The Yin and Meditation Yoga teacher training — a curriculum close to our heart — is co-taught by Tiffany Cruikshank and Rashmi Bismark, MD, MPH. Rashmi brings over 15 years of study and practice of alternative healing modalities, including ayurveda, energy healing, yoga, and meditation. This yoga teacher training looks at these two more contemplative practices and the science behind how they can be used more therapeutically. We will look at how and when to use yin and/or meditation practices, as well as the science behind how it affects our physiology.
Together, these expert instructors will lead the group in lectures, discussions and practices – Rashmi guiding the mindfulness and meditation component and Tiffany leading the morning and evening asana practices.
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 Yin & Meditation Yoga Teacher Training 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.
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 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: Wednesday, October 20th at 9am PST
- – Section 2: Wednesday, November 3rd at 9am PST
- – Section 3: Wednesday, November 17th at 9am PST
- – Section 4: Wednesday, December 1st at 9am PST
- – Section 5: Wednesday, December 15th at 9am PST
- – Section 6: Wednesday, December 29th at 9am PST
With the new academic system we’ve implemented this year, this yoga teacher training will run live from October 4 – December 29, 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.
However, you are still welcome to join this training at any time – we created this online training to be flexible with your schedule so you can complete it at your own pace. The main difference is that each section will be released every two weeks and there are two weeks in between each live Q&A call. There is no deadline by which you need to complete the training as all sessions will be recorded, and 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 55 ‘in-person/contact’ hours 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 hours will still be recognized by Yoga Alliance as well, click here to read more about their guidelines on online training hours.
In the Yin portion of this training we will take a deep dive into the fascia and its current research to look at the therapeutic implications of yin yoga. This training also looks at the science of stretching, its effects on fascia and what the current research suggests in terms of yoga applications. We’ll also look at Chinese Medicine principles and examine its application using the meridians to support the energetic body. We’ll dissect the what, why, when and how behind both the gross and subtle aspects of teaching a yin yoga practice and all the details in between to give you everything you need to teach group yin classes and incorporate yin yoga into private sessions.
This curriculum will also dive deep into the essentials of teaching meditation. We’ll cover how to introduce your students to meditation by addressing common misconceptions, hindrances and how current research around meditation practices offer beneficial perspectives in your classes. We’ll look at what the research suggests around neurotransmitters, the endocrine system, the immune system, epigenetics, aging and cognitive effects. We will also examine the science behind the physiological and psychological benefits as well as the concept of neuroplasticity and how it relates to meditation. You’ll see an overview of styles and techniques to help guide your students and your own practice.
This training involves an introspective practice of self inquiry through practice and mindfulness. Participants must have a strong desire to cultivate a meditation practice or already have a regular meditation practice. We welcome the seasoned or novice meditator as long as both come with an open mind. You can expect meditation practices intermingled with lecture, light vinyasa and yin yoga. The vinyasa component is mild and moderate and is used to demonstrated how you can weave different styles together as well as help break up the lectures and bring the meridians and content to life. Come prepared for a brain full of information as well as time spent on more contemplative personal discoveries.
Here are the main topics that we will cover during the Yin and Meditation Yoga Teacher Training:
- TCM foundations & Yin/Yang Theory
- Fascia Anatomy & Function in a Yin Practice
- Stretching Research & Implications
- Joint Anatomy
- How to Use a Yin Practice Therapeutically
- Anatomy of a Yin Practice: the What, Why, When & How
- Detailed Dissection of Yin Poses & Uses
- Chinese Medicine Meridians, 5 Elements & Uses
- Myofascial Chains
- Yin Yoga Sequencing
- Mindfulness: A Primer
- Meditation: The Evidence Base
- Meditation as a Neurocognitive Exercise
- Approaching Obstacles in Meditation Practice
- Spiritual Path of Meditation
- Guiding Meditation: the What, Why, When & How
- Focused Attention vs. Open Monitoring
- Still vs. Movement
- Guided vs. Unguided
- & all the details in-between to give you everything you need to teach group classes & individualize private sessions in meditation & yin yoga…
Testimonials About This Yoga Teacher Training
— Chloe Banks, Yoga Teacher —
“I wanted to add yin into my yoga teachings, so the Yin & Meditation Module was incredibly beneficial. I love learning about how science merges with meditation, and I also find this super helpful for my students to be able to relay the scientific evidence as to why yin and meditation are so amazing. Thank you for all your insight, knowledge and openness to share. Incredibly grateful.”
— Lee Duboc, 500-Hour Yoga Medicine Teacher —
“What a wonderful experience! I am a relatively new teacher, but a long time yin student. I learned so much and am beginning now to incorporate so much that I learned on both yin and meditation to the classes I am teaching.”
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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!
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.
- Enrollment in the online training
- A digital training manual
Apply This Training Towards a 500-Hour Certification
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?
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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