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I am a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill trained doctor of physical therapy (DPT), as well as a licensed athletic trainer (LAT, ATC) and professional yoga therapist (PYT). I’ve spent 25 years studying and creating “best fit” yoga & lifestyle medicine practices in and outside of healthcare. As a working mother of three, my passion is advocating for all women to have access to effective and affordable healthcare. I am the founder of Professional Yoga Therapy Institute® and author of Medical Therapeutic Yoga © 2016.
Dr. Garner is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association, American College of Lifestyle Medicine, National Athletic Trainers Association, International Pelvic Pain Society, and Yoga Alliance. She in on the Board of Directors of, & is Secretary for, the NC Chapter of the US National Committee for UN Women, and is the Legislative Chair-Elect for the NC Physical Therapy Association. She is also a former Charter School member of IAYT and the founder of the first international yoga therapy school for healthcare professionals. Learn more…Publications & Research
What is EudeMOMia™?
Pronounced (You-da-mommy-ah!), EudeMOMia™ is derived from the Greek word, Eudaimonia, with Aristotle as the originator of the concept, which means moving beyond mere happiness.
Empowering you, helping you move from recovery after giving birth, to discovery of your best self, is the goal of EudeMOMia™.~ Dr. Ginger Garner
EudeMOMia™ describes the mother who works with purpose & passion, seeks health & balance in all areas of her life, spiritually, physically, intellectually, energetically and emotionally; and is not content to merely chase fleeting happiness & the status quo. EudeMOMia™ describes what I want for all mothers, a place where we move from recovery to discovery, where we recognize our full potential. I have been helping women do this through yoga & Lifestyle Medicine practices since 1995.
Lifestyle Medicine focuses on holistically finding the root cause of illness and pain by focusing on:
- Stress mangement
- Mindful movement
- Environmental and social health
- Ergonomic health
Making Healthcare Healthier
I began using yoga and Pilates in women’s health physical therapy and athletic training practice in the 1990’s, long before it was the cool or trendy thing to do. But I learned that combining them with physical therapy made yoga & Pilates far more effective than using them alone.
As a result, I began documenting my methods and training healthcare providers on how to use this integrated approach in 2000. first yoga program for training licensed healthcare professionals in the world, Professional Yoga Therapy Institute® was an unorthodox, first program of its kind for training medical pros how to use yoga as Lifestyle Medicine.
How can Medical Therapeutic Yoga help you?
Medical Therapeutic Yoga© is a medical level textbook that combines yoga with physical therapy and medical science to make it more effective than yoga alone. The landmark text is more than just a book, it is a multi-media platform and audio-visual experience, offering a home practice of dozens of videos that teach you safe, scientifically supported methods for practicing yoga.
More than two decades of practice and study in yoga, physical therapy, and sports medicine went into the medical textbook. MTY is a guidebook that can help reform healthcare, transcend the need for dogma and lineage turf wars, escape the oppressive and abusive environment controlled by patriarchal “gurus,” address the opioid crisis, and evolve yoga by integrating practical rehab science.
The systems-based methodology in MTY has also been field-tested for over 15 years by the multitudes of licensed health care providers that Dr. G has personally trained. The book was born from successful practices Ginger has used with treating people with chronic pain, especially women’s health, over the last 25 years.
How can I help?
- For patients
- For professionals
Step 2 — Get a copy of MTY and learn how to make your yoga practice safer and more effective.
Step 3 — Pop over to MedicalTherapeuticYoga.com and register where you can get access to free & paid yoga videos and download a FREE book excerpt.
BONUS DOWNLOADS: FREE VIDEOS
& READ THE PREFACE & CHAPTER 1 FOR FREE.
What does Dr. G have to say?
Check out some of her most popular blog posts.
Top Posts & Pages
- Top Five "Must Haves" for Hip Labral Surgery (plus 2 bonus tips)
- Hip Labrum Q&A: Troubleshooting Painful and Frustrating Clicking Psoas
- Questions to ask your Surgeon before Hip Arthroscopy
- Protecting the Sacroiliac Joint in Yoga
- Episiotomy Scar Pain? Perineal Massage May Help
- Protecting the Sacroiliac Joint in Yoga, Part II
- Femoral Version in the Hip: Yes, It Matters On (& Off) the Yoga Mat
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More About My Story
My Personal Journey: Why Work is Work No Matter What: A Mother’s Return to Work Story
My Professional Journey: How I Came to Physical Therapy via Yoga
People in chronic pain are often labeled, and the labels are not helpful, person-centered or even nice. Often deemed failures of the system, they get stereotyped, dehumanized by such labels as diagnosis seeker, prescription drug addict, wimpy complainer, or motor moron.
But I don’t see people in pain that way. To me, those people are not failures of the system. Rather, I believe the system has failed them. The system I speak of is, of course, the American healthcare system. Please let me share my story with you, albeit the greatly abbreviated version.
In the 1990’s I was scurrying along, working in an underserved and generally low income area in rural North Carolina. I was a full time therapist and the clinic’s director by day, and a part-time yoga teacher and music director in the evenings. … [ Continue Reading ]
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