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Medical Therapeutic Yoga - Level I Certification

Medical Therapeutic Yoga - Level I Certification

Medical Therapeutic Yoga - Level I Certification

This course includes
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Lifetime access after purchase
Certificate of completion

Please note there is a Prerequisite for this Course: Complete the Integrative Lifestyle (ILM) Medicine Certificate - Modules 1.1-1.2 and 2.1-2.3; The ILM Certificate is available through Embodia here. No experience in yoga or Lifestyle Medicine is required. 



Level I certification fully prepares you, the licensed PT, OT, or Athletic Trainer, to implement Medical Therapeutic Yoga & Integrative Lifestyle Medicine, into your clinical specialty. You will learn:

  • Trauma-informed principles of yoga and best-evidence care using Medical Therapeutic Yoga, plus 
  • A complete system of Lifestyle Medicine care that is urgently needed in our COVID-19 pandemic world right now. 
  • How to determine root cause(s) of a condition in the context of Lifestyle Medicine using Biopsychosocial and Functional Movement Assessment(s).
  • How to manage and/or lower your risk of burnout and compassion fatigue. 
  • How to lower your overhead and fiscal strain, and shift toward telehealth care.
  • How to use pain science to get quicker and long-lasting results with patients and clients. 
  • How to expand your services to offer telehealth, group, and more extensive in-person wellness services. 
  • How to impact multi-morbidity through sleep, nutrition, mindful movement, environmental, and stress management intervention.
  • Strategies that support optimal patient outcomes including mindfulness, health promotion and sustained adherence through affecting behavioral change  

The course features interactive, online learning to complete case studies as well as critically analyzing physical yoga movement and respiratory therapies. 

All of the techniques you learn in this level can also be applied to telehealth and e-visits with patients and clients.

This course is now offered entirely online due to COVID-19; 20 hours are on-demand (instantly available on sign-up). The final 7 hours are completed by attending a 7 hour LIVE VIRTUAL session with Dr. Garner. 

When you sign up your class material is immediately available. You can complete it at your own pace. To complete the course, sign up for 1 of the LIVE INTERACTIVE SESSIONS. There is a form at the start of the course where you select your session.



  • September 25, 2020
  • November 7, 2020
  • March 6, 2021
  • June 18, 2021 


What You Will Need to Participate:

  • A dedicated computer that can run Zoom
  • Hardwire internet (better than a wifi connection, which can be unstable, although using wifi is fine)
  • Your yoga equipment - See Welcome message near the start of the course lessons.
  • Take online Modules 1.1-1.3 and 2.1-2.2 (5 CE) to get the most from this course. You can sign up, here.
  • Optional - a patient model that you can "teach" during the on-demand lab sessions (not the live interactive session) in order to practice your skills, although this isn't required. You can certainly practice the poses yourself.


You will receive pre-recorded class materials on sign up. You will join Ginger for a live session that you sign up for.


A total of 27 CE is awarded. We are an approved PT provider in many of the United States. We are pending approval for OT and ATC


Clinical Objectives

  • Apply the 10 MTY Precepts to your clinical practice in order to increase clinical efficacy and safety of yoga prescription as lifestyle medicine. 
  • List the implications for use of MTY to impact health promotion and wellness practice. 
  • Identify quantitative and qualitative outcome measures to use in MTY.
  • Practice & demonstrate an understanding of the FMA algorithm in the context of Lifestyle Medicine evaluation, diagnosis, and prescription. 
  • Demonstrate multidisciplinary knowledge of indications and contraindications for using the FMA for prescriptive movement and/or manual therapy. 
  • Critically analyze physical yoga movement and respiratory therapies and their modifications in a lab setting. 
  • Complete case studies via real-time assessment with peers using live model(s) to address complex medical histories and pain. 
  • Demonstrate knowledge of guidelines to practice, teaching, manual cueing, and instruction in yoga postures, breathing techniques, mindfulness and meditation practice.
  • Integrate the biopsychosocial, lifestyle medicine driven Vector Analysis into practice in a lab setting. 
  • Describe the code of ethics for becoming a Lifestyle Medicine practitioner & certified Professional Yoga Therapist. 
  • Discuss research and legal implications for licensed versus unlicensed use of yoga in the United States.
  • Practice MTY to address multi-joint and systemic stabilization in a lab setting. 
  • Practice safe polyvagal intervention in a lab setting.
  • Critically analyze how myofascial and neurovascular impairment can be addressed through MTY. 
  • Demonstrate competence with the use of yoga props and blanket folding. 
  • List the tenets of including meditation and postural practice sequences in clinical practice. 
  • Discuss business matrix analysis for health promotion and both cash-based and insurance-based practice. 
  • Understand coding and billing practices for licensed providers. 
  • Pass a quiz to demonstrate competency with Level I principles.



