The Brief Bio: 

Mara Wai, M.Ed. is a mind-body coach who supports her clients to align their consciousness and energy for healing, growth and self-transformation. With mindfulness and various mind-body awareness tools, her clients deepen awareness of inherent mind and body conditioning that exacerbates pain, prolongs suffering or is no longer resonant with what they want out of life. With awareness of old habits and practice of new skills, her clients experience 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 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

  • follow the journey of becoming a mother in an unconventional way

  • heal relationships, skillfully maneuver the complexity of
    others, and gracefully 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 impassioned desire to support others I became a mind-body coach to help connect people to their own intuitive wisdom. I believe that we all have the capacity to know exactly what is best for ourselves., We can unlearn what we were taught to believe that interferes with our knowing and relearn how to receive the wisdom messages that are always available to us, that bubble up in our minds and bodies.

I want to share the simple and powerful life-changing methods with you.

I stumbled into a yoga class in 1993 after my brother's death simply to find some relief from my own suffering. Unbeknownst to me, I began a journey to learn and understand my mind and climb back into my body after decades of numbness and disconnect. After training to teach yoga in 1998 through the Himalayan Institute I taught yoga throughout my graduate school years. My personal study and practice led me to mindfulness-based forms of meditation in 2005 when I began working with the Penn Program for Mindfulness, where since 2012 I have facilitated Mindfulness-based Stress Management programs. In 2015 I completed Martha Beck’s Life Coach training and then became endorsed as a mind-body coach via Mind Body Coach University under the tutelage of Abigail Steidley. I continued to study with Abigail and recently completed her advanced Magic Body Mastery coach training. I have an insatiable interest in subtle energy teachings, and have completed advanced training in Integrative Energy Therapy, Reiki and and level 2 energy reading with Beverly Belling. I continue to learn much about habitual energy patterning from Marcy Vaughn, who continues to mentor me in ancient Bon teachings. 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