Francesca "Mary Fran" Matichak
Mary Fran experienced the life enhancing qualities of yoga during her first class in 1991. It was the perfect complement to her daily meditation, which she began in 1977.
In the year 2000, after a 15-year career as a corporate sales manager, Mary Fran followed her heart opening her own yoga studio in Maine. In 2005 she moved to Oak Park to be near her aging parents and opened Inner Wisdom (spring 2006). She is a certified Iyengar yoga instructor, which involves vigorous years of training followed by thorough testing. After passing the first phase of certification, a second assessment must be completed within 2 years.
Francesca apprenticed with senior Iyengar teacher John Schumacher in Bethesda, MD and studied 6 years with world-renowned teacher Patricia Walden of Boston. The month of November 2009 was spent in Pune India, studying directly with the Iyengar family. She had the honor of being under direct instruction of B.K.S. Iyengar in September of 2005 at the Iyengar convention. She attended the Iyengar convention taught by Geeta Iyengar in May of 2007. Continued education through workshops and advanced teacher training programs are prioritized. Training in massage therapy enhances her knowledge. She is a Reiki Master-Teacher and holds a Bachelors Degree in Advertising from the University of Illinois.
Francesca strongly believes in the value of nutritional awareness and environmental and spiritual consciousness.