200-hour Teacher Training



Yoga Medicine’s 200-hour yoga teacher training program was created from over 15 years of experience from Yoga Medicine’s founder, Tiffany Cruikshank, and is delivered to you by a team of our senior yoga trainers. The program consists of two separate training weeks and in between these retreat-style weeks, you will hone your knowledge with weekly online lectures, home practices, and video tutorials through your private online coursework system. Each training week includes 7 nights accommodation and 3 delicious vegetarian meals prepared specially for us at the charming and tranquil Ancient Yoga Center in Austin, Texas.

The 200-hour program is designed to give you a foundation in Week 1, an introduction to the knowledge that you need to understand how to teach yoga. The homework period gives you a structured weekly review to help you integrate the information into your personal practice and sample teaching. This is done via a private online portal where you and your classmates receive weekly homework assignments, lecture videos, group discussion, quizzes, and much more. When you return for Week 2, you will be prepared to tie it all together and deliver your first class as a yoga teacher. You will graduate Yoga Medicine’s 200-hour yoga teacher training with a solid understanding of anatomy, alignment, safe adjustments, and a mind full of sequences to build into classes for your community.

Program Dates


July 12-19, 2019


July 20 – December 7, 2019


December 8-15, 2019


The Yoga Medicine 200-hour yoga teacher training is designed for the serious student who would like to start teaching yoga, as well as those who would like to deepen their own knowledge and personal practice. We designed this program to allow for greater flexibility for individuals with careers and families by offering two separate week-long trainings with online coursework in between. The accessible content keeps you engaged in the training once you return to your regular schedule and you receive a powerful community experience while immersed in the two retreat weeks.

Yoga Medicine’s curriculum is created with a sound knowledge of anatomy, alignment, and adjustments. This foundation will serve as a powerful base from which to teach and guide your students through a practice that educates, inspires, and heals. Since each person finds their own unique calling within yoga, our program encourages a creative focus to unlock each student’s individual potential. There is no script or set sequence to memorize, just your own unique voice that will grow with confidence as a certified yoga teacher.

Hear from some of our past 200hr course students:

What to Expect


We offer a flexible program that includes 2 weeklong intensive retreats with online coursework in between.

During the first retreat, mornings begin with a 2-hour yoga practice followed by breakfast. Our days are filled with intensive study delving into anatomy, alignment, and adjustments of the yoga postures – all of which lays the foundation for your teaching. The evenings include lectures and a short restorative practice before dinner. Each day will end with homework and self-reflection.

In the 4-5 months in between the retreats, you will be given weekly homework assignments consisting of online lectures, review, practice teaching, pop quizzes, and recommendations for your personal practice. You should plan for 3-4 hours a week of homework plus your regular yoga practice.

On the second retreat, we will bring all the elements of teaching yoga together with classes on sequencing and refining your teaching voice. There will be plenty of asana review and practice teaching with valuable feedback to hone your skills as a teacher.

Both training weeks are filled with daily information, so please plan any travel or sightseeing to take place before or after the training weeks.


  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Application of Anatomy to Yoga
  • Alignment
  • Adjusting
  • Sequencing
  • Sanskrit
  • Yoga Philosophy
  • Pranayama & Meditation
  • Chakras
  • Ayurveda
  • Inspiring and Motivating your Students
  • Business & Ethics
  • Observation & Practice Teaching

Pre-requisites & Application

A minimum of one-year consistent practice, defined as a regular 3-6 day per week yoga practice. We carefully select our applicants so that we can work closely with our teachers to guarantee a higher level of proficiency. Please fill out and submit your application online.

Meet Your Teachers

This training will be lead by a team of Yoga Medicine teachers that have all completed extensive Yoga Medicine trainings and are personally mentored by Tiffany Cruikshank.


Valerie Knopik is a Senior Research Scientist, Professor ofHuman Development & Family Studies and E-RYT 500 in Indianapolis, Indiana. With a PhD in Psychology, Valerie 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.

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Rachel is a full-time yoga teacher based in Queenstown, New Zealand and she travels extensively to lead workshops and the Yoga Medicine 200hr YTT. Rachel is a frequent contributor for Yoga International, Yoga Journal, and other online outlets.

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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.

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Megan is Yoga Medicine Registered Therapeutic Specialist and YM 200-hour faculty member, currently working on her 1000-hour certification. A certified Thai massage therapist, Megan also has a Bachelor’s degree in the combined areas of Kinesiology, Journalism and Business. She currently owns a studio in Atlanta with her husband.

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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 currently working on a 1000 hour certification with Yoga Medicine.

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Allie is a Yoga Medicine® Registered Therapeutic Specialist, RYT 500 and RPYT based in Boulder, Colorado. 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 1000-hour certification with Yoga Medicine.

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The Ancient Yoga Center

The Ancient Yoga Center sits on the picturesque 230 acre property of ​Radha Madhav Dham, in the Hill Country just 30 minutes south of downtown Austin, Texas. A mesmerizing feature of this rolling land’s beauty is that it creates the ideal environment for exploring along their many paths, self-reflection and meditation.

This is a place to relax and rejuvenate in the tranquil ashram atmosphere and experience the beautiful outdoors.

