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Yoga as Lifestyle Medicine – Level I Certification – March 13-15, 2020 California

March 13 - March 15

Level I Certification

Level I Certification March 13-15, 2020 – Aptos, CA

While biomedical care saves lives with its demonstrated excellence in acute, crisis-based disease intervention (Garner 2016), it has a less success with chronic disease prevention and management (Pomeroy 2012, Van Hecke et al., 2013, Elliott et al., 2002). However yoga, the perfect adjunct to clinical rehabilitation disciplines, has long term healthcare benefits not matched by the sole reliance upon biomedical care. Simply put, yoga’s use as Lifestyle Medicine can improve rehabilitation, including its preventive, acute, and chronic care aspects, while also fostering creative, innovative dialogue that can transform healthcare, now and for the future. Further, the critical aspects of Lifestyle Medicine that the licensed healthcare provider can include offers best care evidence-based options for our patients and for our communities.

The foundations of Lifestyle Medicine taught in the PYTI® certification prepare the licensed healthcare provider to:

  • Help determine the root cause of the individual’s condition through evaluation, diagnosis where appropriate, and treatment that is encased in a biopsychosocial model of assessment. Taking a thorough subjective intake, listening to the person and validating their experience and needs, and using the Functional Movement Assessment© enables the clinician to personalize a treatment plan.
  • Affect behavioral health and lifestyle choices. Lifestyle choices contribute to the high cost and frequency of chronic illness that plagues our society today and which stems from complex, difficult to treat disease processes. Often the orthopedic conditions we see, for example, can be linked with lifestyle choices, inflammation, obesity, and stress. And the effects do not stop there. An orthopedic condition, such as low back pain, doesn’t typically occur as a single, isolated condition. There are often multiple affected body systems driving the back pain, such as gastrointestinal function, gut microbiome, and neuroendocrine health, for starters. The back pain eventually takes a toll on these systems, which inevitably impairs social, relational, and spiritual health. Or, the situation can work in reverse and what begins as a relational or emotional issue can manifest as physical pain. Functional medicine works to identify root causes of illness and impairment instead of treating a single diagnosis. Diet, nutrition, lifestyle changes, and movement/fitness can all be a part of intervention.
  • Use best-fit Integrative Medicine approaches that are evidence-based, scientifically sound in a compassionate, inclusive environment driven by person-centered care.
  • Use the model of Lifestyle Medicine to deliver care.


Online Modules 1-4 (20 CE), which will be available in winter 2020. Please subscribe to our newsletter to be notified when registration is open for prerequisites. These can be completed just before attending the March course.

CE Earned

27 hours – 3 day training


After completion of Modules 1-4 and after passing the exam, the clinician is eligible to be LEVEL I Certified.

To complete the full Medical Therapeutic Yoga certification, all modules must be completed and the faculty mentor must sign off on all completed work. However, clinicians can begin to use the clinically applicable skills learned in any module immediately.


  • Interdisciplinary 10 Precepts of Medical Therapeutic Yoga
  • Foundations of Lifestyle Medicine & Health Promotion
  • Foundations of Behavioral Change
  • Foundations of Biopsychosocial Care
  • Trauma Informed Yoga
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Functional Movement Assessment (FMA)
  • Orofacial Assessment
  • Breathwork & Posture Prescription
  • Postural & Breath Integration
  • Mindful Movement
  • Case Studies
  • Sequencing
  • Business of Lifestyle Medicine & Yoga
  • Coding & Billing
  • Orthopaedic Concepts
  • Systems-Based Evaluation using The Vector Analysis
  • Myofascial & Neurovascular Mobilization
  • Spine & Pain Care
  • Yoga Props Education
  • Requisites for Safety in Practice
  • Oral Practical
  • Mid-Term Exam

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 Midterm Exam & Oral Practical to demonstrate competency with principles learned at Level I. (Done outside of class time).

Course includes

  • Tuition
  • Access to Virtual Classroom Forum (for class handouts and communications)
  • Printed Course Manual
  • 1:10 faculty:student ratio

Required Text

Garner, G. (2016). Medical Therapeutic Yoga: Biopsychosocial Rehabilitation and Wellness Care. Handspring Publishing Ltd. Edinburgh, UK.  

What to Bring

  • Yoga mat
  • 2 yoga blocks
  • 2 yoga blankets (Mexican blankets work best). Do not bring cotton throws are irregularly, non-matching sized blankets.
  • 1 yoga strap. Quick release buckle highly recommended. Cotton preferred.
  • Medical Therapeutic Yoga text


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March 13
March 15
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