Marlysa Sullivan MPT, E-RYT 500 is a physical therapist with over 10 years of experience in integrating yoga into her PT practice. She is deeply devoted to the study of Tantra Hatha Yoga and has studied many of the traditional texts such as The Bhagavad Gita, the Sankhya Karika, the Upanishads, the Yoga Sutras and the Hatha Yoga Pradipika and worked with integrating these ideas and practices into her personal as well as therapeutic practice. She has studied and been inspired by many wonderful teachers including Julie Wilcox, Geshe Phende, Priti Robyn Ross, Yoganand Michael Carroll, Sherry Brourman, Sue Hopkins, Matthew Sanford, Neil Pearson, and Matthew Taylor. She has a private yoga therapy practice in Atlanta Georgia.
She has a passion for teaching which has brought her opportunities in teaching at the university level on Yoga for Physical therapists at Emory University and Georgia State University. She is on faculty at Maryland University of Integrative Health in the first Master of Science in Yoga Therapy program. In this program she created as well as teaches in the courses on anatomy of movement, yoga perspective on health and disease, and yoga and the mind as well as the lead supervisor in the clinic. She has also taught the psychology of yoga at the graduate level in the psychology department of University of West Georgia.
She is part of the Center for Integrative Yoga Studies where she collaborates and directs trainings including a 200 hour yoga teacher training focusing on the therapeutic and meditative aspects of yoga and a 500 hour yoga therapy program which is hosted at studios across the country. The Center is creating further trainings which will be posted as they develop.
The 500 hour yoga therapy program has been taught at studios across the county and in this program she teaches anatomy, therapeutic yoga, structural assessment, meditation, and yoga philosophy. This program combines biomedical sciences and research with a rich tradition of yoga philosophy and practices. She consulted on a study and created a protocol on yoga for low back pain at Walter Reed Military Hospital. She is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists and helped to create the standards for yoga therapy.
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.