The centerpiece of Radha Madhav Dham is its temple and ashram buildings with spectacular architecture that are surrounded by a tranquil atmosphere filled with charming gardens, walking paths, fountains and ponds. The Temple was rated #10 in Newsmax’s Most Fascinating Cathedrals and Houses of Worship in America. Ancient Yoga Center’s team of chefs create the daily meals based on the seasonal offering and are well-known for delivering vegetarian (excluding eggs), nourishing, satisfying and delicious meals! Click here to view photos of the catering at the Ancient Yoga Center. 

After registration, you will receive more information about the retreat center for transportation and planning ahead. You are also welcome to find out more here.

Rooming Options

Comfortable yet basic, these rooms overlook the beautiful grounds of the Ancient Yoga Center and are a great option for those who desire simple and peaceful relaxation.

  • Four twin beds per room (regardless if you choose a single, double or triple accommodation)
  • Choose between private or shared hall bathrooms
  • All rooms have individually controlled heat & air conditioning
  • Simply furnished, quite rustic, clean & well-cared for


Private Single Room

Your own room with a twin bed & a private bathroom



Private Double Room

2 occupants with 2 twin beds & a private bathroom



Double Room

2 occupants with 2 twin beds & a shared hall bathroom



Triple Room

3 occupants with 3 twin beds & a shared hall bathroom



Included: Full lodging at Ancient Yoga Center for both training weeks, 3 vegetarian meals each day, daily refreshments (tea, fruit & snacks), online lectures & homework between retreats, and a detailed training manual.

Not included: Airfare or ground transfers to/from the retreat center.

You will have the following three payment options when you register:

  • Pay in Full: Complete your reservation for this training in one simple payment.
  • 3 Payments: The price of your accommodation type is broken into 3 equal payments. One payment is processed at registration and the two subsequent payments are auto-charged once a month. The complete training fee is due in full by June 7th, 2019.
  • 6 Payments: The price of your accommodation type is broken into 6 equal payments. One payment is processed at registration and the five subsequent payments are auto-charged once a month. The complete training fee is due in full by June 7th, 2019.

Please read the Cancellation & Refund section to be clear about Yoga Medicine’s policy.

Refunds will be issued for cancellations made prior to April 19th, 2019, minus non-refundable charge of $500.

After April 19th, 2019, payments are non-refundable and non-transferable due to the fact that Yoga Medicine is required to provide the hosting retreat center with non-recoverable payments.

Before you enroll in a 200-hour training, please ensure that you can attend both training weeks in full. For the continuity of your training and the group’s cohesion, we cannot offer transfers between 200-hour programs. We realize that some extenuating circumstances beyond your control may prohibit you from attending, however unfortunately due to non-recoverable payments that we must make in advance to secure the retreat centers, we cannot make exceptions regardless of the circumstance. We appreciate your understanding.

It is recommended that participants acquire travel insurance for self-protection in case of illness, injury or weather disruptions that prevent them from attending.

When booking flights, please keep in mind that the first week training begins with dinner at 6pm on July 12th and ends with a morning vinyasa class from 7-8:30am followed by breakfast on July 19th.

Likewise, for the 2nd retreat, begins with dinner at 6pm on December 8th and ends with a morning vinyasa class from 7-8:30am followed by breakfast on December 15th.

You must be present for the entire duration of both retreats.

When traveling to another country, you may also need to contact your healthcare provider about any necessary immunizations as well as making sure your prescription medicines, passport, and possible visas are in order. The airfare and ground travel is the responsibility of the participant, so we urge you to coordinate these logistics well in advance and make smart decisions based on weather and events on the ground.

After registration, you will be invited to join a private online portal for your 200-hour group. This will be a 1-stop-shop for your training information, plus you can introduce yourself and coordinate rideshares with other participants.

Click here to visit Ancient Yoga Center’s directions and transportation suggestions.

Couples who are both participating in the training and wish to share a room need to enroll one participant in one of the single room options and contact info@yogamedicine.com immediately to arrange for the second participant. If single room options are sold out we will do our best to accommodate.

Due to space constraints, we often cannot accommodate guests who are not participating in the full training. Priority is given to those participating.

Before You Register

If you would like to join this 200-hour yoga teacher training Austin, then please complete the online application (see link below) for the Yoga Medicine 200-hour program. An in-depth overview of the 200-hour curriculum and structure can be found here. Once your application has been approved, please proceed with registering for the room and payment plan of your choice.

If you have any questions about this training or the application process, please contact us at Info@YogaMedicine.com.

Note: if you have already submitted an application or you have been approved for the 200-hour program, then you do not need to re-apply.

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You are ready to start on your journey to become a teacher if you have a love for yoga, the curiosity to learn more, and the desire to share what you love about yoga with others. All the rest is exactly what this 200-hour yoga teacher training program will show you! Our yoga teacher training will give you the building blocks to help you feel prepared. You’ll learn key points for each asana, how to give safe adjustment and modifications, how to cueing others through a sequence, instructions for communicating with a wide audience, and how to ground your personal practice so you are teaching what you know in your body.

Don’t worry – crazy arm balances and complex twists are not a prerequisite. We require participants in our program have a dedicated yoga practice for at least a year, so the training group has a working familiarity with a variety of asanas. From there we give you information to refine your practice and look at the asanas from a teaching perspective. Within the two training weeks you will surely meet a few challenging postures, but that is the beauty of yoga and your body – both systems learn from each other!