Join us for a brand new teacher training in Portland, Oregon on yoga for mental health and wellness. This urban-style yoga teacher training is designed for our advanced teachers and will be co-taught by Senior Yoga Medicine Teachers and Therapeutic Specialists Valerie Knopik and Diane Malaspina, and Yoga Medicine founder Tiffany Cruikshank. Valerie’s expertise includes over 20 years of PhD study and research on the intersection of biology and environmental stressors on various domains of mental health. Diane uses research-based interventions to coach clients on behavioral changes to reduce stress, enhance relationships, and foster healthy growth.

Together, these expert instructors will offer:

  • an in-depth look at the science and therapeutic theory behind psychological health and wellness,
  • interactive exercises and case studies to integrate the material,
  • the application of yoga and related approaches to work with, and to troubleshoot, a variety of mental wellness ailments that may arise with yoga students and private clients.

Course Dates

Portland, Oregon

AUGUST 4-9, 2019


This training is for teachers dedicated to a higher standard of learning & a desire to deepen their knowledge.

The Mental Health and Wellness yoga teacher training is a 60-hour advanced course for yoga teachers who are actively pursuing their 500-hour certification with Yoga Medicine®. To fully benefit from this training, we recommend that anyone considering to enroll is actively working with students and clients within a yoga or therapeutic setting.

Yoga Medicine® believes that an experienced yoga teacher can be a benefit in conjunction with the healthcare network; and with our credentials, your students will know that their yoga teacher is well trained with a wide 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.



Anticipated Daily Schedule

7-9:30am — Asana
9:30-10:30am — Breakfast (provided)
10:30am-1pm — Lecture
1-3pm — Lunch & Break (on your own – explore Portland!)
3-6pm — Lecture
6-7pm — Restorative Practice
7pm — Dinner (on your own – explore Portland!)
* Set aside 30-60 minutes each evening for review/homework

The format of this training week will be familiar: each day begins with a 2.5-hour morning practice & ends with a more restorative practice in the evening to tie together the course content of the day. There will be daily yoga teacher training lectures in the morning & afternoon along with evening homework to help you retain the information. On each full day, the group will enjoy a healthy breakfast together.

Unlike our other trainings in remote locations, this training is located in the Portland city-center at Everett West located in the iconic Pearl District. So we will have long lunch breaks to give you time to stroll to an array of nearby bistros, healthy cafes & diners for lunch. Each day will wrap up in time for dinner so you will have the evening to experience Portland’s charm.


Mental Health and Wellness Yoga Teacher Training (60 hours)

Many yoga practitioners seek out yoga to relieve the effects of stress on both body and mind as well as to find support in managing symptoms of anxiety, depression, and other emotions. This intensive yoga teacher training begins with a deeper look at the biological and environmental factors that make us ‘the way we are’. This yoga teacher training examines the biology of behavior and emotion (i.e., genetics, epigenetics, neuroscience), common environmental stressors, and therapeutic theory with an exploration of the most common psychological difficulties, including but not limited to: depression, anxiety, trauma, and addiction. Importantly, this yoga teacher training is not designed to teach yoga teachers to be therapists. Rather, this course will provide yoga teachers with tools to work with, and to troubleshoot, a variety of psychological ailments that may come up in client sessions as well as in group classes. This yoga teacher training will also teach you how to understand the effects of stress and emotion on your own psychological health – i.e., the importance of self-care. A combination of case studies, journaling, and stress management planning will help to integrate the information. You will leave with a deeper understanding of how biology and environment interact with one another to affect mental health and wellness as well as strategies that will support and enhance your interactions with students as well as your individual practice.

This intensive yoga teacher training counts as 60 hours towards your 500-hour/1000-hour Yoga Medicine® certification. Directly following the intensive yoga teacher training you will be invited to take a short, online quiz to receive your certificate of completion.



Valerie is an endowed Professor of Human Development & Family Studies & E-RYT 500 living in Indianapolis, IN. With a PhD in Psychology, she is actively focusing on how our internal biology & our external physical environment can interact to positively change our mental health landscape.


Diane is a psychologist, yoga teacher and consultant working in the field of health and wellness since 2001. Diane is currently working on a 1000-hour certification with Yoga Medicine and developing therapeutic yoga and meditation programs in her community.


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.



Alysia is a Yoga Medicine Teacher working toward her 500hr and a NASM Certified Personal Trainer. She is currently an Assistant Coach at UC Santa Barbara and working to open a studio focused on brain health to help others improve their cognitive performance.


Teresa is a Naples, Florida-based certified yoga teacher & nationally board certified Doctor of Oriental Medicine with a specialty in Women’s Health and Fertility. She completed her 200hr certification with Yoga Medicine and is working to finalize her 500hr advanced training.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Address: 914 NW Everett Street, Portland, OR 97209

Portland’s newest urban event venue (opened Fall 2018), Everett West is located in the heart of the Pearl District. Showcasing exposed brick, reclaimed wood walls, wide-open concrete floors, and shimmering chandeliers – it is a polished industrial oasis for our urban style yoga teacher training retreat. Enjoy a farm-to-table breakfast each day from their partner/owner Artemis Foods, Portland’s best local and sustainable catering company.

The prime location puts you within walking distance to all of the shopping, dining, and entertainment of the Pearl District, Pioneer Square, and downtown. Famous boutiques, bookstores, breweries, and performing arts are just steps away.

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A $500 non-refundable & 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 May 10th, 2019.

In order to attend the retreat, your final payment (minus the $500 deposit) must be received by the final payment date on May 10th, 2019. In the month 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 & non-transferable after Friday, May 10th, 2019.

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 & other circumstances beyond your control. Please consider acquiring travel insurance to help protect yourself from the unforeseen & 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
  • Breakfast on the full training days
  • A custom made, detailed training manual


  • Accommodations
  • Lunch & dinner
  • Airfare
  • Ground transportation

Couples who are both participating in the training & wish to share a room need to enroll one participant in one of the single room options & 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 August 4th & ends around 5pm on August 9th. You must be present for the entire duration of the training in order to receive your hours & the certificate of completion for this training. Please review our attendance policy for details.

For this training you are free to select the accommodation of your choice.

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 & possible visas are in order. The airfare & ground travel is the responsibility of the participant, so we urge you to coordinate these logistics well in advance & make smart decisions based on weather & events on the ground.

The closest airport is Portland International Airport. Transportation to city-center is available on public transportation (MAX train or buses), city cabs, or rideshare (Uber, Lyft, etc.).


If you would like to join this 500-hour yoga teacher training, 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 & 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 & 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 & accrue the 60 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 from dinner on the first day to the completion of practice on the last morning 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.


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