OmGym® Suspension focused, preceded by about 5 minutes of me talking about the SOS Practice. To those who have an OmGym® at home, please let me know in the comments below, how else can these videos help you get more familiar with your system. Enjoy!


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Ok! This is take 2 of my SOS videos! Thank you to those who have offered feedback! It really helps me help you in providing another tool for self-sufficiency training! May you be inspired to Personally Train Yourself!!!
Please feel free to send your comments to mayra@coach2edify.org. Thank you for taking the time to watch, I hope at least I’m keeping you a little entertained!!


20 minutes SOS w/ Mayra

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Self Optimization Sanctuary training is how we roll at C2E. We train for self-sufficiency in personal care of body. mind and spirit. Every session is focused on equipping you to integrate all aspects of yourself to a focused time of personally healing, strengthening, and just BEing with YOUR body, listening and giving it what it needs. This video explores this style of training in a very raw form. This is Mayra’s personal experience in her SOS, which includes vocal guidance to focus herself, a few drum beats, and a flow of strength, flexibility, balance, cardio and power drills. Enjoy!!

 


3D Fitness Flows for your Self-Optimization Sanctuary

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Last week, we gave you some tips for creating a space for home self-care by creating your Self-Optimization Sanctuary (S.O.S.). Your sanctuary is a sacred space to foster a daily fitness and well-being regimen.

Here is an example of what my personal S.O.S. exercise flow looks like. Please note that my objective is not to give you a specific set of exercises; but ideas on how to flow with the needs of your own body.

At Coach2Edify, it is our mission to inspire others to create a sustainable and consistent self-care routine that becomes as second nature as brushing one’s teeth in the morning. Activities such as journaling, meditating, and creative expression are also recommended to integrate in your S.O.S. time. For personalized workouts to do at home, please feel free to contact us for a free consultation.


The OMGym for Strength, Cardiovascular Endurance, and Flexibility

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During Coach2Edify’s first Enchanted Evening almost 3 years ago, my dear college friend from UCLA, Michael Kaliski, encouraged evolutionary human and designer of suspension training system OMGym, Sarah Kellette, to attend our event. Michael Kaliski, I will be eternally grateful for this!

When Sarah came to the event, we felt right at home with one another. When she showed me a postcard with the OMGym contraption, it was love at first sight! One year later, I attended her first OMGym Trainer Certification in Baltimore, Maryland. When she mentioned that I was the first Certified Trainer in Southern California, I knew that it was time to make the move to go independent from my 5-year-plus tenure at Equinox Fitness.

A few months later, we are running 11 classes of semi-private training in 3D Fitness using the OMGym as one of our key tools to activate energy systems. The OMGym has also been a very special way to introduce students to meditation through our signature Cocoon of Light Guided Meditations. These meditations use the OMGym’s womb-like hammock.

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A few quotes from our students using the cocoon: “This is surreal,” “I don’t want to ever leave this place,” and “I’ve never ever felt anything like this before!”

Here are a few videos to show how the OMGym is used for various objectives, such as developing strength, cardiovascular endurance and flexibility. If you own a suspension training device and would like to learn new tricks, please feel free to e-mail me what kind of exercises you need to do in your system, and I’ll post some ideas! The OMGym is the only fitness-oriented suspension system of its kind in the marketplace with a tangible, scientific educational system and certification program administered by inventor Sarah Kellett herself.

OMGym Strength: Mayra shows 2 exercises which target whole body strength development

OMGym Cardiovascular Endurance: Mayra shows simple exercises targeting cardiovascular endurance

OMGym Flexibility: Mayra demonstrates flexibility-focused exercises integrating whole-body fitness and muscle endurance


Five Simple Steps to Bring Self-Care Into the Work Environment

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Throughout all of my years as a physical trainer, I’ve found that the main obstacle for people to become self-sufficient in their personal care of body, mind, and spirit is a lack of TIME. The greatest cause for this lack of time is WORK.

In reality, these obstacles are set by our CHOICES. We often choose to make everything else more important than taking care of ourselves. At C2E, our mission is to create a new paradigm of self-care. No matter where you are or what you’re doing, the bottom line is that we need to MAKE TIME for our survival, sanity, health, joy, and to create a sense of fullness in life.

I believe that as we evolve, solutions to our WORK-TIME issues will take place. Solutions are already being implemented by cutting-edge corporations offering work-life balance programs, and by individuals like Timothy Ferriss, author of the Four-Hour Workweek. In the meantime, here are some simple steps to bring self-care into your work environment.

