What People Are Saying

The ILM and MTY course have given me the best clarity I've had since PT school

Dr. Amanda Wold, PT, DSc

The ILM and MTY programs are what I’ve been searching for since I got out of school 8 years ago. I have peace about where I’m going. It’s not stressful like all those other CE courses I thought I “had” to go to. I LOVE this program. I’m becoming the holistic physical therapist that I want to be - to take me through an exciting and successful career. I have taken continuing education like yoga for rehabilitation, nutrition in physical therapy, chronic pain management, etc, but NOTHING has put it all together and gone above and beyond like ILM and MTY! I wish I found it sooner - this is how people WANT to be cared for!

A saner approach to therapy

Dr. Leigh Sato PT, DPT, NCS, MSCS

Thank you so much for creating an amazingly comprehensive and intelligent body of work! Bravo Ginger f or the work you have created and the vast amount of work you are doing to launch a saner approach to therapy.

This program makes my job so much easier.

Dr. Maria Hadley Rose PT, DPT

The ILM Certificate has absolutely already changed the way I practice & the way I eval and interact with patients. It is evident that Ginger's heart is in this work. You are so appreciated for making my job much easier. LOVE!

Great info on psychologically informed practice

Michelle Pamplin

All of the information about positive psychology, CBT, MI, etc is extremely useful - I have known about these things for a while but wasn't really sure how to use them myself with my patients - and now I do!

Evidence-based program

Shivalini Patel, PT

The ILM Certificate contains a substantial amount of information backed up with evidence based studies, thank you! The information on epigenetics and eudemonia are beneficial to know to inform patients on how environmental influences, stress, diet all impact our health along with the sense of feeling happy and full filled in our lives. Also, there is clear and concise information on how gut health effects the body. ILM gives an overall comprehensive picture to help us guide our patients to a healthier lifestyle!

Course Description


Chronic disease and pain are now epidemic public health problems in the United States. Rapidly evolving technology is allowing us to diagnose disease in an unprecedented way, but our current high tech system has for too long targeted sickcare, rather than healthcare. In 1948 the World Health Organization defined health as “being more than merely an absence of disease,” and yet the vast majority of our healthcare dollars are spent on chronic disease and pain, specifically multi-morbidities. This means more people than not are suffering from multiple diagnoses, and it is past time to mobilize all healthcare providers, as the WHO has charged, to tackle chronic disease and pain. 

Rehabilitation professionals are ideally suited to address chronic pain and disease. We generally have more time with patients and see them for longer, which enables us to develop the necessary trust relationship required to improve patient self-efficacy and confidence. The focus of Module 1 is to discuss the evidence-base which supports use of Lifestyle Medicine in rehab practice, and to teach you how to mobilize Integrative Medicine (through Medical Therapeutic Yoga methodology) and Functional Medicine as part of its practical application. 

The evidence-base which supports the philosophy of Yoga to impact pain, function, and health is ever-growing, and Medical Therapeutic Yoga methodology describes a means for safe, effective implementation through streamlining clinical decision-making and operationalizing the biopsychosocial model. The model works both in pathophysiological and health promotion practice, and helps tackle not just patient assessment, diagnostics, and prescription, but also discusses the steps necessary to impact system wide change through established, evidence-informed chronic care pathways. 

*We strongly recommend you take this course prior to any of the other modules in the integrative lifestyle medicine program (Three Diaphragms, Nutrition & Orthopaedic Health, and Sleep and Sound Science).

This first, 5 hour course in the 24 hour Integrative Lifestyle Medicine Certificate program will change your practice. It will:

  • Increase your effectiveness as a therapist and improve patient outcomes and satisfaction.
  • Give you a comprehensive skillset to use Integrative Lifestyle Medicine in practice. 
  • Lower burden of care on you as the practitioner and empower the patient to be a partner in their healthcare. 
  • Help you determine root causes of disease, pain, and disability which helps patients heal faster and with long-lasting results. 
  • Tackle persistent pain and complex comorbidities that are hindering your therapy outcomes.

Should you choose to take the entire program, the Six-Part, 24 Hour Program provides you with skills to address:

  • Nutrition to impact neuromuscular & musculoskeletal outcomes,
  • Sleep science,
  • Pain science,
  • Stress management,
  • Behavioral change and lifestyle coaching,
  • Medical therapeutic yoga as an evidence-based method to deliver Integrative Medicine
  • As well as specific interventions to affect change based on the health of the gut microbiome & the influence of epigenetics and genetics.

