We are excited to visit San Diego, California, for a six-day urban intensive training. This Spine Intensive Yoga Teacher Training will be hosted on the University of California San Diego campus during the joyous summertime. If you haven’t visited California before, this is the perfect occasion for your first visit!

This training — Spine: Anatomy, Dysfunction & Application — is part of our core orthopedic curriculum, making it an ideal experience for teachers who want to expand their anatomy knowledge and incorporate anatomically-aware sequencing into their teaching. In the Spine Intensive Yoga Teacher Training, lead teacher Tiffany Cruikshank will guide you through a deeper look into the anatomy and biomechanics of the spine as a basis and give you the tools to evaluate spinal functionality. Throughout practice and lecture, we will assess the spine’s mobility, common injuries, and types of dysfunction alongside an exploration of how to identify these issues within a yoga context. 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 stronger, safer, and more well-rounded approach to spinal integrity within a therapeutic yoga application.



JULY 8-13, 2019


This training is for teachers dedicated to a higher standard of learning & a desire to deepen their knowledge.

The Spine Intensive Yoga Teacher Training in San Diego is a 60-hour advanced course for yoga teachers who are actively pursuing their 500-hour certification with Yoga Medicine®. To fully benefit from 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
9:30-10:30am — Breakfast (provided)
10:30-1pm — Lecture
1-3pm — Lunch Break (on your own – explore San Diego!)
3-6pm— Lecture
6-7pm — Restorative Practice
7pm — Dinner (on your own – explore San Diego!)
*Set aside 30-60 minutes each evening for review/homework

The format of the yoga teacher training week will be familiar: each day begins with a 2.5-hour morning practice & ends with a more restorative practice in the evening to tie together the course content of the day. There will be daily yoga teacher training lectures in the morning & afternoon along with evening homework to help you retain the information. On each full day, the group will enjoy a healthy breakfast together.

Unlike our other trainings in remote locations, this training is located at the University of California, San Diego. Each day will have long lunch breaks to give you time to stroll to an array of nearby bistros, healthy cafes, & diners for lunch. Each day will finish in time for dinner so you will have the evening to experience the vibrant San Diego.


Spine: Anatomy, Dysfunction, & Application (60-hour course)

This intensive yoga teacher training begins with a deeper look at the anatomy and biomechanics of the spine as a basis for learning to evaluate this area. In this course, we will examine common injuries and types of spinal dysfunction alongside an exploration of how to identify these issues. You will learn how to work with and troubleshoot a variety of ailments for your own practice or for working with others.

We will present case studies along the way to help you integrate the information, so you will 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.

This 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.



Dana has been practicing yoga for almost twenty years. Her teaching career started in Sydney and has taken her across the globe to assist Tiffany Cruikshank and Yoga Medicine at yoga conferences, festivals, and 200-hour and 500-hour teacher trainings.



Paige is a certified yoga teacher in San Francisco, California. She finds joy in helping students navigate life on and off the mat in corporate, group, & privates yoga settings. Paige is working towards her 1000-hour Yoga Medicine certification.


Jenni is a RYT-500, Yoga Medicine Registered Therapeutic Specialist & RRCA Endurance Coach based in Durham, North Carolina. She loves working with private clients and has written a book on rehabbing hamstring tendon injuries under her Stronger With Yoga brand.


Alice is a London-based certified 500-hour Yoga Medicine teacher, primary school teacher, Teach First ambassador, kitesurfer, windsurfer, skier and traveller. She is honoured to be working with Tiffany as a Yoga Medicine teacher while continuing her education through the Yoga Medicine 1000-hour Teacher Training Program.


Sophie is a 200hr RYT in Syracuse, NY. She recently opened Syracuse Yoga, where Yoga is for Everybody and EveryBODY.  Sophie is working toward completion of her 500/1000 hour certification with Yoga Medicine.


Nina is a Yoga Medicine® Registered Therapeutic Specialist, E-RYT 500, Pilates and Yin teacher from the Netherlands, based in Kuala Lumpur. She specializes in therapeutic private yoga, myofascial release, workshops and teacher trainings. Nina is currently working towards her 1000-hour certification.


Annie is a 200RYT, a certified Pilates Reformer (I, II, III) and children’s yoga teacher who believes in a therapeutic, orthopedic, anatomy-based approach to movement in the body. Annie works closely with healthcare practitioners within her specialties while pursuing her 500-RYT through Yoga Medicine.


Yoga Practice/Lectures – Price Center Ballroom

Address: 9500 Gilman Dr, La Jolla, CA 92093

The University of California, San Diego (UCSD) is a public research university found in the La Jolla neighborhood of San Diego, California. The university was established in 1960 and sits on 2,141 acres near the coast of the Pacific Ocean. Yoga practices and lectures will be held on campus for a more educational experience in the Price Center Ballroom at the University of California, San Diego.

From the spectacular coast to scenic communities to scientific innovations, San Diego is a dynamic place full of new opportunities. Enjoy the relaxing drive along the lively beaches and discover the immense parks, numerous art galleries, artist studios, museums and gardens this exuberant city has to offer.



Training Tuition





A $500 non-refundable and 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 April 12th, 2019.

In order to attend the retreat, your final payment (minus the $500 deposit) must be received by the final payment date on April 12th, 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, April 12th, 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.


  • Enrollment in the full training
  • Breakfast on the full training days
  • A custom made, detailed training manual


  • Accommodations
  • Lunch & dinner
  • Airfare
  • Ground transportation

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 info@yogamedicine.com 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.

Please keep in mind this does not apply to our urban style modules.

When planning your travel, please keep in mind that the training begins with 7am morning practice on July 8th and ends around 5pm on July 13th. You must be present for the entire duration of the training in order to receive your hours and the certificate of completion for this training. Please review our attendance policy for details.

For this training you are free to select the accommodation of your choice.

When traveling to/from another country, you may also need to contact your healthcare 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.

The closest airport is San Diego International Airport, although there are several other airports you can fly into. Transportation to city-center is available on public transportation (airport shuttle, Trolley and Coaster trains or buses), city cabs, or rideshare (Uber, Lyft, etc.).


If you would like to join this 500-hour yoga teacher training San Diego, 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 Info@YogaMedicine.com.

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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