Published:
February 11, 2022
Last Updated:
February 14, 2022

International Voices of IIN: Mar Del Cerro of México, on Living Her Passion

Voices of IIN is our newest content series, where we’ll talk with IIN students, graduates, and staff members who make up our diverse, vibrant, and passionate community ‒ from all over the world! IIN’s commitment to improving health and happiness is what brings us all together, and we aim to celebrate this commitment by sharing the unique stories and backgrounds of IIN change makers. Through this series, we hope to continue working toward creating a more inclusive wellness community, where all feel welcome to create a healthier life.

Mar Del Cerro is from México and is currently living in Spain. To learn more, check out her website and her Instagram page. To read her story in English, scroll down.

 

Origin Story ‒ Historia de origen

¿Cómo eran la salud y el bienestar para ti cuando eras niña?

Para mí salud y bienestar al crecer significaba tener un cuerpo delgado, lo que me tuvo obsesionada por años, buscaba verme bien aunque esto significara sentirme física, mental y emocionalmente mal.

¿Por qué finalmente decidiste venir a IN?

En 2015 un primo joven fue diagnosticado con cáncer, era un adolescente sano, hacía ejercicio y comía bien, algo no estaba funcionando en mi idea de salud y bienestar, la pregunta ¿por qué le pasa esto a él? rondaba mi cabeza sin cesar.

Decidí profundizar en mi relación con mi cuerpo y la comida (confieso que mi objetivo todavía en ese momento era estar delgada) y encontré un curso llamado “¿De qué tiene hambre tu vida?”.

 Fue un fin de semana revelador, aprendí muchísimo, al terminar el curso vi que la instructora tenía en su pared un diploma de IIN así que decidí investigar y en un par de días estaba inscrita.

Mi búsqueda por la salud real tenía ya un camino y eso me hizo sentir clara, segura y abierta a aprender. 

Perspectives on Nutrition and Health Coaching ‒ Perspectivas Sobre Nutrición y Health Coaching

¿Cómo estás utilizando tu educación de IIN?

IIN me ayudó a conectar con mi misión de vida, compartir la práctica meditativa con todas las personas que quisieran acercarse a practicar.

Desde que terminé mi certificación, en 2016, comencé un viaje de redescubrimiento de la meditación, me certifiqué como guía y estudié una maestría en mindfulness y meditación, y hoy me dedico 100% a vivir mi misión.

IIN cambió el rumbo de mi vida y por eso estaré siempre agradecida.

¿Qué fue lo que más te inspiró de tu educación en IIN?

IIN me mostró que sí hay mujeres enseñando a meditar, hasta ese momento había tomado cursos y talleres sólo con hombres, tenía la creencia de que era algo que sólo podía dar un profesor.

IIN me abrió los ojos y me mostró todas mis posibilidades.

¿Qué significa para ti ser Health Coach?

Para mi ser Health Coach significa compartir mi pasión por el bienestar con mi comunidad y ayudarlos a transformar sus vidas.

¿Cómo aplicas la bio-individualidad en tu vida? ¿Y en la vida de tus clientes?

Bio-individualidad: el concepto único de IIN que significa que todos somos diferentes y debemos aceptar nuestra singularidad para cuidar mejor nuestra salud, desde los alimentos que comemos hasta los entornos en los que prosperamos y todo lo demás.

A lo largo de distintos cursos, talleres y mi maestría he aprendido distintas tradiciones y técnicas meditativas, sé que cada uno de nosotros somos distintos y conectamos con energía y prácticas diferentes.

Yo me dedico a compartir toda la variedad de prácticas que existen para que los meditadores puedan experimentar y encontrar la práctica que en su presente les ayude a traer paz y calma a sus vidas.

Nutrition, Healthcare and Equity in the Wellness World ‒ Nutrición, Atención Médica y Equidad en el Mundo del Bienestar

Si viajáramos a tu país, ¿qué encontraríamos en cuanto a alimentación, prácticas de bienestar, etc.?

México es un lugar rico en salud y bienestar, existen todos los ingredientes para una comida rica y saludable, además hay cientos de profesionales listos para ayudarte a ser y sentirte mejor.

La comunidad de Health Coaches en México es cada vez más grande y es hermoso compartir nuestras experiencias.

Acerca de meditación, aunque hay mucho todavía que explorar, creo que se está haciendo un hermoso trabajo por expandir y llegar a más personas.

¿Por qué ves la meditación como el vehículo para el bienestar de todos?

Yo defino meditar como una práctica de amor propio en la que me declaro prioridad de mí misma todos los días, decido sí tener tiempo para mí, para escucharme, sentirme, y eso es bienestar.