Course Overview in Brief

Module 1 

Clinical Objectives

Part 1 

  1. Discuss the common factors responsible for general therapeutic effects across psychotherapy and rehabilitation sciences.

  2. Describe the yogic biopsychosocial model of assessment guidelines to practice. 

  3. Define Lifestyle Medicine and its role in rehabilitation and health promotion. 

  4. List the clinical components of Lifestyle Medicine and their impact on preventing and managing chronic (noncommunicable) disease and pain. 

  5. Compare Lifestyle Medicine with Functional Medicine and Integrative Medicine. 

  6. Compare yoga, yoga therapy, and medical therapeutic yoga. 

  7. Identify the 10 Precepts to best evidence use of yoga in healthcare and health promotion.

Part 2

  1. Describe how medical therapeutic yoga can be used to impact acute and persistent pain and population health. 

  2. Discuss the evidence base which connects poor lifestyle behaviors to chronic pain and noncommunicable disease.

  3. List the components of patient intake and interview to screen for high risk lifestyle behaviors. 

  4. Identify models that help gauge patient readiness to change. 

  5. List the components of motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, and positive psychology.

Part 3

  1. Discuss strategies for nurturing behavior change and maintenance of healthy behaviors. 

  2. Explain how use of non-dogmatic yogic philosophy can affect behavioral change.

  3. Identify the 5 A’s and how they are used in patient care.

  4. Describe methods for establishing effective relationship and communication with patients. 

  5. Evaluate the key phases of lifestyle coaching in order to impact behavior change.

  6. Identify coaching questions that can be used at each stage of change. 

Part 4

  1. List the screening tools and diagnostic tests relevant to lifestyle-driven disease and pain. 

  2. Interpret the diagnostic tests and screening tools per national guidelines. 

  3. Identify when it is appropriate to refer to other healthcare providers in order to function as a multi-disciplinary team. 

  4. Describe when group therapy visits are indicated. 

  5. Discuss how to impact change in the 5 biopsychosocial categories that guide the lifestyle medicine in licensed practice

  6. List national resources available to support healthy lifestyle change. 

Part 5

  1. Cite chronic care models and evidence-based components.

  2. Define the PDSA (Plan-Do-Study-Act) cycle. 

  3. Describe how doctor/therapist behavior influences change in patients. 

  4. List models for implementing health promotion into your practice. 

  5. Identify the ways in which yoga can be personalized for evidence-based clinical practice through medical therapeutic yoga methodology. 

What's Included:

  • 5 hours of Powerpoint, lecture, video, and audio lessons
  • Workbooks that you can download to easily follow lectures and take notes.
  • Scaffolded sessions broken down into short mini subjects so you can easily complete the training in a self-paced way without losing your place.
  • Powerpoint, lecture, videos and audios of medical therapeutic yoga practices you can use with patients.
    Comprehensive training that will prepare you to immediately apply Integrative Lifestyle Medicine & Functional Medicine.
  • A private forum classroom where you can clinically troubleshoot with Ginger and build your network with other graduates.
  • Lifetime access for the life of the course, which is typically 3-5 years. You can return to this course at any time during the life of the course.
  • ILM Certification is awarded upon completion of all four ILM Modules and Electives (24 hours total)
  • There is no start date or completion date. You can complete the course at your own pace.
  • Quizzes at the end of each module (6 total for ILM Certificate)  help you master and assimilate the knowledge.

Who is this Course for?

Physiotherapists, occupational therapists, athletic trainers, and related professions. This course serves as a prerequisite for the Professional Yoga Therapist Program.

Before taking Level I Certification, please complete online Modules 1.1-1.2, 2.1-2.3

Before taking Level II Certification, please complete online Modules 1-3

Before taking Level III Certification, please complete Modules 1-4

Please see learn.integrativelifestylemed.com for more courses in the ILM and PYT Programs.

Can I Share A Course With A Friend Or Colleague? How Does The Group Discount Work?

Each course purchase is for a single viewer only, and may not be shared. If you are interested in group/staff viewing, please contact us at info@gingergarner.com to arrange a group discount code specifically for your group. The larger the group, the larger the discount.

