ABOUT FUNCTIONAL YOGA
When something functions – it serves its purpose. Mary’s offering of functional Massage, Yoga & Dreams the Edge’s Guided Journeys bring out the best in you, so that you may be guide by your true ‘Self” and live out your purpose. Mary’s focuses on helping relax & feel supported to explore & integrate all parts of their life, including the shadow parts, towards a greater sense of wholeness.
“If you want to improve the world, start by making people feel safer.”
“To become conscious of it involves recognizing the dark aspects of the personality as present and real. This act is the essential condition for any kind of self-knowledge.”
“When parts are listened to, loved, and respected, they relax inside, which opens space. This is the way that IFS quiets the mind… once the mind is emptied, Self emerges spontaneously”
Supporting your path towards wholeness she blends wisdom practices from all around the world with somatic body-work, massage, yoga & western body/mind practices to create ‘Functional Yoga’ a form of yoga that meets the sophisticated needs of where we are today.
Mary offers treatments & practices from her comfortable & spacious treatment studio in the heart of Strathroy, Ontario – and – regularly travels to offer her practice offsite in retreats, homes & businesses throughout London, Toronto & Southern Ontario.
About Mary Foran
Mary has taught yoga for 18years full of heart and with a passion to cultivate compassionate awareness. Certified Yoga Alliance Yoga Teacher (RYT), Certified in Thai Yoga Massage and as a Medical Exercise Specialist (MES) Mary instructs safe alignment-focused classes and bodywork using the disciplines of Iyengar, Anusara, Kripalu and Restorative Yoga along with therapeutic movement practices to create classes that heal, strengthen and inspire. Mary is also a Reiki Level 1 practitioner and has completed a 3 year Training in Transpersonal Studies, trained in; Trauma Sensitive Yoga, Pre-Natal Yoga, Non-Violent Communications, Meditation, Shamanic Energy Work and has completed several trainings with Woman Within to support her endeavours to cultivate conscious community. Mary’s is grateful for the insight & empowerment she has gained through the great works of : Carl Jung, Fritz Perls, Joseph Campbell, Stanislav Grof, Stephen Porges, Richard Schwartz, Anodea Judith, Alan Watts, Terrence McKenna & Ram Dass and many other beings that have contributed their Transpersonal knowledge & gifts living a deeply meaningful and effective life.
Experienced, sensitive & compassionate, Mary’s energy is weaved into a mindfulness-style of teaching and care that offers students and recipients ways to develop healthy and fulfilling self-care practices blending Yoga, Transpersonal, Buddhist and Shamanic practices to develop the mind & body. She has specialized in Restorative Yoga for 18 years in studios, private classes, workshops and Yoga Teacher Training programs where she has taught over 9,000 yoga classes and has had the opportunity to train 400 yoga teachers her specialized practice of Restorative Yoga in Yoga Teacher Training programs. Well-versed in anatomy and movement therapies you can expect to learn proper physical alignment and gain greater self-awareness while healing, expanding and excelling your body and mind.
Mary lives with Walter Sienko, her partner of 20years, in the heart of Strathroy, Ontario. They met in during their 3 year Transpersonal Training and since then have carried out their healing focus through various individual and community offerings. They have hosted drum circles, meditation circles, purification lodges, trance dances and offered various healing ceremonies. They currently combine their life-long passion towards connection & healing by offering conscious practices from their 3.5Acre homestead called “Equanimity”. Equanimity is their life-works to cultivate sustainable eco-spiritual ways of living where they keep bees & maintain sustainable food, medicine & pollination gardens. Walter Sienko runs men’s groups and is a Transpersonal Guide offering powerful guidance & support through counsel and customized healing journeys.