Course Description

Level I certification fully prepares PT's, OT's, ATC's and any healthcare providers that provide patient education to implement  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 ridden, 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 is: 

  • interactive, 
  • on-demand (instantly available!)
  • self-paced, and
  • entirely online! 
  • It also includes a Call Calendar, where you will complete 7 hours of Live Training with faculty mentors. Calls are ongoing and available WEEKLY! This kind of constant support is unprecedented for a CE offering. 

All of the techniques you learn in this level are: 

  • telehealth friendly
  • COVID sensitive
  • trauma informed
  • group coaching friendly
  • not just for in-person care. 


You get lifetime access for the life of the course. Our courses are generally updated every 3-5 years to remain current and best evidence-informed. You can return to this course at any time during that 3-5 year period. If any material is updated or added, you will have access to the new content during the life of the course.

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 - you will get an email with a list of equipment you will need
  • Modules 1-2 (see prerequisites below) from the ILM Training. 
  • Optional - a patient model that you can "teach" during the on-demand lab sessions in order to practice your skills, although this isn't required. You can certainly practice the poses yourself.

CE & Pre-Requisites

A total of 27 CE is awarded for PT/PTA's in most states and all OT/COTA's (AOTA). See details at bottom of page.

  • Take the Integrative Lifestyle Medicine Certificate Modules 1-2, which is included as part of the Level 1 Bundle.
  • No other experience in yoga or lifestyle medicine is needed.

Clinical Objectives

  1. Apply the 10 MTY Precepts to your clinical practice in order to increase clinical efficacy and safety of yoga prescription as lifestyle medicine. 
  2. List the implications for use of MTY to impact health promotion and wellness practice. 
  3. Identify quantitative and qualitative outcome measures to use in MTY.
  4. Practice & demonstrate understanding of the FMA algorithm in the context of Lifestyle Medicine evaluation, diagnosis, and prescription. 
  5. Demonstrate multidisciplinary knowledge of indications and contraindications for using the FMA for prescriptive movement and/or manual therapy. 
  6. Critically analyze physical yoga movement and respiratory therapies and their modifications in a lab setting. 
  7. Complete case studies via real time assessment with peers using live model(s) to address complex medical histories and pain. 
  8. Demonstrate knowledge of guidelines to practice, teaching, manual cuing, and instruction in yoga postures, breathing techniques, mindfulness and meditation practice.
  9. Integrate the biopsychosocial, lifestyle medicine driven Vector Analysis into practice in a lab setting. 
  10. Describe the code of ethics for becoming a Lifestyle Medicine practitioner & certified Professional Yoga Therapist. 
  11. Discuss research and legal implications for licensed versus unlicensed use of yoga in the United States.
  12. Practice MTY to address multi-joint and systemic stabilization in a lab setting. 
  13. Practice safe polyvagal intervention in a lab setting.
  14. Critically analyze how myofascial and neurovascular impairment can be addressed through MTY. 
  15. Demonstrate competence with use of yoga props and blanket folding. 
  16. List the tenets of including meditation and postural practice sequences in clinical practice. 
  17. Discuss business matrix analysis for health promotion, and both cash-based and insurance-based practice. 
  18. Understand coding and billing practices for licensed providers. 
  19. Pass a quiz to demonstrate competency with Level 1 principles.

What People Are Saying

Life changing program

Dr. Kassandra Schuhmann, PT, DPT

The impact Ginger's MTY 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.

MTY is the addition to my physical therapy practice that I have been searching for

Dr. Jenna Weitzman, PT, DPT

MTY has been an incredible tool to help my clients reconnect to their true self through breath work, postures/asanas, visualizations, and meditation. MTY takes an approach that incorporates all these pieces (spiritual, physical, emotional), and then some. I have witnessed my patients find a deep sense of relief with the implementation of MTY, both in their body and mind.

MTY is a life-changing approach in prevention and intervention

Jamie Jacobsen, OTR/L

I have countless examples of how MTY has positively impacted the patients I work with on a daily basis. Pranayama has been one of the best tools, and is a powerful approach to re-building the foundation of an individual’s therapeutic success and well-being. Patients, who refused to get out of bed due to anxiety and fear were able to breathe (literally) past their fears and achieve their OT goals for the day. MTY encompasses the compassion needed to make real change. I am committed to continuing my training in MTY and further my abilities to heal in acute settings and beyond.

With my training in MTY, I have found my professional missing link.

Hallie Sikes, PT

Ginger has taken the art and philosophy of yoga and looked at it through the eyes of of medical research to discern what is safe and beneficial or what is likely to cause injury. She teaches us to focus on stabilization of the body and protection of the spine and joints, and she uses yoga poses to create the most functional strengthening framework that I’ve ever seen as a PT.

