Yama (restraints: non-harming, embodiment of Truth, non-stealing, moderation of behavior, non-greed)
Niyama (personal actions: purity, contentment, dedication to purpose, study of the Self, surrender to a Higher Purpose),
Asana (physical postures),
Pranayama (breath/energy control), Pratyahara (control of the senses), Dharana (concentration),
Samadhi (absorption into All That Is)
Mudra (energy "seals" or gestures to direct internal energy)
Mantra (chanting or toning, sound healing using singing bowls or tuning fork)
Marma (removal of energy blockages using pressure points)
The yoga therapy components of my teaching are based on my Master of Science in Yoga Therapy degree earned from Maryland University of Integrative Health and from other advanced training, not derived from my status as an E-RYT500 with the Yoga Alliance Registry.
Rtucharya (seasonal shifts)
Mitahara (proper diet for your type or imbalance)
Purvakarma (preparation for Panchakarma, the Ayurvedic cleanse)
Paschatkarma (returning to normal life after Panchakarma)
If you need a referral to a Panchakarma center or an Ayurvedic Doctor who is also a Medical Doctor please view my Resources page (under "More" in the index above).
Yoga for Scoliosis
This often serious condition was researched for my Master's Thesis at Maryland University of Integrative Health. Structural Scoliosis (due to accidents, movement habits, etc) may be positively affected by proper application of asana on a daily basis over a long period of time. Ideopathic Scoliosis (due to unknown origins) may or may not be easily affected on a structural level but you may be able to strengthen weak muscles and train the mind to become aware of how dysfunctional postural habits affect the perception of pain, The most severe cases of Scoliosis that are co-morbid with genetic conditions or serious diseases may be out of my scope of practice, please consult with your physician before scheduling your first appointment as his/her recommendations and contraindications must take priority in order to avoid possible harm or progression of your condition.