Marlysa Sullivan MPT, C-IAYT E-RYT 500 is an Assistant Professor at Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) where she teaches in the integrative health sciences and yoga therapy departments. Marlysa has developed courses in the yoga therapy curriculum as well as being the founding clinic director for the  Masters of Science in Yoga Therapy program at MUIH.

Courses she created and currently teach include: Anatomy and Kinesiology, Yoga Perspectives on Heath and Disease,  Yoga for  the Chronic Pain, Orthopedic and Neurologic client populations and Physical Activity and Health. She also currently teaches Physiology.

At Emory University Marlysa teaches a semester long elective on yoga and mindfulness for physical therapy in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program.

As a co-founder of the Center for Integrative Yoga Studies she helps lead the 200 hour training as well as courses in the 500 hour training including yoga for chronic pain, anatomy and meditation. She is also on faculty at Omega Institute and teaches at Kripalu.

Marlysa has been an active member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists where she served on the educational standards committee to create the competencies for yoga therapists’ education.

Marlysa has a strong passion for understanding both the more modern and scientific understanding of the body and mind and integrating this information with the ancient teachings, philosophy and practices of yoga. She believes in teaching from an experiential place- that the teachings and practices of yoga must be felt to be understood and to be integrated into caring for our clients. She is excited about the potential that yoga therapy can bring into our current healthcare climate and bringing both the scientific and ancient teachings into the education of our future healers, teachers and practitioners.

Publications include:

  • Sullivan, M. B., Erb, M., Schmalzl, L., Moonaz, S., Noggle Taylor, J., & Porges, S. W. (2018). Yoga therapy and polyvagal theory: The convergence of traditional wisdom and contemporary neuroscience for self-regulation and resilience. Frontiers in human neuroscience12, 67.
  • Sullivan, MB., Moonaz, S., Weber, K., Taylor, JN., Schmalzl, L. (2017). Toward an Explanatory Framework or Yoga Therapy Informed by Philosophical and Ethical Perspectives. Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine. in press
  • Sullivan, M., Leach, M., Snow, J., & Moonaz, S. (2017). The North American yoga therapy workforce survey. Complementary Therapies in Medicine31, 39-48.
  • Sullivan, M., Leach, M., Snow, J., & Moonaz, S. (2017). Understanding North American yoga therapists’ attitudes, skills and use of evidence-based practice: A cross-national survey. Complementary Therapies in Medicine32, 11-18.
  • Morgan, J. R., Sullivan, M., Masuda, A., Tully, E., Cohen, L. L., & Anderson, P. L. (2016). A Case Series on the Effects of Kripalu Yoga for Generalized Anxiety Disorder. International journal of yoga therapy26(1), 9-19.

For book information and more articles see the books and articles tab.

She is currently consulting on yoga research for both neurocogntive disorder and osteoarthritis and has consulted on research for low back pain

She has had the opportunity to study and mentor with amazing teachers including Julie Wilcox, Geshe Phende, Priti Robyn Ross, Sue Hopkins, Sherry Brourman, Neil Pearson and Matthew Taylor. She is currently studying with Richard Miller and the iRest Integrative Restoration Institute.