Maya Novak

Praise and Love Notes

I love my clients and all those courageous individuals I helped over these years. Here are just a few amazing recovery stories… And yours can be next. 

“I’m one who thinks that asking for help should be my last resort. That I’ll figure things out on my own.

Well. I was 1 month in a foreign country when my injury happened. I broke my nose. Instead of enjoying my new surroundings, I found myself locked in a room, a not-so-cute bandage in the middle of my face, with an anxiety growing from thoughts coming all over my researches on the internet. I was in a dark place and, thankfully, a friend told me about recovery coaching. That’s when Maya came in.

My first breath of fresh air and hope since the incident.

She covered with me the importance of the mental health for recovery. With all the black thoughts coming through, I wasn’t about to heal soon! She listened and did not judge my feelings. She gave me concrete and personalized insights. I stopped researching the internet for the worst cases scenarios and started to trust my body and regain the power that I needed to heal.

I would never have thought that a broken nose takes all this physical and psychological energy! I couldn’t believe it until I talked to her. I thought there was something wrong with me, that I was weak. Yet no, it’s just recovery! And there’s a good way to do it, now I know.

I’m now 2 months since the accident. I feel mostly healed, although it takes a year for the nose to come back to a normal state! I now think of my recovery as a learning process, something I am proud of. I feel more equipped to affront unexpected events, whether psychological or physical.

I invested to get my mental and physical health back, and that is worth every penny.

Cristel R.

“I had an accident in December 2016, a few days before Christmas. A bike hit me and I fractured my right tibia – tibial plateau fracture. I had surgery in January and my doctor was very positive of the outcome.

My biggest concern with my accident was not knowing if things would ever go back to normal. I began to realise that it was more of a mental battle than a physical one. That’s when I realised I needed a different kind of help. And thanks to the magic of the internet I found it in Maya. 

She really helped me fight those mental battles and demons… actually it was nothing but miraculous. Slowly one by one she helped me overcome those mental roadblocks and that helped speed up my recovery.

My favourite part about the sessions with her was doing the ‘homework’. For me, it gave me the sense of taking charge of my recovery. The ‘ homework’ was a key factor in helping me fight those mental battles.

I would recommend Maya to anyone who has undergone an injury. My doctor was amazed at the range of movement I gained and my speedy recovery. Maya played a big role in it… for as we all know it’s all in the mind. She not only helped me in my recovery but her tasks have got me eating healthier too which is an added bonus. She genuinely cares for you and makes your recovery and well-being her top priority.”

Anu Cherian

“I’ve been following Maya for a year and a half. I have learned so much from her about nutrition, physical fitness and recovery from an injury. In just the first week after I started with her program I lost three pounds and it felt so good eating clean, plant-based food.

My injury was a broken ankle and when I am eating right and loosing weight it makes things so much better. I thank Maya so much for her advice and coaching which is getting me healthier and stronger everyday! She is awesome!”

Dolores Repace

“Thank you so much for your guidance during my recovery!

Since my injury, I’ve really learned how much my body is capable of. After being told I may never be able to run again I completed my first half marathon which just goes to prove how much you can accomplish when you have someone who’s been there helping you along.”

Mallory Waldman

“I’ve always wanted to eat vegan, but I had no idea how to start.

Well, I managed to drop animal products after my first session and I finally understood why I was so addicted to cheese! And guess what – 4 days later, my arthritis symptoms went down. Yes, seriously.

6 months later, anyone who knows me will tell you that I’m half the size I used to be. I’m so grateful to Maya for the help!”

T.J.S.

“So a year since I broke my ankle… I remember thinking there was no light at the end of this tunnel, especially when I got told I needed surgery and my recovery would take longer than expected. But I got through it all and I am in such a good place and I’d like to thank you again for everything you did last year. Honestly, your advice and your motivation really helped me through.”

Niamh M

“Maya has been such a critical part of my recovery after breaking my talus in August of 2015.

Much like Maya, my prognosis was grim at best. The doctors told me it would be unlikely that I would be able to walk normally and pain free ever again. Shocked by the news I frantically started searching for ankle injury success stories on YouTube. I first watched one of Maya’s videos about doctors not always being right in September of 2015. I remember her talking about running and jumping again and never in a million years imagined I would be able to do that again too.

By October of that year, I was tuning into Maya’s periscope for recovery advice, motivation, and wellness tips. Through Maya’s focus on the power of the mind and positive thinking, I slowly started changing my mindset. Not all at once but as much as I could. I convinced myself I could be the success story and visualized myself walking and running every night before bed. I believed in the power of my mind and its connection to my body through insights and advice from Maya and something crazy happened. I started getting better.

My surgeon was surprised to see that my avascular necrosis (anyone who has broken their talus knows this term very well!) had disappeared from my X-rays. I slowly started making progress in my recovery. By February of 2016, I was given full weight bearing status. By July of 2016, I was able to increase my impact exercise as tolerable. (Running, jumping, etc) By next year, who knows!

What I do know is if I hadn’t come across Maya I would not have made such a spectacular recovery. Maya is my angel here on earth and I am forever grateful for her and the work she is doing.”

Kevin Maas - Columbus, Ohio, USA

“For years I’ve been meaning to do something to improve my life, lose weight, take care of my skin – but I had to meet Maya and talk to her to realize that the time for that change was right now! Changing my diet was the obvious choice since my whole family are vegans – you showed me how to make this switch easy, healthy and effective with just a bit of planning and good will.

But the things we covered went much deeper than just pointers on health and nutrition. You worked with me to find solutions to everything that was going on in my life. Thank you for your passion and concern! I really appreciate it!

Maya’s attitude and passion for helping people can really change your life, and I strongly recommend her to anyone who is ready and willing to follow some very good advice!”

Stanka Štrukelj - Ljubljana, Slovenia, Europe

“I broke my talus two and half years ago while exercising barefoot. I couldn’t imagine that I could break such an important bone so easily, but the x-ray confirmed it and my world went dark… I needed surgery and got three long screws in my talus… 3 months not allowed to walk and 7 months on crutches. And my doctors never had anything positive to say to me.

Luckily I found a video online that totally changed my attitude towards my ankle injury. In that video Maya was saying that doctors are great but not necessarily all the things they say come true. She said that your body follows your thoughts and I really believe that. Once I started focusing on it, I didn’t just avoid avascular necrosis (what you hear most often from the doctors) – I created a great recovery that is still continuing. Maya showed me that if you can manage your mind, you really can have unbelievable achievements!”

Mohammad Falahi - Tehran, Iran

“When I first connected with Maya through Twitter, I had hit a weight and diet plateau and had major fluctuations in energy levels. I was fighting a need to consume alcohol at levels higher than was good for me.

Although I was eating healthy foods and had lost considerable weight, I still had some misconceptions about what was good vs. bad to eat. I ‘fixed’ my energy levels with more coffee and sleep. I figured as long as I ate so-called healthy foods I would be okay.  I exercised regularly to maintain what I’d achieved and supposed my remaining body fat would eventually leave.

After working for a month with Maya, I have more consistent energy levels and a leaner body.  Through weekly consultations and lots of correspondence, I’ve been motivated to change my eating habits by eliminating processed foods and incorporating more whole grains. My workouts are balanced, shorter and more fun. Maya’s commitment and attention to detail is helping me work towards my goals of lower body fat, better health and the ultimate removal of alcohol from my diet.  She has educated me on the importance for a vegan of monitoring blood work. Maya is always ready with feedback, support and a positive attitude, helping me do whatever it takes to reach my goals, as well as great information and a crazy fun cookbook!”

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Jeffrey Matthews, Ohio, USA

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