Yoga Medicine®’s Cadaver Dissection Lab offers the unique opportunity to examine cadavers in an academic setting with a yoga lens. This training is geared towards yoga teachers seeking a hands-on experience to deepen their knowledge of anatomy, fascial interconnections, and their relationship to movement or dysfunction. Each day will consist of cadaver dissection led by Todd Garcia, a Master Dissector and Director of Laboratories of Anatomical Enlightenment, and Tiffany Cruikshank, Yoga Medicine®’s founding teacher with over 20 years of experience as an advanced teacher, acupuncturist with a sports medicine focus, and a trained anatomist.
Each day Todd, along with assistance from Tiffany, will guide daily skin-to-bone dissections of untreated cadavers while each student learns through hands-on participation. The dissection uses untreated, fresh-tissue cadavers which provides a much more detailed visual of the layering of fascial tissues and natural anatomical composition. The four-day training is designed to compliment Yoga Medicine®’s advanced teacher training curriculum with a focus on the fascial layers, the body’s biomechanical function, and dysfunction.
Who is This Training For?
The Cadaver Dissection Lab is for yoga teachers who have a hearty interest in anatomy and want to take their anatomical knowledge to the next level. There is no requisite for previous medical or dissection experience, however, we do expect participants to come with a strong familiarity of physiological terminology and anatomical knowledge. While this training will irrefutably enhance anyone’s understanding of the body’s mechanics, it behooves you to know the musculature, its origin and insertion points, and the role of various muscle groups before the training. This knowledge will allow you to connect these concepts to the living form as witnessed in an untreated dissection. We highly recommend having completed one or more of Yoga Medicine®’s orthopedic trainings (hip, spine, shoulder) or the myofascial release training.
This training focuses on deepening your understanding of the anatomical modules investigated in Yoga Medicine®’s curriculum. Unlike our other yoga teacher trainings, there will be no asana practice. Participants will become more familiar with superficial fascial layers, the fascia, muscular origins/insertions, nervous systems and many other robust components of the human form.
The price of this training includes the tuition and the cadaver dissection only, making it accessible for local teachers or freedom for those who want to find their own food and accommodations.
How has the Cadaver Lab Dissection influenced yoga teachers?
Click below to read about the personal experience of one of our veteran teachers at the Cadaver Dissection Lab!
- 9am-5pm: Dissection Lab (full days)
This training will consist of full days in the dissection lab, with an hour break for lunch from 12:30-1:30pm. During this training, all participants are responsible for the coordination of their own meals, accommodation and travel.
When booking flights, please keep in mind that the training begins at 9am on September 14th and ends around 5pm on September 17th. We recommend reviewing our attendance policy and cancellation/refund policy in the FAQs for more details before registering. You must be present for the entire training to receive the certificate of completion for the 28-hour yoga teacher training. This attendance rule is required for both the general participant as well as those enrolled in Yoga Medicine®’s 500-hour/1000-hour program.
Please consider acquiring travel insurance to help protect yourself from the unforeseen and unavoidable that may affect or prevent your participation in the training (sickness, injury, family emergency, weather, etc.).
Cadaver Dissection Lab (28 hours)
This immersion yoga teacher training in Boulder offers an incredible opportunity for participants to widen their anatomical knowledge by exploring the real human form in a yoga anatomist context using untreated, fresh-tissue cadavers. The 4-day yoga teacher training is led by Todd Garcia, a master dissector with over 10,000 hours of dissection experience and a deep familiarity of presenting anatomical dissections to participants with a yoga-focused background. Each day will infuse hands-on lab hours with lectures to help you relate your discoveries in the physical dissection to the clinical and movement observations from your yoga teaching background.
No previous experience with dissections or cadavers is necessary to attend this training, but we highly recommend that you brush up on your human anatomy beforehand.
This training counts as 28 hours towards your 500-hour/1000-hour certification. You must be present for the entire training to receive the certificate of completion for the 28 hours of teacher training credit.
