We are excited to visit Iceland for our urban retreat nestled in the historic scenary of Reykjavik’s vibrant and artistic culture. This advanced yoga teacher training provides a foundation in Chinese Medicine principles and its intersection with the art of teaching yoga. This training takes place during Iceland’s “shoulder season,” the time in between the high and low seasons – making it a great time to catch the mesmerizing Northern Lights!

This 6-day, 40-hour yoga teacher training in Iceland will look deeper into Yoga Medicine’s traditional Chinese medicine principles as they relate to teaching yoga with a longer and more in-depth curriculum than ever before! This program structure will vary slightly from our typical urban-style module, allowing you more time to explore Reykjavik’s striking historical sites, beautiful countryside, natural wonders, arts, local culture, and vivid shops. We hope you’ll join us for this urban adventure!



October 5-10,  2020

How the Traditional Chinese Medicine training has influenced yoga teachers


For teachers dedicated to a higher standard of learning looking to deepen their knowledge.

The Traditional Chinese Medicine yoga teacher training is a 40-hour advanced course for teachers who are actively pursuing their 500-hour certification with Yoga Medicine®. To fully benefit from this training and its practical application, we recommend teachers are actively working with students and clients within a yoga setting.

Yoga Medicine® believes that an experienced yoga teacher can be an asset in conjunction in the healthcare network, and with our credentials, your students will know that their yoga teacher is well trained with a range of experience. Yoga Medicine® trains our community of teachers to understand the body and the therapeutic approaches within a yoga practice so that they can build a personalized practice to the individual across any yoga style or level of wellness.

“Take your understanding of wellness and the art of natural healing to another level! Incorporating Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) into teaching yoga has enhanced my sequencing and wellness strategies to share with students, especially during seasonal transitions when we can feel stressed but may not be aware of why.  Change is constant – day to day and season to season. Taking a TCM approach to yoga helps you to guide students into seasonal food choices and lifestyle habits that they can take off the mat to find balance in their lives. This knowledge will also enhance your sequences with poses that engage and open meridian lines by working with the 5 elements to provide a therapeutic experience. Understanding TCM helps yoga teachers see how the external environment is mirrored in the internal environment. Concepts of yin and yang can also be used to theme the class – physically through the postures or connecting to larger themes like kindness and forgiveness (which are aspects of the elements).”
— Diane Malaspina, 500-hour Yoga Medicine instructor —

“Incorporating Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) principles in my yoga sequencing is one of the most inspiring tools I’ve come across during almost twenty years of teaching yoga. When you learn the energetic meridians of TCM, you can target those areas of the body through asana and adapt it to address numerous conditions or concerns. To magnify the effectiveness of your teachings you can also create an emotional setting with your knowledge of the 5 elements: are you aiming to release frustration, create introspection, or do you simply want to support those students who need structure? The possibilities are endless. Instead of “just” teaching a class, there’s now a direction to my classes that can support my students on an even deeper level.”
— Ann-Charlotte Monrad, 500-hour Yoga Medicine instructor —



Anticipated Daily Schedule

Monday / Wednesday / Friday

7-9:30am — Asana
9:30-10:30am — Break
10:30-1pm — Lecture
1-3pm — Break
3-6pm — Lecture & Restorative Practice

Tuesday / Thursday / Saturday

7-9:30am — Asana
9:30-10:30am — Break
10:30-1pm — Lecture

The format of this yoga teacher training week will be slightly different than our normal urban-style modules: Each day begins with a gentle morning vinyasa practice and there will be daily yoga teacher training lectures along with evening homework to help you retain the information. On Days 1, 3, and 5 we will end around 6pm with a more restorative practice to tie together the course content of the day. However, on Days 2, 4, and 6 we will end our days right after morning lecture at 1pm, giving you plenty of time and space to explore the magical and historical uniqueness that Reykjavik has to offer.

Because this urban-style training is located at the Hilton Reykjavik Nordica, we will have an hour breakfast break and long lunch breaks to give you time to stroll to cafes and diners. You will also have the evenings to experience the vibrancy and culture of Reykjavik.

When booking flights, please keep in mind that the training begins at 7am on October 5th and ends early on October 10th after morning lecture at 1pm. We recommend reviewing our attendance policy and cancellation/refund policy for more details before registering. 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.).