Si todos nos tomamos 10 minutos al día para conectar con nuestro cuerpo, mente emociones y desde ahí tomar decisiones más conscientes esto tendría un enorme impacto en nuestra salud y bienestar.

Personal Goals for Social Impact- Metas Personales para el Impacto Social

¿Cuál es tu 'por qué'?

'Por qué': se refiere al propósito de uno y la razón detrás de su trabajo elegido

Yo comparto la práctica meditativa porque sé que tiene el poder de crear un mundo más incluyente, más en paz y más feliz.

Todos merecemos un espacio de paz en casa, tener tiempo para estar con nosotros, soltar la prisa y disfrutar de ser, y la meditación tiene el poder de ayudarnos a lograrlo.

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Si quisieras que tu audiencia de tu país supiera algo sobre health coaching, ¿qué sería?

El bienestar es una flor de muchos pétalos, y no tienes que hacer todo al mismo tiempo, comienza con una cosa: meditar, comer más plantas, beber agua, escribir, poner en línea tus finanzas, hacer ejercicio. Comienza por una y verás como te sientes mejor y eso tiene un impacto en todas las demás áreas de tu vida.

Origin Story

What did health and wellness look like for you, growing up?

For me, health and well-being, growing up, meant having a slim body ‒ which had me obsessed for years. I wanted to look good, even if it meant feeling physically, mentally, and emotionally bad. 

Why did you ultimately decide to come to IIN?

In 2015, a young cousin was diagnosed with cancer. He was a healthy teenager; he exercised and ate well. This left me really confused about my understanding of health and well-being. “Why is this happening to him?” ran through my head endlessly.

It was after this that I decided to deepen the relationship between my body and food (I confess that my goal was still to be thin at that time), and I found a course called “What Is Your Life Hungry For?”

It was a revealing weekend. I learned a lot, and at the end of the course I saw that the instructor had an IIN certificate on her wall. I decided to investigate ‒ and in just a couple of days, I was enrolled.

My search for real health had a path, and that made me feel clear, safe, and open to learning.

Perspectives on Nutrition and Health Coaching

How are you using your IIN education?

IIN helped me to connect with my life mission, which is to share meditation with all the people who wanted to come to practice.

After I graduated from IIN in 2016, I began a journey of rediscovery of meditation. I got certified as a guide and studied for a master's degree in mindfulness and meditation. Today I dedicate myself 100% to living my mission.

IIN changed the course of my life, and for that, I will always be grateful.

What about your IIN education inspired you most?

IIN showed me that there are women teaching meditation! Up until then, I had taken courses and workshops only with men. I had the belief that it was something only a male teacher could do. IIN opened my eyes and showed me all my possibilities.

What does being a Health Coach mean to you?

For me, being a Health Coach means sharing my passion for wellness with my community and helping them transform their lives.

How do you apply bio-individuality in your life? Your clients' lives?

Bio-individuality: This unique IIN concept means that we’re all different and must embrace our uniqueness to best take care of our health, from the foods we eat to the environments we thrive in and everything in between.

Throughout different courses and workshops and for my master's degree, I have learned different traditions and meditative techniques. I know that each of us is different, and we connect with different energy and practices.

I dedicate myself to sharing the variety of practices that exist so meditators can experiment and find what works for them to bring peace and calm to their lives. 

Nutrition, Healthcare and Equity in the Wellness World

If we traveled to your country, what would we find in terms of food, wellness practices, etc.?

Mexico is a place rich in health and wellness! We have all the ingredients for a delicious and healthy meal, plus there are hundreds of professionals ready to help you be and feel better. The community of Health Coaches in Mexico is getting bigger, and it is beautiful to share our experiences.

About meditation, although there is still much to explore, I think a beautiful job is being done to expand and reach more people.

Why do you see meditation as the vehicle for wellness for everyone?

I define meditating as a practice of self-love in which I declare myself a priority every day, I decide to have time for myself, to listen to myself, to feel myself, and that is well-being.

If we all take 10 minutes a day to connect with our bodies, minds, and emotions, and from there make more conscious decisions, this will have a huge impact on our health and well-being. 

Personal Goals for Social Impact

What is your “why”?

“Why” – This refers to one’s purpose and the reason(s) behind their chosen work.

I share the meditative practice because I know that it has the power to create a more inclusive, more peaceful, and happier planet.

We all deserve a space of peace at home, to have time to spend with ourselves, to let go of the rush and enjoy being, and meditation has the power to help us achieve this.

If you wanted your audience from your country to know one thing about health coaching, what would it be?

Wellness is a flower with many petals. You don't have to do everything at once; it starts with one thing, which could be to meditate, eat more plants, drink enough water, write your feelings, get your finances straight, exercise...the list goes on and on.

Start with one, and you’ll feel better, and that will have an impact on all other areas of your life.

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