Weight Loss For the Holiday - A Mindful Approach

Forget it!  I'll start in the New Year!  These are common phrases that escape from many of our lips during the holiday season.  While its perfectly normal and natural to over indulge a bit enjoying the festivities of the season, like our Catherine our nutritionist says, "It's only two days - not two months."  

A rather large component in mindfulness practice is simply paying attention.  If we pay attention to our thoughts, which in turn lead to urges we can place a wedge between the impulse and the action - which usually entails cramming some cookies in our mouth!

The holidays are a busy time.  Most of us will put off going to the gym or health club.  Don't!  One of the lessons we teach the kids in our Kung Fu classes is "Dinner before dessert."  Of course this means "first things first".  We encourage the children to do their homework before play time along with exercising and practicing martial arts before goofing off.  Imagine if we did everything we tell our kids to do! 

Please come join us for ongoing mindfulness classes.  Our mindfulness classes are always free and provide the foundation for all of our health and fitness activities here at Ekata in Valencia.  If we apply mindfulness based principles to lifting weights, running, martial arts, or nutrition the benefits are extraordinary!  Contact me at Ekata Training Center and I'll help show you not only how to succeed in your fitness goals, but how to reduce stress and enjoy a blessed, gratitude filled holiday!

Warmest Regards,

Sifu Ed

Beijing, Shanghai a Study in Contrasts

beijing shanghai

Sifu Ed and Sifu JoAnn’s 2015 China Travel Log, Part 5. Ekata’s own Sifu Ed and Sifu JoAnn have participated in an American delegation to China, visiting historic sites, experiencing local culture and practicing mindfulness with the Chinese masters. This is the fifth in a series of posts chronicling their journey:

Yesterday was a big travel day. We started off by seeing Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City in Beijing before flying to Shanghai late in the evening. Beijing is an interesting contrast to the modern Shanghai. The skyscraper in the background of the photo is the 2nd largest building in the world. We shopped, ate and went to a wonderful garden today.  Click here to see photo gallery.

Master Zhou took us to his Shanghai apartment and tomorrow we travel 3 hours away to his home town!

We look forward to seeing everyone when we get back!

Ekata Seeks Membership Sales Counselors

Sales Counselor

Do you eat, sleep, and breathe a healthy lifestyle? Are you motivated to help individuals set and achieve goals for personal change? We’re looking for you!

Ekata is seeking a full-time Membership Sales Counselor who will actively pursue enrollment of new members, both through self-generated and company-sponsored programs, promotions, and referrals. This is an excellent opportunity with growth potential to lead a sales team.


Establish and maintain leads
Promote corporate accounts to businesses
Obtain leads from existing members
Provide club tours and membership presentations
Utilize computer programs to track appointments and sales

Previous fitness sales experience
Must be available on weekends
Neat, clean, presentable appearance
Must participate in fitness classes, and be open to promoting and practicing Mindfulness.

Our clean, high-end training center is located just minutes off Interstate 5 in Valencia, at 27831 Smyth Drive. Send your resume to Sifu Ed Monaghan at sifued@gmail.com or contact us at (661) 255-1114 to arrange a visit.