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Nervous System and Restorative Yoga Teacher Training

Online Training

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Join us for an internal medicine yoga teacher training on the Nervous System and Restorative Yoga. This online training is co-taught by Tiffany Cruikshank, 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.

In-line with the current educational industry standards under COVID-19, this training is being offered in an online format.

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 online training for yoga teachers as well as physicians, healthcare providers, coaches and fitness instructors with yoga experience who are interested in learning more about this invaluable curriculum. To fully benefit from this training, we recommend that anyone considering enrollment is actively working with students and clients within a yoga or therapeutic 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

This training has six sections – each section is composed of pre-recorded lectures, asana practices, review and homework to integrate the information.

We also have scheduled “office hours” via Zoom to help support you throughout the training. If you’re unable to join the Zoom calls, you can post your questions online and watch the recording within the online portal whenever you like.

Live Office Hours Schedule (subject to change):

  • – Monday, March 28th at 4pm PST
  • – Monday, April 25th at 4pm PST
  • – Monday, May 23rd at 4pm PST

We created this online training to be flexible with your schedule so you can complete it at your own pace. The full training is available now and there is no deadline by which you need to complete the training as you’ll have unlimited access to the training materials even after completion. Most of all we are committed to bringing you the highest quality of education by our incredible teachers to your door.

This yoga teacher training will count as 55 ‘in-person/contact’ 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 and training hours. These online training hours will be recognized by Yoga Alliance if completed by the end of 2023, click here to read more about their guidelines on online training hours.

Program Curriculum

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. This 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 restorative training are some of the most effective means of soothing 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 different pathologies and how to utilize these concepts within the yoga practice.

Here are the main topics that we will cover during the Nervous System and Restorative Yoga Teacher Training:

Internal Medicine: Nervous System

    • CNS & Regions of the Brain & Cranial Nerves
    • Spinal Cord, Spinal Nerves & PNS
    • Brainstem & Breath
    • Heart Rate Variability, Limbic System & Cerebellum
    • Sensory & Motor Systems, Motor Processing
    • ANS & Neurotransmitters
    • Neuroimmunology, Neurodynamics & Pain
    • Nerve Flossing Techniques
    • Common Neurologic Problems/Diseases and Applications
    • Putting It All Together in a Yoga Context

Restorative Yoga

    • Restorative Yoga & Stress Processing
    • Restorative Yoga Implications in Trauma & Stress
    • Traditional Chinese Medicine Applications to Restorative Yoga
    • Why & When to Use Restorative Yoga
    • Cautions with Restorative Yoga
    • Detailed Understanding of each Pose, it’s Purpose, & Props Used
    • Sequencing
    • Everything you need to know to create an impactful, therapeutic restorative practice

Testimonials About This Yoga Teacher Training

Testimonials About This Yoga Teacher Training

— Jen Coco, 500-Hour Yoga Medicine Teacher —

“While taking the online Nervous System and Restorative Yoga training, I immediately began to implement many of the restorative poses into the two classes I teach per week. I became aware that the classes I was presenting as “restorative” were actually a mixture of both yin and restorative postures, so I was really able to refine and fine-tune my sequences and breathing techniques to hone in on restorative entirely. It was great to take some of the key points from Tiffany’s morning asana practices as well and incorporate them into my Vinyasa Flow classes – particularly moving slower and with greater awareness, and connecting more mindfully to HOW we move our bodies, and all the many processes working together to accomplish each movement. So very many helpful takeaways that I will continue to implement from here on out!”

— Megan Doll, 500-Hour Yoga Medicine Teacher —

“This training was totally up my alley! It perfectly syncs up with two trainings I teach: Restorative Yoga and Trauma-Sensitive Yoga. I’m so interested in how yoga and mindfulness affect our brains and am looking forward to integrating what we learned into my on-going exploration.”


$1,390 USD


Includes online training and a digital manual.

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Pricing and Policies

  • Payment & Cancellation/Refund Policy

    A full payment of $1,390 USD will secure your spot in this online training. Please return to the Pricing section to register today!

    The tuition payment is non-refundable and non-transferable after you have made your final payment and received access to this training’s online portal/materials. We cannot make any exceptions regardless of the circumstance. We appreciate your understanding.

  • Pricing Includes

    • – Enrollment in the online training
    • – A digital training manual

Apply This Training Towards a 500-Hour Certification

If you are enrolled in Yoga Medicine®’s 500-hour or 1000-hour certification program, then this training counts towards your training hours with Yoga Medicine® as well as continuing education hours with Yoga Alliance. You do not need to be enrolled in our 500-hour/1000-hour program to participate. If you are interested to continue training with Yoga Medicine® to receive an advanced training certification with us, then you have the option to apply to our 500-hour program and this yoga teacher training’s hours will automatically apply towards your 500-hour certification process. If you would like to learn more about our 500-hour certification program click here. The link below will take you to the application for joining our program.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

    No. This yoga teacher training is designed for yoga teachers, physicians, healthcare providers and those who are interested in learning more about this invaluable curriculum. If you have a consistent yoga practice and a desire to learn more, then we would love to have you join!

    If you are new to Yoga Medicine and would like to join the 500-hour program, then please complete the online application. Upon successful completion of this online training, the 55 hours would automatically be applied towards your 500-hour. Details on the 500-hour program can be found here.

  • How do I prepare for and access the online training?

    If you have not taken a Chinese Medicine Module or Immersion previously, it is recommended to read and know chapters 1 and 2 of the book, Voices of Qi, prior to attending.

    When you register for this training, you will also receive complimentary access to the following online courses: Conducting a Therapeutic Evaluation and Recognizing Red Flags in a Therapeutic Yoga Setting – reviewing these courses will also help you prepare for this training.

    After registering for this training, you will receive a confirmation email with more details on general information, training materials needed, and instructions on how to access your online training.

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