• home-slide-1 "Ayurveda revealed to me a balanced way of life. I felt the shift immediately; and it continues…"
  • home-slide-3 Merging the ancient teachings of yoga & Ayurveda with modern science.
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  • home-slide-5 "Like the moon, the soul is constantly new again. My teacher told me one thing: Live in the soul." —Lalla
  • maria-crop This is Maria Alive.

Release | Renew | Radiate!

Hello from MariaAlive Therapeutics

For more than 30 years, Maria Shamas (formerly Mendola) has been offering professional training in her specialized school of Functional Yoga Therapy™. Maria also offers one-on-one private sessions and group classes focused on healing the body, mind and soul. Functional Yoga Therapy™, Ayurveda, bodywork, seasonal cleanses and transformative retreats are just some of the methods she uses to guide people toward a greater sensitivity and understanding of perceived limitations.

Whether you are new to yoga, are an experienced yogi, medical practitioner, or spiritual seeker, Maria can help you design an effective plan to help support you through change and/or enhance your already good health. The mission at MariaAlive Therapeutics is to nourish you as you free your unhealthy patterns, leaving you ready to embark on a new chapter or the next thrilling adventure.

Maria offers In-Person and Virtual sessions

Every Yoga Therapist could use a second opinion, when you’re first starting out, or at any time in your career. Now, you can bring in an experienced and respected yoga therapist to consult on your most challenging cases.

Consult Sessions are affordable and can be as brief as 15 minutes.

New: Yoga Therapy Consult Sessions for Practitioners – beginning Summer 2022

For the first time, Maria Mendola Shamas, founder of Functional Yoga Therapy™ and MariaAlive Therapeutics, is offering consult sessions to help you excel in your career.

Functional Yoga Therapy: Preparatory Skills and Tools June 6-9, 2024

Join us for the Functional Yoga Therapy: Preparatory Skills and Tools training, led by Maria Shamas. This transformative training will take place from June 6-9, 2024, at Santosha Yoga Collective in Loomis, CA.

Hosted by Inner Peace Yoga Therapy, this module is designed specifically for yoga teachers like you who want to deepen their understanding of advanced anatomy and its connection to physical movement.

This course provides 40 credits toward Yoga Therapy certification and 40 Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Units.

During this training, you will:

* Explore advanced anatomy and its practical applications in treatment

* Learn techniques for advanced postural assessment and range of motion

* Gain insights into basic muscle strength and flexibility testing

* Discover Ayurvedic concepts relevant to the assessment and treatment process

* Understand the emotional anatomy of your clients

* Develop practitioner sensitivity and awareness

Women’s Yummy Yoga Retreat

Stay tuned for 2025 dates

Enjoy blissful yoga, sunrise beach meditations, Ayurvedic massage, healthy delicious meals, adventures, relaxation and great company in a luxury private villa on a quiet Mexican Riviera beach near Puerto Vallarta.

Ayurveda and Yoga Healing Retreat

Stay tuned for mid-March 2025 dates

Join Joseph LePage and Maria Shamas in Garopaba, Brazil, in March 2025 for a full week of healing with Ayurvedic treatments, Yoga classes with a focus on healing all facets of your being, nourishing and delicious vegetarian and/or vegan meals and walks along some of the world’s most beautiful coastline.

Functional Yoga Therapy™ is registering for its signature certification course in 2025: FYT Advanced Assessment & Treatment Techniques

The next offering of this course will be a 4-day in person course plus online preparatory work. The In Person Training is February 17-20, 2025, hosted in Tucson, Arizona. Completion of approx. 25hrs of Preparatory Homework (beginning in late 2025) is required prior to training.


This course has a new expanded manual including Tele-health concepts, updated lectures in functional movement, and a larger module in Ayurveda for Yoga Therapy; as well as learning and reference videos. Class size is limited. This course is offered in a hybrid in-person and online format. Register soon.

NOTE: PLEASE CONTACT MARIA DIRECTLY TO SIGN UP FOR THIS COURSE with special discounts: info@MariaAlive.com
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