Each individual must purchase separately with the discount code, and agree to the terms and conditions (legal). This provides each participant with their own copy to review at their pace, in addition to the opportunity to interact with colleagues as you all work collectively through the material.


Contact us at jeff@gingergarner.com and we will respond to your request within 2 business days.

**This course is not intended to act as medical advice. Please seek guidance and treatment from your health professional in your area for any unmanaged conditions.**

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Lifestyle Medicine of Yoga: Impacting Epidemic Chronic Disease & Pain

    • Welcome from Ginger

    • How to use this course

    • Pre-Course Survey

  • 2

    Module 1.1

    • Overview of Module 1: Integrative Lifestyle Medicine: Impacting Chronic Disease & Pain

    • Module 1.1 Handout

    • Background and Goals

    • Common Factors Theory

    • Biopsychosocial Model

    • Lifestyle Medicine

    • Differentiation

    • Ten Precepts

    • Safe Integration

  • 3

    Module 1.2

    • Module 1.2 Handout

    • MTY Principles and Change Readiness

    • What's Going On

    • Psychologically Informed Practice

  • 4

    Module 1.3

    • Module 1.3 Handout

    • Nurturing Behavior Change

    • Yoga's Role in Behavior Change

    • The Five A's

    • Therapeutic Relationship

    • Lifestyle Coaching

    • Effective Lifestyle Coaching

  • 5

    Module 1.4

    • Module 1.4 Handout

    • Screening and Diagnostics Part 1

    • Screening and Diagnostics Part 2

    • When to Refer

    • Group Therapy

    • Biopsychosocial Intervention and Resources

  • 6

    Module 1.5

    • Module 1.5 Handout

    • The Chronic Care Model Pt1

    • The Chronic Care Model Pt2

    • The PDSA Cycle and Self Care

    • Health Promotion Models

    • MTY Methodology

    • Module 1 Post-Test

  • 7

    Next Steps

    • A Message from Ginger

  • 8

    Course Evaluation

    • Course Evaluation

Meet Your Instructor

Executive Director, Living Well Institute

Dr. Ginger Garner

Ginger is the CEO & founder of Living Well Institute, an interdisciplinary educational organization dedicated to teaching trauma-informed Integrative & Lifestyle Medicine. She has spent 25 years using yoga-based physical therapy to tackle chronic pain and orthopedic conditions in practice. Her private practice, EudeMOMia® Integrative PT & Lifestyle Medicine in Greensboro, NC, offers in-person and telehealth women's health services. Ginger is a doctor of PT (MPT, DPT), athletic trainer (ATC/L), board certified in Lifestyle Medicine (DipACLM), and creator of the Professional Yoga Therapist and Integrative Lifestyle Medicine certifications. Dr. Garner is the author of Medical Therapeutic Yoga, slated for translation in 4 foreign languages and currently published in Italian and English. Ginger is committed to making healthcare accessible, affordable, and equitable through teaching safe yoga & lifestyle medicine practices, especially for women's health. She is an international speaker and educator, having presented at more than 20 conferences worldwide. Ginger spends her spare time performing around the world (well, pre-COVID anyhow) as a vocalist, reading, and being an avid beginner violinist. She lives with her husband, 3 sons, and their rescue Lab, Scout, in Greensboro, NC, USA.

More Information

  • Your Versatile Skillset

    The knowledge you gain via the ILM Certificate program can be used to deliver telehealth, group sessions, or in-person care. Once you are a student of Living Well Institute, you will have access to the Provider ToolBox, which provides "how-to" webinars on telehealth, marketing, and more.

  • Time to Complete the Program

    24 (CE) are required to receive the Integrative Lifestyle Medicine Certificate, which can be completed entirely online.

  • Prerequisites

    A valid medical license (PT, OT, etc) in your state is required. No experience in yoga or Lifestyle Medicine is necessary.

  • CE Credit

    PT - This course is approved in NC for CE. The full Integrative Lifestyle Medicine (ILM) Certificate course is approved for PT in California, Texas, Arizona, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. OT - We are an AOTA approved provider and the full Integrative Lifestyle Medicine (ILM) Certificate course is approved by AOTA for 24 CE.

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The Integrative Lifestyle Medicine Certificate is approved by AOTA. AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures.
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