Course Description & Objectives Overview

APRIL 30 - MAY 5, 2021 

This course is held in a retreat setting in beautiful Boone, NC.  Lodging selection is required.  Lodging includes all meals.  Meals are vegetarian.  See your welcome letter for details after registration for Yoga as Lifestyle Medicine III.

Lodging Options

Hotel Single - $1325 BUY NOW

Hotel Double - $1100 BUY NOW

Retreat Single - $1100 BUY NOW

Retreat Double - $900 BUY NOW

Retreat Triple - $800 BUY NOW


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.

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 including Billing & Coding

  • Research Methods

  • Oral Practical

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

What You Will Need to Participate:



A total of 38 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

    Welcome to Yoga as Lifestyle Medicine III (Level III Certification)

    • Welcome Letter

    • Lodging Confirmation

  • 2

    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

    PT - This course is approved in North Carolina and California. Check your states reciprocity policy or contact our office for more information on other states. OT - We are an AOTA-approved provider. Individual courses are pending approval from AOTA.