Course Description



High stress is a worldwide threat to our health. A poll by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, National Public Radio, and Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health reports that 85% of working adults rate the efforts of their workplace in reducing stress as fair or poor. And 43% of working adults report that their job negatively affects their stress levels, which sends a clear message. We need to be taking action to reduce stress at work, since it spills over into our home and impacts every area of our personal lives and health. 


What’s more is nearly 30% of those workers also reported that stress impacts their eating habits, sleep, and ability to manage their weight. Weight is clearly a risk factor for osteoarthritis development, one of the many reasons patients end up in our office as clinicians. The John Hopkins Arthritis Center states that overweight women have nearly 4 times the risk of knee OA and overweight men have 5 times greater risk of OA. And that being only 10 pounds overweight increases the force on the knee by 40-60 pounds with each step. Nutrition and sleep also play a remarkable role in health and well-being. Nutrition is addressed in Module 3, and sleep science and intervention is included in this module.

In 2014 the Centers for Disease Control declared sleep deprivation a public health epidemic, with over 70 million adults suffering from disordered sleep. A 2013 poll reported the average American sleeps only 6.8 hours a night, less than the recommended amount. And 40% of Americans log even less time than that. People are sleeping less than ever in recorded history (at the turn of the 20th century people slept, on average, 9 hours a night);, and it poses serious health risks. Research links sleep issues with depression, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, ADHD, and Alzheimer’s, for starters. In 2015, $52 billion was spent on sleep-related products in the US by consumers. 

There are many holistic, low-cost, and low-tech ways to tackle the epidemic double threat of sleep deprivation and emotional distress. This webinar will tackle these issues by teaching you concrete ways to improve emotional and whole body health through two major modes of intervention: sleep and sound medicine. Psychologically informed therapies, meditation and mindfulness, music and sound interventions, and how to use the voice to optimize therapeutic landscape and patient outcomes will be included as practical, immediately-applicable modalities to add to your clinical and self-care toolbox. 

NOTE:  This 5 hour course is contained in the Integrative Lifestyle Medicine course. If you have purchased the ILM Certificate Course or the Level 2 Bundle, you do not need this version.

This fourth, 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 six-Part, 24 CE Program You Will Learn:

  • 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.

Clinical Objectives


Part 1

  1. Discuss the evidence base that correlates emotional distress and its comorbid conditions with poor health.
  2. List screening tools for stress, depression and anxiety. 
  3. Describe the role of the doctor/therapist in addressing emotional health through voice and sound. 
  4. Identify red flags that would necessitate referral to a mental healthcare professional. 
  5. Describe healthy self-regulation through an understanding of polyvagal theory. 

Part 2

  1. Cite the evidence that supports positive psychology as a part of lifestyle medicine. 
  2. Compare and contrast the different types of stress. 
  3. Cite the evidence that supports Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) in affecting self-regulation and perceived stress states. 
  4. Identify the major facets of using meditation and MBSR in practice. 
  5. List types of meditation practices. 
  6. Describe how mindfulness can be of benefit to the clinician and patient. 

Parts 3 

  1. Describe the role of music and sound in empathy, attunement, and resonance in patient-provider relationship. 
  2. Describe how vocal quality affects mind-body psychophysiology. 
  3. List the major components of the Orofacial Examination. 
  4. Cite the evidence base for including Vocal Functioning Exercises in practice to affect vagal tone and vocal therapeutic impact. 
  5. Identify the major components of Vocal Functioning Exercises and vocal practice. 
  6. List the parameters for trauma-informed music and sound selection to impact well-being.
  7. Identify how vocal production and preservation can improve physical health, core stability, effective leadership and public speaking. 

Part 4

  1. Cite the evidence that supports sleep’s role in health and functioning. 
  2. Describe the role of light and melatonin production in sleep. 
  3. Describe the role sleep plays in emotional well-being.
  4. Identify inventories used to screen for sleep disorders. 
  5. Describe at risk populations for disordered sleep. 
  6. List 5 biopsychosocial interventions for improving sleep hygiene. 

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, . 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 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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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. Welcome from Ginger

    2. How to use this course

    3. Pre-Course Survey

    1. Overview of Module 4: Sound & Sleep in Rehabilitation & Health Promotion: Fostering Whole Health

    2. Module 4.1 Handout

    3. The Impacts of Emotional Distress

    4. Screening & Referral

    5. Sound as Therapy

    6. The Psychoemotional Facet

    7. Historical Context

    8. The Brain Body Connection

    9. Musicians vs Non-Musicians

    10. The Power of Music

    1. Module 4.2 Handout

    2. Positive Psychology Evidence Base

    3. Stress

    4. Positive Psychology Activities

    5. Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Evidence Base

    6. Using Meditation in Practice

    7. Mindfulness Benefits

    1. Module 4.3 Handout

    2. The Role of Sound Part 1

    3. The Role of Sound Part 2

    4. Orofacial Review

    5. Vocal Functioning Evidence Base

    6. Vocal Functioning Exercise

    7. Vocal Optimization Impacts

    8. Vocal Practice Part 1

    9. Vocal Practice Part 2

    1. Module 4.4 Handout

    2. The Role of Sleep

    3. Sleep Physiology

    4. Sleep & Well-Being

    5. Sleep Screening

    6. Identifying High Risk Populations

    7. Yoga Nidra

    8. Resources and Next Steps

    9. Module 4 Post-Test

    1. A Message from Ginger

About this course

  • $295.00
  • 40 lessons
  • 4.5 hours of video content

Meet Your Instructor

Executive Director, Living Well Institute Dr. Ginger Garner

Dr. Garner, PT, DPT, ATC-Ret is a clinician, author, educator, and longtime advocate committed to improving access to physical therapy services. She is the CEO of Living Well Institute, which has trail blazed interdisciplinary training in Therapeutic Yoga and Lifestyle Medicine since 2000. She also owns Garner Pelvic Health, a private practice located in Greensboro, NC. Dr. Garner specializes in chronic pelvic pain including endometriosis, interstitial cystitis, prolapse, and incontinence, and also serves the performing arts and public speaking community with her unique "voice to pelvic floor" therapy, as well as post hip arthroscopy rehab. Dr. Garner is the author of multiple textbooks and book chapters and has presented at more than 2 dozen conferences worldwide about integrative physical therapy and health promotion across a range of topics impacting pelvic and orthopaedic health. She is an adjunct and guest lecturer for several DPT programs worldwide on topics related to advocacy, as well as endocrinology and pelvic health; and she also teaches for Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute. She is an active member of APTA, serving as the Legislative Chair for APTA NC Chapter, a Key Congressional Contact for APTA Private Practice, and a member of the Prenatal & 4th Trimester Task Force for APTA Academy of Pelvic Health. She most recently launched her new podcast on advocacy, the Living Well Podcast. Ginger lives with her family in Greensboro, NC. Visit her at,, and on Instagram and YouTube @drgingergarner

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!

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 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 Integrative Lifestyle Medicine 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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