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 eight 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 75 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.

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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. Experiential Anatomy & Therapeutic Essentials of Yoga: Upper Extremity

    July 26 @ 6:00 pm - July 28 @ 4:00 pm
  2. Experiential Anatomy and Therapeutic Yoga: Lower Extremity

    August 16 @ 5:00 pm - August 18 @ 5:00 pm
  3. Yoga Approach to Chronic Pain

    August 16 @ 6:00 pm - August 18 @ 5:00 pm
  4. Yoga Approach to Chronic Pain

    August 23 @ 4:30 pm - August 25 @ 5:00 pm
  5. Functional Anatomy and Therapeutic Yoga (Special Edition)

    September 6 @ 6:00 pm - September 9 @ 1:00 pm