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Spine: Anatomy, Dysfunction, and Application

Online Training

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We are ecstatic to offer our newly updated Spine: Anatomy, Dysfunction, and Application Yoga Teacher Training this year with new info, research and techniques! This online training will be co-taught by our founder Tiffany Cruikshank L.AC. MAOM and Yoga Medicine Instructor and Therapeutic Specialist — Jenni Tarma. As an RRCA Endurance Coach, CrossFit L1 trainer and lifelong athlete, Jenni specializes in mobility, movement and injury prevention. She works rigorously with athletes of all levels one-on-one to improve performance, mechanics, and recovery.

This intensive yoga teacher training is part of our core orthopedic curriculum, making it an ideal experience for teachers who want to expand their knowledge and incorporate therapeutic, anatomically based sequencing into their teaching. Back pain is by far the most common reason patients and students seek help, making this a perfect course for those who work with students in pain or for those who work with athletes/clients looking to enhance performance or minimize injury.

In the Spine: Anatomy, Dysfunction, and Application Yoga Teacher Training, you will be guided through a deeper look into the anatomy and biomechanics of the spine as a basis to give you the tools to evaluate spine function and application in a yoga setting. We will assess the spine’s mobility, common injuries, and common types of dysfunction alongside an exploration of the application and how to support these issues within a yoga context both preventatively and for injury recovery.

We pride ourselves in bringing the content alive through relevant practices, lectures, mini sessions and reviews along the way to reinforce the information. After completing this training, you will leave with a robust understanding of the spine’s anatomy and how you can apply this knowledge to provide your yoga students with a more impactful, well-rounded approach to spine integrity within a therapeutic yoga setting.

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 Spine Module 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):

  • – Tuesday, May 31st at 12pm PST
  • – Tuesday, June 28th at 12pm PST
  • – Tuesday, July 19th at 12pm 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 intensive 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

This intensive yoga teacher training begins with a deeper look at the anatomy and biomechanics of the spine as a basis for learning to support the individual. We will examine common injuries and common dysfunction (including SI joint, scoliosis and pelvic asymmetries) alongside an exploration of how to support these issues. We will also examine range of motion and how to evaluate this on your students while taking into consideration the importance of individual variances. You will learn how to work with and troubleshoot a variety of techniques in your own practice as well as with your students.

With this information in mind, we will explore approaches to work with and support the individual in front of you. Review sessions along the way will help you integrate the information, so you leave with a deeper understanding that you can immediately apply to your teaching and personal practice by more thoroughly understanding the function of the spine.

Here are the main topics that we will cover during the Spine: Anatomy, Dysfunction, and Application Yoga Teacher Training:

  • Spine Overview
  • Anatomy & Dysfunction
  • Common Injuries & Injury Prevention
  • Assessing Function
  • Working with the Cervical Spine
  • Working with the Thoracic Spine
  • Working with the Lumbar Spine
  • Working with the SI Joint
  • Working with the Scoliosis
  • Working with the Pelvic Asymmetries
  • Working with Pain
  • Individualized Yoga Application
  • Looking at the Whole
  • Durability & Prevention Training

Testimonials About This Yoga Teacher Training

Testimonials About This Yoga Teacher Training

— Kelsea Wright, 500-Hour Yoga Medicine Teacher —

“The studio I own is very anatomy and alignment driven, so this information will help both myself and my other teachers to continue to keep students safe during their practice and also help to explain what they might be feeling in their spine during poses. It will also be invaluable for my private clients, who usually come to see me for back and hip issues.”

— Sophie Tashkovski, 500-Hour Yoga Medicine Teacher —

“I am using the Yoga Medicine curriculum every day as part of the Crouse Hospital Spine Wellness Team’s continuum of care. I am seeing several referrals weekly for non surgical back pain and having great results. I also see clients for a range of other concerns such as anxiety, stress, rehabilitation from injury, and improved athletic performance and use Yoga Medicine’s evaluation for all clients to create individual flows to help them meet their goals. Currently seeing up to 15 private clients per week.”


$1,390 USD


Includes online training and a digital manual.

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Pricing & 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?

    Before the training, it is recommended to review the spine muscle groups with their origin and insertion. 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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