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Article by Mayra McCullough & Photos by Dr. Janice Kalec and Mayra McCullough

Were to begin telling you about C2E’s evolution and how my heart has been drawn since day one to a very BIG PICTURE vision of Conscious Evolution?

Let’s begin with a list of C2E Vocab for this article…I have stopped assuming that most people know the meaning of a lot of words, and even if they know the words, we have such a Rainbow of meanings we personally attach to each word, that I think in order to establish clear communication, I’ll set up the stage by laying out what is my favorite meaning I attach to a specific word. These are NOT from the Dictionary, but from my collective gathering of years studying this concepts. The familiarity or lack there of with this words has nothing to do with intelligence or higher education, but with how each individual has been drawn to a specific planet of idioms that describe their interests and passions.

Intentional Community: A group of individuals living in proximity with a common purpose who believe that with INTENTION is how we create the world around us.

Intention: The new FOCUS, the new GOAL. A purpose we individually attach to an action in order to drive it forward with energy so that it can suddenly appear in your life when you least expect it!

Regenerative Living: Is the new SUSTAINABLE, which taps to our ability as living organisms to regrow, and bring itself into a renewed existence. Here is where we can start to expand beyond our capacities.

Sustainable Community: A group of individuals aware of how much they have been wasting resources for years and decide that is time to be wise stewards of what has been given to them to take care of. It is about having just enough of what you need without wasting or lacking in any way, shape or form.

Conscious: Being 100% aware of who you are in all the components within yourself.

Conscious Evolution: The natural process of growth, development, and maturity of a species. The next step forward if the genus is not extinct. The point in time we find ourselves in today based on the HISTORY, DATA, and PATTERNS collected through time which clearly state that crisis preceds transformation. As a species we have developed our capacities and powers to have the ability to be 100% Conscious of who we are, in other words, we are capable today to reach wholeness, the next step is Expansion, which is exactly what Evolution is all about, that is, IF the species doesn’t go into the extinct path.

Now with all that said and established, let me share with you one of the most transformational experiences I’ve had this year. Last May a mini-intentional community of four students of Conscious Evolution and Regenerative Living took a 7 day Field Trip, searching for answers and playing the mantra, ‘We Must Go and SEE for OURSELVES’ by Jacques Cousteau. Our common bond, finding our Heaven on Planet Earth (H.O.P.E.).

Our intention was to visit 3 intentional communities in Arizona and New Mexico to clarify the picture of our own vision as we take in what others are doing, what they have learned and what are their key challenges and blessings.

It all starts in Joshua Tree, base camp to our field trip with the sweet hospitality of Jill Giegerich in her soon-to-be-Oasis in the desert, where her and her business partner Tim DeLorey have developed their techniques on Water Harvesting in the desert through their company Eden Regenerative Design. Experts in water harvesting, the word Oasis is not metaphorical in this context. They literally know how to make an arid land yield TONS of water and life!

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Our approximately 8 hour ride from Joshua Tree to Tucson was filled with education from Tim & Jill who know the desert fauna like the back of their hands and instead of stopping at 7/11 for road snacks, we would stop on areas filled with Palo Verdes and Mulberry Trees that yield to delicious snacks along the way. Tim had a delicious batch of Mulberry Chips that he had prepared in the desert.

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Earth lover Barbara Rose, founder and Mother of Bean Tree Farm, a 20 acre saguaro/ ironwood forest farm & learning center, supplying local desert foods to the community in and around Tucson, Arizona, welcomed us to my first intentional community ever! Rammed earth architecture, home made tinctures, recycled bottle walls, cob thrones, and a fearless permaculture goddess welcomed us to a tangible version of what I’ve been seeing for years. I didn’t imagine desert lands, but I did imagine the joy, health, vibrancy, and connection to the earth my heart was pulling me towards since I left Equinox fitness 5 years ago (my corporate job as a Personal trainer). I remember feeling this knowing that, for my growth, I needed to connect more with nature (I’ve always been a City girl! Even in Puerto Rico!! I was the one who seldom left San Juan!!). At that point ventured to a discovery process that lead me to include Nature Connection as part of C2E’s Well-Being Wheel. I figured going to monthly Yoga Sunset Hikes and the occasional hike would suffice….but the more I sat with Barbara Rose and sensed her intriguing fully liberated energy, the more I understood that the closer you LIVE to the earth, the more ALIVE you feel. Even though she had me at “Hello!,” the confirmation of our kindred spirit was when I saw her enthusiastically preparing for her three awesome young interns, and sealed it when she said that she enjoys and maintains classes, intern programs, with small groups of people. Her literal Oasis (notice that I call C2E an Oasis of Transformational Fitness!) was a magical experience for me. I’ve been collecting vision boards of this reality for years…now I’m here…closer than ever! Bean Tree Farm in Tucson has desert permaculture down!!

