Spine: Anatomy, Dysfunction, & Application Yoga Teacher Training

San Diego, California | November 5-10, 2023

Join Tiffany Cruikshank and Yoga Medicine® Therapeutic Specialists Jenni Tarma & Rachel Land for this 50 hour in-person training to learn the tools to work with pain, enhance strength & neurologic control, optimize mobility, support function, and minimize injury.

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Spine: Anatomy, Dysfunction, & Application Yoga Teacher Training | Module – San Diego, CA



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Training Description

We are excited to offer our newly updated Spine: Anatomy, Dysfunction, and Application Yoga Teacher Training this year with new info, research and techniques! This in-person training will be co-taught by our founder Tiffany Cruikshank L.AC. MAOM and Yoga Medicine® Therapeutic Specialists — Jenni Tarma and Rachel Land. As an RRCA Endurance Coach, CrossFit L1 trainer and lifelong athlete, Jenni specializes in mobility, movement and injury prevention. She works rigorously with athletes of all levels one-on-one to improve performance, mechanics, and recovery. As a E-RYT500 and Senior Yoga Medicine Instructor, Rachel’s approach blends traditional yoga practices with extensive study in anatomy, physiology, sports training and therapeutics. Her specialties are in orthopedics, pain and myofascial release.

This intensive yoga teacher training is part of our core orthopedic curriculum, making it an ideal experience for teachers who want to expand their knowledge and incorporate therapeutic, anatomically based sequencing into their teaching. Back pain is by far the most common reason patients and students seek help, making this a perfect training for those who work with students in pain or for those who work with athletes/clients looking to enhance performance or minimize injury.

In this Spine Training, you will be guided through a deeper look into the anatomy and function of the spine as a basis to give you the tools to conduct an evaluation of the spine and create individualized therapeutic applications in a yoga setting. We will assess the spine’s mobility, common injuries, and common types of dysfunction alongside an exploration of the therapeutic applications and how to support these issues within a yoga context both preventatively and for injury recovery.

We pride ourselves in bringing the content alive through relevant practices, lectures, mini sessions and reviews along the way to reinforce the information. After completing this training, you will leave with a robust understanding of the spine’s anatomy and how you can apply this knowledge to provide your yoga students with a more impactful, well-rounded approach to spine integrity within a therapeutic yoga setting.

With this 6-day, 50-hour yoga teacher training located in one of San Diego’s most desirable locations, this urban-style module allows you to explore Mission Bay Channel where you’re only minutes away from the sparkling open waters of the Pacific. We hope you’ll join us for this waterfront urban training!

Training Details

This intensive yoga teacher training begins with a deeper look at the anatomy and function of the spine as a basis for learning to support the individual. We will examine common injuries and common dysfunction, looking at cervical, thoracic, lumbar, SI joint, scoliosis and pelvic asymmetries alongside an exploration of how to therapeutically support these issues. We will also examine range of motion and how to evaluate this on your students while taking into consideration the importance of individual variances. You will learn how to work with and troubleshoot a variety of techniques in your own practice as well as with your students.

With this information in mind, we will explore approaches to work with and support the individual in front of you. Review sessions along the way will help you integrate the information, so you leave with a deeper understanding that you can immediately apply to your teaching and personal practice by more thoroughly understanding the function of the spine.

Here are the main topics that we will cover during the Spine: Anatomy, Dysfunction, and Application Yoga Teacher Training:

  • Spine Overview - Structures & Function
  • Anatomy & Dysfunction
  • Spine Range of Motion & Mobility Practices
  • Common Injuries & Injury Prevention
  • Evaluation for the Spine
  • Working with the Cervical Spine
  • Working with the Thoracic Spine
  • Working with the Lumbar Spine
  • Working with the SI Joint
  • Working with the Scoliosis
  • Working with the Pelvic Asymmetries
  • Working with Pain in a Yoga Setting
  • Individualized Therapeutic Yoga Applications
  • Group Yoga Class Applications
  • Durability & Prevention Training

This yoga teacher training counts as 50 hours towards your 500-hour/1000-hour Yoga Medicine certification. Directly following the yoga teacher training you will be invited to take an online exam to receive your certificate of completion.

Anticipated Daily Schedule

  • 7-9am: Asana Practice
  • 9-10am: Break
  • 10am-1pm: Lecture
  • 1-3pm: Break
  • 3-6pm: Lecture & Therapeutic Mini-Practice

This training will consist of full days of asana practice and lectures with scheduled breaks in the morning and afternoon; be prepared to move around in the lecture sessions sporadically as needed to bring the information to life. During this training, all participants are responsible for the coordination of their own meals, accommodation and travel.

