Course Overview


This module concludes the program by awarding Level III Certification. Yoga as Lifestyle Medicine III provides the remaining tools in the Lifestyle Medicine toolbox in order to use Functional & Integrative Medicine principles to fully address holistic care, all through the lens of Yoga.

The toolbox includes Ayurvedic philosophy and application, sound, music, and the voice in therapeutic application, Orofacial Assessment & Intervention (this lab teaches both external and internal evaluative techniques), Sacroiliac Joint Assessment and Intervention, and an in depth study of safe use of Inversions and Semi-Inversions in clinical application. These include nonaxial loading headstand, noncervical loading shoulderstand, and all semi-inversions outlined in Medical Therapeutic Yoga. 

Through multiple interactive labs and case studies, the clinicians will come away with an evidence-based systematic method for teaching safe inversions, as well as a more complete understanding of how ancient yoga philosophy is relevant in today’s medical model.  

Clinicians will have multiple opportunities to demonstrate understanding of how to affect population health through behavioral science, psychology, and the intersection between psychotherapy and rehabilitation. This module will prepare the clinician to being using Lifestyle Medicine in her/his practice, including how to impact stress management, pain, environmental and vocational health, sleep, nutrition, movement, mindfulness, and psycho-emotional-spiritual wellbeing. Functional and Integrative Medicine play integral roles in impacting public health and health promotion in practice, and this module will equip the clinician to affect social determinants of health as well as be more effective in patient care and program management. Finally, the Ayurvedic component will teach the clinician how to incorporate use of the doshic, gunas, and attribute analyses into the broader conceptual model in order to complete the entire holistic evaluation and management paradigm.


2022 - October 6-10 

This course is being held live, virtually for 2022. 

Clinical Objectives

  • Discuss best-evidence psychobiological and neurophysiological rationale of utilizing yogic philosophy in Lifestyle Medicine. 
  • Demonstrate proficiency with systems-based mindful movement therapy and postural modification in order to apply yoga as Lifestyle Medicine. 
  • Practice best evidence biomechanics and progression of inversions, including headstands, shoulderstands, and semi-inversions, and their modifications and contraindications for use in safe rehabilitation and wellness care. 
  • Apply principles of Lifestyle Medicine & Ayurveda, to include integrative and functional medicine, in order to accurately use yoga in skilled, billable therapy services. 
  • Incorporate postures and their modifications from Level I and II trainings into case studies applicable to Level III topics. 
  • Demonstrate competence with Orofacial Assessment and intervention, including both external and internal examination and intervention.  
  • Demonstrate competence with Sacroiliac Joint assessment & intervention.
  • Describe, based on best-evidence, the importance of sound, both in music and vocal production, in order to affect the musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, and neuroendocrine systems, and thus, improve therapy outcomes. 
  • Explain the scientific interrelationship of yoga and Ayurveda with rehabilitation and wellness care in managing non-communicable and chronic lifestyle-related diseases. 
  • Discuss five element theory, the guiding precepts of Ayurveda, and the governing non-theistic cosmic and physiological philosophy of its practice in order to understand how it overlaps with modern neuroanatomy, physics, psychophysiology, and nutrition. 
  • Distinguish between translation, location, elemental makeup, and mental qualities of systems-based disease states. 
  • Demonstrate understanding of Ayurvedic constitutions and their respective parameters through identification of best-evidence methods for intervention in skilled therapy and medical settings. 
  • Critical analysis of constitutional differences in physical attributes, anatomical structure, physiology, orthopedic presentation, gastrointestinal function, and receptive and expressive language to understand how they affect prevention and management of acute and chronic disease states. 
  • Demonstrate clinical competence in application of manual therapy, yoga-based soft tissue mobilization, and biofeedback techniques during yoga postures to improve patient outcomes in skilled therapy services. 
  • Practice across-the-lifespan Lifestyle Coaching skills through a yogic lens that can be applied in skilled, licensed clinical and wellness-based practice.
  • List the effects that polytrauma and comorbidities typically seen in rehabilitative and wellness-based patient care have on the (3) diaphragm (throat, respiratory, pelvic) system and subsequent yogic locks system, and vice-versa. 
  • Identify musculoskeletal and neuromuscular physiological and biomechanical factors in the trunk, upper, and lower limb through the lens of yoga postures and breath that would affect ADL or recreational participation and functional movement and outcomes.  
  • Practice best-evidence therapeutic sequencing and postural progression(s) with gender sensitivity and specificity. 
  • List anti-inflammatory properties of foods and culinary approaches which can be used in Lifestyle Coaching and patient care. 
  • Develop a best-evidence culinary skill set to foster improved nutritional resource utilization and lifestyle choices in the at-risk patient with non-communicable chronic pain or disease. 
  • Identify the components of Lifestyle Medicine according that includes integrative and Functional Medicine used in the Medical Therapeutic Yoga model of practice. 
  • Identify compensatory neuromuscular, musculoskeletal, and psychophysiological patterns which could impair safe execution of rehabilitation or wellness care in licensed practice. 
  • Integrate best-evidence Yogic Medicine, Lifestyle Medicine, & Functional Medicine practices into clinical practice in order to prescribe skilled therapy and/or intervention according to the practitioner’s scope of practice. 
  • Describe the synergistic relationship of universal structure in yogic medicine and its overlap with modern physics, Polyvagal Theory, and interoception and proprioception. 
  • Demonstrate proficiency with Lifestyle Medicine-based evaluation and management of live patient models using a biopsychosocial yogic model of care that is commensurate with the practitioner’s scope of practice and license.
  • Design biopsychosocial, systems-based, Lifestyle Medicine plans of care for individual and group-based therapy to improve patient outcomes. 
  • Identify styles of management and factors in creating business organizational structure that can affect insurance-based and cash-based practice. 
  • Identify current trends in health promotion, population health, yoga and yoga therapy regulation that can impact the licensed practitioner. 
  • Identify scope of practice and legal concerns for using yoga in skilled therapy, wellness, and/or medical settings. 
  • Troubleshoot emerging trends in risk management, business development, and patient care via multidisciplinary lab sessions. 


