An Innovator in the Field of Mind-Body Medicine
A Leader in the Health, Spa and Resort Industry
President – Positive Health Solutions
Founder & Director – Cardiac Medical Yoga
Executive & Management Consultant
M. Mala Cunningham, Ph.D.
Dr. Cunningham is a leading speaker, author, and educator in the field of Mind-Body Medicine and Health Psychology. She is the President of Positive Health Solutions and is the Founder and Director of the renowned training program Cardiac Medical Yoga. Dr. Cunningham is also a Counseling Psychologist in private practice in Charlottesville, Va. and has been a business consultant for over 20 years. Dr. Cunningham has lectured extensively both nationally and internationally and is a widely recognized authority in health and business psychology, sleep enhancement, stress management, and medical yoga. She is also an Assistant Professor at the University of Virginia School of Nursing where she teaches a course in Medical Yoga. Dr. Cunningham is certified in Auricular Acupuncture and is a certified yoga teacher from two traditions. She has taught and practiced in these areas for over 35 years.
Dr. Cunningham is also the author of two innovative books: Medical Yoga: A Gentle and Modified Practice of Yoga for Assistance in Healing and Cardiac Yoga. She has also produced two popular CD’s entitled: Healing Journey and Before and After Surgery: Guided Imagery & Relaxation for Surgery Patients.
Dr. Cunningham has been prominently featured in print, radio, and TV as an expert in Mind Body Medicine, Corporate Wellness, Medical Yoga, and Health Psychology. Her knowledge base and her informative lectures make her a much sought after speaker for keynote presentations and workshops. She resides in beautiful Charlottesville, Virginia located at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
University of Virginia School of Nursing – Clinical Assistant Professor (current)
University of Virginia Medical School – Assistant Professor
University of Wisconsin / Madison – Adjunct Assistant Professor
Northern Illinois University – Adjunct Assistant Professor
Television / Radio Appearances:
WORT Radio – Madison, Wisconsin
CBS Local Evening News, Madison, Wi.
WINA Radio – Charlottesville, Va.
Gibraltar Television News, Gibraltar
Featured or Contributing Journalist in:
Body & Soul (A Martha Stewart Publication), 2008
Virginia Bride, 2008
Clinical Psychiatry News, 2007
Chicago Life, 2006
Heart Healthy Living – Better Homes and Gardens, 2006
Integral Yoga Magazine, 2004
C-ville Weekly, 2004
New Age Retailer, 2004
Spa Finder Magazine, 2004
Monster Featured Reports, 2003
Charlottesville Daily Progress, 2001
Yoga Journal, 2001
UVa Link 2001
Inside UVa 2001
Mid-Atlantic Yoga Association, 2000
Keynote or Featured Speaker (Sampling):
Preventive Cardiology Nurses Association, Va. Chapter
Meriter Hospital, Madison, Wisconsin
American Association of Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Rehab
American Counseling Association
Alaska Palliative Care Conference
American College Personnel Association
Virginia Association of Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Rehab
Kentucky Association of Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Rehab
Holistic Health & Medial Conference, Bangalore, India
American Association of Imagery
National Wellness Association
“Dr. Cunningham is an excellent teacher and communicates beautifully with her audience. It is my great pleasure to give my strongest recommendation to Dr. Cunningham. “
D. DeSilvey, M.D.
“I enjoy your teaching style. The material, as you explain it, is so clear and accessible and you know your stuff. There is such confidence and professionalism in your manner.”