We had the good fortune of connecting with Casey Mauro and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Casey, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
Balance. The oscillation between two equal and opposite forces. When one force is stronger than the other, the balance is thrown off and discomfort may arise. I used to live a very fast paced NYC hustling dancer/model/actor life while obtaining a Degree in Biology/Neuroscience.The constant adrenaline rush made me high and I was feeling “successful” as I was praised for being so versatile and always on the go so I kept going. I didn’t stop until my body would scream at me through muscle injuries or concussions to slow down. I still didn’t listen and would push through or pick back up again sooner than I should have. Seven years later I burned out and moved to LA to slow down. I could now surf in the midst of auditions and 10 different jobs and live in a space larger than a jail cell. This was progress in the work/life balance. Still, a few years in to LA and I found myself falling back into my constant go go go ways. Hanging out with friends was a waste of time in my eyes as I thought it was not productive. If I wasn’t dance training, surfing, or making money it was not efficient use of time. Again, a seemingly mysterious knee swelling I called Boob Knee was another calling to change my work life balance further.
Putting together my neuroscience background, Eastern philosophy studies and life experiences I finally saw the connection. This work life imbalance is directly translated to our nervous system balance. Our nervous system is either in a rest and digest state and our fight and flight state internally which will reflect itself back in our external life. It is the sweet balance of the two that creates our homeostasis. I go through a nervous system check list and see if I spend more time in one state over another each day when I am feeling off. Usually the more I am in a fight or flight state the more of an imbalance I have in the work life department. When I create balance in my nervous system, through breathwork, nutrition, movement, spending time in nature or with people that fuel my soul, my work life balance seems to find a smooth rhythm as well. This is where Breathe. Move. Recover. system I implement with my clients came from.
Whether someone comes to me for a chronic disease, pain mitigation, weight loss, yoga, nutrition, stress, anxiety or performance enhancement, we look at the state of the nervous system, and create daily habits and rituals to find an equilibrium from my extensive background of modalities. Once that foundation is set, the symptoms or issues they originally came to me for are eased or resolved. They too now have a toolbox of methods that they can use at any time when they become aware that they are sensing an imbalance. Life is going to continue to throw us unexpected events and being prepared to balance our nervous systems by ourselves will make the temporary rough seas more of an exciting ride.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Breathe. Move. Recover. is a system I developed to is to educate and guide others by creating daily routines and rituals for optimal health and vitality. Combining neuroscience, yoga therapy, personal training, Ayurvedic wisdom, nutrition and the plant medicine cacao I address the whole person to heal from the inside out according to your inherent constitution. You are a beautiful blend of ether, air, fire, water and earth and must be treated as such. Breathe. Move. Recover. helps you discover how to bring your nervous system back to balance and create a sustainable lifestyle to be your most authentic, empowered self. As a professional dancer I learned early on, injuries are one of the greatest teachers in diving deep into the inner workings of the body mind and soul. I suffered a concussion and whiplash while dancing in 2009 that left me looking at possibly never dancing again. The Neurologist told me to make it better I should just “stop dancing” and gave me some pills. I cried, walked out of the office and threw away the prescription. My opinion on Western Medicine had changed and I explored holistic approaches by looking at the science and ancient wisdom practices. I had a dedicated practice to manual therapies and nutrition that helped heal my brain, neck and crushed heart. At the time, I thought my life was over but it was actually paving the way for me to create Breathe. Move. Recover.
In 2014, after seven years of NYC life, I abruptly moved to LA to find more balance in my life. I stumbled upon yoga and became immersed in ancient traditions and wisdoms while going back to school to become a Yoga Therapist- all while still successfully pursuing my career in the entertainment industry and surfing more consistently than I ever have in my entire life. I felt so much more alive! This opened up more doors to mixing both my Neuroscience/Quantum Physics mind with my creative and intuitive abilities and applying it to my every day life personally and professionally.
One lesson I have learned is to never say never. What you put out to the universe will come back to you they way it was translated in the Quantum Field of infinite possibility. I said I would NEVER move to LA. I am an east coast girl and those LA people are so “fake”…. I said I would NEVER move back to NJ. COVID had me living back in my childhood NJ home for 6 months and I loved it. I said I NEVER had the travel bug as I am too busy working to travel and here I am just returning from an 8 month adventure in Bali. It started as a one month planned trip back in December 2020. My perception has broadened, clarity has increased, discomfort heightened and barriers broken.
Being in the unfamiliar and uncomfortable yet beautiful and nurturing Island of the Gods has further enhanced myself and therefore my work with Breathe. Move. Recover. I was introduced to the plant medicine of cacao and studied with a wonderful medicine woman Lynette Allen who guided me to find the deeper universe within- home. I have been blessed with the ability to travel the world facilitating others with Sacred Cacao to overcome trauma, find clarity, creativity and healing. Constantly learning and questioning from a more global perspective allows me to attunely adapt and support others to find their inner superhero through daily practices refined through the Breathe. Move. Recover. system.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
In LA, my favorite place to be is the beach! We would surf Sunset Point in Malibu just before dusk to get front row seats for those West Coast sunsets. We would spend a day hiking Tuna Canyon to get a breathtaking 360 view from ocean to mountains. Ice cream is my favorite food group and Ginger’s Ice Cream on Washington Blvd. would be an excellent dinner choice… or lunch, or snack or dessert. Driving down the coast to Northern Sand Diego would also be on the radar. We can hang in Encinitas, grab a surf at Swami’s then eat at Goodonya Organic. Hollywood has the wonderful Pantages Theatre where we can catch excellent touring Broadway shows. When the night is upon us we would also drive up Mullholland Drive, pull off the road and look down on the glimmering city from the peaceful windy road through the hill and be reminded how spectacular this geographic location is and the myriad of inhabitants that move there to fulfill a dream.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Shoutout to Dr. Joe Dispenza for so eloquently bridging the gap between science and what many call “mysticism”. In the past, I had thought my creative mind was a different being than my neuroscience and biochemical mind and they were to stay separate. When one of my mentors Robert Birnberg introduced me to Joe’s work, I realized how intertwined the two are. This led me to further investigate quantum physics which has led me down a path of constant discovery and possibilities to further enhance this human experience with more coherent neural connections.
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