Laboratories of Anatomical Enlightenment (LAE)
5401 Western Ave, Boulder, CO 80301
NOTE: The entire training will be held at LAE.
Laboratories of Anatomical Enlightenment, Inc., is an established educational institution specializing in human anatomy. Classes and projects range from entry-level to doctoral thesis research. The laboratory in Boulder, CO, is fully operational 12 months of the year. Classes are formatted and scheduled to meet specific needs ranging from core curriculum semesters, whole body dissection, and 3 hour general anatomy lecture presentations utilizing professionally dissected cadavers. Private dissection and surgical procedure research is also available.
Click here to learn more about Laboratories of Anatomical Enlightenment.
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Pricing and Policies
A $500 non-refundable and non-transferable deposit will secure a spot for teachers enrolled in our 500-hour/1000-hour program. When registration opens, a payment option will become available at the top of this page.
Final payment due July 3, 2020
In order to attend this training, your final payment (minus the $500 deposit) must be received by the final payment date on July 3, 2020. In the months leading up to the final payment date, you will receive multiple reminders to complete your payment. If we do not receive your payment on time, your spot will be made available to those on the waitlist. The final payment is non-refundable and non-transferable after Friday, July 3, 2020.
- Tutelage with a Master Dissector
- Assistance from Tiffany Cruikshank
- Access to the untreated cadavers
- Dissection materials
- Lab time
- Accommodations and meals – there are hotel accommodations and restaurants in the immediate vicinity of the laboratory
- Airport transfers
Cancellation & Refund Policies
There are no refunds or transfers of payments after July 3, 2020 due to the fact that we are required to make payments to reserve Yoga Medicine®’s lab, the lead dissector’s time, and the untreated cadavers for the group. We realize that some extenuating circumstances beyond your control may prohibit you from attending; however, we cannot make exceptions regardless of the circumstance due to the non-recoverable payments that we deliver in advance. We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance which covers refunds due to medical emergencies and other difficult circumstances.
We appreciate your understanding that this policy is for all.
Additional Travel Information
When booking flights, please keep in mind that the training includes full days beginning at 9am on September 14th and ending on September 17th at 5pm. The daily schedule is approximately 9am-5pm, so we advise planning your travel itinerary carefully to ensure you do not miss out on any valuable lab time. Please consult the attendance policy on required training participation for accreditation.
If traveling between countries, you may also need to contact your healthcare provider about any necessary immunizations as well as making sure your passport and any necessary visas are in order.
Click here for the Dissection Lab Website.
Before You Register
If you would like to join this 500-hour yoga teacher training, then please complete the online application (see link below) for the Yoga Medicine® 500-hour program. An in-depth overview of the 500-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 500-hour program, then you do not need to re-apply.
Frequently Asked Questions
I'm not a certified yoga teacher. Can I attend this yoga teacher training?
Yes! The Cadaver Dissection Lab is open to yoga teachers, dedicated practitioners, anatomy nerds, and anyone who has a hearty interest in anatomy and want to take their anatomical knowledge to the next level. There is no requisite for previous medical or dissection experience, however, we do expect participants to come with a strong familiarity of physiological terminology and anatomical knowledge.
What do I need to bring to this training?
You will be supplied with a short list of supplies (Ex: a lab coat, goggles, etc.), some information to help you prepare, and the forms you’ll need to complete before the dissection. All of this information will be given to you after submitting your deposit.
I have no medical background - will the Cadaver Dissection Lab make sense to me?
Yes! You do not need to have a medical background or any experience with dissections. You will need a deep interest in the human body and the more familiar you are with anatomical terminology, the better you will be able to connect your theoretical knowledge of anatomy to the physical process of human dissection.
What is Yoga Medicine®'s photography and recording policy?
Participants will leave their personal belongings in a secure area during the dissections. There will be a photographer taking pictures and recordings during the training.
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