  • 10 Precepts of Medical Therapeutic Yoga
  • Foundations of Lifestyle Medicine
  • Foundations of Behavioral Change
  • Foundations of Biopsychosocial Care
  • Trauma-Informed Yoga
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Functional Movement Assessment (FMA)
  • Orofacial Assessment
  • Breathwork & Posture Prescription
  • Postural & Breath Integration
  • Mindful Movement
  • Case Studies
  • Sequencing
  • Business of Lifestyle Medicine & Yoga
  • Coding & Billing
  • Orthopaedic Concepts
  • Systems-Based Evaluation using The Vector Analysis
  • Myofascial & Neurovascular Mobilization
  • Spine & Pain Care
  • Yoga Props Education
  • Requisites for Safety in Practice
The instructors
Dr. Ginger Garner

Dr. Garner is a physical therapist, author, educator and founder of Living Well Institute. She received her master and doctorate degrees from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is also a licensed athletic trainer (ATC, LAT) professional yoga therapist (PYT), and board certified in Lifestyle Medicine (DipACLM). She has specialized in chronic pain & orthopaedics in women’s health since 1995 and opened one of the first integrative yoga-based PT clinics in the US in 1999. She launched Living Well, Inc. in 2000 and Professional Yoga Therapy Institute® in 2001, where she has since trained thousands of therapists and doctors worldwide. Dr. Garner is the author of Medical Therapeutic Yoga, slated for translated in 4 foreign languages. She balances teaching and writing with her clinical practice, EudeMOMia,TM located in Greensboro, NC.

Ginger is active in the American Physical Therapy Association and serves as the North Carolina Legislative Chair. She also serves the US National Committee for UN Women as secretary of the board of directors. Ginger is committed to resolving equality issues in healthcare, which she believes is at the heart of nurturing real healthcare reform. In her spare time, Ginger performs with choral groups around the world and also conducts physical therapy-based vocal performance workshops. Ginger lives with her husband, three sons, and their rescue pup, Scout, in Greensboro, North Carolina, USA. Visit Ginger at
Course Material included in this course
  • Introduction
  • PYT Program Registration / Terms and Conditions
  • Welcome Message from Ginger
  • Level I Certification Course Manual
  • Live Interactive Scheduling
  • Welcome E-Package - Yoga as Lifestyle Medicine I Online
  • Table of Contents and Course Matriculation
  • Additional Resources
  • Medical Therapeutic Yoga - Day 1
  • Welcome
  • Blanket Folding
  • Syllabus
  • Social Media & Syllabus Review
  • Mindfulness and Meditation Posture Options
  • What is Mindfulness?
  • Mindfulness & Meditation Practice & Types
  • Trauma Informed Yoga
  • Orofacial Assessment Checklist - HANDOUT
  • Orofacial Exam
  • Yogic Locks
  • FMA Introduction
  • FMA Column 1 Part 1
  • FMA Column 1 Part 2
  • FMA Column 2
  • FMA Column 3 Part 1
  • FMA Column 3 Part 2
  • FMA Column 1 Review
  • FMA Column 2 Review
  • FMA Column 3 Review
  • Medical Therapeutic Yoga - Day 2
  • Restoratives
  • FMA Column 4
  • FMA Column 5
  • FMA Column 6
  • FMA Review
  • Yoga Nidra
  • Medical Therapeutic Yoga - Day 3 (Special Postures)
  • Morning Meditation - AUDIO ONLY
  • Special Postures Introduction
  • Special Postures Mudras
  • Special Postures Posture Scaffolding
  • Special Postures Tree
  • Special Postures Eagle
  • Special Postures Squat
  • Special Postures Lunge Transition
  • Special Postures Thread the Needle
  • Special Postures Gate
  • Special Postures Warrior 1
  • Special Postures Triangle
  • FMA Class
  • Medical Therapeutic Yoga - Day 3 (BPS Review)
  • BPS Review Part 1
  • BPS Review Part 2
  • BPS Review Part 3
  • Medical Therapeutic Yoga - Day 3 (Technology Tea)
  • Technology Tea - Introduction
  • Technology Tea - Business Considerations HANDOUT
  • Technology Tea - Matriculation
  • Technology Tea - Business Plan
  • Technology Tea - CCC
  • Technology Tea - Resources
  • SWOT Timeline HANDOUT
  • Technology Tea - SWOT
  • Technology Tea - Social Media
  • Technology Tea - Next Steps
  • Technology Tea - Connect and Closure
  • Walking Meditation - Introduction
  • Walking Meditation - AUDIO ONLY
  • Meditation to Reclaim You - Introduction
  • Meditation to Reclaim You - AUDIO ONLY
  • Level I Quiz
  • Level I Quiz
  • Conclusion
  • Submit Your Case Study Here
  • More Resources for You
  • IP Policy Agreement
  • Code of Ethics Agreement
  • Closing Message from Ginger
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