Join us for Yoga Medicine’s Internal Medicine Yoga Teacher Training on the Nervous System and Restorative Yoga. This yoga teacher training in upstate New York will be co-taught by Tiffany Cruikshank and Amy Sedgwick, MD, FACEP, E-RYT. We are thrilled to have Amy on board presenting the Western anatomy & physiology of the nervous system. Together our expert teachers will guide you through this transformative training using asana practices, daytime lectures and case studies to create an in-depth, hands-on learning experience.

This Nervous System and Restorative Yoga Teacher Training begins by looking at these three crucial systems and their relevance to yoga. These systems form a large part of what we know to be the therapeutic effects of our practice and have the potential to make the entire practice more therapeutic. We will look at how the physiology of these systems is affected by yoga and new research around this area as well as explore how to shape the practice specifically to address these areas.



NOVEMBER 3-10, 2019


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

The Nervous System and Restorative Yoga Teacher Training is a 60-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.




Anticipated Daily Schedule

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

This week-long yoga teacher training includes 7 nights accommodation and freshly prepared vegetarian meals at the scenic Menla Mountain Retreat in the picturesque hills of the Catskills in upstate New York. 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 November 3rd and ends with a morning vinyasa class from 7-8:30am followed by breakfast on November 10th. We recommend reviewing our attendance policy for details.


Nervous System and Restorative Yoga Teacher Training (60 hours)

The nervous system is in many ways the ruler of the body & 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, & how to adapt a yoga practice to work with dysfunction here.

The tools learned in this training could possibly be one of the most effective means of working with the nervous system through the use of restorative yoga. We’ll investigate the what, why, & how for the application of restorative yoga as a method of regulating the nervous system among other things. This restorative yoga teacher training will explore how to shape the practice specifically to address nervous system dysfunction, how to teach/use restorative yoga, & most importantly, the relevance of this system towards many pathologies & how to utilize these concepts within the yoga practice. Note that the Internal Medicine yoga teacher trainings can be completed in any order.

This Nervous System and Restorative Yoga Teacher Training counts as 60 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.



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.

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Amy lives in Portland, ME, where she opened Riverbend Yoga and Meditation Studio. She completed her emergency medicine residency at Maine Medical Center and sees patients at InterMed, MMC, and Mercy Hospitals. Amy is currently pursuing her 500-hour certification with Yoga Medicine.

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Cristina is the founder of The Yogi Underground and splits her time between the Washington DC area and Barbados, where she lives with her family. She is a 500-hour Kripalu Yoga Teacher, a Reiki Master, an Ayurvedic Health Counselor, and nearing completion of her 1000-hour certification with Yoga Medicine.

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With a background in group fitness, personal training, pilates, barre and more, yoga has been where Lisa’s heart and passion is. She is the owner of Zen Studios; and as an E-RYT 500, Lisa enjoys applying Yoga Medicine® techniques to sessions with her private client.

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Menla Mountain Retreat

Adress: 375 Pantherkill Road, P.O. Box 70 Phoenicia, NY 12464

Located in a secluded valley beside a captivating stream in the middle of the Catskill mountains, Menla is a unique venue featuring spiritual and wellness retreats as well as exclusive getaways. This hidden oasis is the Dalai Lama’s cultural center in North America—a modern retreat and destination spa inspired by the ancient Buddhist kingdom of Tibet.

Witness the enchantment of Menla’s immaculate mountain forests, discover hiking trails, encounter wildlife, and explore a variety of wellness experiences and activities, including yoga and meditation, massage and other bodywork, Tibetan healing therapies, and much more.

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.

Rooming Options


Single Deluxe Room

Queen bed with your own ensuite bathroom, with a stunning view of the mountains



Single Room

Queen bed with a private or shared bathroom, set between an apple orchard & vintage barn



Double Deluxe Room

2 twin beds per room & a shared bathroom, facing the southern ridge of the mountains



Dorm Room

3 twin beds & 1 trundle bed per room with a private bathroom, overlooking Eva’s pond & the mountains



Shared Room

A cabin room with 1-4 twin beds & a shared bathroom, along the valley at the edge of the surrounding forests



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 August 9th, 2019.

In order to attend the retreat, your final payment (minus the $500 deposit) must be received by the final payment date on August 9th, 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, August 9th, 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.


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


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

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.

When booking flights, please keep in mind that the training begins with dinner on November 3rd and ends with a morning vinyasa class from 7-8:30am followed by breakfast on November 10th. 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 & events on the ground.

The closest airports are Albany International Airport in Albany, NY, and Stewart Airport in Newburgh, NY. Via public transportation, you can connect to the Adirondack Trailways bus, which will bring you to nearby Phoenicia.

You may also fly into any of the major New York City airports and take the Adirondack Trailways bus from New York City, departing from Port Authority. All New York City airports connect to Port Authority Bus Terminal via public transportation.

Click here to view Menla Mountain Retreat’s directions and transportation suggestions.

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

Retreat Website


If you would like to join this 500-hour yoga teacher training in New York, 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 & 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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