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MARA YALE, PhD

Mara is devoted to helping children and adults function better through awareness and touch. She has healed from physical injuries, shifted long-held movement and behavior patterns, and transformed her career. She has been a geophysicist, a software engineer and manager, and has recently refocused her scientific attention to help others in their journeys.

Mara is a solo parent to two daughters, living outside Boston. Her younger daughter had a stroke at birth from which she’s made a remarkable recovery, largely due to Mara’s skill and advocacy to foster her children’s development. She supports other families to cultivate listening skills which improves life for all members of a family.

Mara is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner, trained in Hand-in-Hand Parenting, and training in Somatic Experiencing.

Blog

In My Bones

Last weekend, I got to spend time on the floor exploring the relationship between my seventh cervical vertebra and my sacrum. I was with about forty other practitioners, students, and people curious about their bodies.

Monkey Mia

Originally Posted May 11, 2013 There is a place on the west coast of Australia called Monkey Mia. It’s famous for the dolphins that come ashore. I was there in about 1995 after a research cruise that ended in Perth. But, we never saw any dolphins. “Monkey Mia” is a good nickname for my Mia …

Testimonials

I asked people to write me about Outliers, children who were doing more than expected after an early brain or nerve injury. Mara replied. This is her daughter Mia, demonstrating a new skill on her 4th birthday. When you watch her “Skinning the Cat”, it is hard to believe that she had a stroke in the early days of life. The damage was to the left side of her brain, causing a right hemiplegia. Yet holding on to the rings, both hands and arms are working equally hard. Both legs swing up and over. There is no evidence of the hemiplegia. This result is not magic – it is the result of a determined child who has adopted the “I can do it” philosophy taught to her by an equally determined mother. I think both of them qualify as Outliers!
Dr. Karen Pape, author of The Boy Who Could Run, But Not Walk 

I had 2 (dental) implants put in a month and a half ago, that’s after 9 months of chewing really weird on this side of my mouth and my muscles going out of balance and at first when she put them in and adjusted my bite, it felt great. And, now, it’s a month and a half later and in the last week, I’ve been going nuts trying to find the right balance for chewing, and trying to make myself chew on the new teeth side. This was so helpful. I can not even tell you.
-June

I come to the classes and  sometimes I get a little bit bored but I get so much from attending the class, like last week, I came and when I got home I felt good. But, the next day, I felt wonderful, babysitting for my two little grandchildren who are very young and full of energy, and I was running all over the place after them, and I know that a lot of that energy came from this class. 
-Anonymous student 

Mara is an absolutely excellent teacher and Feldenkrais is great. And, Mara certainly has a way of conveying it that is clear and understandable and it’s a delight and very helpful.
-Rana Rappaport

Mara Yale is an exceptional teacher. She is able to explain directions with a clarity that enables her students to experience awareness of subtle movement and the changes they bring about. 
-Anonymous student 

I am really appreciative that Mara brought this incredible knowledge and practice to the community. That’s a gift. Thank you.
-Anonymous student 

Contact

Mara sees clients in Framingham, Massachusetts, makes house calls within Metrowest Boston, and connects with distant clients via video.

Please send a message by email for inquiries or to schedule an initial consultation.

mara@marayale.com

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