Maya Novak

What  my  amazing  clients  say …

Tasha S.

“The biggest gift is not just my healed ankle but that I don’t live in a place of fear anymore.”

Putting Christmas decorations away ended with a trimalleolar fracture of my right ankle. Not only I’m a busy nurse practitioner, I was 5 months into my 6-month yoga teacher training when the accident happened. So it couldn’t have happened at a more inconvenient time.

I was sad, I started having anxiety and panic attacks, I had trouble sleeping, I was also angry, and I went from a strong independent person to a big mess crying my eyes out.

Then things changed because I found Maya on YouTube. I was too tired to be wasting my time with research and trial and errors – and she already had a plan laid out. Initially, I was looking for reassurance and guidance because I wanted to make sure I was healing right. But the longer we talked, the deeper we went, and this made the whole difference.

I still cannot believe I have progressed as fast as I did, and I don’t think that I’d have been able to do that without all the healing tools that Maya shared with me. I went from very afraid, overwhelmed to empowered. Through working with Maya I was able to lift the fog and stop living in fear. I totally went from feeling pessimistic to living with optimism. I got my confidence back, I have hope, and I’m moving forward. And even though I thought I was at the peak of my strength before the accident happened, I am now even stronger also because I reclaimed myself.

The biggest gift is not just my healed ankle but that I don’t live in a place of fear anymore and it doesn’t dictate my life.


Mary L.

“No medical professional believed I could get better after such a long time and look at me now!″

I discovered Maya 16 months after my mountain biking accident that ended with an ankle fracture. I was actually doing fairly well for about a year but then I did something to my ankle while bike riding. I was on crutches for weeks and my ankle was sore, swollen and I was limping. I was depressed, anxious, and developed fears about walking and falling, fears about never losing my limp, swelling or soreness, and most importantly, losing the life I had before my accident. I felt helpless.

I looked everywhere on the internet for help with my limping and found Maya. I loved her positivity and insight and I had a strong feeling she had information and knowledge to share that I wasn’t getting from any medical professional.

Working with Maya was the best decision ever for me! I changed some core beliefs about my healing and myself. I transformed from being fearful, doubtful, sad and negative to positive, confident, strong and capable. People have noticed how much calmer, relaxed and positive I am.

Also, I stopped limping, the swelling disappeared (something that seemed impossible for such a long time), I’m walking with ease – I don’t hesitate walking down curbs or fear it anymore. I’m bike riding again and I lost 17 pounds without really trying.

I got my happy back and so much more! I’m so grateful for this incredible transformation.

Sonja P.

“One of the best things that I ever did for myself!”

My fractured ankle helped me discover Maya’s work. Once the cast came off after 10 weeks I was pretty discouraged and in need of a solution.

Right from the start, the coaching veered off in an unexpected direction. I was surprised by how intuitive she is. From day one she could read my innermost feelings and thoughts and guide me to an alternate way of thinking, being, and doing. Maya’s keen sense of what it takes to go through a months long rehabilitation process correctly alerted her that my attitude towards myself and others might need re-tuning. Very gently she encouraged me to look inward and make changes in how I treat myself and those around me.

As a result of her expert guidance I started being more positive and happier; stopped blaming others for my circumstances. I started taking more responsibility. My days became more organized, I felt less stressed, I started forgiving myself and those around me. In my own eyes, I started looking at myself as a queen and treat myself accordingly. My inner critic gave way to a more positive me which started an overwhelmingly positive chain reaction.

Maya’s steady hand guided me through physical recovery while at the same time she gave me some amazing tools that were helping me become a more relaxed, more productive, happier human; a better parent and grandparent, more forgiving sister, and a friend and most importantly a better self. Also, my overall physical health improved after practicing visualization techniques that she taught me.

Without exaggeration, working with Maya changed the rest of my life.

″Maya provides the missing link between what has happened to the body as a result of the injury, and what the mind and soul need for complete healing.″

– Virginia C.

“The anxiety attacks had control over me and my recovery, and now I feel like my old bubbly self again.”

I was exercising at home and at one point when doing the step ups, I stepped down onto my ankle rather than my foot. I dislocated my right ankle and fractured the tibia and fibula.

I had faith about my physical recovery longterm, however, I didn’t know how to recover mentally and emotionally from this trauma. I was shocked by how much it was affecting my daily mental health. I was suffering from anxiety attacks all the time – whenever I thought or talked about my accident when I would imagine falling during an everyday activity and I also felt anxious about going anywhere new.

Maya is the biggest blessing! She taught me techniques to cope with anxiety attacks as they were happening. They started decreasing right from the start of our work together.

