Dr. Allen received a post-graduate certification from the Profession Yoga Therapy Studies Program.  The Professional Yoga Therapy (PYT) Method, founded by Ginger Garner, PT, PYT, ATC, in 2001, is a standardized approach to Medical Therapeutic Yoga taught exclusively by licensed healthcare professionals. The PYT Method Program is a post-graduate certification program which utilizes a holistic, patient centered approach to healing with use of the Pentagon of Wellness focusing on the unity of the mind, body and spirit.  The certification program requires over 900 hours of home study and onsite learning intensives.  When coupled with the extensive medical training to obtain their professional license, Professional Yoga Therapists are highly qualified to manage the typical American's complex medical history and ensure your yoga practice is appropriate given your condition.  PYT is non-dogmatic, welcomes all lineages of yoga with a focus on the 8 limbs of yoga.

What is the PYT METHOD1?

  • It is a unique series of individualized, therapeutic yoga sequences designed to educate and engage patients in the treatment, management and prevention of acute and chronic injuries.

  • Taught by licensed healthcare professionals.

  • Uses standardized EB biomechanical and diagnostic algorithms to address the “complex American patient” in research and clinical practice

  • Focuses on improving patient outcomes and consumer safety

For more information regarding Ginger Garner, please visit www.gingergarner.com.  For more information regarding Professional Yoga Therapy, please visit www.professionalyogatherapy.org.

Yoga must evolve from its ancient practice to incorporate what we know about the practice of medicine and rehabilitation today. The PYT method has taken the evidence based medicine and put it up against the ancient practice of yoga and it evolved it into a very safe and effective form of yoga to be utilized by healthcare professionals.
— Ginger Garner

Statistics – Yoga in America1

  • 16.5 million practitioners of yoga aged 35-54 – an increase of 87% from 2004-2008
  • In 2008 – 49.4% reported they started practicing yoga to improve their overall health
  • In 2003 – Only 5.6%

Consumer Product Safety Commission report on yoga injuries:  “As Healthcare professionals, we need to be a part of creating safer yoga for the yoga population and especially for those that have complex medical history.” 

  • Injuries are increasing – greater than 5,500 yoga-related injuries in 2007

  • Incurring a total cost of approximately $108 million on our healthcare system

  • Most frequent MS injuries found (Corroller et al 2012):

    • Tendinous lesions – RTC, Achilles, and peroneus brevis

    • Fibrocarilaginous tears – medial meniscus, acetabular labrum, glenoid labrum, lumbar disk with extrusion

References:

1.      Garner, G. Professional Yoga Therapy. Volumes I-IV. Module Certification Course Texts. Living Well, Inc., NC. 2005-2012.

2.      Le Corroller T, Vertinsky AD, Hargunanai R, Khashoggi K, Munk PL, Ouellette HA.  Musculoskeletal injuries related to yoga:  imaging observations.  AJR Am J Roentgenol. 20012 Aug;199(2):413-8