Shoulder: Anatomy, Dysfunction, & Application Yoga Teacher Training

Gain the tools to work with common injuries and dysfunction of the shoulder and learn to create individualized yoga practices that support durability and resilience in this area.

Shoulder: Anatomy, Dysfunction, & Application Yoga Teacher Training | Online


Training Description

Advance your understanding of shoulder structure, anatomy and function, and learn to utilize yoga therapeutically to support healthy ROM, posture, and more.

Led by Tiffany Cruikshank & Yoga Medicine® Therapeutic Specialist Rachel Land, this 55-hr online intensive training takes a deeper look at the anatomy and biomechanics of the shoulder joint as a basis for learning to effectively evaluate and work with a variety of ailments, including stiffness, impingement, frozen shoulder, tendonitis, forward-head posture and more.

We’lll cover practical principles and work for the shoulders to decrease patterns contributing to tension and pain, and increase freedom of movement. Expect insights and applications you can immediately put to use, as well as a subtler understanding of how breath, posture and even emotional state affect this area of the body.

If you’re a teacher dedicated to a higher standard of learning and looking to develop an extensive knowledge of the shoulder joint that you can immediately apply to both your teaching and personal practice, this training is for you!

Training Details & Curriculum

This Shoulder Intensive Online Yoga Teacher Training will provide you with a deep understanding of the common conditions and injuries of the shoulder, and how to use the therapeutic tools of yoga to help your students and clients rehabilitate and recover a healthy range of motion and holistically strengthen the musculature that provides stability for the shoulder girdle. 

Topics that we will cover during the Yoga Medicine Shoulder: Anatomy, Dysfunction, & Application Online Teacher Training include:

  • Shoulder structure and bony anatomy 
  • The major muscles of the shoulder girdle and the movements they’re responsible for
  • How strength and flexibility (or lack of!) in these structures affect range of motion
  • Therapeutic movements to remove stiffness and pain and support freedom and function
  • How to optimize everyday movement to avoid shoulder pain, injuries, and other ailments 
  • How yoga practices can support healthy sitting and posture to protect the long-term function of the neck and shoulders
  • How to account for anatomical variances when creating class sequences and individual treatment plans
  • The role of prevention, durability, and resistance training in creating resilience

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.

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 Shoulder Intensive Yoga Teacher Training is a 55-hour advanced online training for yoga teachers, physicians, healthcare providers 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 and traditional practices as well as a range of experience.

Anna Clarke

500-Hour Yoga Medicine Teacher

“This course was incredibly informative, useful and well designed. I found the lectures interesting and engaging. The class sequences were creative and interesting. I have already used lots of poses, cues and tips in my own group classes. Overall, the course has given me a lot more confidence when working with students who have shoulder injuries and it has helped me to improve my own shoulder stability too.”

Jaime Brown

Physical Therapist

“I felt that this training was thorough and efficiently explained. I have taken several shoulder courses throughout the years and I feel like this was one of the best courses I have taken - it was presented in a way that immediately made sense to me. The asana practices helped to take the lecture information into body movements, which helped me to learn/feel the information.”

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.

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.

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


The Shoulder Intensive Online Teacher 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 enrolling, we recommend reviewing your shoulder anatomy, however this will also be covered in the course.

When you register, you will receive complimentary access to the following online courses: Conducting a Therapeutic Evaluation and Recognizing Red Flags in a Therapeutic Yoga Setting, which will also help you prepare!

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 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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