Internal Medicine 1: Nervous System & Restorative Yoga (60hr)




Join us for Yoga Medicine’s Internal Medicine module on the Nervous System & Restorative Yoga. This module will be co-taught by Tiffany Cruikshank & 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 & case studies to create an in-depth, hands-on learning experience.

This module begins by looking at these three crucial systems & 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.



APRIL 15-22, 2018


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

The 60-hour advanced courses are for yoga teachers enrolled in our 500-hour program and are dedicated to pursuing their 500-hour certification with Yoga Medicine. Every participant has at least a 200-hour teacher training certificate and is actively working with students and clients in a yoga setting.

We believe that an experienced yoga teacher is a key component in our healthcare network and with our credentials, people know they have a teacher who is knowledgeable and experienced. The 500hr advanced training focuses on a deeper understanding of Western anatomy and physiology and its application to the traditional yoga philosophy. We train our teachers to understand the body and the practice so that they can understand how to apply the practice to the individual with any style or level of practice to create personalized therapeutic yoga sessions.



Anticipated Daily Schedule

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

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

This module counts as 60 hours towards your 500/1000hr Yoga Medicine certification. Directly following the module you will be invited to take a short, online quiz to receive your certificate of completion.


The Nervous System & Restorative Yoga Module (60hrs)

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 module 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 module 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 modules can be completed in any order.



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 500hr certification with Yoga Medicine.

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Revel in the beautiful drive along the scenic winding road carved through the resplendent Blue Ridge Mountains in Boone, North Carolina. At the AoLRC, you can watch the sun rise over endless mountaintops, rejuvenate with an Ayurvedic treatment at The Spa, or feel the quiet of a walk in the forest.

It’s a place to relax, revive, dive deep within. A place to be with nature, and delight in the silence.

The Art of Living Retreat Center seeks to reawaken human values – compassion, love, togetherness, joy, harmony – and to nurture them in our day-to-day life. The Center hosts workshops and retreats that take you deeper into the rich experience of life. The Art of Living. The Center hopes to show a true representation of a one-world family, offering a place that unites people from all walks of life in the spirit of wisdom, celebration, and service to the world.

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Rooming Options


Single Deluxe Room

King or full bed, ensuite bathroom, hotel-style amenities


Double Deluxe Room

Two full beds, ensuite bathroom, hotel-style amenities


Shared Room

2-3 twin beds per room, private bathroom, furnishings are minimalistic


A $500 non-refundable & non-transferable deposit will secure a spot on the 60-hour training course. When registration opens, a payment option will become available at the top of this page.

Due February 2nd, 2018.

In order to attend the retreat, your final payment (minus the $500 deposit) must be received by the final payment date on February 2nd, 2018. 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, February 2nd, 2018.

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. However, 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 April 15th & ends with a morning vinyasa class from 7-8:30am followed by breakfast on April 22nd. You must be present for the entire duration of the training in order to receive your training hours & certificate of completion. Please review 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 & 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 Art of Living Retreat Center provides many options & extensive directions on their website – click here. There are several airports within driving distance from the Art of Living Retreat Center:

  • Charlotte-Douglas International Airport (CLT) in Charlotte, NC (100 miles)
  • Tri-Cities Regional Airport (TRI) in Johnson City, TN (80 miles)
  • Piedmont Triad International Airport (GSO) in Greensboro, NC (110 miles)

For more information on the Art of Living Retreat Center, click the button below.

Retreat Website


If you would like to join Yoga Medicine’s 500-hour yoga teacher training, then please complete the online application (see link below) for the 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 500hr 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 500hr training program BEFORE registering. Details on the 500hr program can be found here.

Once your application has been approved, you will be eligible to attend this module & accrue the 60 hours training credit towards your 500hr certification with Yoga Medicine.

Everything you need to prepare for this module 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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"Just shifting your ability to approach your yoga practice as a form of medicine can be really powerful." Tiffany Cruikshank