Course Description & Objectives Overview


Yoga as Lifestyle Medicine II is the second of three trainings which allow the student to assimilate and apply all objectives learned from the online prerequisite training. This module expands on concepts learned in pre-requisite training, including the inter-relationship between orthopedic and gastrointestinal health and the risk factors which impact clinical practice and outcomes. Lifestyle Medicine foundations are expanded upon to include developing a working understanding of the gut-brain-body axis, sleep science, environmental health, stress management, and mindful movement and breathwork. 

Clinical Objectives

  • Identify biopsychosocial factors that impact behavioral change and systemic health in, and health promotion for, population health. 

  • Describe the intersectionality of orthopedic health and gastrointestinal function and how to impact them through Lifestyle Medicine, Functional and Integrative Medicine). 

  • Practice sequences for gastrointestinal functional dysfunction in order to understand the orthopedic connection through hands on lab work. 

  • Practice sequences for orthopedic disorders and preventive health through hands on experiential lab work. 

  • Describe the role of neuroendocrinology in Lifestyle Medicine interventions. 

  • List Functional Medicine labs, tests, and measures that can be used to objectively track patient progress. 

  • Add new postures, breathing techniques, and their modifications, recalibrated according to the evidence base. 

  • Discuss indications and contraindications of the postures and techniques. 

  • Discuss how biopsychosocial intervention must adapt to different learning styles in order to impact behavioral change. 

  • Practice differential diagnosis as it relates to Lifestyle Medicine practice. 

  • Experience how positional changes of internal anatomy affect posture prescription. 

  • Demonstrate proficiency at teaching sequences, including mindfulness and meditation, in your clinical area of expertise using appropriate language and dialogue. 

  • Demonstrate proficiency with MTY-based Spinal Kinematics Evaluation and Intervention Model. 

  • Use MTY-based yoga postures for high risk and complex orthopedic and gastrointestinal-complicated patient populations. 

  • Practice MTY-based Lower Quarter Evaluation and Shoe Assessment. 

  • Prescribe MTY sequences for individual and group-based therapy health promotion and pathophysiological-based therapies in a lab setting. 

  • Design both preventive and pathophysiological-based Lifestyle Medicine programs in a multi-disciplinary team format via live patient models.


  • Expansion on 10 Precepts of Medical Therapeutic Yoga

  • Expansion on Trauma Informed Yoga

  • Expansion on Foundations of Lifestyle Medicine to affect Pain 

  • Clinical Case Studies on Foundations of Behavioral Change

  • Clinical Case Studies on Foundations of Biopsychosocial Care

  • Advanced Application of Functional Movement Assessment (FMA)

  • Spinal Kinematics Assessment Breathwork & Posture Prescription 

  • Systems-Based Evaluation for Orthopedic & Gastrointestinal Intervention to affect whole health 

  • Visceral Mobilization & Myofascial Release 

  • Postural & Breath Integration

  • Mindful Movement 

  • Chair Yoga & Postural Sequencing 

  • Business of Lifestyle Medicine & Yoga

  • Coding & Billing 

  • Yoga Props Education

  • Oral Practical Case Studies & Essay Assignments 

This course is now offered entirely online due to COVID-19; 21 hours are on-demand (instantly available on sign-up). The final 7 hours are completed by attending a 7 hour LIVE VIRTUAL session with Dr. Garner. When you sign up your class material is immediately available. You can complete it at your own pace. 
To complete the course, sign up for 1 of the LIVE INTERACTIVE SESSIONS. Please indicate which date you prefer when you register for this course. The dates for the LIVE INTERACTIVE SESSION are:


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
  • Take online Modules 1-3 to get the most from this course. You can sign up with our content partner, Embodia Academy, 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 to as soon as you sign up. You will join Ginger for a live session that you sign up for during registration. 


A total of 28 CE is awarded. We are an approved PT provider for NC & CA and pending in many other states.  Contact us for details.

Course Curriculum

  • 1

    Getting Started

    • PYT Program Registration / Terms and Conditions

    • Start Here

    • A message from Ginger

    • A message from Jeff

    • How to navigate your course material

    • Required Forms to Complete

    • Release of Liability

    • Living Well Institute Ethics Agreement

    • Living Well Institute IP Policy

    • Live Interactive Scheduling

    • Table of Contents & Course Matriculation

  • 2

    Welcome to Level I MTY Certification!

    • Welcome

    • Blanket Folding

    • Syllabus

    • Social Media & Syllabus Review

  • 3

    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

  • 4

    Day 2 - 6 .5 hours

    • Restoratives

    • FMA Column 4

    • FMA Column 5

    • FMA Column 6

    • FMA Review

    • Yoga Nidra

  • 5

    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

    • Meditation to Reclaim You

  • 6

    Next Steps

    • Congrats! Here's what's next...

    • More resources for you

    • Submit Your Case Studies Here

  • 7

    Level I Quiz

    • Level I Quiz

  • 8

    Course Evaluation

    • Course Evaluation

Meet Your Instructor

Executive Director, Living Well Institute

Dr. Ginger Garner

Hi! I'm Ginger, a doctor of physical therapy (PT, DPT), licensed athletic trainer (ATC, LAT), professional yoga therapist (PYT) & also Pilates trained. I am also board certified (DipACLM) in Lifestyle Medicine. I've spent 25 years creating best evidence coursework and providing integrative, holistic, person-centered patient and wellness care. I am a mother of three with a huge passion for improving women's health care and access to PT for everyone.

What People Are Saying

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.

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.

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!

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.

Everyone should work with Ginger as a professional and as a patient

Katie Estridge, PT, MPT

I would recommend that everyone work with Ginger Garner. She is without a doubt the best physical therapist I have ever worked with. She understands the human body like no one I have ever met.

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.

Grounded, hopeful, pain free, rested, & resilient after Dr. Garner's classes

Dr. Dina Macs, PT, DPT

You are a trusted gem in a sea of on-line unknowns, Dr. Garner, and a gift to us all. Thank you for keeping us safe, evidence-grounded, & soulfully uplifted. I have not personally experienced a more nimble biopsychosocial rehabilitation guide.

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.

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.

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.

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

    We are an approved CE provider for PT in NC & CA with retroactive approval pending in other states. Please contact our office with questions as not all states are listed. We are currently obtaining AOTA approval.