Traditional Chinese Medicine for Mental Health Teacher Training | Online

Learn to leverage the wisdom of Chinese Medicine to support mental health and effectively individualize your work to your students’ unique mental health needs.

Traditional Chinese Medicine for Mental Health Teacher Training | Online


Training Description

Explore the foundations of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theory and dig deeper into the applications to support mental health in a therapeutic yoga setting.

For over 20 years, our founder Tiffany Cruikshank, LAc. has been intertwining the ancient practices of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Yoga empowering thousands of teachers to individualize therapeutic yoga practices to help their students move toward greater health & wellness.

Now, she’s applied all of this invaluable information and experience towards a training specifically designed for mental health providers, yoga teachers and those seeking to expand their therapeutic tool belt to more effectively guide students and clients on their unique health journey.

This comprehensive 15-hr online training is part of the full Mental Health & Wellness Yoga Teacher Training and was extracted for those specifically looking to gain a deep understanding of  how to thoughtfully apply Chinese Medicine wisdom to support mental health.

Training Details

This Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for Mental Health Yoga Teacher Training covers the foundations of Chinese Medicine theory as it specifically relates to mental health to help you better understand your student’s needs and how you can use this information to individualize your classes to make your work with them even more effective.

Get ready to learn and master:

  • Yin/Yang Theory and the 8 principles of diagnosis
  • Meridian Theory, locations and applications to yoga practices
  • The 5 elements and their therapeutic significance
  • The differentiation of the organs as it relates to yoga to support mental health
  • Acupressure points and their integration in a yoga practice to support mental health
  • Differentiate patterns of anxiety & depression and individualize yoga programs based on this understanding
  • Appreciate why some people respond differently to different techniques
  • Anticipate issues and develop a plan based on TCM principles
  • How to create intelligent and impactful group class sequences around TCM themes
  • How to modify practices and techniques to suit the individual
  • TCM principles as they relate to common dysfunctions and the ability to brainstorm uncommon/unknown issues
  • How to conduct an intake, complete an assessment and develop a personalized treatment plan


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 four curated sections of pre-recorded lectures and asana/restorative practices.

This training will count as 15 ‘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 15 continuing education hours (CEUs) by Yoga Alliance.

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

The Traditional Chinese Medicine for Mental Health Yoga Teacher Training is a 15-hour advanced online training for mental health providers, yoga teachers, physicians, 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.

Diane Malaspina

500-Hour Yoga Medicine Teacher

“Take your understanding of wellness and the art of natural healing to another level! Incorporating Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) into teaching yoga has enhanced my sequencing and wellness strategies to share with students, especially during seasonal transitions when we can feel stressed but may not be aware of why. Change is constant – day to day and season to season. Taking a TCM approach to yoga helps you to guide students into seasonal food choices and lifestyle habits that they can take off the mat to find balance in their lives. This knowledge will also enhance your sequences with poses that engage and open meridian lines by working with the 5 elements to provide a therapeutic experience. Understanding TCM helps yoga teachers see how the external environment is mirrored in the internal environment. Concepts of yin and yang can also be used to theme the class – physically through the postures or connecting to larger themes like kindness and forgiveness (which are aspects of the elements).”

Ann-Charlotte Monrad

500-Hour Yoga Medicine Teacher

“Incorporating Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) principles in my yoga sequencing is one of the most inspiring tools I’ve come across during almost twenty years of teaching yoga. When you learn the energetic meridians of TCM, you can target those areas of the body through asana and adapt it to address numerous conditions or concerns. To magnify the effectiveness of your teachings you can also create an emotional setting with your knowledge of the 5 elements: are you aiming to release frustration, create introspection, or do you simply want to support those students who need structure? The possibilities are endless. Instead of “just” teaching a class, there’s now a direction to my classes that can support my students on an even deeper level.”

Meet the teacher...

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.

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 Traditional Chinese Medicine for Mental Health Online Yoga Teacher Training is designed for mental health providers, yoga teachers, physicians, 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 15 ‘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 chapters 1 & 2 of the book, Voices of Qi.

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 15 ‘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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