  • Gender Sensitive & Trauma Informed Teaching

  • Pain Management in Lifestyle Medicine 

  • Behavioral Change in Biopsychosocial Care

  • Ayurvedic & Yogic Philosophy in Lifestyle Medicine Practice 

  • Advanced Application of Functional Movement Assessment (FMA)

  • Expanded Mindful Breathwork & Posture Prescription 

  • Clinical Case Studies - Systems-Based Evaluation for Complex Patients

  • Meditation & Stress Management 

  • Orofacial Diagnostics & Intervention

  • Sacroiliac Joint Kinematics Diagnostics & Intervention 

  • Nutritional & Pharmacology Considerations 

  • Music, Voice, & Sound in Intervention including Vocal Preservation & Optimization Lab

  • Group & Individual Therapy Postural Sequencing

  • Yoga Props Education

  • Visceral Mobilization & Myofascial Release ·       

  • Business of Lifestyle Medicine & MTY 

  • Research Methods

  • Oral Practical

  • Case Community Competency Project (CCC) & Exit Exam (done outside of class)


A total of 38 CE is awarded. We are an approved PT & OT Provider (see below). 

Course Curriculum

    1. Welcome Message from Ginger

    2. Welcome Message from Jess


    4. Course Manual

    5. Matriculation Matrix

    1. Release of Liability

    2. Introduction to Samkhya Philosophy & Polyvagal Theory Application to the Doshas

    3. Join Us for an Optional Ayurvedic 3 Day Cleanse

    1. Your Zoom Link & Schedule

    2. Ayurvedic Quiz: Dosha & Guna Quiz

    3. Attributes Quiz (Will Complete on First Day: Print and Bring)

    1. Your Zoom Link & Schedule: You MUST have a patient model at 1:30-3:00 PM EST.

    2. Daily Handouts

    3. Assignment #1

    4. Orofacial Screen Download

    1. Zoom Link & Schedule: You MUST have a Patient Model from 9-11 PM EST

    2. Daily Handouts

    1. Zoom Link & Schedule

    2. Daily Handouts

About this course

  • $2,121.90
  • 33 lessons
  • 0.5 hours of video content

What People Are Saying

Empowering for me and my patients

Dr. Sarah Talley, PT, DPT, WCS

Medical Therapeutic Yoga (MTY) has transformed my clinical practice and my own self care. MTY provides a framework for treating patients holistically while empowering them to care for themselves.

The MTY has given me the knowledge and skills to support my clients in all dimensions of their lives.

Dr. KC Coninx, PT, DPT, COMT

Living Well Institute has been an invaluable foundation for my progression as a physical therapist, by providing me the knowledge and skills to support my clients in all dimensions of their lives.  It has thoroughly deepened my connection with patients and has allowed me the pleasure to change people’s lives.

