Medical Therapeutic Yoga: Biopsychosocial Rehabilitation and Wellness Care

Medical Therapeutic Yoga (MTY) offers an innovative methodology which changes both the practice of yoga and rehabilitative science by combining them, making MTY a distinct and separate practice from, but yet a complementary arm to, yoga and yoga therapy.

This book introduces the healthcare professional in use and application of physical yoga practice in a biopsychosocial model of assessment for any practice setting and patient or wellness population, and also provides the yoga instructor and yoga therapist the knowledge-base and opportunity to establish a healthy dialogue and partnership-based relationship with healthcare providers who practice medical therapeutic yoga.

Medical Therapeutic Yoga

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Table of Contents

  1. Precepts for integration of yoga in rehabilitation
  2. The biopsychosocial model for yoga in healthcare
  3. Neurophysiological foundations for evidence in practice: historical and contemporary support
  4. Respiratory assessment and special tests
  5. Functional movement assessment algorithm
  6. Standing Postures
  1. Seated postures
  2. Supine postures
  3. Prone postures
  4. Semi-inversions
  5. Applied Medical Therapeutic Yoga
  6. Considerations for medical providers and yoga professionals


Medical Therapeutic Yoga makes a unique contribution to effective interprofessional partnerships in healthcare. Replete with exceptional expertise, understanding, and care, it provides a detailed biopsychosocial model for using yoga in both preventive and rehabilitative healthcare. I applaud and highly recommend this important book.

Riane Eisler

President, Center for Partnership Studies, author of The Chalice and the Blade, co-author of Transforming Interprofessional Partnerships.

Medical Therapeutic Yoga offers health care professionals a thorough roadmap to understanding how yoga might be used in their practices and the “how-to” as well. The dense citations create a comfortable foundation for even the most conservative provider that this work is grounded in the best evidence. Rather that patching yoga onto a health care practice, Garner guides the reader into how they can seamlessly weave the healing power of yoga into the very fabric of their vocation.

Matthew J. Taylor, PT, PhD

Past-president of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, author of Fostering Creativity in Rehabilitation, expert witness for yoga injuries, and director of www.smartsafeyoga.com

Ginger Garner’s book fulfills the need of health care professionals who are interested in medical therapeutic yoga, as well as yoga teachers and therapists who are working with people with medical conditions. The book is researched like an academic book, but also contains easy to use step-by-step practical suggestions that will be of great value for a large variety of health care and yoga practitioners.

Staffan Elgelid. PhD, PT, GCFP, C-IAYT

Associate Professor of Physical Therapy at Nazareth College.
Editor of Yoga Therapy: Theory and Practice, and co-author of Yoga Therapy for Stress and Anxiety.

Dr. Ginger Garner has masterfully explored the bio in the biopsychosocial model of healthcare while simultaneously embracing the psychosocial contributions of yoga philosophies. By weaving the richness of the yoga tradition with the modern postural-structural-biomechanical model of medicine, she delivers a practical and relevant text exploring how we may better treat the whole person during stages of physical distress and dis-ease.


Jules Mitchell MS, CMT, ERYT500

Los Angeles
Yoga Biomechanics: Redefining Stretching

This book is an incredible accomplishment of integrating physical therapy and yoga. Ginger not only provides complete details of the theory behind Medical Therapeutic Yoga, but also includes detailed descriptions of assessment and therapeutic interventions.

Neil Pearson, PT, MSc, BA-BPHE, ERYT500, CYT

Penticton, Canada
Author of the chapter Yoga Therapy, in Integrative Pain Management, Handspring Publishing, 2015

It is no small task to be able to integrate the different approaches and language that exist between modern healthcare and yoga; yet, Dr. Garner succeeds in establishing this important bridge by developing a creative paradigm for rehabilitation and wellness care. Medical Therapeutic Yoga is a paramount contribution to our current healthcare system’s acceptance and welcoming of the use of yoga as an effective, safe and much needed biopyschosocial addition to the complementary rehabilitation therapies.

Shelly Prosko, PT, PYT, CPI

Physical Therapist, Professional Yoga Therapist

Medical Therapeutic Yoga is a comprehensive and scholarly book that effectively bridges the gap between allied medical fields and yoga. This landmark volume documents the continuity of yoga with our contemporary understanding of neuromuscular function. Medical Therapeutic Yoga is a well-written, beautifully illustrated, and scientifically documented volume that provides an in depth knowledge of the physiological, anatomical, and neurophysiological links to the evolved historical traditions of yoga.


Stephen W. Porges, PhD

Distinguished University Scientist
Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana
Author of The Polyvagal Theory: Neurophysiological Foundations of Emotions, Attachment, Communication, and Self-regulation

Medical Therapeutic Yoga is a brilliant text.  Ginger Garner gives us a masterful model for medicine that encompasses the importance of the physiologic, psychologic, social, and even societal stability and strength that can be easily applied to any patient suffering from acute or chronic pain through breath, movement, music, and other methods to establish healing.  I am so grateful that Ginger has lived this method and shares it with compassion for all healers and our patients.


Jessica Drummond, DCN, MPT, CCN, CHC

Founder, The Integrative Women’s Health Institute

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