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.

Together, Tiffany and Todd 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 five-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.



September 20-24, 2019


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.

Click here to read about the personal experience of one of our veteran teachers at the Cadaver Dissection Lab!



Anticipated Schedule

    • 9am-12pm: Pre-Dissection Lecture
    • 12-2pm: Break
    • 2-5pm: Dissection Lab
    • 9am-5pm: Dissection Lab (full days)
    • 9am-12pm: Dissection Lab
    • 12-2pm: Break
    • 2-5pm: Post-Dissection Seminar

During this training, all participants are responsible for the coordination of their own meals, accommodation and travel. You must fill out the Cadaver Dissection Lab application AND be accepted into Yoga Medicine’s 500-hour/1000-hour program in order to attend this training.


Cadaver Dissection Lab (30 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 5-day yoga teacher training is lead by Tiffany Cruikshank and 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 30 hours towards your 500-hour/1000-hour certification. You must be present for the entire training to receive the certificate of completion for the 30 hour teacher training credit.


Tiffany Cruikshank

An international yoga teacher, author, and wellness expert, Tiffany is known as a teacher’s teacher who has written for and graced the cover of many prominent publications.

Tiffany Cruikshank is the founder of Yoga Medicine and has been teaching for over 20 years. She has a premed Bachelors degree in Medicinal Plant Biology and a Masters in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine with a specialty in Sports Medicine and Orthopedics.

Tiffany began leading informal teacher trainings out of her home to local teachers in her area in 2003 and began leading Yoga Alliance approved 200hr teacher trainings in 2008 and Yoga Alliance approved 500hr teacher trainings in 2009 as TiffanyYoga. Her teaching methods combine the western knowledge of the body (anatomy, kinesiology & physiology) with the eastern tradition of yoga.

Todd Garcia

Todd Garcia is owner and director of Laboratories of Anatomical Enlightenment, Inc. where he teaches human anatomy classes to students of more than 20 different schools ranging from entry level massage therapist to graduate students. Todd also teaches human anatomy for the Emergency Medicine Department of Front Range Community College, Boulder, Colorado.

Todd specializes in human dissection and has been teaching anatomy for 15 years. He has worked together with anatomy/physiology textbook publisher Benjamin Pearson, and Author, Thomas Myeres in the creation of anatomy/physiology textbooks and DVD’s. For 7 years Todd taught human anatomy continuing education classes at the Anatomical Institute of Vienna, Vienna, Austria.

Todd’s dissection experience is in the range of 10,000 hours. His region of specialty is the cranium.


Allie Geer

Allie is a Yoga Medicine® Registered Therapeutic Specialist, RYT 500 & RPYT based in Boulder, Colorado. She specializes in Myofascial Release & Prenatal Yoga. She leads YTTs, workshops, group classes & private lessons. Allie is currently working towards her 1000hr certification.

Training Venue

Laboratories of Anatomical Enlightenment (LAE)

Address: 5401 Western Ave, Boulder, CO 80301

NOTE: The entire training will be held at LAE including the pre-dissection lecture, cadaver dissections, and post-dissection seminar.

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.

Training Tuition



Price includes full access to the cadaver dissection, pre/post lectures, & a detailed training manual by Yoga Medicine.


If you are not currently enrolled in our advanced training program, you must apply to both the Cadaver Lab AND the 500-hour/1000-hour program.

Participants accepted into the Cadaver Dissection Lab will receive instructions to submit your $500 deposit. This deposit will guarantee your place in the training and it is non-refundable/non-transferable. Please be prepared to submit your deposit within 1 week of acceptance.

The remaining balance of $1490 will be billed on July 12, 2019.

There are no refunds or transfers of payments after July 12, 2019 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.

Price includes:

  • Tutelage with a Master Dissector
  • Access to the untreated cadavers
  • Dissection materials
  • Lab time
  • Lecture materials
  • Pre/post dissection lectures led by Tiffany Cruikshank

Not included:

  • Travel
  • Accommodations & meals – there are hotel accommodations & restaurants in the immediate vicinity of the laboratory
  • Airport transfers

When booking flights, please keep in mind that the training includes full days beginning at 9am on September 20th & ending on September 24th 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.

Apply this training towards a 500-hour certification

All participants must be enrolled in Yoga Medicine’s 500-hour or 1000-hour certification program. This 30-hour training counts towards your advanced training hours with Yoga Medicine as well as continuing education hours with Yoga Alliance.

If you would like to learn more about our 500-hour certification program click here. The link below will take you to the application to the 500-hour program.

Apply Here


Due to limited space at the Cadaver Dissection Lab, we only consider applications from the yoga teachers who are actively enrolled in Yoga Medicine’s 500-hour or 1000-hour certification program.
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.
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.
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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