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

Join Tiffany Cruikshank & Yoga Medicine® Therapeutic Specialist Jenni Tarma for this 55 hour online training to learn the tools to relieve back pain, enhance strength and function, and minimize risk of injury.

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


Training Description

We are ecstatic to offer our newly updated Spine: Anatomy, Dysfunction, and Application Yoga Teacher Training this year with new info, research and techniques! This online training will be co-taught by our founder Tiffany Cruikshank L.AC. MAOM and Yoga Medicine Instructor and Therapeutic Specialist — Jenni Tarma. 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.

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 course for those who work with students in pain or for those who work with athletes/clients looking to enhance performance or minimize injury.

In the Spine: Anatomy, Dysfunction, and Application Yoga Teacher Training, you will be guided through a deeper look into the anatomy and biomechanics of the spine as a basis to give you the tools to evaluate spine function and application in a yoga setting. We will assess the spine’s mobility, common injuries, and common types of dysfunction alongside an exploration of the application 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.

Training Details & Curriculum

This intensive yoga teacher training begins with a deeper look at the anatomy and biomechanics of the spine as a basis for learning to support the individual. We will examine common injuries and common dysfunction (including SI joint, scoliosis and pelvic asymmetries) alongside an exploration of how to 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
  • Anatomy & Dysfunction
  • Common Injuries & Injury Prevention
  • Assessing Function
  • 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
  • Individualized Yoga Application
  • Looking at the Whole
  • Durability & Prevention Training

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 Spine Module 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.

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.”

Want to take the Spine Module in-person? Click here to learn more.

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.

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 review the spine muscle groups with their origin and insertion. However, this will also be covered in the training.

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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