Nervous System & Restorative Yoga Teacher Training | Online

Join Tiffany Cruikshank, Dr. Amy Sedgwick and Anesthesiologist Eding Mvilongo in our #1 most enrolled-in online training to learn the subtleties of the nervous system in order to efficiently and effectively regulate it through restorative yoga and similar modalities.

Nervous System & Restorative Yoga Teacher Training | Online


Training Description

Join us for an internal medicine yoga teacher training on the Nervous System and Restorative Yoga. This online training is co-taught by Tiffany Cruikshank, Amy Sedgwick MD, and Eding Mvilongo MD. We are thrilled to have Amy and Eding on board to present the Western anatomy and physiology of the nervous system while drawing from their respective expertise in emergency medicine and anesthesiology. Together, these three experts will guide you through this transformative training using asana practices, daytime lectures, and case studies to create a robust, hands-on learning experience.

The Nervous System and Restorative curriculum begins by looking at the nuanced functions of our nervous system and their relevance to yoga. We will discuss the big picture of what we know to be the therapeutic effects of our practice and how we can harness more potential to make the entire practice more therapeutic.

Training Details

The nervous system is in many ways the ruler of the body and mind, the effects we see here spill over into all the other systems of the body. This system is also responsible for a large part of what we can quantify in the therapeutic effects of the yoga practice. This teacher training will look at the function of the nervous system, common pathologies, and invaluable adaptations to incorporate into a yoga practice.

The tools learned in this restorative training are some of the most effective means of soothing the nervous system. We’ll investigate the “what, why, and how” for the application of restorative yoga as a method of regulating the nervous system. This teacher training will explore how to shape the practice specifically to address nervous system dysfunction, how to teach/use restorative yoga, and most importantly, the relevance of this system towards many different pathologies and how to utilize these concepts within the yoga practice.

Here are the main topics that we will cover during the Nervous System and Restorative Yoga Teacher Training:

Internal Medicine: Nervous System

  • CNS & Regions of the Brain & Cranial Nerves
  • Spinal Cord, Spinal Nerves & PNS
  • Brainstem & Breath
  • Heart Rate Variability, Limbic System & Cerebellum
  • Sensory & Motor Systems, Motor Processing
  • ANS & Neurotransmitters
  • Neuroimmunology, Neurodynamics & Pain
  • Nerve Flossing Techniques
  • Common Neurologic Problems/Diseases and Applications
  • Putting It All Together in a Yoga Context

Restorative Yoga

  • Restorative Yoga & Stress Processing
  • Restorative Yoga Implications in Trauma & Stress
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine Applications to Restorative Yoga
  • Why & When to Use Restorative Yoga
  • Cautions with Restorative Yoga
  • Detailed Understanding of each Pose, it’s Purpose, & Props Used
  • Sequencing
  • Everything you need to know to create an impactful, therapeutic restorative practice

We created this online training to be flexible with your schedule so you can complete it at your own pace. 

After signing up, you’ll get instant access to six curated sections of pre-recorded lectures, asana practices, and take-home assignments. There will also be case studies along the way to help you 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):

  • Monday, June 24th at 4pm PST/7pm EST
  • Monday, July 29th at 4pm PST/7pm EST
  • Monday, August 26th at 4pm PST/7pm EST

This 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.

There is no deadline by which you need to complete the training as you’ll have unlimited access to all the training materials — even after completion! These online training hours will also be recognized as 55 continuing education hours (CEUs) by Yoga Alliance.





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

The Nervous System and Restorative 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 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 & traditional practices as well as a range of experience. Yoga Medicine® trains our 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, level, body shape, gender, anatomical differences, age, or capacity.

Jen Coco

500-Hour Yoga Medicine Teacher

“While taking the online Nervous System and Restorative Yoga training, I immediately began to implement many of the restorative poses into the two classes I teach per week. I became aware that the classes I was presenting as “restorative” were actually a mixture of both yin and restorative postures, so I was really able to refine and fine-tune my sequences and breathing techniques to hone in on restorative entirely. It was great to take some of the key points from Tiffany’s morning asana practices as well and incorporate them into my Vinyasa Flow classes – particularly moving slower and with greater awareness, and connecting more mindfully to HOW we move our bodies, and all the many processes working together to accomplish each movement. So very many helpful takeaways that I will continue to implement from here on out!”

Megan Doll

500-Hour Yoga Medicine Teacher

“This training was totally up my alley! It perfectly syncs up with two trainings I teach: Restorative Yoga and Trauma-Sensitive Yoga. I’m so interested in how yoga and mindfulness affect our brains and am looking forward to integrating what we learned into my on-going exploration.”

Meet the teachers...

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.

Amy Sedgwick


Amy lives in Maine where she practices emergency medicine and medical acupuncture at Intermed, P.A., seeing patients of all ages and backgrounds. She also teaches yoga and meditation in the greater Portland area. In 2014, Amy founded the Riverbend Yoga and Meditation Studio in Yarmouth with the intention to help people in her community achieve holistic health from within. In 2018, she sold the studio but continues to teach there, offering classes and workshops on yoga and mindfulness at studios and medical institutions in the area. Amy also works extensively with private yoga clients, many of whom have complicated medical issues.

Meet the teachers...

Eding Mvilongo


Eding is an Anesthesiologist and Clinical Professor from Montreal, Canada. While in residency, Eding started to explore yoga more intently. As a former Track and Field varsity athlete, she remained fascinated by human movement and the impact of breath and meditation on performance. After 10 years of regular practice, her desire to deepen her knowledge led her to study under Baron Baptiste (Power Vinyasa), completing over 330 hours of training.

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.

We train our community of teachers to understand the body and the therapeutic approaches to yoga so that they can build a personalized practice to the individual across any yoga style or level of wellness.

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

Frequently Asked Questions


This training is designed for yoga teachers, physicians, healthcare providers, and coaches who are interested in learning more about this invaluable curriculum.

If you have a consistent yoga practice and a desire to deepen your knowledge, 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 training, the 55 ‘in-person/contact’ hours would automatically be applied towards your 500-hour.

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

Before the training, it is recommended to read chapters 1 & 2 of the book, Voices of Qi.

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.

Immediately after your payment is processed, you will receive access to this training’s online portal and materials. For this reason, refund requests for online trainings are not accepted.

We appreciate your understanding.

Apply This Training Towards a 500-Hour Certification

If you are enrolled in Yoga Medicine’s 500-hour or 1000-hour program, then this training counts as 55 ‘in-person/contact’ hours 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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