The Center for Integrative Yoga Studies (CIYS) is a collaboration between yoga teachers, yoga therapists and integrative healthcare professionals founded by Marlysa Sullivan, Tra Kirkpatrick and Holle Black. Over the past 5 years we have developed and honed a yoga therapy certification program which combines the latest research and methods of yoga and therapy with traditional and innovative applications of meditation, biomedical and pain science as well as yoga practices and philosophy. This cutting-edge certification program has been taught across the United States and Canada and has produced over 50 working yoga therapists.

The CIYS Yoga Therapy Certification Program will  be taught by Marlysa, Tra and Holle along with Matthew and Anne Falkowski, Tracey Sondik and Jeff Shoaf.

We are also excited to announce a new 200-hour Therapeutic and Meditative Yoga Teacher Training Program which will be offered at decatur yoga and pilates and directed by Marlysa, Tra and Holle. This will start in June 2015 and end in December of 2015 and is 9 intensive weekends. We will continue to develop new modules, workshops, and electives in the field of Yoga Therapy. Please refer to the “Trainings” link at the top of the page on this website for a preview of some of the new material.

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Center for Integrative Yoga Studies

Coming in 2015. A collaboration of yoga teachers and therapists. We will be offering a meditative and therapeutic 200 hour training as well as a 300 hour yoga therapy training

Workshops and Events

If you are interested in a special workshop or event you can check out Marlysa’s Yoga Workshops →

Other Trainings

Marlysa is one of the faculty members in the first master of science in yoga therapy programs in the US. She teaches anatomy of movement, yoga for behavior change, yoga and the mind as well as a master class weekend on how to integrate the structural, energetic, lifestyle/behavior, psychological and emotional needs of a client in treatment through yoga therapy. for more information on this program go to

Marlysa also teaches as part of the yoga therapy program at

She teaches at Emory university in the physical therapy department where she teaches an elective integrating yoga therapy into PT care.

Recent News:

Free Webinar on Yoga and Migraines

I will be doing a free webinar at Maryland University of Integrative Health on Monday October 20th at 4 pm. I will be discussing the integration of yoga philosophy, principles and practices into the biomedical understanding and treatment of migraines. You can find out more and sign up here:

Aparigraha and Isvara Pranidhana: Exploring the Connection between Non-grasping and Surrender

The Bhagavad Gita: Winthrop Sargeant 3.25: While those who are unwise act from attachment to action, so the wise should act without attachment intending to maintain the welfare of the world 4.33 Better than the sacrifice of material possessions is the wisdom sacrifice, arjuna; all action without exception arjuna is fully comprehended in wisdom 5.10 […]

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Upcoming Events:

  1. New Year’s Resolution & Renewal Urban Yoga Retreat

    January 3, 2015 @ 8:00 am - January 4, 2015 @ 5:00 pm
  2. Musculoskeletal Assessment

    January 23, 2015 @ 8:00 am - January 25, 2015 @ 5:00 pm
  3. Chronic Pain Weekend Workshop- Coconut Grove Florida- Aum Home Yoga Shala

    January 31, 2015 @ 8:00 am - February 1, 2015 @ 5:00 pm
  4. Ayurveda: The Natural Way Towards Health and Wellness

    February 6, 2015 @ 8:00 am - February 10, 2015 @ 5:00 pm
  5. The Yoga Way: Towards Psychological Health and Emotional Well-being- Charlotte North Carolina- Yoga for Life

    February 20, 2015 @ 8:00 am - February 24, 2015 @ 5:00 pm