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Traditional Chinese Medicine Yoga Teacher Training

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For over 20 years, our founder Tiffany Cruikshank, L.Ac., MAOM has been intertwining the ancient practices of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Yoga to empower tens of thousands of students & teachers to observe the nuances and subtleties of the body on a deeper level and move towards balance. Now, in a more in-depth curriculum than ever before, Tiffany is sharing 30 hours of Traditional Chinese Medicine curriculum in a not-to-miss online training!

Join us for Yoga Medicine’s Traditional Chinese Medicine Yoga Teacher Training as Tiffany guides you through this invaluable training using asana practices, lectures, and case studies to create an in-depth, understanding of this information. The Traditional Chinese Medicine Yoga Teacher Training provides a foundation in Chinese Medicine principles and its intersection with the art of teaching yoga. This will be an even more in-depth curriculum than ever before!

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 Traditional Chinese Medicine Yoga Teacher Training is a 30-hour advanced online training for yoga teachers, physicians, healthcare providers and those who are interested in learning more about this invaluable curriculum.

Yoga Medicine® believes that an experienced yoga teacher can be a valuable asset within the healthcare networks; and with our credentials, students know their yoga teacher is highly trained in both science/research as well as traditional yoga practices. 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 four sections – each section is composed of pre-recorded lectures, asana practices, review and homework to integrate the information.

We also have a scheduled Q&A call for each section to keep you on track. If you’re unable to join the Q&A calls, you can post your questions online and watch the recording within the online portal whenever you like.

Live Q&A Schedule (subject to change)

  • – Section 1: Tuesday, November 9th at 12pm PST
  • – Section 2: Tuesday, November 16th at 12pm PST
  • – Section 3: Tuesday, November 23rd at 12pm PST
  • – Section 4: Tuesday, November 30th at 12pm PST

With the new academic system we’ve implemented this year, this yoga teacher training will run live from November 1-30, 2021 during the Fall Quarter – and we would love for you to complete this live training with us during this timeframe if it works with your schedule. It is our hope that having a Fall Quarter in place will give our yoga teacher training program a more academic feel and provide a more realistic timeline to complete your trainings with continuous support from Yoga Medicine along the way.

We created this online training to be flexible with your schedule so you also have the option to complete it at your own pace. The full training will be available on November 1st 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 30hours towards your 500-hour/1000-hour Yoga Medicine certification. Directly following the 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 2022, click here to read more about their guidelines on online training hours.

Program Curriculum

This Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Yoga Teacher Training will provide you with a deep knowledge of TCM concepts as it applies to a yoga practice. We cover the foundations of Chinese Medicine theory to help you understand your student’s unique needs and how you can use this information to individualize your classes with them to make your work with them more effective.

You’ll learn Chinese Medicine five-element theory, yin and yang theory, meridian theory and the differentiation of the organs as it applies specifically to yoga. You’ll dig deeper to examine common conditions and differential diagnosis in Chinese Medicine. You’ll learn potent acupressure points and their integration in a yoga practice and a wealth of applications to a therapeutic practice.

This is one of our foundational courses and we believe it provides critical information on how to work one-on-one with students in a way that supports their unique body and mind. This longer format will incorporate case studies to help you integrate the information in a relevant and effective way to start using with your students right away. This training is a game changer for group and private classes and will forever change the way you teach.

You will complete this training with a deep understanding of:

  • Yin/Yang Theory and the 8 principles of diagnosis
  • Meridian Theory, locations and application to yoga practices
  • The 5 elements and their therapeutic applications
  • The application of TCM principles to common dysfunctions and the ability to brainstorm uncommon/unknown issues
  • How to modify practices and techniques to suit the individual
  • The main acupressure points and their uses
  • How to incorporate TCM applications within a yoga setting
  • How to create group class sequences around TCM themes
  • How to conduct an intake, come up with an assessment and develop a yoga plan based on that to support the individual

Testimonials About This Yoga Teacher Training

— Diane Malaspina, 500-hour Yoga Medicine instructor —

“Take your understanding of wellness and the art of natural healing to another level! Incorporating Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) into teaching yoga has enhanced my sequencing and wellness strategies to share with students, especially during seasonal transitions when we can feel stressed but may not be aware of why.  Change is constant – day to day and season to season. Taking a TCM approach to yoga helps you to guide students into seasonal food choices and lifestyle habits that they can take off the mat to find balance in their lives. This knowledge will also enhance your sequences with poses that engage and open meridian lines by working with the 5 elements to provide a therapeutic experience. Understanding TCM helps yoga teachers see how the external environment is mirrored in the internal environment. Concepts of yin and yang can also be used to theme the class – physically through the postures or connecting to larger themes like kindness and forgiveness (which are aspects of the elements).”

— Ann-Charlotte Monrad, 500-hour Yoga Medicine instructor —

“Incorporating Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) principles in my yoga sequencing is one of the most inspiring tools I’ve come across during almost twenty years of teaching yoga. When you learn the energetic meridians of TCM, you can target those areas of the body through asana and adapt it to address numerous conditions or concerns. To magnify the effectiveness of your teachings you can also create an emotional setting with your knowledge of the 5 elements: are you aiming to release frustration, create introspection, or do you simply want to support those students who need structure? The possibilities are endless. Instead of “just” teaching a class, there’s now a direction to my classes that can support my students on an even deeper level.”

Meet Your Instructor

Tiffany Cruikshank, L.AC., MAOM

An international yoga teacher, author, licensed Acupuncturist and Chinese Medicine provider, Tiffany is known as a teacher’s teacher who has written for and graced the cover of many prominent publications. For over 20 years she has been intertwining the ancient practices of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Yoga to empower students & teachers to therapeutically support individuality, health & wellness on a deeper level.

Tiffany Cruikshank is the founder of Yoga Medicine and has been teaching for over 25 years. She has a premed Bachelors degree in Medicinal Plant Biology and a Masters in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine with a specialty in Sports Medicine and Orthopedics. She’s worked with celebrities, pro athletes, and corporate professionals alike in her own private clinics as well as at the Nike World Headquarters where she kickstarted and ran the Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine and Yoga for Athletes programs in Portland, Oregon. She has trained over 15,000 yoga teachers & medical professionals, fusing science and research with traditional practices to individualize care and serve the student & healthcare systems.

Pricing

$750 USD

Tuition

Includes online training and a digital manual.

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Payment Information

  • Payment & Cancellation/Refund Policy

    A full payment of $750 USD will secure your spot in this online training. Please return to the Pricing section to register!

    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.

  • Price 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 30 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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