As the anxiety attacks were decreasing, incredibly, the flexibility of my foot and ankle started increasing, so Maya’s mindful approach really improved my recovery.

Now I am less fearful and therefore can push myself more, physically. I have been able to enjoy social situations again without feeling anxious before going. I feel more positive and I worry less about what could happen. I don’t get as emotional anymore when I think about my accident. I have stopped crying daily! I feel like my old bubbly self again!

I feel so lucky that I discovered Maya and was able to work with her. She turned my life around and I will forever be grateful.

Anu  C.

“I went from being extremely nervous, depressed and tensed to being positive, confident and back on my feet faster than I could imagine.”

I had an accident in December 2016, a few days before Christmas. A motorbike hit me and I suffered a tibial plateau fracture.

My biggest concern was not knowing if things would ever go back to normal. I was extremely nervous, depressed and tensed constantly. I began to realize that this was more of a mental battle than a physical one. That’s when I realized I needed a different kind of help – and I reached out to Maya. 

While working with her I began to feel more positive and confident. I felt supported and knowing that she was speaking from experience helped immensely. Slowly one by one she helped me overcome those mental roadblocks and that helped speed up my recovery. I finally felt that I was beginning to take charge of my recovery and I could make a difference to my healing.

My doctor was amazed at my speedy recovery and the range of movement I gained. Maya played such a huge role in it and I’m so grateful for her help. A few weeks ago I visited the beach for the first time after my accident. I was exhilarated to finally walk there without any problem. And the bonus is that she not only helped me with the recovery but with her help, I became healthier as well.

Virginia  C.

“I went from being hopeless and frustrated to hopeful and happy. And I dance again!”

I had always assumed that I was somewhat invincible but then in September, I was hiking a familiar trail near my house, slipped, and ended up with a trimalleolar fracture. It was a shock and I was not ready for how serious of an injury it turned out to be.

I felt such relief when I found Maya and her community online because the information that I was getting from medical professionals was not adequate. There was no real guidance provided so I just didn’t know what to do. And even though Maya’s Facebook group was so helpful, I slowly started realizing that what I was doing was not enough so I decided to invest in myself.

I wanted to not only recover as fully as I could but find a way to live my life as fully as I can, figure out why this happened and how to turn this experience into a gift. I love her approach because she looks at the whole person – mind, body and soul – and not just the injured part of the body, and that made a huge difference in my healing.

During coaching, it was so evident that she had thought about things, and considered my unique situation. I felt heard, taken seriously, respected, and cared about.

With her help, I went from being hopeless to hopeful, as well as realizing what needs my attention in my life and resolve this in order for me to be truly happy. I changed my lifestyle, I am healthier and happier now, I’m hiking and I started dancing again – something that seemed impossible for a long time.

I’m deeply thankful for all of her guidance.

″I was on the fence, not knowing what to do for the best recovery. Had also been thinking about it months before the conversation of 1:1 (I knew it was available but I didn’t want to commit). Huge mistake! Had I made this commitment sooner, I know I’d recover sooner as well.″

– Wanda

Kauselliah  P.

“My depression is gone, I know how to handle panic attacks, and the best part – my ankle stiffness finally began to reduce.”

I had an accident in a climbing park. I was on a zip line flying freely but the pace was really fast. I did not lift my leg high enough and I hit my right ankle on the landing platform. That second changed everything – I sustained a bimalleolar fracture with dislocation.

Things were really difficult for me. I was crying daily, being afraid, sad, worried, and even though I was trying very hard to stay positive, depression creeped in. I didn’t recognise myself anymore. I also felt like a burden!

Maya really understands what is happening in someone’s head and heart. The coaching sessions I had with her changed everything. She not only put things into perspective but her strategies made a huge difference in my progress.

Now I am more hopeful, calm and cheerful, and my depression disappeared. The best part – the stiffness in my ankle finally began to reduce! So many things changed for the better in just 2 weeks!

Maya, I love you to bits and I am so grateful for all your help and guidance.

Stephanie  P.

“I went from frustration and fear about my ankle recovery to 175 lbs deadlift and 8-mile hike.”

I broke my ankle by accidentally stepping off our moving van ramp the day my fiancé and I were moving. I ended with a trimalleolar fracture with dislocation. I’m a hiker and nature photographer and I really wanted to get better so I could hike again.

This ankle fracture really put my life on hold and changed my plans completely. I don’t think I have seen as many tears in the rest of my life combined as I have since the accident. It was hard. Really hard for me – both emotionally and mentally. The hardest thing was the fear of not being able to do the things I used to do in the outdoors and the fear that my ankle would get worse instead of better.

