We're proud to announce The Totem Ambassador Program! We're even more excited to welcome Jorge Merlos to the Totem team as our first Ambassador! Jorge is a mixed martial artist (Muay Thai, Boxing, Self Defense) with a passion for guiding others towards increased physical functionality, mental resiliency, and energetic awareness. Learn more about Jorge in our interview and visit his website or Instagram for more!
Where do you live?
I live in View Heights/Windsor Hills (Los Angeles)
What’s your favorite color?
My favorite colors are Red and Gold.
Where did you go to school?
I went to high school here in Los Angeles at Loyola High, and college at the University of Oregon.
What book are you currently reading? Why did you choose it?
I am currently reading “Aztec Thought and Culture” by Miguel León-Portilla. I am diving deep into my ancestry, and re-learning the knowledge my ancestors possessed.
What is your main athletic pursuit?
Right now I’m pursuing competitive Muay Thai, obstacle races (Spartan Race, Tough Mudder, etc.) and Trail Running Events.
How did you get started on your current journey?
I realized I knew little to nothing about my heritage other than what was “taught” in school. So I took it up upon myself to find the answers I wanted.
What goal most motivates you? Why?
My desire to be a positive role model to the younger generation. The generation behind me will be our future leaders, and therefore we have a responsibility to teach them correct principles, and how to care for Tonantzin (Nahuatl for Mother Goddess/Mother Earth).
What big picture lesson(s) keep cropping up for your in life?
GET OUT OF YOUR OWN WAY!!! SLOW DOWN AND BE PRESENT.
Tell us a little bit about the wolf and the eagle. What do they mean to you? Why are they in your Instagram name? How do they inspire you?
Wolf = loyalty, confidence, instincts, freedom, perceptiveness, courage to face fears
Eagle = energy intelligence (conservation vs unleashing), freedom, visionary qualities, limitless expression
*My name LoboCuāuhtli translates to Wolf/Eagle Warrior using a combination of Spanish and Nahuatl (native language). Eagle warriors were one of the toughest in the Aztec military; therefore I do not take it lightly. Speaking that name carries a responsibility that I must uphold.
How important is nature and spending time outside to you? Do you think this is crucial to living a happy and healthy life? Why?
Being in nature is beyond crucial. We are nature! We seem to have forgotten that. Part of my responsibility is helping others relearn that.
What’s your favorite way to get outside?
MOTORCYCLES! Or running with my Doberman
When training others, what do you usually see standing between them and their goals? How do you help them rise up to meet and surpass that challenge?
Self-imposed limitations and/or lack of proper breathing mechanics. I use martial arts and breathwork training to help people push beyond their limits.
Do you have a mantra or quote that guides you? What about this phrase resonates with you?
In Lak’ech Ala K’in: I am you and you are me. It’s a statement of unity and oneness. I am helping shift our collective consciousness to expressing more love and empathy to all creatures.
Why did you want to become an ambassador with Totem? What about our company / philosophy is intriguing to you?
The deer totem signifies gentleness, innocence, inner peace, serenity, and calmness. I chose to join because I wholeheartedly believe in providing that the products Totem Nutrition provides ultimately pushes people towards those goals.
How have Totem’s products made your life better? What about your training?
Lucid has helped me achieve better sleep quality, which showcases itself in my training and day to day activities.
Totem’s logo is loosely based on the 3 Pillars of Ayurvedic lifestyle - diet, sleep / rest, and love / sex / relationships. Do you feel that these three lifestyle aspects are foundational to a happy, strong, and healthy life? Why or why not? How do you try to incorporate these into your own life?
All these qualities are interconnected and vitally important. It’s important to remember to be mindful of balance in our lives, and this is something I am working on as well.
If you could make one book required reading for a graduating college senior, what would you choose and why?
“The Art of Successful Failure” by Stephan Poulter, Ph.D. This book helps shed light on lessons we should pay attention to from our experiences so that we do not repeat them. Highly recommend. Got me through some hard times.
What memory brings you immense joy?
The time my dog and I went offroading in an Audi A4.
What rituals (sacred or profane) do you incorporate into your life and why?
Reflection and Meditation. My mind is very active so there are times when it can get out of hand. These two practices help me center myself so I can be my greatest version.
Is there anything else you want to tell our community?
In Lak’ech Ala K’in (I am you and you are me). Join the movement towards higher consciousness because the time is NOW. Ma Cualli Tonalli (Have a good day)