Yoga Medicine Innovation Conference

Join hosts Tiffany Cruikshank and Rachel Land along with 23 Yoga Medicine® experts for this 23 hour online conference as they bring the highest quality research, experience and innovation to our teachers and community. 

Yoga Medicine Innovation Conference


Conference Description

We are so excited to invite you to our second Yoga Medicine Innovation Conference! This virtual conference will focus on innovative new techniques and research-informed approaches to yoga therapeutics, along with new adaptations of traditional practices for modern issues. Showcasing our experienced teachers and specialists (in healthcare, research and yoga), each presenter will share their research, experience and yoga techniques related to specific issues or demographics in their field of expertise with applications to therapeutic yoga.

We created this conference to bring a high level of expertise and knowledge in various fields to the yoga world from our experienced teachers, researchers, PhD’s and healthcare providers. Our purpose with this conference is to educate and inspire teachers around the globe with specialized therapeutic information they can use with their students right away.

Conference Details

The Innovation Conference includes a panel of 23 Yoga Medicine® experts including physicians, researchers, PhD’s, physical therapists, coaches, senior yoga teachers, and therapeutic specialists! Presentations will cover a wide range of topics including:

Day 1

  • Katja Bartsch, BSc, BCSI, E-RYT 500: Light on Biomechanics – Research-Based Insights on Tissue Stiffness
  • Mariya Farooqi, PharmD, RYT: Managing Diabetes through Yoga
  • Lisa Ash Drackert, Yoga Medicine Therapeutic Specialist: Updating Vestibular Rehabilitation Protocols with Yoga Therapeutics
  • Monisha Bhanote, MD, FCAP, ABOIM, YMTS: Yoga for Gut Health – Cultivating Digestive Harmony through Mind-Body Practices
  • Valerie Knopik, PhD, YACEP: Research Roundup: The Bi-Directional Microbiota-Gut-Brain (MGB) Axis & Mental Health
  • Tiffany Pridgen, MS, Yoga Medicine Therapeutic Specialist, E-RYT 500, YACEP: Yoga Therapeutics to Support the Enteric Nervous System


Day 2

  • Charlotte Johnson & Firdose Moonda, E-RYT 500: When Bodies Remember – De-Colonization in the Practice & Application of Yoga
  • Aisha Fakhro, Yoga Medicine Therapeutic Specialist, YACEP, LAPHP, LNRPC: An Invitation into Safety – Teaching from a Polyvagal-Informed Perspective
  • Nicole McKenna, PhD: First Responder & Veteran Yoga for Post-Traumatic Stress, Coping, & Anxiety
  • Daya Alexander Grant, PhD, MS: Using Yoga Philosophy as a Mental Conditioning Framework for Athletes
  • Alison Heilig, CPT, CES, E-RYT500 & Yoga Medicine Therapeutic Specialist: From Intention to Action – How to Help Your Yoga Students Create Sustainable Habits
  • Margaret Smith, PhD, RYT-500, TCTSY-F: Yoga & Team Cohesion – Athletes, Team Building, & Our Social Nervous Systems


Day 3

  • Melissa Oleson, DPT, RYT, CDNT, INHC: Revitalizing the Core – Exploring the Dynamic Interplay of the Feet, Hips, & Spine on Pelvic Health
  • Marnie Hartman, DPT, CSCS, RYT: From Pain to Practice to Life – An Atlas to Help Navigate the Use of Yoga in Therapeutic Care
  • Shannon Reilly, Yoga Medicine Therapeutic Specialist: The Power of Yoga for the Neurodiverse
  • Sandy Raper, E-RYT 500, RYS, YACEP, Yoga Medicine Therapeutic Specialist, Podcast Host, Author: Integrating Brain Science into the Way We Teach Yoga Classes
  • Sava Papos, Yoga Medicine Therapeutic Specialist & Simone Berzen, APA Pain Physiotherapist: Navigating the Act of Balance


Day 4

  • Rashmi Bismark, MD, MPH: A Mindful Self-Care Course for Cancer Patients, Survivors, & Caregivers
  • Steph Wall & Rashmi Bismark, MD, MPH: Rituals & Yoga
  • Kat Fowler: Energetic Boundaries for Yoga Teachers
  • Caroline Wybar, 1000-Hour Yoga Medicine Therapeutic Specialist, E-RYT 500: Using Yoga Nidra to Enhance Creativity
  • Kylie Rook, ERYT-500 YACEP, Yoga Medicine Therapeutic Specialist: Parkinson’s – Is It a Looming Crisis, & How Could Yoga & Meditation Help?