Maya’s help and guidance were so helpful in my recovery. Since I started working with her, I had so many breakthroughs: I deadlifted 175 lbs and I took my first “running” steps which was amazing because previously I could not run at all – I could not even get both feet to clear the ground. I am now able to pick up my little 47lb cousin and carry her around and I even started wearing heels again.

8 months and 8 days after my accident I did an 8-mile hike with my backpack. I was so grateful at the end of the hike and I was in tears of joy and relief. I can’t believe how far I have come!

Working with Maya has truly been a game changer for me and my recovery! I feel normal again.

Nilufar  P.

“After losing my independence, I got my freedom back, and said goodbye to my fears and worries.”

I was checking a newly constructed site with my business partner in October when all of a sudden the floor collapsed. I fell from the 2nd floor and fractured my right femur and calcaneus.

In the first couple of months, I was in a lot of pain, not sleeping well, non-weight bearing and spending most of the time in the bed. If this wasn’t enough, I was also very emotional and I was constantly crying. I wanted to have my freedom back but instead, I was worried and anxious. I was afraid this injury would make me scared of life.

Maya’s kind, humble and caring approach made a huge difference in my recovery. After three months of her VIP coaching program, I’m walking mainly without a stick – which feels like flying to me! I said goodbye to the emotional breakdowns and the fear of pain and re-injuring myself.

With her help, I became more positive and optimistic about my future. I am now more focused and my clients can feel the difference as well. I am compassionate, forgiving and patient with myself and others. Plus, I finally moved back to my apartment after months of living with my parents!

Now I know that Injuries are not just a physical matter – they are a psychological thing which really needs to be handled to heal in the best possible way. I am really grateful for Maya’s help and thrilled about my progress.

“I went from pain and awkward moving to walking without any limp or stiffness in just a few weeks.”

– Vilasi V.

Cristel  R.

“I was in a dark place and Maya helped me get through it and heal.”

I broke my nose right after moving to the Carribean coast. Instead of enjoying my new surroundings, I found myself locked in a room, a not-so-cute bandage in the middle of my face and with an anxiety growing. I was really in a dark place and thought there was something wrong with me. Thankfully, I reached out to Maya.

With all the black thoughts coming through, I wasn’t about to heal soon! She helped me understand the importance of the mental health for recovery and she always listened without judging my feelings.

I’m now 2 months since the accident and feel so much better. The anxiety is gone, I am happier and enjoying my life again. My nose is mostly healed, although the doctor told me it takes a year for the nose to come back to a normal state.

I am so grateful for Maya’s insight, experience and support. I feel more equipped to affront unexpected events, whether psychological or physical.

Gala  J.

“I went from being afraid and not believing in myself to full recovery and a 100km bicycle ride.″

I fell from a boulder while attempting to climb to the top of it and I ended up with a trimalleolar fracture of my right ankle.

At the beginning, everything looked easy but soon my feelings started to change – sometimes I was afraid I would always be crippled, then I was angry at myself, and there were times when I was also enjoying the excuse to lie in my bed all day and do nothing. Before I started working with Maya I had lots of fears, I did not believe in myself and I felt like I was not good enough. I was focusing on the negative too much.

Maya’s VIP program helped me to see things differently, to be more positive and present, and to believe in myself. I started learning to unconditionally love and accept myself. And now I’m more mindful, I allow to put myself first and I’m also more dedicated to my yoga practice.

I completed over a 100km bicycle ride while working with Maya and I’m now able to do everything I was doing before the accident.

Her experience and knowledge have been invaluable to me and Maya’s kindness and caring nature have really worked for me. I always felt understood and heard. The feeling of being in good hands helped me overcome my challenges so much easier. I am grateful for her knowledge and effort she puts into coaching and how thoroughly she does everything.

Working with Maya changed my recovery and life.

“I feel like I have my own personal physical therapist in my home with me.”

I am really happy with your ankle exercises in Iron-Built Flexible Ankles.

Your videos are beautifully done and explain super clearly how to do all the exercises. Plus if I need a refresher I can always go back and re-watch them.

I feel like I have my own personal physical therapist in my home with me. Thank you!


“I remember thinking there was no light at the end of this tunnel…”

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

Isadora  A.

“The Iron-Built Flexible Ankles program is so supportive and encouraging…”

Even if you are going to physical therapy, Maya’s program is so supportive and encouraging, and it gives me an idea of what I can expect in the coming weeks and months.
I can see in the advanced exercises that I will be able to walk without crutches, safely, and I’m eager to keep progressing.

Mallory  W.

“After being told I may never be able to run again I completed my first half marathon…”


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.

“If I hadn’t come across Maya I would not have made such a spectacular recovery.”

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

“Maya showed me that if you can manage your mind, you really can have unbelievable achievements!”

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  F.

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 losing 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  R.

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