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Yoga Medicine® Essentials Workshop


After decades of working with clients and training thousands of teachers, Yoga Medicine®’s founder, Tiffany Cruikshank, has distilled the core components of a therapeutic practice into a 4-part workshop. The Yoga Medicine® Essentials Workshop will dive into the nuances of topics that are hard to fit into group classes, but are crucial for all yoga practitioners and teachers to understand in order to optimize the way we move. These workshops will also address injury prevention since many of us are not aware of harmful movement patterns until an injury occurs. Each workshop will outline the structure and function of a key anatomical area and the network of fascia that supports and coordinates functional movement in this region. You will leave with an arsenal of information to instantly incorporate into your dynamic practice and teaching.

The Yoga Medicine® Essentials Workshop is led by senior teachers who have trained extensively with Yoga Medicine®. All teachers who lead the Essentials Workshop on behalf of Yoga Medicine® have completed the 500HR certification with Yoga Medicine®, are in active pursuit of their 1000HR certification with Yoga Medicine®, and are involved in our curriculum through co-teaching at the 500/1000HR level trainings. Our teaching team represents an international cohort of well-educated and highly experienced yoga teachers who are proactive members of the Yoga Medicine® community.

Schedule a Yoga Medicine® Essentials Workshop

Workshop Schedule

The Essentials Workshop is a 4-part series. We recommend each component is allotted at a minimum of 2.5 to 3 hours for a combined practice and lecture. This workshop series fits well as a weekend event and is accessible for new students, avid practitioners, and yoga teachers seeking to revitalize their anatomical knowledge.

Here is a recommended schedule breakdown:

Part I — Shoulder lecture and practice — 2.5-3 hours
Part II — Hip lecture and practice — 2.5-3 hours
Part III — Spine lecture and practice — 2.5-3 hours
Part IV — Myofascial Release lecture and practice — 2.5-3 hours

After attending the full workshop series, each participant will be invited to take a brief online quiz to receive a certificate of completion. If the participant is in the Yoga Medicine® 200HR or 500HR program, this workshop will contribute 10-12 hours towards the 500HR Yoga Medicine® certification (one time only.)

Interested to Host an Essentials Workshop?

Yoga Medicine® draws from our core senior teachers to lead this specialized curriculum. If you are interested in hosting an Essentials Workshop, please contact us and we’ll help coordinate the best suited teacher to lead the workshop at your studio. Here are some factors to consider for hosting:

  • an interested and eager student base
  • a space available for a total of four sessions of 2.5-3 hours each
  • a projector for the lecture presentations
  • a skeleton

You and the Yoga Medicine® teacher will coordinate the details for the workshop. We’ll provide a customizable workshop flyer, the lecture presentations, Yoga Medicine® Essential Workshop handout for printing, and the post-training online quiz for those looking for continuing education hours (approved for Yoga Alliance CEU’s).

Yoga Medicine® is happy to facilitate this workshop on behalf of our dedicated teacher trainers who are invaluable members of our community. We hope you’ll welcome them into your communities as well!

Interested? Email Us! 

The Curriculum

The Essential Workshop is a four-part series comprised of these topics:

Shoulder — the shoulder girdle is a common area of struggle for both the new and the regular practitioner. The shoulder joints are inherently inclined toward mobility, creating the need to cultivate stability when we challenge the joints in weight-bearing poses like chaturanga dandasana. In a lecture, we’ll learn about the shoulder anatomy and a theoretical approach to working with these joints therapeutically before moving into a guided practice that enables you to immediately translate this knowledge into your body.

Hip — this workshop explores the need for equity between stability and mobility in the hip joint. In a yoga practice, hip stability occurs naturally but what each of us needs to maintain balance in this joint can vary greatly from person to person. Through a lecture and guided practice, you’ll look at the structure and function of the hip joint to learn how to individualize for your practice and group classes.

Spine — the central theme of this workshop is maintaining the integrity of the precious structures in the spine and all that it entails. Learning how to move efficiently with the support of the core, glutes, and legs is key not just in a movement practice but also in the challenges of our lives. Through a combination of theory and practice, you’ll understand how the parts of the spine work together with the core and legs, and learn how to move with solid mechanics that allow you to rewrite your autopilot motions.

Myofascial Release — understand what myofascial release (MFR) is and how it supplements your yoga practice. We’ll move through a MFR practice that explores the areas we’ve found to be the most beneficial for the legs, hips, shoulders, and back. You will leave with self-care information that you can use right away. This practice is MFR only (no yoga) and is open to everyone, no yoga experience needed.

Meet the Teachers

Rachel Land

Queenstown, New Zealand

As a Yoga Medicine® teacher trainer and E-RYT500 teacher, Rachel is passionate about helping students gain tangible benefits from her studies in anatomy and alignment – benefits like strength, stability, ease of movement, and clarity of mind. Based in Queenstown, New Zealand, Rachel teaches around the world and regularly contributes to wellness publications in Yoga Journal, Yoga International, etc.

Diane Malaspina

Virginia, USA

Diane is a psychologist, yoga teacher, Yoga Medicine® Therapeutic Specialist, and consultant working in the field of health and wellness since 2001. Diane’s work is split between developing therapeutic yoga and meditation programs in her community and her consulting business as a psychologist. Diane is based in Virginia Beach and is currently working on a 1000HR certification with Yoga Medicine®.

Alice Blunden

London, UK

Alice is a London-based certified 500HR Yoga Medicine® teacher, primary school teacher and Teach First ambassador. She is honored to be working with Tiffany as a Yoga Medicine® teacher while continuing her education through the Yoga Medicine® 1000HR Teacher Training Program.