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Desert treasures, swales and berms marking the genius of early permaculturists in the 30′s who dug huge trenches with horses and buckets in order to harvest water and create a desert forest. (And it worked!) The pictures above show the vast green in the Desert Fauna Jungle in the middle of the Desert of Tucson, Arizona. Oasis, again, is not a metaphor.

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The rooms we stayed at in Bean Tree Farm were comfy, earthy, clean, creative, aesthetically gorgeous. I seem to be missing a bunch of pictures from this interior decoration POV, which I love, and is kind of bumming me out. I’m also missing pictures of a short and sweet interlude with my cousin Molly & her husband Ryan, who so happened to live 15 minutes from Bean Tree Farm and came for a quick visit. Barbara Rose happened to meet someone in Ryan who was eager to know how to work with earth architecture. Go figure!

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Close to 500 acres of Heaven on Planet Earth, Hummingbird Community and Living School hosts a work weekend quarterly for those interested in exploring their co-creative model of living in community. We stayed at their beautiful Ease house right across from their community home Grace, close to a geodesic dome greenhouse, as well as Dancing Colors yurt-like studio, a biodynamic garden, and next to a lovely and serene creek that lullabies the land constantly. After driving 12 hours from Tucson, landing HOME felt like the perfect reward. We arrived right on time for their Pot Luck Feast where we were deeply WELCOMED. Janice and I were both tickled to see the co-creative practices we have been learning and using for our bi-weekly POD meetings (POD is our Co-Creative Practices Lab inspired by Barbara Marx Hubbard and the book she recommends in her Sacred Journey of the Conscious Evolutionary Class both Mayra and Janice have taken. The Co-Creator’s Handbook by Carolyne Anderson and Katharine Roske  has been our guide to put some of this concepts in action, and meeting and working with Katharine (right there below on the left, digging away!) was like I enjoy saying, Vision Accomplished!! Carolyn and Katharine where two of 20 founders of Hummingbird Community more than 20 years ago.

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Labyrinth, fairy circle, and a collection of perfect campground sites, were all part of the lovely meadow city, home to a medicine wheel I had the honor to revive through weeding and tending after a dormant season. I was thrilled to see this kind of operation so thoroughly organized . There was a lovely balance of scheduling and order combined with flow, improvisation and a pretty 90% consistent ‘All is well’ vibe that was palpable in every interaction. Bridging the gap between heart centered guidance and planning ahead is one of the challenges in any intentional community. Seeing the graceful hybrid of structure and intuition among those who play with the concept that time does not exist, was great inspiration to our POD at C2E.

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Hummingbird Community has a collection of different type of ‘sustainable’ kind of shelters, such as the Dome below. This one is a wood frame structure but they use the same material I use for mine for covering, polycarbonate. Being inside a Green Living Dome was spectacular!

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Homesteaders  (people who build a living space from scratch using earth materials ONLY!) Sunny & Sequoia are the permaculture arm of Hummingbird Community. True mastery at living harmoniously with the land is evident through their cob houses, goats, food crops, indoor/outdoor bedrooms & kitchens, ingenious creations & innovative solutions. Their highly advanced skill set in living with the land make them in our book one of the most prepared people to live in this planet in the times we’re in. Here below is the cutting edge of permaculture, these are the people who are not messing around with 100% OFF THE GRID. Hummingbird Community has the whole spectrum of sustainable and regenerative lifestyles, and it was fun to see all of us be drawn to various colors within the spectrum.

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Honestead2 After 3 lovely days at Hummingbird Community and Living School, it was time to leave what did feel like a very like-minded group of people that really have their center within themselves as well as with the world around them. Helping them through Work Weekend was absolutely delightful! We liked it so much, Janice & I are planning to go again in September 8-11 for a Deep Immersion in  Living  Co-Creation We were inspired to launch a Fundraising Campaign to to help us bring this valuable information and the co-creative process to our Community here in Woodland Hills as well as globally.

Our next stop was Taos, 1 hour, Yeayyy!! Taos gave us a warm welcome with its amazing local coffee World Cup, beautiful Rio Grande river as well as its love locks and messages of hope.

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Taos is the world headquarters for our third and last intentional community, the cutting edge Earthship Biotecture education, design, rentals and community center. A self-guided tour takes you through an innovative form of architecture using recycled materials and survival technology for water, power & plumbing systems. Their motto “we will always survive” sings the song of this army of terra firma-nauts eager to transform shelter to Gaudi meets Mad Max regenerative style!! I would love to stay in their Earthships for a few days some day. Even though we missed seeing some trees in the surreal landscape of miles and miles of this highly sculpted, creative and functional homes, the barren land, solicited the question…maybe we are on Mad Max and is not that bad after all.

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The picturesque and quaint town of Flagstaff, Arizona offered a lovely closure to our field trip. Homey coffee shops, steampunk thrift stores, a zombie store and a bakery that looked like grandma’s kitchen continued to paint for us the great spectrum of community that connects people heart to heart and makes us feel like one big happy family!