1) USE MOTIVATIONAL QUOTES.

Motivational quotes have become huge on social media outlets, and what a great trend this has been. It has made my Facebook wall a truly restorative place! Reading what inspires us is a very important exercise, but the most important element here is to use that inspiration when necessary. Choose quotes that motivate you to take care of yourself, print them out, and post them in your work area. Set your calendar with the time you have an appointment with yourself to optimize your performance. The rest is about having integrity to follow through. We tend to be faithful in keeping appointments with others, but when it comes to US we tend to be flaky, procrastinate, and eventually let things fall through the cracks. Far from excellent, right?! Whether it is Nike’s “JUST DO IT!” or the math that says that a one-hour workout is 4% of your day, just take what inspires you and make a commitment to have integrity with YOUR truth. What inspires us is our TRUTH. Become dedicated to this truth, and you will be stepping into a fully optimized lifestyle! Here are some of my favorite quotes:
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If you use Pinterest, here is a fabulous collection of my favorite QUOTES.

2) MAKE THE LUNCH HOUR YOUR SELF-OPTIMIZATION SANCTUARY (S.O.S.)

Yes, eating lunch is important! But it really doesn’t have to take a full hour. Time yourself and see how long it takes for you to eat. I bet you that it’s not more than 15 minutes! A good workout doesn’t have to be more than 30 minutes, so you can also have time to transition back into work. At C2E, we have a 3D Fitness Express Package were we offer a one-on-one training session to come up with your SOS workout, weekly support through a one-on-one phone check-in, a weekly, 30-minute guided meditation by phone, and a consultation to create a S.O.S. in your workplace. For those who respond to this blog, you will receive a 30% discount on this package priced at $160 monthly.

In the meantime, here are some simple exercises you can start integrating into S.O.S. Workouts on Pinterest.

3) REWARD YOURSELF.

Set a reward you will give yourself when you practice integrity for a full week. If you have an intention of doing S.O.S. workouts in your work space every other day this week and follow through, treat yourself to a massage, buy an item you’ve been wanting, or take yourself to see a movie. The bottom line is that we need to parent ourselves, and rewards always work!

4) REPEAT 1-3.

5) REPEAT 1-3 over and over and over again until you have morphed your lunch hour into a S.O.S. hour for life!

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Discipline, Animal Flow and Vitality

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Our mission at Coach2Edify is to foster whole-being wellness through various modalities to arrive at balance in body, mind, and spirit. While we help our clients find wellness, it’s also integral that we find our own wellness as health practitioners. And that involves discipline.

As part of this process, today I’m starting a disciplined approach to blogging. Each week, I’ll share information about topics related to wellness, modalities of movement, and fitness routines, and health tips, among others.

Discipline is such an important part of growth. Discipline, a controlled behavior resulting from training, is the building block of transformation. In order to create adaptability to an outcome we want, we must have a consistent practice.

Today I would like to write about a modality of movement that is a beautiful illustration of how discipline has helped me feel like an athletic teenager in my 47-year-old body. Animal Flow was created by Mike Fitch, Founder and President of Global Bodyweight Training. I was certified to teach this modality of movement last year by Mike himself.

On our first day of training, it was hard to imagine that I was going to be able to pull it off, but today I must say that Animal Flow has become fun and playful bodyweight training that has transformed my cardiovascular endurance, strength, power, and whole body integration abilities. At first, I couldn’t do more than a 45-second flow.

[Animal Flow] is based around animal movements, which are just like they sound – movements and forms that mimic or resemble different animals, or that are just inspired by the rhythm or nuance of an animal. -GlobalBodyweightTraining.com

Animal Flow integrates elements of Parkour, break dancing, and gymnastics in a freestyle flow. During my first attempt at the practice, I felt heavy while managing my body on the ground. Animal Flow has an edge that requires great cardiovascular endurance, kick-butt strength, balance, and coordination; combined with power and whole body integration. With a disciplined practice of Animal Flow a few hours each week, I slowly but surely assimilated movements that grounded me to the earth, helped me integrate a full range of motion, and increased my agility, vitality, and conditioning.

From beast to crab, from crab to scorpion, from scorpion to ape, the collection of moves becomes a dance of power fitness fun! Check out the below video on Animal Flow. To explore the modality with us, MAKE A RESERVATION for our Free Flow Fridays demo from 11 AM to 12 noon at C2E.

-Mayra McCullough, Coach2Edify Founder and President

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