Megan Kearney

Georgia, USA

Megan is a mom to three, SUP yoga teacher and studio owner outside of Atlanta (200 ERYT + YACEP). With a combined degree in Kinesiology and certification in Thai massage, she works with clients to address injury, re-establish ease and function in the body, and build daily meditation practices. Her favorite mantra is “Everything is unfolding as it should.”

Dana Diament

Bryon Bay, Australia

Dana has been practicing yoga for almost twenty years. Her teaching career started in Sydney and has taken her across the globe to assist Tiffany Cruikshank and Yoga Medicine® at yoga conferences, festivals, and teacher trainings at the 200HR and 500HR level. Dana is also a Yoga Medicine® Therapeutic Specialist.

Allie Geer

Colorado, USA

Allie is a Yoga Medicine® Therapeutic Specialist, RYT 500 and R-PYT. She specializes in Myofascial Release and Prenatal Yoga and has a passion for therapeutics in yoga. She leads YTTs, workshops, group classes, and private lessons. Allie is currently working towards her 1000HR certification with Yoga Medicine®.

Lisa Hamre

Malmö, Sweden

Lisa is a full-time yoga teacher and the owner of the studio My Yoga Room. She has been teaching yoga for more than 10 years and is a 500HR certified Yoga Medicine® teacher. She works with a large variety of clients – from Crossfit athletes improving their range of motion to new moms with postnatal training.

Valerie Knopik

Indiana, USA

Valerie is a Senior Research Scientist, Professor of Human Development & Family Studies and E-RYT 500 in Indianapolis, Indiana. With a Ph.D. in Psychology, she is extremely active in mental health research, focusing on how our internal biology and our external physical environment can interact to positively change our mental health landscape.

Brie Galicinao

California, USA

As an E-RYT yoga teacher and head softball coach, Brie focuses on the mindfulness practices of yoga and anatomy to guide her students and athletes. While Brie loves being in the seat of teacher, she thinks of herself as a student first and enjoys how she always discovers something new about yoga and herself when teaching and practicing yoga.

Cristina Kuhn

Washington DC, USA

Cristina is the founder of The Yogi Underground and currently splits her time between the Washington DC area and Barbados, where she lives with her family. She is a 500HR Kripalu Yoga Teacher, a Reiki Master, an Ayurvedic Health Counselor, and nearing completion of her 1000HR certification with Yoga Medicine®.

Gry Bech-Hanssen

Oslo, Norway

Gry is a dancer, yoga teacher, Yoga Medicine® Therapeutic Specialist, and massage therapist specializing in fascial work. She teaches corporate classes and therapeutic private sessions, and is passionate about giving dancers and students tools to train smarter, recover quicker, and avoid injury. Based in Oslo, Gry is currently working towards her 1000HR certification with Yoga Medicine®.

Jenni Tarma

North Carolina, USA

Jenni is a Yoga Medicine® Therapeutic Specialist based in Durham, NC. A lifelong athlete, Jenni seeks to share the sense of connection, clarity, resilience, and capability she finds through movement. She teaches public classes, works with private clients, is an RRCA Endurance Coach, a CrossFit athlete, and an experienced runner.

Lara Ederer

Seattle, Washington, USA

Lara is the co-founder of Yogalab Northwest in the Seattle area. She has completed her 500-hour advanced studies with Yoga Medicine; she is registered as a Yoga Medicine® Therapeutic Specialist and has assisted Tiffany for 500-hour YM trainings while pursuing the 1000-hour accreditation.

Upcoming Yoga Medicine® Essential Workshops

We look forward to seeing you at the next workshop!

Upcoming Yoga Medicine® Essential Workshops

North Carolina

Glow Yoga

March 28-29, 2020


Yoga Centric

March 28-29, 2020

North Carolina

Glow Yoga

March 28-29, 2020


Simply Power Yoga

June 6-7, 2020


Yoga Nadi Wellness

June 6-7, 2020

Rhode Island

Raffa Yoga

July 17-19, 2020

Frequently Asked Questions

Not at all. If you are interested to learn more about anatomy through a yoga lens, if you want to improve your biomechanics, if you want to understand the more behind how your body moves, then this workshop is for you! This workshop is open to yoga practitioners and yoga teachers alike.

If you are a yoga teacher or enrolled in Yoga Medicine®’s 500/1000HR programs, then this workshop will count as 10-12 hours of continuing education after you successfully complete the post-training quiz. If you are a yoga teacher and you’d like to receive credit for this training, simply fill out this online application to the 500HR training program. Details on our 500HR program can be found here.

Just keep practicing and arrive at this workshop with an open mind — we’ll take care of you from there!

The teachers who are given the tools and support to lead these workshops have all completed at minimum their 500HR certification with Yoga Medicine® and gone on to demonstrate a high-level of teaching acumen based on a depth of anatomical understanding, holistic teaching skills, and a refined ability to communicate in a group setting. All of these teachers have assisted and taught within the Yoga Medicine® setting, which allowed for an organic evolution of Yoga Medicine®’s familiarity and confidence in these teachers.

If you are interested to discuss this prospect further, please email Katie Tietz, Operations Manager, at with details about your teaching experience, areas of expertise, and an open mind to see how the conversation grows. 

Please email Katie at Together, we will match your studio with a Yoga Medicine Teacher Trainer and go over the initial details to begin organizing the Essentials Workshop. We look forward to working with you!

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