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

Gentle yoga from the inside out: your body as a guide for conscious living at Kripalu Sept 17-22 with Vandita and Marlysa. Click here

Chronic Pain Conference for Yoga Therapists and Healthcare Professionals. CE’s are available Oct 8-13. Click here

Yoga, Iceland & The Great Outdoors
Yoga Adventure Retreat with Tra Kirkpatrick
July 15-21, 2018

Yoga that moves youClick here for details and to register!

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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.



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 Way: Towards Psychological Health and Emotional Well-being

    January 19, 2018 @ 8:00 am - January 21, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
  2. Essential Anatomy and Therapeutic Yoga: Lower Body

    January 26, 2018 @ 8:00 am - January 28, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
  3. 200 hour teacher training

    February 2, 2018 @ 8:00 am - February 4, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
  4. Pranayama

    February 9, 2018 @ 8:00 am - February 11, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
  5. The Yoga Way: Towards Psychological Health and Emotional Well-being

    February 23, 2018 @ 8:00 am - February 25, 2018 @ 5:00 pm