LIVE Online Pranayama Yoga Teacher Training

Join Tiffany Cruikshank, L.Ac. and Katja Bartsch, BSc, ATSI, for this 18 hour, live online training to learn how to implement breath work therapeutics into your personal, group and private yoga classes.

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Training Description

Have you ever wondered why or how to use specific breath work practices in a group or therapeutic setting? Are you curious why specific pranayama techniques work so well for some students and less so with others? Are you interested in learning the physiological mechanisms behind the pranayama practices? There’s a plethora of new information floating around in cyberspace on the research behind many of these practices, yet it can be overwhelming to filter through all of this to find the golden nuggets and most of the information & trainings available only cover a small portion of information so you get just a small view of how these practices work.

In this 18-hour, LIVE online training led by Tiffany Cruikshank, L.Ac. and Katja Bartsch, BSc, BCSI, you will learn both the anatomy of respiration, breathing mechanics, the relationship between breathing and the nervous system, and the physiology & biochemistry of respiration, as well as a breakdown of traditional pranayama techniques and applications. You’ll get an in-depth look at the what, why, and how behind the full spectrum of pranayama practices found in the yoga tradition as well as those commonly taught outside of the yoga realm. You will leave this training feeling confident implementing breath work therapeutics in your group & private sessions with an in-depth look at the research to inform and support your students.

This ‘first of its kind’ training illustrates both the research & science alongside the traditional pranayama practices so you can individualize these practices for your students. We’ll dig deep into the anatomy & physiology behind the techniques so you understand how to individualize and apply this information in a class setting. We’ll map out the yoga applications, progressions, cueing, supportive MFR practices, and other nuances to get the most out of these practices.

Training Details

This LIVE online 18-hour training will teach you how to enhance your teaching with effective, individualized pranayama practices.

After completing this training, you will understand how to implement this information in a group or private setting with a deep understanding of the:

  • Anatomy of Respiration
  • Breathing Mechanics
  • Physiology & Biochemistry of Respiration
  • Breath & the Nervous System
  • Pranayama Techniques
  • Contraindications
  • Benefits
  • Pranayama Teaching Techniques
  • Sequencing Strategies & Progressions
  • Q&A Opportunities Along the Way

This training has eight, 2hr live sections – one section will become available per week. After each live section a short Q&A will follow at the end for live participants to ask questions.

We created this live format to help support our teachers with a more interactive format that has Q&A sections along the way. You can either attend the weekly sessions live or you can watch the recordings to stay on top of the information as it progresses - recordings will remain available throughout the duration of the live training (but removed afterwards - you will have 45 days after Section 8 goes live to watch all the videos and pass the exam). Think of this as an online university course to guide and help motivate you to stay on top of your learning.

This yoga teacher training will count as 18 ‘in-person/contact’ hours towards your 500-hour/1000-hour Yoga Medicine certification. Directly following the last live session of the yoga teacher training you will be invited to take an online exam to receive your certificate of completion and training hours. These online training hours will also be recognized as 18 continuing education hours (CEUs) by Yoga Alliance.

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

The Pranayama Yoga Teacher Training is a 18-hour advanced online training for active yoga teachers, physicians, healthcare providers, fitness instructors, bodyworkers and those who are interested in learning more about this invaluable curriculum.

Lindsay Roselle

500-Hour Yoga Medicine Teacher

“I'm continually impressed with the quality of Yoga Medicine programming, the dedication to real, usable education, and the hearts of the group of people that show up to each training. Each YM training has served me perfectly at that moment in my life, and I just want to express my gratitude again to you Tiffany and your team for your tireless commitment to creating exceptional experiences.”

Sophie Tashkovski

500-Hour Yoga Medicine Teacher

“There is no doubt that I have become a better teacher with each training I attend. YM trainings have fine tuned my understanding of anatomy, and helped me better understand how to help individual clients feel best in their bodies. I’ve also learned about my own body and how to treat it with kindness. YM trainings have changed my Yoga perspective-when I started as a Yoga student, I thought you had to push yourself at all costs to achieve a pose. Now I accept where I am on any given day and know that it might be different the next day.”

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, healthcare professionals, physicians, bodyworkers and coaches worldwide on how to fuse anatomy, western medicine and cutting-edge research with traditional yoga practices to therapeutically support individuality and holistic wellness.

Katja Bartsch


Katja is a fascia researcher and yoga teacher. She holds a Bachelor’s degree (BSc) in Sports Science and is currently working towards her PhD under the supervision of Dr. Robert Schleip and the Fascia Research Project in Munich (Germany). Katja has authored several peer reviewed studies and book chapters in sports science and fascia research. Katja is certified as E-RYT 500, has been teaching yoga for over a decade and is teaching anatomy and fascia physiology in teacher trainings around Europe. She is also certified as Structural Integration Practitioner (ATSI) trained by Tom Myers and his Anatomy Trains school.

Frequently Asked Questions


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 18 hours would automatically be applied towards your 500-hour. Details on the 500-hour program can be found here.

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 live online training portal and materials. For this reason, refund requests are only accepted before October 10th (when this training goes live).

We appreciate your understanding.

Got additional questions? Contact us here.

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 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. 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 applied and highly specialized therapeutic experience!

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 18 ‘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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