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Yoga as Lifestyle Medicine II (M14) – Fall 2019

October 5, 2019 - October 11, 2019

October 5 – October 11


Yoga as Lifestyle Medicine II is the second of three onsite trainings which allow the student to assimilate and apply all objectives learned from the online prerequisite training. This training is also known as M14. Students learn in an interdisciplinary, interactive post-graduate lab format with their peers.

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.

A word about our Retreats:

Big Pink Beach House

Fall 2019 will be the last retreat held on Emerald Isle, NC. Come join us for the final module in September! Email us to get SALE information and special offerings for Fall 2019!

Your home away from home, the “Big Pink Beach House.”

The retreat version of Module 14 is 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. Reservations are first come first serve, so if you prefer oceanfront room and board, please register early!

Topics covered include:

  • Orthopedic series (10)
  • Gastrointestinal series (9)
  • Intersectionality of orthopedic and gastrointestinal health
  • Functional & Integrative practices for Lifestyle Medicine application
  • Systems-based assessment and intervention in Lifestyle Medicine
  • Yoga posture, breath, and meditation prescription via Medical Therapeutic Yoga
  • Progression of Level I skillset


  • 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
  • Case Studies
  • Sequencing
  • Business of Lifestyle Medicine & Yoga
  • Coding & Billing
  • Yoga Props Education
  • Oral Practical

Clinical Objectives:

  1. Identify biopsychosocial factors that impact behavioral change and systemic health in, and health promotion for, population health.
  2. Describe the intersectionality of orthopedic health and gastrointestinal function and how to impact them through Lifestyle Medicine (which includes functional and integrative medicine).
  3. Practice 9 sequences for gastrointestinal functional dysfunction in order to understand the orthopedic connection through hands on lab work.
  4. Practice 10 sequences for orthopedic disorders and preventive health through hands on experiential lab work.
  5. Describe the role of neuroendocrinology in Lifestyle Medicine interventions.
  6. List Functional Medicine labs, tests, and measures that can be used to objectively track patient progress.
  7. Add over 30 new postures, breathing techniques, and modifications that have been recalibrated according to the evidence-base, to your clinical toolbox.
  8. Discuss indications and contraindications of the postures and techniques.
  9. Discuss how biopsychosocial intervention must adapt to different learning styles in order to impact behavioral change.
  10. Explain how use of non-dogmatic yogic philosophy can affect behavioral change.
  11. Practice differential diagnosis as it relates to Lifestyle Medicine practice.
  12. Experience how positional changes of internal anatomy affect posture prescription.
  13. Demonstrate proficiency at teaching sequences, including mindfulness and meditation, in your clinical area of expertise using appropriate language and dialogue.
  14. Demonstrate proficiency with MTY-based Spinal Kinematics Evaluation and Intervention Model.
  15. Use MTY-based yoga postures for high risk and complex orthopedic and gastrointestinal-complicated patient populations.
  16. Practice MTY-based Lower Quarter Evaluation and Shoe Assessment.
  17. Prescribe MTY sequences for individual and group-based therapy health promotion and pathophysiological-based therapies in a lab setting.
  18. Design both preventive and pathophysiological-based Lifestyle Medicine programs in a multi-disciplinary team format via live patient models.

Course includes

  • Tuition
  • Onsite Lodging Options, Meal Plan, & Linen Package (for residential students)
  • Onsite Meal Package (add-on options available for commuter students)
  • Access to Virtual Classroom Forum (for class handouts and communications)
  • Printed & Bound Course Manual

Required Text

Medical Therapeutic Yoga: Biopsychosocial Rehabilitation and Wellness Care

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 & previous course manuals (if preferred).


Module 14 is generally offered in the spring and fall of each year.



October 5, 2019
October 11, 2019
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