When I receive bodywork from Mary, I feel safe and held in her calm, compassionate presence. Mary has devoted many years to learning about the body, evolution of movement as one develops and how our relationship to the earth beneath us impacts our movement. Her years of study inform her massage therapy as she understands and can sense where movement patterns, stress and life create held tension in the body and by creating a safe space, I/client can relax and feel the tension release. After a session I feel a sense of ease and freedom of movement in my body.
I have been attending Mary’s Pilates and Yoga classes for 18 months and what a great experience it’s been! All the benefits are too numerous to mention but some of the things I’ve enjoyed and benefited from the most are learning to connect with the earth, alignment, patterning and relationships in the body.
Some of the results of her teaching have been much improved posture, good balance, happy feet and muscles and joints not to mention good balance and more energy along with knowing how to relax. She is extremely knowledgeable and caring about her students and always goes the extra mile to keep her classes interesting and informative. The skeletons and anatomy books she uses for visuals are great. She is truly the Yoga teacher I always wanted and never had.
I have benefited from Mary’s “table time” approach to energy work since taking a workshop from her at Yoga On High as part of my yoga teacher certification process. As an MD with training in reiki, I appreciate Mary’s advanced training and knowledge as well as her professionalism. I have found her sessions to provide significant benefits to both my musculoskeletal system and mind and support advancement in my individual practices. Mary’s light touch and appreciation of subtle alignment shifts on energy flow make “table time” very effective. I have invited Mary to visit yoga classes I teach to offer my students the opportunity to experience the benefits of sophisticated energy use. Her visits and offerings are eagerly anticipated by my students.
When I started Mary’s Balance Yoga class, Feb 2015, I came with sensory and pain issues from my low back due to spinal stenosis and the subsequent surgeries. Mary’s Balance Yoga class taught me how to sit, stand, bend over and walk in such a way that took tension off my spine and the result was less pain. Once I had some success in this class I joined the Pilates class where I gained more confidence in myself and could lead, for the most part, a life free of the sciatica pain. I’m so thankful to Mother Earth for [Mary’s] teaching practices! Really, it’s saved my active life.
Mary’s classes have been life changing. I am more aware of how I approach everyday tasks like walking and climbing stairs. This new awareness of how the body best functions has had the result of less pain and made life more enjoyable. Mary has great rapport with seniors. She carefully watches and gently makes suggestions for better alignment. Our goals for better balance and a more confident life style continue to improve. I feel these are continuous goals. Her classes are unique. I recommend this class to improve your overall health and enjoy your new skills.
Balance chair yoga and Beginning Pilates matwork student
“I have attended Mary Sinclair’s yoga and Pilates classes for 3 years. Her deep knowledge and understanding of the human body are an inspiration. She often refers to our classes as true physical education. Students become anatomy students, as much as yoga students! She has a gift for parsing out the details of movement and conveying those to her students with real clarity. She teaches us to be patient with ourselves and our growth. She fosters a sense of safe community, where all are welcome, all are honored.
“Before even knowing there were classes I could take to improve my posture, I had an interest in doing so. In just six weeks (about nine class hours), of Mary’s class, I learned more than I expected and noticed immediate improvement. This, of course, depends on what you put into it but, even with your slightest effort, you should notice a difference as you find your body shifting into its natural alignment, and you begin experiencing what you’re meant to experience in this world: physical comfort! I find myself checking my posture nearly everywhere I happen to be. As an actor, I have more confidence on stage, as I find myself less concerned with ‘Am I standing straight?’. To put it simply – I’m glad I went.”
I have lower back problems and was very discouraged by other exercises and treatments, which offered no relief or made my pain worse. Now I look forward to each Balance class and practice the techniques every day. I am in awe at how minor adjustments can give me some relief from my back and leg pain.
I thought I knew my body pretty well, but Mary has taught me a new level of awareness. The practice makes sense and works. I am taking long walks without hip pain and am seeing improvements in the daily tension headaches I get from sitting all day.
Your workshop gave me permission to go for the meditative quality of this fine work. Thank you for embodying the grace and strength of this practice.