Professor Lori Rubenstein Fazzio, DPT, PT, MAppSc, C-IAYT earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions, her Master of Applied Science from the University of South Australia and her Bachelor of Science from Boston University. She is a Certified Yoga Therapist through the International Association of Yoga Therapists and is a frequent speaker at professional conferences. Her research interests focus on the subtle body in pain management and the intersection and application of the philosophical science of yoga with the clinical science of modern medicine for improving eudaemonic well-being. She pioneered the first yoga therapy internship at the Simms Mann Venice Family Clinic in Los Angeles where interns from LMU gain mentored experience and provide individualized yoga therapy within an integrative medicine clinic for patients suffering from chronic pain. Her mission is to expand this model into other healthcare and educational settings.
Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions: Doctor of Physical Therapy 2008
University of South Australia: Master of Applied Science in Physical Therapy/Manipulative Therapy 1998
Boston University: Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy 1987
Areas of Expertise (3)
Licensed Physical Therapist
Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT)
International Association of Yoga Therapists
Level 2 Certified
Certified Brain Longevity Teacher
Alzheimer’s Prevention Foundation
Level 2 Practitioner
Media Appearances (1)
“Backpacks and Schoolchildren”
ABC Good Morning America tv
Invited Guest Speaker New York, NY (1998)
Event Appearances (15)
“Best Practices in Implementing Yoga Therapy into a Clinical Model”
Brain Longevity Symposium (October 2019)
“Spirituality in Healthcare through Yoga and the Four Dharmic Traditions"
Uberoi Experts Meeting: The Concept of Health and Well-Being in the Four Dharmic Traditions Denver, CO (2019)
“Yoga Therapy in Medicine”
UCLA Integrative Medicine Guest Lecturer Los Angeles, CA (2019)
“Yoga Therapy for Healthy Aging”
LMU Jewish Studies Speaker Series Fountainview Gonda Los Angeles, CA (2019)
“Patanjali and Health Science”
SASA 2019 Conference Claremont, CA (2019)
“Patanjali, Pain and Neuroscience”
CYTER 3rd International Symposium on Yoga Therapy Pondicherry, India (2018)
LMU Yoga Day Los Angeles, CA (2018)
“Yoga Therapists as Lifestyle Management Experts”
CYTER 2nd International Symposium on Yoga Therapy Pondicherry, India (2017)
“Neuroplastic Yoga: Bhavana your asana”
LMU Yoga Day Los Angeles, CA (2015)
“Educating Yoga Therapists as Lifestyle Management Experts”
LMU Ayurveda: Health for Body and Mind Los Angeles, CA (2017)
LMU Yoga Studies Speaker Series Los Angeles, CA (2017)
“Sound for mental and physical stability”
LMU Yoga Day Los Angeles, CA (2016)
“Yoga Therapists, the world needs you now: Parallels between the evolution of physical therapy and Yoga therapy”
Plenary at IAYT Symposium on Yoga Therapy and Research Newport Beach, CA (2015)
“Practical tools to empower your Asana”
IAYT Symposium on Yoga Therapy and Research Newport Beach, CA (2015)
“Neuroplastic Yoga for Chronic Pain”
IAYT Symposium on Yoga Therapy and Research Asilomar, CA (2011)
Research Focus (3)
“Effect of Mindfulness on Memory and Function in Chronic Pain Sufferers”
“Effect of Backpacks on Schoolchildren”
“The Effect of Yoga on Undergraduate Students”
"Body Awareness, Bhavana and Pratyhara" in Yoga and Science in Pain Care: Treating the Person in PainLondon, UK: Singing Dragon Publishers
Pearson N, Prosko S, Sullivan M, eds.
What is the Role of Bhakti and Adhyatma in Yoga Therapy?Yoga Therapy Today
"The Role of Assessments in Yoga Therapy"Yoga Therapy Today, 26-30.
Sullivan M, Fazzio LR, Wallman J and Chapnick J
"An Educational Journey to India"Yoga Therapy Today, 14(2), 8.
"Guidelines for Yoga Therapists Working with Clients for Pain Management"Yoga Therapy Today, 12(1), 40-54.
"Treatment of Chronic Pain ‐ A Neuroplastic Approach"Health Tourism Magazine
"Canes, Crutches and Walkers: A Physical Therapist Explains the Correct Use of Walking Aids"Podiatry Staff, I: 6(11), 55-57.
Proprioception of the Foot and AnklePodiatry Today, IV: 4(9), 55-57.
Rubenstein, L., and Shay, J.