I'm a better therapist AND mom thanks to Ginger.

Dr. Becca Ellis PT, DPT

Ginger's knowledge and experience have completely shaped my professional career, and her guidance has truly helped me be a better mom to my sweet boys.

The best method I've seen for patient care in 20 years of practice

Jessica Smithson, OTR/L

Over the course of my professional career I have been striving to find the best treatment method that would make the biggest impact on my patients. Almost 20 years, and many continuing education courses later, I believe that I have come upon the best methodology that satisfies these requirements. That method is Medical Therapeutic Yoga. The BPS model and MTY can help support our patients on their human-spiritual journey while using evidence- based techniques that combine eastern ideology with western science. It can effectively guide our patients (and ourselves!) to deeper levels of self- awareness and wholistic healing.

Feel better than I've felt in years, AND that's during the pandemic!

Dr. Michelle Walendowski PT, DPT

I’ve been practicing everything from your weekend Level I Certification on a (mostly) daily basis, and I have to say I feel healthier and just generally better than I have in years. And that’s during a worldwide pandemic!

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.

Level I MTY Certification is an amazing body of work.

Melinda Halford, PT, MFA, CLT, Cert. MDT

What a body of work you have put together in Level I! It is amazing! I have taken off most of this week to re-review all the material. I think it is very useful to see it more than once. The more I engage with this material the more I learn! The online version is so well done. I can just imagine the work you put into offering it virtually - and it shows. 

I use MTY with every patient because of its impact on pain.

Brandis Gunderson, PT, MPT

I use MTY with every patient, regardless of if they are 80 with chronic pain, an acute shoulder, or someone in an MVA with whiplash injury. The majority of these patients all have 2 things in common: pain & response to pain.

Course Curriculum

  • 1

    Getting Started

  • 2

    Welcome to Level I MTY Certification!

    • Welcome

    • Blanket Folding

    • Syllabus

    • Social Media & Syllabus Review

  • 3

    NEW MTY Call Calendar

    • Get Connected to Calls Here

    • Attendance Gate Log (Call Calendar) Submission

  • 4

    Day 1 - 6 hours

    • Mindfulness and Meditation Posture Options

    • What is Mindfulness?

    • Mindfulness & Meditation Practice & Types

    • Trauma Informed Yoga

    • Orofacial Assessment Checklist - PRINTABLE

    • 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

  • 5

    Day 2 - 6 .5 hours

    • Restoratives

    • FMA Column 4

    • FMA Column 5

    • FMA Column 6

    • FMA Review

    • Yoga Nidra

  • 6

    Day 3 - 7.5 hours

    • Morning Meditation

    • 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 I

    • Special Postures Triangle

    • FMA Class

    • BPS Review Part 1

    • BPS Review Part 2

    • BPS Review Part 3

    • Technology Tea - Business Considerations

    • Technology Tea - Matriculation

    • Technology Tea - Business Plan

    • Technology Tea - CCC

    • Technology Tea - Resources

    • SWOT Timeline Printable

    • Technology Tea - SWOT

    • Technology Tea - Social Media

    • Technology Tea - Next Steps

    • Technology Tea - Connect and Closure

    • Walking Meditation

    • Reclaiming You Meditation

  • 7

    Assignment Submission

    • Submit Your Case Studies Here

  • 8

    Next Steps

    • Congrats! Here's what's next...

    • More resources for you

  • 9

    Level I Quiz

    • Level I Quiz

  • 10

    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

  • Total Cost of Program

    The total cost for both programs is $4843. The breakdown is as follows: Integrative Lifestyle Medicine Certificate – This online program is a prerequisite for taking the MTY Certification. – $568 (US) or $799 (CA) Level I Certification – $1175 Level II Certification – $1225 Level III Certification – $1875

  • Time to Complete the Program

    121 total hours (CE) are required to receive the Professional Yoga Therapist Certification and Integrative Lifestyle Medicine Certificate. The only in-person study required is at Level III, which is a 5 day retreat (38 CE hours) held 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 - Modules 1.1-1.2, 2.1-2.3; Level II - Modules 1-3; Level III - Modules 1-4 & 2 electives.

  • CE Credit

    PT - 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. 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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Sign up for the Free Workshop First

Not sure if you want to sign up for the Certificate yet? Then take the Complementary 1 hour Introduction to Medical Therapeutic Yoga Workshop first. Spoiler Alert: There's a FREE $140 Gift in it for you!