CHH sincerely appreciates your referral.  Please complete the Referring provider Script and fax to chh 502.242.3088.

Why refer your patients to CHH? 

  1. As an integrative rehabilitation and wellness facility, CHH will address all facets required for healing.  Precursors for disease and dysfunction will be evaluated and abundant education is provided to each patient during private sessions to begin living a healthier lifestyle.  Your clients, even those with complex medical diagnoses, will be able to perform Medical Yoga Therapy within safe parameters by a licensed Physical Therapist to achieve the proven holistic benefits yoga has to offer. With the application of Evidence-Based Medicine, the yoga taught has been adapted and standardized for improved safety to reduce their risk of a yoga injury. With consistent performance, each student will gain control over their breath which will allow improved management of anxiety, stress and depression, as well as aid in improved mental alertness, concentration, and sleep patterns.  Physically, he/she will notice improved muscle and bone strength, endurance, flexibility, postural alignment, and body awareness.  He/she will also experience improved circulation, digestion, hormonal balance, immune function and possible weight loss.  Most importantly, he/she will experience an improved overall sense of well-being. 
  2. Second, (For Rehab facilities) it will allow you to continue care and an established relationship with your clients following discharge from your rehabilitative services when perhaps insurance has limited more visits.  This program would allow these patient to continue working toward their personal wellness goals under the supervision and guidance of a highly trained PT in a safe and effective manner and still paying less than most co-payments required for rehabilitation.  
  3. Third, it could serve as an adjunct to your current care being provided to help facilitate a holistic approach to healing and wellness through the lens of a licensed healthcare professional. 
  4. Most HSA and FSA will reimburse patients for Medical Yoga Therapy classes as long as they have a prescription from their PCP listing a diagnosis and statement of medical necessity. 


How are the Medical Yoga Therapy classes different from a regular yoga class1?

  • All classes are 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.

  • The MYT classes are taught by a Doctor of Physical Therapy with 10+ years experience with a post graduate Professional Yoga Therapy certification.  This Yoga Therapy Certification currently holds the highest standards in the United States requiring all applicants are licensed healthcare professionals.

  • The classes are designed utilizing 15 precepts from evidence based medicine including Physiological Principles, Biomechanical and joint structure principles, joint stabilization and lumbopelvic integrity which are then applied to the yoga prescriptions

  • Standardized EB biomechanical and diagnostic algorithms are implemented to address the “complex American patient”

  • All yoga postures are modified per patient in order to improving patient outcomes and consumer safety

Hierarchy of Focus in my treatment sessions and classes: 

  1. Yogic Breath – Links to the Autonomic Nervous system 
  • Abdomino-diaphragmatic breath 
  • TATD breath – improved spinal stabilization, large carryover for functional training with ADL
  • Stability must precede mobility 
  • Subtle body recognition  - science is based on person to slow down their practice enough to notice subtle body movements

      2.  Lumbopelvic stabilization takes precedence, then scapulohumeral stabilization.  

  • Subtle body comprehension and application 
  • Creating stability first, followed by mobility  
  •  Yoga should not be about flexibility or mobility, it’s about stability and controlling the mobility in a stable manner.

Trends in America1

  • Yoga in top 10 CAM modalities

  • 2009:  National Center for CAM - $34 billion spent on CAM therapies and just under $6 billion spent on yoga and yoga products

  • 2012:  10.3 billion spent on yoga classes and products (5.7 billion in 2008)

  • Americans practicing yoga jumped by 87% to 16.5 million from 2004-2008

  • In a new 2012 study, estimate is now at 20.4 million Americans (29% increase).

  • Almost 50% reported yoga would be beneficial if they were undergoing treatment for a medical condition.

  • Statistics of healthcare – only 6.5% reported their doctor or therapist recommended yoga to them

  • Number of “schools” in yoga therapy jumped from 6 in 2006 to over 75 in 2011.

“Yoga as medicine represents the next great yoga wave.Reported by the Editor and Chief of Yoga Journal several years ago. 

Consumer Product Safety Commission report on yoga injuriesAs 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 disc with extrusion

According to Ginger Garner, founder of the PYT Method, “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”1.

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 

  3. Williams K, Abildso C, Steinberg L, Doyle E, Epstein B, Smith D, Hobbs G, Gross R, Kelley G, Cooper L.  Evaluation of the effectiveness and efficacy of Iyengar yoga therapy on chronic low back pain. Spine.  2009 September 1:34(19) 2066-76. 

  1. Garner, G. The Fit & Fearless Pocket Guide: Guide to Best Practices for Low Back Pain.  E-book. Living Well, Inc., NC. 2010-2012.