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Nervous System and Restorative Yoga Teacher Training

Cadiz, Spain

May 9-16, 2020


Join us for an internal medicine yoga teacher training on the Nervous System and Restorative Yoga. This training is co-taught by Tiffany Cruikshank and Amy Sedgwick MD, and Eding Mvilongo MD. We are thrilled to have Amy and Eding on board to present the Western anatomy and physiology of the nervous system while drawing from their respective expertise in emergency medicine and anesthesiology. Together, these three experts will guide you through this transformative training using asana practices, daytime lectures, and case studies to create a robust, hands-on learning experience.

The Nervous System and Restorative curriculum begins by looking at the nuanced functions of our nervous system and their relevance to yoga. We will discuss the big picture of what we know to be the therapeutic effects of our practice and how we can harness more potential to make the entire practice more therapeutic.

This course takes place at one of Yoga Medicine’s favorite destinations — the Suryalila Retreat Center in Cadiz, Spain. Suryalila is tucked away in the beautiful countryside so you can experience a refreshing change of pace from your daily routine during this yoga teacher training in Spain. Enjoy locally sourced vegetarian menus designed daily by the onsite chefs. We hope you can join us there!

Who is This Training For?

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

The Nervous System and Restorative Yoga Teacher Training is a 55-hour advanced course for active yoga teachers who are actively pursuing their 500-hour certification with Yoga Medicine®. To get the most out of this training, we recommend that anyone considering to enroll is actively working with students and clients within a yoga setting.

Yoga Medicine® believes that an experienced yoga teacher can be an asset in conjunction with 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.

Program Structure

Anticipated Daily Schedule

7-9:30am — Asana
9:30-10:30am — Breakfast
10:30am-1pm — Lecture for Teacher Training
1-3pm — Lunch then afternoon break
3-6pm — Lecture for Teacher Training
6-7pm — Restorative practice
7-8pm — Dinner

This week-long yoga teacher training includes 7 nights accommodation and freshly prepared vegetarian meals at the beautiful Suryalila Retreat Centre in Cadiz, Spain. Each day begins with a gentle morning vinyasa practice and ends with an evening restorative practice to tie together the day’s lecture content. The training lectures are held before and after lunch, and you will have material to review each evening to help you retain the information covered that day. Our trainings are full days and you will leave with a wealth of information!

When booking flights, please keep in mind that the training begins with dinner on May 9th and ends with a morning vinyasa class from 7-8:30am followed by breakfast on May 16th. We recommend reviewing our attendance policy and the cancellation/refund policy in the FAQ’s 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.).

Program Curriculum

Nervous System and Restorative Yoga Teacher Training (55 Hours)

The nervous system is in many ways the ruler of the body and mind; the effects we see here spill over into all the other systems of the body. This system is also responsible for a large part of what we can quantify in the therapeutic effects of the yoga practice. The Internal Medicine 1 yoga teacher training will look at the function of the nervous system, common pathologies, and invaluable adaptations to incorporate into a yoga practice.

The tools learned in this training could be one of the most effective means of working with restorative yoga to soothe the nervous system. We’ll investigate the “what, why, and how” for the application of restorative yoga as a method of regulating the nervous system. This teacher training will explore how to shape the practice specifically to address nervous system dysfunction, how to teach/use restorative yoga, and most importantly, the relevance of this system towards many pathologies and how to utilize these concepts within the yoga practice.

This Nervous System and Restorative yoga teacher training counts as 55 hours towards your 500-hour/1000-hour Yoga Medicine certification. Directly following the yoga teacher training you will be invited to take an online exam to receive your certificate of completion.

Training Venue

The Suryalila Retreat Center

Cadiz, Spain

Suryalila is nestled serenely in a large open valley in the foothills of the Sierra de Grazelema. This majestic mountain range can be seen looming large on the horizon behind Suryalila. A striking part of the natural beauty of the property is the breathtaking vista extending in all directions: rolling hills, fields of sunflowers, and lakes. The sense of vastness and expansiveness is very uplifting.

Suryalila is a beautiful old renovated olive farm consisting of eight houses that form the cortijo. The property sits on 45 acres of land and is still a working olive farm with 350 olive trees. The onsite gardens produce organic vegetables and fruits that are featured in your daily meals alongside fresh eggs from the chickens. Suryalila’s team of chefs create the daily meals based on the seasonal offering and are well-known for delivering colorful and delightful vegetarian 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.

Room Options


Single Deluxe Suite

Deluxe Room with its own ensuite bathroom and sitting area.

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Double Room

2 people in a room, bathroom is shared with the neighboring room.

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Glamping Room

Tent, yurt, or eco casa – 2 people per option, except 1 yurt is a triple.

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Pricing and Policies

  • Deposit Payment

    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.


  • Price Includes


    • Full training tuition
    • 7 nights’ lodging
    • 3 meals per day
    • Access to the facilities and campus grounds
    • A detailed training manual
    • A Yoga Medicine top

    Not Included

    • Airfare
    • Ground transfers to/from the retreat center
    • Room charges and other incidentals
  • Final Payment

    Due February 21, 2020

    In order to attend the retreat, your final payment (minus the $500 deposit) must be received by the final payment date on February 21, 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, February 21, 2020.

  • Couples

    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.

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

  • Cancellation & Refund Policy

    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.

  • Additional Travel Information

    When booking flights, please keep in mind that the training begins with dinner on May 9th and ends with a morning vinyasa class from 7-8:30am followed by breakfast on May 16th. You must be present for the entire duration of the training in order to receive your training hours and certificate of completion. We recommend reviewing our attendance policy for details.

    When traveling to another country, you may also need to contact your health care 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.

    Suryalila offers extensive travel suggestions and directions from Seville and Malaga, Spain. Click here to visit the travel page and here for general tips.

    For more information, please visit the retreat’s website:

    Retreat 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

  • Do I need to be enrolled in the Yoga Medicine 500-hour program to attend this yoga teacher training?

    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.

  • I'm so excited for this training! What do I need to do between enrollment and the event?

    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!

  • What is the attendance criteria to receive full credit for this yoga teacher training?

    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.

  • How does each training connect to the case study requirement for the 500-hour program?

    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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