Yoga Medicine’s 200-hour yoga teacher training retreat consists of two separate training weeks with online lectures and homework in between. The two training weeks include full lodging (8 nights for Week 1 and 7 nights for Week 2) and 3 delicious vegetarian meals prepared specially for us at the beautiful Maya Tulum Retreat & Spa in Tulum, Mexico. In between, you and your classmates will have access to a private online coursework system for the weekly homework assignments, lecture videos, group discussion, and much more.

The 200-hour program is designed to give you a foundation in Week 1, the homework period helps you to review and integrate the information into your personal practice and sample teaching, and Week 2 ties it all together. 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 class programs to offer within your community.

Course Dates


May 15-23, 2020


May 24 – Sept 18, 2020


September 19-26, 2020


This 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 allows for greater flexibility for individuals with careers and families by offering two separate weeklong 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 creates 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.

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What to Expect


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

During the first 8-night retreat, mornings begin with a 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 and meditative 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 7-night 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 Yoga Medicine teachers who have all completed extensive Yoga Medicine trainings and are personally mentored by Tiffany Cruikshank, Yoga Medicine’s Founder.


Rachel is a full-time yoga teacher based in Queenstown, New Zealand and she travels extensively to lead workshops and the Yoga Medicine 200-hour YTT. Rachel is a frequent contributor for Yoga International, Yoga Journal, and other online outlets. She is a Yoga Medicine® Registered Therapeutic Specialist and is currently pursuing her 1000-hour certification.

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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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Address: Carretera Tulum-Boca Paila KM 7 Lote 10, Zona Hotelera Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico C.P. 77780

As Mexico’s premiere yoga and wellness destination for over 30 years, Maya Tulum Retreat & Spa is unlike any other – a vortex of natural energy and wonder. Located an hour and a half from Cancun on the sparkling waters of the Mexican Riviera, the resort offers the largest secluded stretch of beach in Tulum. Guests are encouraged to focus on their transformative yoga experience, enjoy peaceful moments of reflection in the Meditation Labyrinth and listen to the soothing sounds of the Caribbean Sea.

Maya Tulum Resort features a beachfront dining hall with sleek marble floors, limestone walls and large windows offering breathtaking views of the turquoise waters. The creative chefs serve a variety of fresh dishes each day including delicious animal protein, vegetarian and seafood meals.

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


Single Room

Your own room with a king bed, private bathroom & garden views



Double Deluxe Room

These ocean view rooms come with 2 beds & a shared bathroom



Double Room

2 beds with a shared bathroom & garden views



Shared Room

This garden view villa has 3 double beds & a shared bathroom



Included: Full lodging at Maya Tulum for both training weeks, 3 vegetarian meals each day, online lectures and 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 April 3, 2020.
  • 5 Payments: The price of your accommodation type is broken into 5 equal payments. One payment is processed at registration and the four subsequent payments are auto-charged once a month. The complete training fee is due in full by April 3, 2020.

Please read the cancellation & refund policy section to be clear about Yoga Medicine’s policy.

Refunds will be issued for cancellations made prior to Friday, February 28, 2020, minus non-refundable charge of $500.

After February 28, 2020, 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.

When booking flights, please keep in mind that the first week of training begins at 6pm on May 15th, and ends around 10am on May 23rd.

Likewise, the 2nd retreat begins at 6pm on September 19th, and ends around 10am on September 26th.

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.

Also, Maya Tulum offers extensive travel suggestions and directions from Cancun International Airport (CUN).

Click here to view Maya Tulum’s travel and shuttle information.

Click here to see Maya Tulum’s transportation page.

Click here to visit Maya Tulum’s general tips.

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, 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 YTT 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!

Yoga Medicine is not a style of yoga but rather a training that educates the teacher to understand the body and create individualized yoga programs for the student based on their understanding of the anatomy, biomechanics, physiology, and the traditional practice of yoga. We have participants from all schools of yoga find that our trainings help deepen their knowledge asana and the body in a way that translates effectively to their own yoga methodology. In the 200-hour, the practices will be a mix of hatha vinyasa intermingled with therapeutics and restorative practices.

200-hour YTTs are offered all around the world in a myriad of formats, so there are innumerable factors to compare. What is more important is deciding what factors matter to you. Here are a few of the strengths that we love about Yoga Medicine’s program:

  • Yoga Medicine’s teaching faculty has a breadth of experience teaching in their communities – locally and globally. They each have their own areas of expertise from their careers on and off the yoga mat, plus a wealth of information that they gained by training directly with our founder, Tiffany Cruikshank.
  • Our program has stood the test of time and its longevity speaks volumes on its own. Tiffany Cruikshank built the 200-hour curriculum before YTTs were widely available and over the decades she has continuously refined the content. We continuously raise our own bar!
  • The program’s three-part format developed to ensure participants have ample opportunity to digest the information they learn and apply it to their own practice. Both weeks are intensive and you’ll be presented with an array of new concepts, so don’t think it is a breeze! But if you are up to the challenge, you’ll take the knowledge from Week 1, spend 4-5 months reviewing and applying the concepts in your homework, then come back for Week 2 ready with a stronger practice and a solid footing on all the key concepts from the curriculum.


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