The Brief Bio: 

Mara Wai, M.Ed. is a mind-body coach who supports her clients to shift their consciousness and energy for healing, growth and self-transformation. With mindfulness and a variety of mind-body awareness tools, her clients deepen awareness of inherent mind and body conditioning that exacerbates their pain, prolongs suffering or is no longer resonant with what they want out of life. With gained insight and practice, her clients create new, more desirable mind-body patterns that result in greater ease in body, clarity in mind and an inherent sense of self-trust to discern what's best for themselves and take "just-right" actions. In addition to her work as a coach, Mara is the Associate Director of the Penn Program for Mindfulness, where she oversees administration and facilitates Mindfulness-based Stress Management programs.

Some details:

I have spent much of my adult life learning and practicing how to strengthen my ability to perceive my own intuitive messages and to help others do the same. Inner knowing has helped me to:

  • maneuver through the grief and post-traumatic stress symptoms I experienced after my brother’s unexpected death

  • steer into an uncertain and unexpected career path

  • navigate the process of dissolving chronic symptoms, including depression, anxiety, insomnia and fatigue

  • plot the journey to become a mother in an unconventional way

  • heal relationships, skillfully maneuver the complexity of
    others, and know when it was time to relinquish those that no longer

    I even used inner knowing more recently to recover and heal from a back injury. I use it every day to navigate through life from a place of balance, clarity and presence.

With an increasing desire to support others, I became a mind-body coach to help connect people to their innate wisdom. I believe that we all have the capacity to know exactly what is best for ourselves, to unlearn what we were taught to believe about how to be in the world, and to relearn how to pay attention to the wisdom messages that are always available to us, that come through our mind, body and emotions.

I want to share the powerful, life-changing tools I have learned with you.

I stumbled into a yoga class in 1993 after my brother's death and began a journey to learn and understand my mind and climb back into my body after years of numbness and disconnect. I became certified to teach yoga in 1999 through the Himalayan Institute and taught yoga throughout my graduate school years. My self-study and practice led me to mindfulness-based forms of meditation in 2005, when I began working with the Penn Program for Mindfulness and where since 2012 I have facilitated Mindfulness-based Stress Management and other mindfulness-based programs. In 2015 I became certified as a Martha Beck Life Coach and then as an endorsed mind-body coach via Mind Body Coach University under the tutelage of Abigail Steidley. I recently completed Abigail's advanced Magic Body Mastery coach training. I completed advanced training in Integrative Energy Therapy, am a Reiki Master and have completed level 2 intuitive energy reading with Beverly Belling. I draw inspiration in my coaching work from all of my previous mind and body studies and experiences, including my Quaker faith and practice. My life's work is to continue to awaken to my own inner knowing and to support others to do the same.


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Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity.
-- Hippocrates