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 8 years we have developed and honed a therapeutic yoga teacher 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.

We have both a 200 hour and 500 hour yoga teacher training with a meditative and therapeutic focus. You can read more about them on the tabs listed for training. You can see our currently scheduled programs on the calendar page. On the resources page the programs for next year are listed by studio or city as well.

Special Programs

Embodied Yoga Anatomy Webinar: The Shoulder

Sunday Feb 18th from 2-5

Join Marlysa and Ann for this LIVE, interactive webinar on shoulder anatomy applied practically to yoga. Yoga teachers, yoga therapists, and yoga practitioners are all welcome. Grab your spot now because space is limited $79 Early bird (NOW before January 20th) $98 full price SIGN UP HERE:

Reconnect with the Elements 

May 10-13, 2018 Amelia Island Yoga Retreat with Southeast Yoga Retreats

Click here for more information about this all-inclusive retreat and to register!

SYTAR 2018  June 14-17

The Symposium for Yoga Therapy and Research is being held in Reston Virginia. You can register by clicking here

Marlysa is co-chairing a CIC with Amy Wheeler. We will discuss yoga therapy assessment and how it is informed by our scope of practice and helps to define the unique place of yoga therapy in healthcare. In addition we will discuss how our yoga therapy assessments inform the interventions. This is an experiential and dynamic program and is meant to facilitate lively discussion on these topics!

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Yoga U Online

You can find Marlysa’s courses on Yoga U online here: Yoga U courses

You can find classes led by Marlysa on Yoga U online also here: Yoga U classes


Center for Integrative Yoga Studies

For Courses listed by location and/or studio visit this page: studios and locations

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.



CIYS Partners with NoDA Yoga!

In partnership with NoDa Yoga in Charlotte, NC, the Center for Integrative Yoga Studies is now offering our advanced level certification program over a two and a half year period with a well-discounted option to pay in full for the entire program. This training is designed for yoga practitioners, teachers and health care providers who […]

Statement on new Yoga Alliance Policy

Recently I wrote a statement about the yoga alliance statement on yoga therapy. The International Association of Yoga Therapists put this on their page on leading voices commenting on the policy. You can read my comments here: Statement on Yoga Alliance Policy   You can read comments from other leaders in the field here:  Yoga […]

Musings from The Fascial Dissection and Movement Workshop with Tom Myers, Elizabeth Larkam and Todd Garcia.

  by Jeffrey Shoaf, E-RYT-500, LMBT As both a student and teacher of yoga, anatomy, and bodywork, you might imagine my enthusiasm when I learned about an opportunity this past winter to participate with forty three other movement and bodywork therapists from around the world in a five day anatomy lab on myofascial dissection. The […]

Samskara of Thought

The New Year is often a time to reflect on where we have been and where we want to be. It is always interesting to look at this spiritual journey that we create and to notice where we are in this moment and our intention on this path. In this reflection, and in preparing for […]

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Upcoming Events:

  1. The Yoga Approach to Chronic Pain

    April 6 @ 8:00 am - April 8 @ 5:00 pm
  2. Yin: The Quieter Side of Yoga

    April 13 @ 8:00 am - April 15 @ 5:00 pm
  3. Pranayama’s Deeper Practices

    April 13 @ 8:00 am - April 15 @ 5:00 pm
  4. Experiential Anatomy and Therapeutic Yoga: Lower Extremity

    April 27 @ 8:00 am - April 29 @ 5:00 pm
  5. Experiential Anatomy and Therapeutic Yoga: Spine, Breath & Bandhas

    May 25 @ 8:00 am - May 27 @ 5:00 pm