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As we drove back home we couldn’t help but understand how a mini-intentional community in the context of a road trip to uncover our future could experience that heart to heart connection that allowed us to walk harmoniously every day with amazing wonder, ease, and a sense of flow that was even a bit hard to describe. The best way I can describe it is that we were behaving like a living organism in itself. Where Natural Intelligence moved us without anybody having to lead. What we were inspired to do is what benefitted the whole. It was almost thelepathic in the most non-invasive way. It was a natural magnetism of goodness that took us to back to Joshua Tree feeling like we could do it all over again right there and then!!

I would like to thank Tim, Janice, Jill, Barbara Rose, Katharine Roske, Masha Roske, Amanda, Sean, Sunny, Sequioa, DaBo, and all the Hummingbird Family we can’t wait to see in September for a weekend of Deep Immersion in Living Co-Creation.

May every step we take in understanding and implementing how to live regeneratively, bring the magic of resonance, and heart to heart connection to all who have the ears to hear the calling of what is the potential of our species. May our ability to be a loving, creative, witty, and emotionally intelligent species make us every day more and more capable of infusing love to our powers.

I so agree with a scripture in the Bible that says ‘We were created for times as such as these.” Regardless of the paradox of the times, the light will always overtake the darkness.

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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.

 

 

 

 

 


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!

 


The Co-Creative Culture

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c2a6619424bee00bcd43f301f1dc3413As you may all know, I’m addicted to being inspired! I seek inspiration daily and in the past year, one of my greatest sources of inspiration has been the topic of Conscious Evolution. What does that have to do with FITNESS??? EVERYTHING!!!! The smartest way I have experienced getting fit is by addressing our personal evolution as a whole. Our personal evolution depends highly on integration, not balance. Personal integration of body, mind, spirit first, then integration with our families and communities. We have been learning about balance to achieve wholeness for the past decade or so…and now is time to bring it all together to create the heaven on earth we have been promised! I’m evolving to become a social architect whose passion is highly driven by finding JOY in everything. As I troubleshoot C2E’s models of collaboration to find the most joyful, productive, effortless, and stress free working environments, I’ve come across the concept of Co-Creative Cultures. During my recent class with Barbara Marx Hubbard, The Sacred Journey of the Conscious Evolutionary, she introduced the concept of the Co-Creative Culture after 6 intensive months of personal evolution processes. Now I’m diving into her Co-Creators Rising class which started yesterday!! For any of you interested in the subject, I have created a little 5 page handout with all I learned during my introduction to the subject. If you feel drawn to this subject and find yourself wanting to do more with this idea, PLEASE EMAIL ME (mayra@coach2edify.org) or leave a comment here below! I’ve included a list of Co-Creators’ Agreement which can come very handy to anybody managing groups of people.

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VLOG: How to step up our sustainability practices pt2 of 3

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In this VLOG (4 minutes this time!), I share with you one more tip that will help you raise up your sustainability bar to another level. Green Festival almost here! Celebrating our ability to become sustainable in our personal care of body, mind, and spirit! A few free tickets to Green Fest left. E-mail mayra@coach2edify.org if you’re interested!
Enjoy!

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Quick Tips to Create Your Home Gym and Self-Optimization Sanctuary

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I love training with my clients on a routine basis, but it’s important that they maintain optimal 3D fitness between our training sessions. The best way to achieve this is to create a Self-Optimization Sanctuary (SOS).

I find that the main obstacle to self-care is lack of time. Driving to the gym, scheduling yoga classes, or rushing to pilates takes time. The best solution to this little problem is to create an SOS gym in your own living space.

Here are some tips on how to create a sacred space that will draw you in and leave you no option but to dive in, care for, and LOVE yourself!

Let’s do a little space make-over here. The Coach2Edify Villa is pictured below.

BEFORE the SOS Makeover

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AFTER the SOS Makeover

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Here are the simple things you’ll need to create your own SOS and gym:

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  • Yoga straps
  • Weights
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1. Create an altar with things you love to help you set the mood for SOS time. For me, the magic ingredients are music, zesty aromas, sage, and a journal. I also like to add totems or stones that remind me of positive thoughts, memories, and intentions. The little bottle of water pictured reminds me of clarity, focus, and stillness.

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2. Schedule SOS times as if they were sacred appointments with yourself. These appointments will reward you with positive, connected, grounded, and peaceful feelings. Body, mind, and spirit will reward you with the pleasure principle of gratitude to your higher self.

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ENJOY!

At Coach2Edify, our mission is to create a global movement of sanctuaries to establish a culture of personal care. We facilitate SOS consultations at your home, workout programs to help you get started, and weekly support via phone. Next week, I will post 3D Fitness Flows for use in your own Self-Optimization Sanctuary.

SOS CONTEST:

For all those who submit BEFORE and AFTER SOS pictures with your routine of personal self-care by the end of April, you will win a one-on-one training session with me at the Villa!


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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