~a little weird, but a lot of swag~
My name is Maya!
Hello! My name is Maya, and I live in LA with my dog Luna. I am a personal trainer, yogi, vegan home cook, and super nerd always trying to read more fiction over research; still working on this and always looking for good book recommendations.
My wellness journey began with fitness
I grew up in Santa Cruz, CA and moved to LA to attend UCLA (Go Bruins!) and have always loved living an active lifestyle. I grew up as a martial artist, am a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and pretty much like all fighting sports; let's be honest, punching stuff is a huge stress reliever. Working as a personal trainer and yoga instructor, I love empowering people to perform to their highest ability through caring for their physical and mental health.
Then I became vegan. Yes, I am Mexican and vegan.
I love food! I have always been a foodie, and I am still able to enjoy all of my favs without eating any meat or dairy. I initially became vegan for environmental purposes. Did you know that the carbon footprint of a vegetarian diet is about half of someone who eats meat? Now, even though I am still all about protecting the planet, I am also a major animal lover. Some of my favorite Instagram accounts are mostly puppies and pigs (I love pigs)- oh and goats, because goats are awesome.
Good food is one of the simplest ways to care for our bodies, minds and our planet, and I believe we can do this without sacrificing flavor. I hope that sharing my journey in the kitchen as I "veganize" some of my favorite recipes (tamales anyone?) will inspire you to add some more veggie meals into your life on the regular.
Now I want to inspire people to move every day, eat more plants and live with a little less stress
There is nothing I love more than seeing people feel their best. So that's what I'm here for, to be your wellness support system. Your "go to" to keep you inspired to move with more freedom, eat mindfully, and live a more connected life.
P.S. In case you're curious, I have also collected a lot of certs and degrees
Did I mention I am a nerd? It took me 10 years to get through all of these programs:
Master’s of Science in Kinesiology, Specialty in Exercise Science, University of Texas Permian Basin
Master’s in Public Health, UCLA
BA International Development Studies, UCLA
500 hour Registered Yoga Teacher
NASM Personal Training Certification (National Academy of Sports Medicine)