About Mara


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 a variety of other 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 come to 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.



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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 served.

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.

Here’s some more detail about my healing journey.

I stumbled into a yoga class in 1993 after my brother's death desperately seeking relief from suffering. Unbeknownst to me, that began a journey to learn and understand my mind and reconnect with my body after decades of numbness and avoidance. I trained to teach yoga in 1998 through the Himalayan Institute which grounded me in an awareness of the connection between breath, body and mind. I taught yoga throughout my graduate school years and eventually delved deeper into mindfulness-based forms of meditation in 2005 when I began working with the Penn Program for Mindfulness. Since 2012 I have facilitated Mindfulness-based Stress Management programs for the Penn Program. In 2015 I completed Martha Beck’s Life Coach training and became endorsed as a mind-body coach via Mind Body Coach University under the tutelage of Abigail Steidley. I completed Abigail’s advanced Magic Body Mastery coach training in 2018 and am delighted to join her as an instructor in her 2019 Mind-Body Coach Training. Inspired by an insatiable passion in subtle energy teachings, and have completed advanced training in Integrative Energy Therapy and Reiki and level 2 energy reading with Beverly Belling. I have continued to learn and explore habitual energy patterning with Marcy Vaughn, who continues to mentor me in ancient Bon tantric Buddhist approaches. I draw inspiration in my coaching work from all of these 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.