After signing up, you’ll get instant access to the online conference portal. This is where you will be able to watch the presentations by our community experts.

All recorded presentations were ~45 minutes followed by a 10 minute Q&A for a total of 55 minutes. Attendees will have access to watch them in the online portal for 45 days.

This Innovation Conference will count as 23 hours of online education towards your 500-hour/1000-hour Yoga Medicine certification. Directly following the conference you will be invited to take an online exam to receive your certificate of completion and course hours.

For teachers dedicated to a higher standard of learning looking to deepen their knowledge.

The Yoga Medicine® Innovation Conference is a 23-hour online offering open to yoga teachers, healthcare providers, therapeutic specialists, and dedicated students with a deep interest in yoga therapeutics. We believe that an experienced yoga teacher is a key component in our healthcare network and are committed to supporting that with top quality offerings.

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 is an impactful asset to our healthcare systems. With our credentials, students and healthcare facilities can trust that their yoga teacher is trained with a depth of knowledge in the fusion of research, science and traditional practices as well as a range of experience.

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Meet Your Hosts...

Tiffany Cruikshank

Founder of Yoga Medicine, L.Ac, MAOM, E-RYT

Tiffany is a yoga therapeutic specialist, author, licensed acupuncturist and Chinese Medicine provider.

She’s trained over 15,000 yoga teachers, athletes, medical professionals, physical therapists, bodyworkers and coaches on how to fuse anatomy, western medicine and cutting-edge research with traditional yoga practices to therapeutically support individuality and holistic wellness.

Today, she’s dedicated to helping teachers and students nourish their health and feel their best through a combination of modern science, traditional modalities, and experience.

Rachel Land

E-RYT500, YACEP, Yoga Medicine® Therapeutic Specialist & Senior Teacher

Rachel Land is a yoga teacher, teacher trainer and writer based in Queenstown, New Zealand. Her approach blends traditional yoga practices with extensive study in anatomy, physiology, sports training and therapeutics.

Rachel’s fascination lies in fusing research and tradition together to create a practice that supports and empowers each individual. Her strength is her ability to bring theory to life, making complex topics in the yoga and wellness sphere feel simple and accessible.

She runs workshops and anatomy trainings around the world, regularly contributes to other teacher trainings, and co-teaches several of the Yoga Medicine® 500hr orthopedic modules!

Our Promise

We believe bridging the gap between yoga and medical systems is a crucial therapeutic adjunct to modern healthcare. That’s why all of our offerings strive to reach the same goal: to empower teachers and students through deeper yoga education.

That’s why all of our offerings strive to reach the same goal: to empower teachers and students through deeper yoga education.

We train our community of teachers to understand the body and the full spectrum of therapeutic yoga modalities so they can build a personalized practice to suit the individual across any yoga style, state of wellness, body shape, gender, anatomical differences, age, or capacity.

With our credentials, students can trust that their teacher is well-trained with a range of applied and highly specialized therapeutic experience!

Frequently Asked Questions


The Yoga Medicine Innovation Conference is designed for yoga teachers, dedicated practitioners, healthcare providers, and anyone interested with a deep interest in yoga therapeutics.

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 training, the 23 ‘non-contact’ hours would automatically be applied towards your 500-hour.

More information about the 500-hour program can be found here.

After your payment has been successfully processed, you’ll immediately get a confirmation email with all your access details and next steps!

Immediately after your payment is processed, you will receive access to this live conference's online portal and materials. For this reason, refund requests are only accepted before August 7th.

We appreciate your understanding.

Got additional questions? Contact us here.

Apply This Training Towards a 500-Hour Certification

If you are enrolled in Yoga Medicine’s 500-hour or 1000-hour program, then this online conference counts as 23 hours of online education towards your certification, as well as continuing education hours with Yoga Alliance!

If you are a yoga teacher interested in pursuing continued education with Yoga Medicine, then you have the option to apply to our 500-hour program (in which case, these teacher training hours will automatically apply towards your 500-hour certification process).

To learn more about our 500-hour certification program, click here.

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