Maya Talisa, M.S. Kinesiology, M.P.h


Originally from Santa Cruz, CA Maya began her fitness journey as a swimmer and Martial Artist where she earned her black belt in Taekwondo while competing nationally in forms and Olympic Sparring.  

She continued her training in Mixed Martial Arts, Krav maga, Judo, Boxing, and Kickboxing. Combined with almost ten years of teaching yoga, her classes and workshops offer a dynamic and holistic fitness experience for both the body and mind. 

Maya moved to Los Angeles to where she received her BA in International Development Studies and Master’s in Public Health at UCLA. A self-proclaimed anatomy nerd, she furthered her understanding of the physiology and biomechanics of movement by completing her M.S. in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Exercise Science and Sports Psychology from the University of Texas. Along with her 500-hour Yoga Certification, she is NASM certified.

Maya believes knowledge is power and words as the vehicle to share that power. Her academic pursuits in scientific research, creative eye, copywriting experience and almost a decade working in the health and wellness field has lead to creating content for brands like Fabletics and writing for Yoga Tune Up®, Volleyball Magazine, South Bay Magazine, MindBodyGreen as well as other publications and non-profits. Maya works with emerging companies in the health and wellness field on their Branding Foundation and Social Media strategy.

Now Maya lives in Venice, CA with her dog Luna and works to inspire people to sweat every day by making movement and healthy living fun and accessible by sharing information on this blog and on her food site Kale Cult (coming soon). When Maya is not working one-on-one with clients, teaching classes or consulting with brands you can often find her reading in the backyard with Luna and her three giant tortoises. 


Fun facts about Maya

Her first language is Spanish and speaks some Swahili. An avid traveler, she lived in Tanzania while working for a non-profit and plans to visit every single continent in her lifetime. Maya also loves to experiment with plant-based recipes in the kitchen and stays active by boxing, running with Luna and meeting friends for "workout dates."

Favorite Quote

"If you obey all the rules you miss all the fun." ~Katherine Hepburn