Patients who struggle with finding relief from traditional PT will find a solution in Ginger's method

Dr. Sylvie Le, PT, DPT

The benefits of Medical Therapeutic Yoga have stretched beyond both the clinical setting and mat for my patients. Patients who may have struggled finding relief with traditional PT, battle the psychological and emotional stress of anxiety, depression, and impatience in dealing with injury and functional limitations, or find it challenging to remain motivated to move and take care of their bodies, have found a safe and healthy avenue through Ginger's method.

Ginger's program has restored my love of being a PT

Dr. Katie Goroncy, PT, DPT

Ginger's program has restored my love and perspective that physical therapy is a healing ART. I had been feeling uninspired, deflated by the obstacles in the healthcare/insurance system, and was losing sight of what drew me to the healthcare field in the first place. Her program gave me a solid evidence based framework from which to integrate "whole person", yogic, lifestyle medicine into my physical therapy foundation. It has since sparked joy, creativity, and a broader perspective into my clinical practice.

Life changing course

Dr. Kassandra Schuhmann, PT, DPT

The impact Ginger's program has made on my life is staggering. It has changed my perspective as a clinician completely and has allowed me to look forward to treating even the most complex patients.

I highly recommend Ginger

Dr. Maureen Mason-Cover, PT, DPT

Ginger is a wise and compassionate health care provider who blends medical yoga with rehabilitation programming, and she has an extensive background of patient care service. Her style is forward thinking towards patient education, empowerment, and optimization of function, and she works with other health care team members to provide a healing community of care. I highly recommend her.

A sustainable model for healthcare delivery

Kanchan Thakar, PT

Honestly speaking, words cannot do justice to the experience of learning from Ginger. My hope is that all DPT students will avail of her teachings sooner than later and begin to practice PT with enthusiasm and compassion. Thanks to Ginger for creating a sustainable model of healthcare delivery.

More Information

  • Time to Complete the Program

    121 hours (121 CE) are required to receive the Professional Yoga Therapist Certification and Integrative Lifestyle Medicine Certification. The only in-person study required is the final Level 3. L3 is taught in a 5 day retreat (38 CE hours) format in the gorgeous NC Blue Ridge Mountains during peak leaf change each autumn.

  • Prerequisites

    A valid medical license (PT, OT, etc) in your state. No experience in yoga or Lifestyle Medicine is necessary. For the BEST learning experience, please complete the online Integrative Lifestyle Medicine prerequisites in this order: Level I - ILM Modules 1-2 Level II - ILM Modules 3-4 Level III - ILM PA Rx and Environmental CE

  • CE Credit

    PT - We are approved for CE in multiple states. Check your states reciprocity policy or contact our office for more information . OT - We are an AOTA-approved provider.

AOTA Approved Provider

Living Well Institute is an approved AOTA CE provider. The Medical Therapeutic Yoga Certification is approved as an individual course by AOTA. AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures.
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Meet Your Instructors

Executive Director, Living Well Institute Dr. Ginger Garner

Dr. Ginger Garner PT, DPT, ATC/L is a therapist and educator. She founded Living Well Institute in 2001 to teach Integrative & Lifestyle Medicine in healthcare and is the creator of Medical Therapeutic Yoga. She also owns and operates Garner Pelvic Health. Dr. Garner is the author of multiple books, book chapters, and articles, and she has presented at over 20 conferences worldwide on the topics relating to integrative physical therapy. She is an active member of American Physical Therapy Association, volunteering in state and federal legislative capacities to improve access to physical therapy services. Ginger lives and works in Greensboro, NC and is a mom of four - three sons and the family rescue Labrador, Scout Finch.

Dr. Jess Hartmann

Jessica graduated from the Physical Therapy program at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. She began her PT career with a focus on Osteopathic Manual Therapy and she is now the owner and operator of Integrative Rehab and Wellness, Inc. Jessica is grateful to have the opportunity to combine Medical Therapeutic Yoga with manual therapy. She specializes in treating back and neck pain, sacroiliac joint dysfunction, sciatica, musculoskeletal issues, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, migraines/headaches, anxiety, arthritis, and TMJ. Jessica is the co-director of Living Well Yoga in Healthcare Yoga Teacher Training Program, along with Founder, Ginger Garner. She is adjunct faculty at the University of North Carolina Wilmington in the School of Health and Applied Human Sciences. Jessica also teaches at several YTT’s in the eastern USA. Jessica lives in Wilmington, NC with her husband and her pets, where she loves the sunshine and coastal vibes. Visit Jessica at