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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



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. Other healthcare providers can also benefit from this course. You will learn:

  • Trauma-informed principles of yoga and best-evidence care using Medical Therapeutic Yoga, plus 
  • A complete system of Lifestyle Medicine care 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.
  • 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 and are COVID and trauma-sensitive. 

When you sign up your class material is immediately available. You can complete it at your own pace. To complete the course, you will sign up for a total of 6 Live Coaching Calls with Living Well Institute faculty mentors. The Call Calendar link is included as a secure link inside the course materials. This will help you apply and assimilate the material in real-time! 


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 the 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.


Is the Course Eligible For CEU's?

A total of 27 CE is awarded. 

PTs - This course is approved in California, Texas, Arizona, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

OTs - We are an AOTA-approved provider. We are an AOTA-approved provider. Level I is pending approval from AOTA as an individual course.


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 practices. 
  • 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. Ginger Garner PT, DPT, ATC/L is an active clinician, author, teacher, and longtime advocate for improving access to physical therapy services. She is the CEO of Living Well Institute which she founded in 2000 to teach therapists how to integrate Yoga and Lifestyle Medicine practices into clinical and health promotion practice. Board certified in Lifestyle Medicine (DipACLM) and a certified Professional Yoga Therapist (PYT), Ginger has spent 26 years designing best-evidence yoga-based physical therapy programs. Her private practice, EudeMOMia®, located in Greensboro NC, offers a unique model of virtual services and in-person care. Ginger is the author of Medical Therapeutic Yoga, slated for 4 foreign translations and currently published in English and Italian. As an international speaker and educator, she has presented at over 20 conferences worldwide and has taught in 6 continents across a range of topics impacting the pelvic girdle. Ginger is an active member of APTA, serving as the Legislative Chair for APTA NC Chapter.

Ginger lives in Greensboro, NC with her partner, 3 sons, and their rescue pup, Scout Finch. Visit Ginger at and

Course Material included in this course
  • Introduction
  • PYT Program Registration / Terms and Conditions
  • Welcome Message from Ginger
  • Level I Certification Course Manual
  • Welcome E-Package - Yoga as Lifestyle Medicine I Online
  • Table of Contents and Course Matriculation
  • NEW: The Live Interactive Day is No Longer Required: See Details on its New & Improved Replacement
  • DOWNLOAD L1 Call Calendar Attendance Log
  • 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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