Traditional Chinese Medicine (40 Hours)

This yoga teacher training in Iceland will dig even deeper into Yoga Medicine’s Traditional Chinese Medicine curriculum and will provide even more content throughout the six days. It will cover the foundations of yoga and Chinese Medicine theory to help you understand your student’s unique individual constitution and how you can use this information to make your work with them more effective. You will learn the Chinese Medicine five-element theory, yin and yang theory, and the differentiation of the organs as it applies specifically to yoga. By understanding the framework of Chinese Medicine it allows us to individualize the yoga practice to our student’s needs.

This yoga teacher training counts as 40 hours towards your 500-hour/1000-hour Yoga Medicine certification. Directly following the yoga teacher training you will be invited to take a short, online quiz to receive your certificate of completion.



Address: Suðurlandsbraut 2, 108 Reykjavík, Iceland

Set in central Reykjavik, the stylish Hilton Reykjavik Nordica hotel is one of the city’s most popular destinations for all travelers alike. The convenient central location provides a great base from which to discover the capital, explore the charm of Reykjavik’s downtown area, enjoy the city’s shops, restaurants and entertainment, and easily travel further to Iceland’s unspoiled natural landscapes.

Because this is Yoga Medicine’s first module that allows you space to explore, perhaps you’ll find time to visit these local attractions near Reykjavik:

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Includes full training and a detailed custom made manual


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.

Due July 17, 2020

In order to attend the retreat, your final payment (minus the $500 deposit) must be received by the final payment date on July 17, 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 17, 2020.

There are no refunds or transfers of payments after the final payment deadline due to the fact that we are required to make retreat payments that are no longer refundable after this time.

We realize that some extenuating circumstances may prohibit you from attending, which may include inclement weather and other circumstances beyond your control. 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.).

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.


  • Enrollment in the full training
  • A custom made, detailed training manual
  • A Yoga Medicine top


  • Accommodations
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Airfare
  • Ground transfers to/from the event venue

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 immediately to arrange for the second participant. If single room options are sold out we will do our best to accommodate.

We regret that we cannot accommodate guests who are not participating in the full training.

Please keep in mind this does not apply to our urban style modules.

When planning your travel, please keep in mind that the training begins with 7am morning practice on October 5th and ends with lecture at 1pm on October 10th. You must be present for the entire duration of the training in order to receive your hours and the certificate of completion for this training. Please review our attendance policy for details.

For this yoga teacher training you are free to select the accommodation of your choice. The training’s host venue, the Hilton Reykjavik Nordica, has extended a discounted rate for participants (dependent on availability). More information on this group discount will be provided after you register for the yoga teacher training.

When traveling to/from 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.

The closest airport is Keflavík International Airport. Transportation to the event venue is available on public transportation (city bus) or taxis. Please note that rideshare options (Uber, Lyft, etc.) are not available in Iceland.

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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

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.

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Yes. Spaces are limited at each training, so we prioritize teachers who are working to complete their 500-hour certification with Yoga Medicine. If you are new to Yoga Medicine and you would like to attend this training, then please complete the online application to the 500-hour training program BEFORE registering. Details on the 500-hour program can be found here.

Once your application has been approved, you will be eligible to attend this yoga teacher training and accrue the 40 hours training credit towards your 500-hour certification with Yoga Medicine.

Everything you need to prepare for this yoga teacher training will be provided to you through a private Event Hub that you will receive access to after registering. In the Event Hub, you will have access to details about the training and be able to connect with other teachers attending to introduce yourself and coordinate travel, if you’d like. Think of it as your one-stop-shop for information!

In order to receive the certificate of completion and have this training listed on your teacher’s profile, you must (1) be present for the entire training and (2) pass the test. Please review our attendance policy. Keep in mind that these will be full days of training; so if you would like to do some sight-seeing or adventure out on your own, you should contact the retreat center to add on extra time during your stay.

The case studies are a way for you to fortify what you learned during the course by implementing the concepts with your private clients and students. The case studies are designed to be a one-on-one interaction where you apply the curriculum you studied to a client dealing with relatable issues. Click here to view the Case Study Guidelines.

Download the Case Study Guideline PDF


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