In March 2019, the Yoga Medicine® team will return to Koh Samui, Thailand to offer an intensive yoga teacher training on the shoulder. The Shoulder Intensive Yoga Teacher Training provides a thorough examination of the shoulder’s anatomy, dysfunction, the application of yoga to address common contraindications and yoga for shoulder pain. The Shoulder Intensive Yoga Teacher Training is one of our core orthopedic yoga teacher trainings along with the spine and hip yoga teacher trainings – all of which are highly recommended for our advanced teachers.

This course takes place at one of Yoga Medicine®’s favorite destinations — the Samahita Retreat Center. This retreat center is located on the beautiful white-sand beaches so you can experience a nice getaway from your daily routine. Enjoy natural, healthy and delicious homemade meals with a well-balanced mixed of local ingredients. We hope you can join us there!



MARCH 9-16, 2019


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 yoga 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 500-hour 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
1-3:30pm — Lunch then Afternoon Break
3:30-6pm— Lecture
6-7pm — Restorative Practice
7-8pm — Dinner
8-9pm —Homework

This week-long intensive yoga teacher training includes 7 nights of accommodation and healthy meals each day from start to finish – the perfect way to escape your daily distractions and immerse yourself in learning and deepening your teaching. Everyday begins with a 2.5-hour morning practice and ends with a more restorative practice in the evening that ties into the day’s course content. The intensive yoga teacher training lectures are held during the day with homework each evening to help you retain the information. This format is information packed and designed to help you integrate the knowledge you receive in practice and lecture.


Shoulder: Anatomy, Dysfunction & Treatment (60 hours)

Many yoga practitioners seek out yoga for shoulder pain, injuries and other ailments. This intensive yoga teacher training in Koh Samui, Thailand begins with a deeper look at the anatomy and biomechanics of the shoulder joint as a basis for learning to evaluate this area. This course examines the common injuries and dysfunction of the shoulder with an exploration of how to work with issues in this area. This course will teach you how to work with a variety of ailments and how to troubleshoot new ailments on your own. There will be case studies along the way to help you integrate the information. You will leave with a deeper understanding of this joint that you can immediately apply to your teaching and your practice by more thoroughly understanding the function of this joint.

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.

Meet Your Teachers

Tiffany Cruikshank

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.

Supporting Teacher

Rachel Land

Rachel is a full-time yoga teacher based in Queenstown New Zealand. She has completed a 500-hour yoga teacher training with Tiffany Cruikshank and Yoga Medicine; she is also a lead teacher on Yoga Medicine’s 200-hour yoga teacher trainings and is a frequent contributing author to online yoga publications.


Lizzy Moore

Lizzy Moore is a yoga teacher, massage therapist, and owner of Little Ocean Yoga.  She has completed her 500-hour with Yoga Medicine as a Registered Therapeutic Specialist and is based out of North Palm Beach, Florida.

Gry Bech-Hanssen

Based in Oslo, Norway, Gry Bech-Hanssen has a background in contemporary dance and has taught yoga in group and privates for over a decade. She is nearing completion of her 500-hour and currently teaches yoga and functional anatomy to the dance students at Oslo National Academy of the Arts.

Samahita Retreat Center

Thailand is a spiritual, colorful, and peaceful land. Koh Samui, in particular, is lush and beautiful, with tropical jungles and white-sand beaches surrounded by a sapphire-blue sea. An island in the Gulf of Thailand, Samui is situated in a high-energy zone, which directly affects practices like yoga and meditation, and makes it an ideal place for positive transformation and growth.

Samahita Retreat has been a pioneer in healthy programming for the body, breath and mind for almost 15 years. Known as one of the most authentic yoga retreats & teaching locations worldwide while introducing a balance of practices and activities for both body and mind that includes meditation, Pranayama and breath work as well as full cardio and core strength fitness routines. Our signature program, YogaCoreCycle, incorporates all these elements, giving a variety of options within a fully inclusive health and fitness program while still continuing with a full yoga offering, all directly on the beach.

Samahita’s Lifestyle & Yoga Retreat is set away from the busy tourist areas, chosen for its proximity to Koh Samui’s important cultural and historical landmark, Laem Sor Pagoda.

Find out more here

Rooming Options


Single Room

Generous living space, bedroom & private balcony



Semi-private shared

2 per room, the bathroom splits the 2 bedrooms for privacy



Shared Loft

Split-level room with a private bathroom, creates privacy in this 2-person room


Visit Samahita’s website for more details on accommodations – click here!


A $500 non-refundable and non-transferable deposit will secure a spot for teachers enrolled in our 500/1000-hour program. When registration opens, a payment option will become available at the top of this page.

Due November 16th, 2018.

In order to attend the retreat, your final payment (minus the $500 deposit) must be received by the final payment date on Friday, November 16th, 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. Please keep in mind that the final payment is non-refundable & non-transferable after Friday, December 21st, 2018.

There are no refunds or transfers of payments after December 21, 2018 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.


  • 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 & other incidentals

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 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 March 9th and ends with a morning vinyasa class from 7-8:30am followed by breakfast on March 16th. 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.

Visit Samahita’s travel page for travel resources/tips on flying to Thailand and getting to Koh Samui. Here you will find information on international and domestic travel, seasonal weather and visa requirements. Once you are enrolled, we’ll provide further information on the logistics.

For more information on the Samahita Retreat Center, click the button below.

Retreat Website


If you would like to join this 500-hour intensive 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

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.


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® and you would like to attend this training, then please complete the online application to the 500-hour yoga teacher 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 intensive yoga teacher training and accrue the 60 hours training credit towards your 500-hour certification with Yoga Medicine®.

Everything you need to prepare for this intensive 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.

Download Case Study Guidelines PDF


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