Our focus at PYTI® is to prepare today’s licensed healthcare provider with a best evidence approach to patient care. We teach Functional & Integrative Medicine, also sometimes termed Lifestyle Medicine, through a yogic lens, which includes consideration of nutrition and sleep science, as well as the last evidence on the gut microbiome & genetic mapping. Together these elements prepare the clinician to speak a biopsychosocial language that will improve patient satisfaction and outcomes and lower clinic overhead and clinician burnout.
The PYTI® program teaches Lifestyle Medicine that includes:
- Integrative Medicine
- Functional Medicine
- Complementary Medicine
- Biopsychosocial Model of Care integrated with current Biomedical Model
The program was started by Dr. Ginger Garner in 2000 as a result of her work with patients in chronic pain. She saw that yoga offered superior outcomes when it was combined with elements of rehabilitation and biomedical care, so she started writing and teaching coursework on Yoga in Healthcare, which became the Professional Yoga Therapy Institute® (PYTI).
PYTI®’s culture centers around a retreat style course experience held on beautiful Emerald Isle, NC in an oceanfront residential environment. You’ll be able to rest and renew while learning at a relaxed pace, seaside. Each day allows plenty of learning and rest time, so bring your hobbies with you and prepare for a wonderful week on the beach! You have a choice of oceanfront balcony, oceanside, shared, or dorm style rooms, depending on your budget and preference. This dynamic promotes self-care and rejuvenation that is often unprecedented in the lifestyle of a healthcare provider while fostering genuine interpersonal connections not just professionally, but personally.
PYTI® is the oldest and most established program of its kind worldwide, and we exist not just to transform healthcare and its delivery, but also to lower clinician burnout and compassion fatigue, and improve your self-care and stress management as a clinician.
See how PYTI® graduates are thriving here.
Our graduates are involved in clinical and wellness practice and research across the globe. The approach transforms healthcare through the inclusion of and instruction in functional and integrative medicine, creating the necessary integration between medical care and therapeutic yoga.
With a field-tested curriculum that embraces and teaches approaches to both preventive and pathophysiological-based patient care, PYTI® has partnerships with multiple universities and research being completed at various levels of evidence. PYTI® exclusively trains licensed medical providers, setting high standards for post-graduate and post-professional yoga education.
The skills and knowledge you attain at PYTI® and assimilate through your scope of practice as a licensed medical professional are immediately applicable in the clinic, and is also immediately applicable to all patient populations across the lifespan.
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- Part I - 43 CE
- Module 1 & 2 - Safe Yoga Prescription in Medicine & Wellness (2 CE)
- Module 3 & 4 - The Three P’s of Practice (2 CE)
- Module 5 - Yogic Respiration for Optimal Patient Outcomes (1 CE)
- Module 6 & 7 - Achieving Structural Balance (2 CE)
- Module 8 - Yoga as Medicine Level I (36 CE)
- Part II - 47 CE
- Module 10, Part 1 - Nutrition & Osteoarthritis (3 CE)
- Module 10, Part 2 - Upper Extremity & Spinal Kinematics (3 CE)
- Module 10, Part 3 & 4 - Lower Extremity Kinematics (3 CE)
- Module 14 - Yoga as Medicine Level II (38 CE)
- Part III - 45 CE plus Community (Karma) Project
- Module 11 - Music and Sound in Rehab (3 CE)
- Module 12 - Energy Anatomy in Rehab (2 CE)
- Module 13 - Community Project (hours vary)
- Module 15 - Yoga as Medicine Level III (38 CE)
- Module 9 is not currently required for graduation but will consist of Elective Courses.
All students must have a valid and current license in their specialty field of practice in medicine, rehabilitation, or mental health.
It is strongly encouraged that all students complete Modules 1-7 (Online Learning Modules) to gain experience with the evidence-based approach of MTY before enrolling. Previous yoga, meditation, or mindfulness experience can help but is not required. We recommend taking Module 8 (Yoga as Medicine I) as your first onsite training.
Continuing Education Credit
The PYTI® program meets state board CE requirements for medical professionals and can be applied for approval on an individual basis by the PYT candidate. For our on-site courses, we are an approved CE provider by NCPTA for PTs. NCPTA has reciprocity with many states, so you need to check with your state board for reciprocity. You may also seek individual approval with your state PT, OT or other medical professional licensing board. Please contact your state board for requirements. For online courses, check with our educational content partners for boards and states where they have obtained provider approval.
- Modules 1-15 (not Module 9)
- Midterm Exam following Module 8
- MTY Essay and 100 Hour Log following Module 14
- Final Exam following Module 15
- Annual 100 Hour CEU Log & Member Renewal
- Community Project (CCC) that can be completed at any time during matriculation
On completion of the 15 Module program, which includes mentorship with our faculty, your training will allow you to expand into new areas of practice, and to teach and utilize Medical Therapeutic Yoga with your patient population within the scope of practice of your medical license. For additional information regarding PYTI® certification courses and specific details, please explore our course catalog.
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