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