When booking flights, please keep in mind that the training begins at 7am on November 5th and ends an hour earlier at 5pm on November 10th. We recommend reviewing our attendance policy and the cancellation/refund policy in the FAQ’s for more details before registering.

Please consider acquiring travel insurance to help protect yourself from the unforeseen and unavoidable that may affect or prevent your participation in the training (sickness, injury, family emergency, weather, etc.).

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

The Spine Module is a 50-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 a valuable asset within the healthcare networks; and with our credentials, students know their yoga teacher is highly trained in both science/research as well as traditional yoga practices. 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.

Kelsea Wright

500-Hour Yoga Medicine Teacher

“The studio I own is very anatomy and alignment driven, so this information will help both myself and my other teachers to continue to keep students safe during their practice and also help to explain what they might be feeling in their spine during poses. It will also be invaluable for my private clients, who usually come to see me for back and hip issues.”

Sophie Tashkovski

500-Hour Yoga Medicine Teacher

“I am using the Yoga Medicine curriculum every day as part of the Crouse Hospital Spine Wellness Team’s continuum of care. I am seeing several referrals weekly for non surgical back pain and having great results. I also see clients for a range of other concerns such as anxiety, stress, rehabilitation from injury, and improved athletic performance and use Yoga Medicine’s evaluation for all clients to create individual flows to help them meet their goals. Currently seeing up to 15 private clients per week.”

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.

Jenni Tarma

E-RYT500, Yoga For Athletes teacher, RRCA endurance coach, CrossFit L1 trainer

Jenni is a lifelong athlete who has always found a sense of connection and focus through movement. A natural affinity for physical activity has led her to try her hand at everything from horseback riding to judo, rugby, running, riflery, gymnastics, surfing, and various forms of dance. As an adult, she has settled into the meditative routine of endurance running, while her competitive side enjoys the high intensity and variability of CrossFit and Olympic weightlifting. Yoga, on the other hand, provides the thread of continuity that runs through all of her athletic endeavors, allows her to perform mindfully and safely even in high-pressure situations, and balance exertion with adequate recovery.

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!

Training Venue

Marina Village Conference Center

1936 Quivira Way, San Diego, CA, 92109

Set inside the Mission Bay Channel, the serene Marina Village offers beautiful views of the sparkling Pacific Ocean. The marina resides in one of San Diego's most alluring locations and provides a peaceful, park-like setting surrounded by waterfront resorts, recreational splendor, local restaurants, shady knolls for picnicking, serene bayside trails that meander throughout the grounds, and of course… those spectacular San Diego sunsets that end each day with dramatic grandeur.



Pricing and Policies

A full payment of $1690 (including a non-refundable and non-transferable $500 deposit) will secure a spot for teachers in the Spine: Anatomy, Dysfunction, & Application. The full payment is non-refundable and non-transferable after September 5, 2023.

Payment plans for all trainings are available at checkout to US customers via Affirm and PayPal. For international customers, please email info@yogamedicine.com directly to set up a payment plan.

Price includes:

  • Training tuition
  • Hardcopy, custom-designed training manual
  • Yoga Medicine® shirt

Not included:

  • Travel
  • Accommodations and meals – there are hotel accommodations and restaurants in the immediate vicinity of the event venue
  • Airport transfers

There are no refunds or transfers of payments after September 5, 2023 due to the fact that we are required to make payments to reserve the event venue and secure training materials for the group. We realize that some extenuating circumstances beyond your control may prohibit you from attending; however, we cannot make exceptions regardless of the circumstance due to the non-recoverable payments that we deliver in advance. We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance which covers refunds due to medical emergencies and other difficult circumstances.

We appreciate your understanding that this policy is for all.

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 50 ‘in-person/contact’ hours would automatically be applied towards your 500-hour.

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

You will be supplied with a list of props and information to help you prepare for this training. All of this information will be given to you after submitting your payment.

When booking flights, please keep in mind that the training includes full days beginning at 7am on November 5th and ending an hour earlier on November 10th at 5pm. The daily schedule is approximately 7am-6pm, so we advise planning your travel itinerary carefully to ensure you do not miss out on any valuable content since the information will all come together at the end. Please consult the attendance policy on required training participation for accreditation.

If traveling between countries, you may also need to contact your healthcare provider about any necessary immunizations as well as making sure your passport and any necessary visas are in order.

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 50 ‘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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